Anyone who has visited Marche@, held every second Sunday of the month at Marronnier Park, knows that this is a market where conversations constantly flow. From behind the bonnet bellflower roots, pickled fatsia shoots and brown rice cakes arranged on their stands, farmers, chefs and artisans share stories about where their items were sourced and how they were made.
Every month, Marche@ operates under a new theme, and this past July, it was “honey.” For the market, beekeepers gathered 20 different types of honey, which were classified according to their nectar sources, such as wild cherry trees, wild pear trees and tangerines, from all around the country. Market-goers agree that it is “this kind of diversity that makes [the market] fun,” and the sellers are happy that their customers enjoy the variety.
While the market offers bountiful harvests from all around the country, there are a few things that you cannot find here: plastic bags and disposable tableware. As such, you need to bring your own baskets, cups and dishes, or borrow them at the market after making a small deposit. Marche@ also operates at other locations in Seoul, including Myeongdong and Yangjaedong, every fourth Sunday of the month. marcheat.net.