Experience Paris: join the journey in the heart of Paris Aligre market
I am always waiting looking forward to capturing daily life. Not only is it about people, sights, sounds, it is also about smell and tastes. As soon as I set foot somewhere, I head straight for the markets. The vibes of the market definitely affect my experience of the city. Paris Aligre market stole my heart. For me it is the heartbeat of Paris.
My go to markets
In London it’s Columbia Road. In Marseille, it’s le marché des Capucins and le marché de la criée. To say I have a sentimental relationship with these particular markets is an understatement. It’s the feeling; The bustle; The hidden corners; The shouting; The bargaining; The smell; The smiles; The faces. The colourful mix of fresh products. This is the essence of these markets.
Paris Aligre market is fairly small and quite old. It is one of the oldest market in Paris. For years, it is the pulse of the city along with Les Halles market. It is jam packed with goodies though. The corner shop on the main street is packed with olives and spices. The intense aroma greets you from the entrance. Beware as there is no way you can leave the shop empty handed.
Coming out of the market, you can expect to see me and my bike loaded as a donkey! Particularly now, in October. Sometimes, i have so many purchases that I just leave the bike at the market. I go back home and make the journey later to collect the bike.
I love October. It seats right in the middle of autumn. Leaves falling of trees create colourful carpets on the ground. The much cooler air makes me feel alive. At the same time, I long for that blanket on my couch. It is the perfect time for hot drinks and earthy meals. As I stroll through the market, I can see life in full explosion. Hectic; Busy; Bodies are dancing; Faces are expressive; Eyes are gleaming; Hands are talking. Stalls are filled with a variety of fabulous products. It is a colourful explosion. A feast for the eyes. A temptation for the taste buds.
Join the journey in the heart of Paris Aligre Market
The market is in three sections. First the pedestrian one on rue and place d’Aligre. Next is the covered version i.e. marché couvert Beauvau. It is the historic market and sit right in the centre. A touch posh as well. The roof bears the shape of an upside down boat. Last but not least the ever growing flea market. Next to the antique market and the book corner. This one is behind the actual Aligre square. Work permitting, I like to go there on thursday or friday morning when it’s less crowded.
See; smell; taste. It is the people that make this market so special. People here are more relaxed than in the city. Somehow, they appear more easy going, more friendly. Chit-chatting with a stranger is just as easy and part of the experience. Some vendors have been running their market stalls for over 20 years. Don’t expect anything else here other than popular vibes. Just like it was during the French revolution.
I simply love it.
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