Market-hopping through Europe

It’s a nice Fall day, let’s wander Europe for a bit.

Let’s go to the market (or in this case le marché) and marvel at Mother Nature’s wonderful creations.

Let’s start in the 14th arrondissement of Paris. Believe it or not, this is the same neighborhood where my bubbie (grandmother in yiddish) moved to after being liberated in 1945 from a Polish concentration camp. Why do I know it’s the same neighborhood? Because my cousin lives in the same apartment building as my bubbie did 65 years ago!

Welcome to the 14th arrondissement of Paris and the Marché Parisien de la Création.

Overlooking the 14th arrondissement

As I was wandering through the market, I could envision my bubbie walking these same exact streets and not surprisingly, I felt her by my side which was a wonderful feeling.

Sunday morning in Paris

This was too tempting to pass up based on how I was feeling.

J'aime le fromage - I heart cheese

Le Marché des Enfants Rouge is the oldest covered market in Paris. It was a bonus since it’s located within a part of Paris that I wanted to wander called Le Marais (meaning marsh or swamp).

Marche des Enfants Rouge

I went on a weekday afternoon so it wasn’t bustling, but how could you not feel the vibe of the market with this man polishing the utensils. Old school!

Something out of a movie

So if you’re in France, you would go out of your way and visit Lyon the gastronomical capital of France, wouldn’t you?  Well, I don’t know about you, but I did. My goal in Lyon was to visit the market that bears the name of Paul Bocuse and eat at a traditional Lyonaise Bouchon. Done and done!

Les Halles de Lyon – Paul Bocuse is pretty much what you’d expect it to be. A wealth of riches that tempts and teases every turn of the way. I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

Sablé aux pralines



In case you were wondering, I bought them all and then some!


As we wander south from France, welcome to Barcelona’s La Boqueria, sort of.  Due to the Easter Weekend, it was closed on the Monday that I had planned to visit. I suppose it’s just another reason to visit Barcelona, because from what I had been and from what I could see, this is definitely one of the can’t miss markets of Europe.

Thanks for the company. Let’s do this again sometime…



Filed under Europe, La Boqueria, Marche des Enfants Rouge, market

4 responses to “Market-hopping through Europe

  1. Cait

    I want some heart shaped cheese please 🙂

  2. Looks like it was a great trip. I’m about to go on my own adventure starting Saturday, hopefully I’ll have some market-hopping through Asian photos to share.

  3. Ah this is my kind of trip. Whenever I travel I always check out the markets and supermarkets – forget monuments and museums (well, not really but you know!). I lived in the 2ième in Paris for over 5 years in the heart of the quartier Montorgueil where there was a market every single day. Loved it. When I go back to visit, I always stay in an apartment there but make it my business to check out a new market each trip. Never been to the Marché Parisien de la Création so I hope to on my next trip (next summer!). Thanks for a lovely post!

  4. Wow! We are market fiends and wherever we travel we spend most of our time at markets like these. We did get to Lyon this year and loved les Halles Paul Bocuse! Astonishing! And ate fabulous escargots for lunch there! And Barcelona? Been talking about it but haven’t gone yet. And next time I spend a few days in Paris I will definitely get to the 14th! Fabulous! And strange – I wonder if your bubbe knew our friend’s mother who moved to Paris after being freed from a Polish concentration camp. How I would love to hear her story!

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