Almost in the shadow of the iconic Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris is a very pretty, very romantic little flower market, the famous Paris Marche au Fleurs…
Le Marché aux Fleurs – The Paris Flower Market
Located on Place Louis Lépine on the Île de la Cité between the Notre-Dame Cathedral and Sainte-Chapelle, the flower market has attracted avid gardeners and curious passers-by since 1808.
There is a covered as well as open-air section and it is fascinating to wander the pretty orangerie style pavilions, which are over 100 years old, that line the market, filled with flowers, plants and quirky gifts. Parisians come here to buy flowers for their balconies, for their homes and gardens and it is a truly unique and endearing place for a walk and for visitors to get a feel for the real pulse of the city. This vibrant, colourful little market is also a favourite with artists who come here for inspiration.
On a Sunday there is a Bird Market (le Marché aux Oiseaux) where you can find rare species as well as the budgerigars and singing birds that are a favourite with old Parisian ladies!
The River Seine is a stone’s throw away from the market and here you’ll find another charming glimpse into the daily life of the city as you peruse the banks of the river and discover the tops of the walls are lined with green painted wooden boxes. These are the famous “bouquinistes”, the second hand book sellers of Paris (read more here).
There are two other flower markets in Paris: Place de la Madeleine (open every day except Sunday from 8am to 7.30pm) and Place des Ternes (open every day except Monday from 8am to 7.30pm).
Address for the Paris Flower Market:
Place Louis Lépine, Quai de la Corse, 75001 Paris
Metro: Line 4 – Cité
Open: Monday-Saturday: 8am to 7.30pm. Sunday: 8am to 7pm.