To market, to market

  • Feb 23, 2016


Hello lovely readers! I want to start this post by apologising for my absence the last couple of weeks. It has been a crazy, whirlwind of a fortnight which has involved a hell of a lot of baking, hunting down unusual ingredients and desperately trying to improve my French. This all due to a moment of madness where I applied to be a participant on a French reality T.V show. Now, at this point in time, I can’t say too much about it, and in all honesty, I don’t know enough to be able to share much about it. However, what I can say is that the last couple of weeks have been an amazing adventure. I really hope that in the following few weeks I’ll be able to tell you more about this!

Apology aside, I want to share with you some snapshots of one of the greatest things Paris has to offer: the fresh food markets. These markets really set Paris aside from any other city. As you’re probably aware, paris is divided in to 20 arrondissements. Each arrondissement will have its own open-air market at least a couple of days a week. That means that during any given day, you can have 20 or more markets selling the most amazing fresh produce; bright, colourful flowers; and irresistible roast chickens. Spending a Sunday afternoon at the market has become a new tradition for me and my husband. It’s a great way to get your weeks supplies and to discover new delicacies. If you’re not sure when your local market is open this website has a fantastic guide. 

A small note on french market etiquette

When I first arrived in France, I found Parisian markets to be incredibly intimidating. Yes, strolling through the markets is a relaxing way to spend the morning, but at the same time it’s quite a fast paced environment with many rules that can make it quite stressful for those new to France. There are 2 main rules you should follow. First, don’t touch the produce. At most market stalls you have to ask the vendor for what you want and they will select it. There are some exceptions to this so if you’re not sure, stand back and see what the locals do. Secondly, there is usually a line- even if it doesn’t look like a line, there’s a line. French people are very sensitive to line cutters so make sure you check there’s no-one in front of you before you order. Most importantly, don’t forget your pleases and thank yous. Learning some basic words in French is sure way to charm the vendors – they are, after all, the ones selecting your produce!

Happy Shopping


  1. Susan Walter

    February 25, 2016

    Wow! You are brave. I can guess which programme (well, there are a couple possible, and watching them is are a great way to practice my French). Make sure you let us know when it will be aired.

    • Chelsea

      March 2, 2016

      Thanks Susan. I don’t know if I’m brave, I think I just had a moment of madness and applied haha. I totally agree, french cooking shows are so great for practice. I find that they are much easier to understand than other programs. Hope you’re having a great week!