Visit to a Paris Market (Video)

Everyday in Paris (except Monday), there are outdoor markets taking place in the various neighborhoods spread out across the city. Each market has its own distinct personality – and personalities – and like many residents of Paris, I like to do my shopping at an outdoor market.

As a dedicated market shopper, I find myself gravitating toward my favorite stands and sellers, such as the friendly gent who sells potatoes (and who wears just a t-shirt all year long, no matter how freezing cold it gets) and the people who come bearing gooey wedges of locally made Brie as well as unbelievably delicious crème fraîche, the kind you just can’t get anywhere else but in France. There are sturdy metal tables heaped with plenty of ice to keep all the pristine seafood and shellfish fresh, and come fall, when I don’t pick them myself, I rifle through bins of irregular apples to find just the right ones to bring home and caramelize in a warm tarte Tatin.

Some Parisians even take into consideration which market they’ll be close to when determining which neighborhood in Paris they want to live in. But outdoor markets aren’t just places to buy food; they act as social centers and once you get to know your market and the various stalls, and vendors, you develop favorites—even some who let you pick out your own apples! Here are some of mine.

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  • I love this. You laugh like I do. My favourite part is the guy with the mustache at the market staring directly at the camera while you talk.

  • David, thank you so much for bringing me along on your trip to the market. I always stay in an apartment on Blvd Richard Lenoir and enjoy the market there twice a week.

    Your blog is so much fun to read – it just gets better and better. But this video is GREAT. What a nice treat to watch it (twice) while I’m eating breakfast and gearing up to go Christmas shopping here in San Francisco.

    Thanks again!

  • I knew I would love the way you cook, when you recommended Joanne Changs oatmeal raisin cookies! Just got back from Paris and all the markets, compared baguets in so many bakeries, and ate our selves silly. This was our best trip, but wish I had discovered your newsletter befor we went.

    Love your cooking sensibilities. I almost could smell your food through my iPad!

    Happy and healthy New Year to you!.

  • Lovely start to my morning watching this :)

  • Love the video!

  • The market looks so uncrowded, all the beautiful food just waiting for you!

  • I look forward to your writing everytime but when I saw it was a video I was thrilled. Please post more of these–as I said, I love your writing, but, a video like a a friend of mine said “IT IS ALIVE!!”

  • Love the video.. hope there will be more!! enjoyed “walking” through the market and “cooking” with you. I have Korean chilli and furikake(the stuff is addictive) in the cupboard, going to try the roasted pumpkin for Christmas

  • Visiting the markets in France is one of my favorite things to do-I like the marche biologique in the 6th.

  • David great video. I like seeing the moments that make up a day in Paris. And your insights about those moments are wonderful. I love going to the markets in Paris but since I am not French I don’t understand what is going on most of the time. Would love to see one with you in an antiques shop and even in the flower shop. Or I have heard the government offices are crazy maybe we could see you renew your drivers license or something. HAHAHA So thank you. Keep them up.

  • David
    How delightful you are on video.I hope this is short promo for upcoming show on Food Channel. You make it look so easy. More videos. Your apple tartin looks so eas. I got m recipe from site “Southern Fried French” which uses the sisters original and was also easy to make.

  • Hi David — We first met through Heidi Swanson’s blog, the only blog I ever followed till yours, and I’m writing to thank you for all of your recommendations and recipes (the first one Korean Scallion Pancake an absolute favorite for family spanning the ages of 2 1/2 to 70’s). I can’t find the Korean pepper even in Korea town, and the web was sold out the last time I looked.

    Happily I bought The Sweet Life in Paris based on reviews alone for myself and gifts, hooray! No surprise, all your recipes I’ve tried have been major successes as well, too numerous to list.

    Then I met you at your Babycakes book signing, never dreaming I’d be invited to go shopping with you and then into your kitchen! Thank you so much, what fun! How do you manage so many people feeling like you are a close personal friend when they -we- are really strangers to you?

    Now I am forwarding this fabulous Parisian market trip video to a dear French friend in New York City for his birthday today. What timing! And thank you for your introduction to Dorrie. Her Breton Far is another absolute favorite. And last but not least, how do you stay so thin?

    Best regards, Nora

    PS: Having been to Australia a number of times you still introduced me to places I had missed. The Bourke Street Bakery Baking Companion is also on my must have list. Again, how do you stay so thin?

  • Thank you for that wonderful video! We always stay in the Bastille when we visit Paris, and we love that market. Thanks for sharing your secrets/views on cooking, too ! Have a wonderful holiday !

  • Love, love, love your video, David. Thank you! And I’m dreaming of your tarte tatin.

  • OH David–!! Am I jealous or did I just turn green watching the video? What a fabulous resource. I loved the Sardine dish. I like food that looks like food too. In our markets as you know everything is so perfect it is tasteless and looks like plastic. Great video please do more. How about that store in Paris that has all the cooking equipment that you wrote about some time ago. I cannot make it to Paris any time soon but these little guided tours with recipes are priceless. Good job and the camera work is really excellent. Thanks Pam

  • This is my favorite post of your so far! (Admittedly, I’ve only been reading your blog for a few months now.) You could do a web series or TV series on living and cooking in Paris, similar to what you did today…just where you got your weekend lunch and how you cooked it. It was perfect…you have great screen presence!

  • Love the video. Wish we had fresh sardines easily available here in L.A. With the apples, at first I thought you had poured honey into the pan before you put in the apples. But then when I saw you cook the sardines, I finally figured it was butter for the apples and Oil? for the sardines? Also, I was amazed that you put the pastry right over the frying pan! You can’t eat it all in one sitting, so how do you handle saving it…? I ran into you, literally, at the market over by Les Halles, where I had an apartment. Thought I would never forget the name of that market, but I am drawing a blank. That was last winter and you had on that same coat and looked very hip. Love the long, narrow look of the coat. This video looks to be at another market. Wish you had named it. I went to many, depending on my mood, the day, and how much time I had. Also, I love hearing French just roll off your tongue. You are practically a native! Kathy

  • I think everyone loves your video, so you need to make more, what a treat!!!! You are ahead of the curve. I love the markets in Paris, we visited for the first time this September and I was amazed at how friendly the Parisiens were, after hearing all my life that they were rude well, they were not, they were lovely.
    We went to the market on Rue Cler everyday, it was so nice. I look forward to your blogs, Thanks for sharing.

  • I absolutely loved your video. It made me miss Paris so, so much. Yes, I have Union Square and Grand Army Plaza, & I’m grateful…but there’s just no comparison.

  • My 2 daughters, husband and I are leaving in 5 days to spend Christmas in Paris and this video is just making me jump out of my skin in anticipation!!! Taking a Marketing and Cooking class “en famille” so we can be knowledgeable at the market and cook together on Christmas day. Your blog and website has been so helpful in preparing for our trip. Merci mille fois!!!!

  • Wow! I have always found your blog to be among the best on the web. I love to read about your cooking sensibilities. But today’s video really cranked things up a huge notch! How excellent to follow you to the market, and then come home and watch you cook and eat what you bought. Amazing. I was right there with you.

    Thanks for always making things so perfect for all your readers.

  • I’m a HUGE fan! And I love that you’re including video’s now…totally fun! Keep them coming, you really make your fans feel that they are right there with you in Paris. And your irrelevancy is refreshing!

  • I am a big fan of your blog! And the videos are a great addition. I feel like I am there with you in Paris (and would love to be!)
    I am drooling over the tart tatin, but at this time of year, I can’t afford to eat the whole thing myself. It is a very big dilemma. I think I will make it for dinner tonight anyway and go to an extra yoga class this week. What do you do with all of the goodies you bake?

  • Oh, this is wonderful. Watching you taste everything at the end of the video was just fantastic. It was obvious that the food you were eating was truly delicious, and there was no need to elaborate on the various elements of the flavors, the complexities, etc. Taking a bite of something, then placing your hand on your chest in an almost surprised, unconscious manner and simply saying, “It’s really good,” speaks volumes.

  • David….I enjoyed this video so much. Thank you!

  • Thank you for the video!

    Love your books. I was lucky enough to buy them and have them kindly signed by you at Sugarplums recently. The Sweet Life in Paris was such a pleasure to read while in Paris!
    Love your blog… read it every day. Your blog and your books have enriched our trips to Paris in so many ways.
    Love the video…It brought me right back to Paris. Especially the time I ran in to you at the Bastille market. And, Now I know how to properly place the apples when making my favorite dessert!

  • Love your blog. The video was an extra-special treat. Thank you.

  • I love this video. Especially love the dude who seems very intent on what you have to say whilst shopping at the market.

    The tarte and the sardines and everything just looks wonderful!

  • I also love, love the video ..David. Your site is always interesting and informative. I also have your most excellent cookbook , Ready for Dessert ! Using your insights and information on Paris.. enhances my trips in so many ways. I rent a studio flat .. hit the markets.. definitely the sweet life !

  • Love your blog…
    I usually mix potimarron and butternut squash with rosemary, garlic, olive oil and ground pepper to roast. It’s amazing! and left-overs get blended into soup with a bit of cilantro for the next day.
    Also, for the tatin, I make just make caramel, pour into into the pan cover with apples and pie crust and put it in the oven. When the caramel starts coming up the sides, your tarte tatin is done. C’est inratable !

  • Great, professional video! Just the right tempo and everything. Felt like I was right there watching you shop and cook. Look forward to seeing more of these.

  • Oh, I love this. You should do more of those. Just a couple of days ago I was searching all over the net for a cooking video podcast, but couldn’t find anything good. But this, I love!

  • David, why aren’t you on tv?? Food Network, what are you waiting for?

  • Great video; the whole concept is wonderful – market to table. Why, why, aren’t there TV shows like this? A wonderfully relaxed approach to prep and cooking. You SHOULD have a show on the Food Channel – but undoubtedly they would foul it up some way. Better to keep it low-key on your own webpage, to share with friends.

    However – we didn’t get to see you invert the tarte tatin ;-) A friend of mine, sadly departed now, from the area near Toulouse, would sprinkle Calvados over the apples before cooking. A nice touch, imho.

    Thanks for sharing,

  • Wow nearly every comment used the word “love”. I hate the way this word has been so truly abused. (I think this is an American thing). Sadly “love” really has lost all meaning, too bad. Enjoyed the vid tho.

  • Oooooooh David, love your video! I’m mostly a silent reader, but I love this! looking forward to more videos of your life in Paris!

  • Year after year I visit the Blvd. Richard Lenoir market, and you have captured it beautifully! Thanks so much for including how to prepare those wonderful things you found. I won’t be so obsessive about lining up the apples for my Tarte Tatin after having seen yours. Merci beaucoup.

  • very nice watching you in the kitchen, looks like lots of fun. And cute seeing Romain there in the background ;-)

  • That was awesome! you post more videos!

  • When you can, David, the video is the way to go. Very intimate and personal. Loved it. Wanted to see your Tarte Tatine up close, though. Which Market was that. I know I should be able to figure it out by the obelisk at the end of the street… but could not.

  • Loved the video David. Maybe you should do more! I’m a long time reader, but first time commenter. It was that good. If you ever come to Washington, DC, look me up and I’ll show you how to make the world’s best honey graham cracker!

  • Hi David
    I have been quietly enjoying all your posts and not commenting seeing there are enough people doing it. But this post I felt the need to convey my appreciation.Loved the video, the simplicity of it,how personal it was.Need I go on? You must get the drift!! Thank you from an Indian living in Melbourne for the awesome blog.

  • Don’t know if this will reach you… was not sure about website issue,that is how unsavvy I am. A former Montrealer from Quebec, Canada and now living in Alma, Lac Saint-Jean, capitale de villégiature par excellence, I am enjoying your blog at low speed and must forego videos, fine for slide-shows. If this reaches you, I will sob about charcuterie differences between the old and new continent, praise our local cheeses and laud your blog tone. You’re doing good. Expression locale: Continue, cher.

  • Lovely video David! I have been reading your blog for so long now, you seem like an old friend, so it was nice to see you “live” today.

  • Thank you for the video – hope there will be many more! That Tarte Tatin looks fabulous! When I was in Paris last fall I made it a tradition every Saturday to go to the local market and buy myself some flowers and a cooked chicken which I would then take back to my studio and make chicken soup. I still make chicken soup now that I’m home but it doesn’t taste quite as good.

  • Thank you for the video! I had a great time watching it, everything from the trip to the market to seeing that you have a giant bag of Korean chili paper to flavor your food. And of course your cooking looks delicious. Wishing I could find some fresh sardines myself.

  • David, I love the video. Thanks. More, please!! I think the Travel Channel or The Food Network would greatly improve if they had a show with you taking us around Paris and cooking great things for us viewers. Maybe I’ll call and make a recommendation.

  • LOVE the video…do more !!!

  • FANTASTIC!!! I felt like I was literally walking through the market and making lunch with you in your kitchen…very personal indeed. I also laughed at your comment about France “it’s a bit like being in an airline toilet, frustrating to wait and all the time in the world once it’s your turn” — I’m going to lift that for future.

  • Dear David,
    Thank you for sharing this lovely video. You have such a nice spirit about you. We leave for Paris in a few days and I’ve got your app downloaded – ready to give it a workout ; ). And – not to sound obsessive or anything – but I’ll be reading “Paris Was Ours” on the plane. Your blog brings me so much pleasure – merci beaucoup!

  • I so enjoyed watching your video David! (basically what everyone else voiced-liked the choice of music also). I feel like you were having a conversation directly with me ;-) . I like how you advocate food looking natural and beautiful with imperfections as it should be, not the perfect Frankenfood we see everywhere! I also agree that even though we may eat with our eyes first, the flavour is what is most important.
    Thank you for sharing your lunch with us…now I’m hungry! lol. Looking forward to seeing more of your videos in the future ;-)

  • Such a great video, David! Thanks and hopefully there will be more to follow!

  • That was fun to watch, yum croissants, perfect way to start market shopping.
    Can’t wait to get to Paris for the New Year. Got your app and set to go!

  • Please do more of this. A nice treat to your readers! How about doing one on the Christmas markets in Paris?

  • Awesome video. Such a lovely personal touch. Thank you.

  • Great video!
    Post more video in the future please :)

  • Love meeting you through your video! I love the simplicity of your cooking…it looks so delicious! More videos please.

  • Aw I loved it! Thanks for sharing the video of the beautiful marketplace there (which I hope to visit someday), and the wonderful looking meals you created afterwards. I just made Tarte Tatin from a French cookbook I have, and was wondering if other people made theirs in a cast iron skillet… so I’m glad to see you doing so! Thanks again.

  • Thank you for the gift of this video – it actually brought tears to my eyes, so much do I miss that environment. It reminded me of an orgy of cooking I did two years ago in the exquisite village of Venasque. We followed the markets for two weeks and became quite friendly with many vendors – and, oh, the prosciutto type ham made with sanglier! The market I frequent in Paris is in the streets in and around rue de Seine.
    Joyeux Noël et bonne année 2012!
    Bainbridge Island, WA

  • Love the video! You are such a good narrator as you’re shopping and cooking. Love your commentary. I vote for you having your own show!

  • What about a TV show?
    you would be perfect.
    what was the spice combo with sesame, seaweed, pepper?
    Futomaki or something..?

  • Yes! I’ve been wanting to make tarte tatin for so long and now here is a little demonstration. Perfect.
    I really loved this video, everything about it was so beautiful and heartwarming, wonderfully representative of Autumn vibes.

  • Thanks everyone for your kind messages about the video. They’re really fun to do and I hope to do more in the future, but they also take a bit of time…plus my friend Mark, who makes them, lives in the states…however there will be more coming up, so stay tuned…!

    The market is the Richard Lenoir market in the Bastille; I tagged the post at the end with those two terms, which takes place Thursday and Sunday. It’s much more lively (ie: crowded) on Sunday but is fun any day. There are over a hundred markets in Paris but that one is one of the biggest, and some say, one of the best.

    A few asked which bakery the croissant was from, and I was at Au Levain du Marais, which is listed on my Paris Pastry App.

    A few years ago, I considered their croissant the best in Paris, and while a number of others have stepped forward with other contenders (in a city of over a thousand bakeries, it is a challenge to pin one down as “the best”, admittedly) – the one I had in the video was indeed, really good.

    I would not have wolfed it down if it wasn’t : )

  • love the video…more please!!

  • More, more, more please! Great video. Casual, informative, great armchair traveling!
    Thank you!

  • I must be the odd guy out, David I love reading your posts, that to me is your charm, your uniqueness, and frankly I didn’t love the video as much….. are you angling for a TV show or what?

    Nope, not angling for anything. I just like doing videos to share a bit more of Paris in a different way than I normally do on the blog. -dl

  • Would that be the Rue Cler Market? Great market!

  • David,

    I don’t even know you and I realize you have Romain, and I have my very own David, but I LOVE you! I love your blog, your videos, your take on food, your small European oven.

    Have a happy Christmas!

  • Thanks for this video, David. Last March, I took 35 high school students to the Bastille market on Sunday morning. They had never experienced anything like it. It was such a pleasure to see their reactions to the produce, the vendors, the whole atmosphere. When your experience has been nothing but supermarkets, a visit like this can be a life changer. This will be on our future itineraries for sure!
    Joyeux Noël!

  • Tout simplement j’adore. Please make some more video, I was there this fall and I miss it. Now I am going to try those recettes. Joyeux Noel.

  • David
    I loved your market video – and I plan to make the Sardine Pate when we get back to Paris after Christmas. Meantime, John is buying me your dessert book for Christmas –

    Warm regards,


  • Of course taste trumps sight. If you close your eyes you can paint your own picture, but just try eating with your schnoz and taste buds closed.

  • awesome! more please (videos).

  • It’s official, I want you to video everywhere you go in Paris. I imagine something as mundane as filling the car with gas would be wonderful there.
    I loved watching your shopping trip to the open-air market, and I really enjoyed watching you cook. I can’t wait to watch more.
    One of your biggest stateside fans!
    aka –

  • What a lovely video. You cook the way I love to cook. More focus on flavor, less on looks. And that sardine pate looks delicious. Sardines are not hard to find in the SF Bay Area, just go into your local Asian supermarket. Unfortunately, they will not be clean and filleted like yours. But for that pate, I think I can move myself to cleaning them myself.

    This video was a lovely treat and I hope for more like it.

  • Loved the video, we love our farmer’s market here in Perth, Western Australia (yeah it’s a long way from Paris!) but it’s not quite the same as Bastille. The sardine paste is quite intriguing. :)

  • I would kill for the recipes for all of these dishes.

    P.S. your French is getting much better :)

  • Love the video, please do more as it adds so much more to your site. After viewing how easy sardines are to cook, I’m not afraid to give a try.

  • David,

    I’m totally feeling the Christmas Crush, and I’m so glad that I took the 6 minutes and 9 seconds to watch your video. It was so calm, soft, delicious and real. Just what I needed to find my center. Thank you!

  • I love your videos David! The menu looked daunting at first, but I can’t believe how easily your meal came together. Thanks for sharing, it’s always nice to visit your kitchen :)

  • What a wonderful video. So charming!

    I would love to know more information about how you put the video together. I am just learning how to put videos like this together and I find the process difficult and it’s seem tricky to make such a high quality video (great picture and sound quality, great framing, etc, the editing, the music)

    Would you be open to sharing how you make a high quality video like this?

  • I loved this video! I hope that this is one of many more to follow. It’s so nice to hear your voice, watch you cook and stroll through the markets.

  • David, love the Tse Tse gratin dish….

  • I adore this video, 6 min 9 sec of vicarious living at it’s best!

  • ooh…!

    …you had me at market, you threw me over the edge at galette…

    merci, merci…


  • David, I too loved this video! Simple ingredients but everything looks so delicious – this is the kind of cooking I would love to make standard in my home. Often we think that the more ingredients there are, the tastier the finished product will be. I look forward to seeing more videos in the future!

  • The video on the Tarte Tatin made me grab my book and try making it! Yes, it was really easy to make! Made our family dinner special! Thanks David!

  • I agree. It comes down to flavor, most of all! Loved the guided tour through the market. Excellent video!

  • I like the video very much.

  • I enjoyed watching your video and oddly enough, so did one of my dogs. As I watched your video on my laptop, he sat beside me on the couch and watched too. He was fascinated. Just thought I would let you know you have an appeal that transcends species.

  • Do more videos, they are delightful! Happy Holidays!

  • Loved your video! It was like the wabi sabi version of a cooking show, charming but not cheesy, informative but not exact, and proof that delicious food doesn’t have to come out of a fancy gourmet kitchen! The bits of conversation are like cooking in your own kitchen with a close friend. Post more s’il vous plait!


  • Love video too….
    Tous les ingrediens necessaires pour une cuisine simple , raffinee et conviviale: de tres bons produits du marche, un savoir faire, un BON couteau, et l envie gourmande de partager…

    Elle aurait aimer elle aussi….

  • Watched this video while waiting for your Fresh Ginger Cake to bake (second one this week)-it’s my new favorite recipe!!!

    I’m sure that others came away from watching the video feeling as I did…I love your life! Thank you for sharing Paris and your food sensibilities. And it was fun to see your kitchen. I cook in a very small space also!

  • quelle joie de vous voir!! hope to see many, many more videos – you are so lovable! oh, and i love your recipes too. :)

  • David – just lovely (as usual). I think I will serve the sardine pate at my holiday party and bask in the compliments. Happy holidays.

  • Fantastic. Hope there are many more.

  • “You’re probably thinking, ‘this doesn’t look very good.’ But at some point bacon doesn’t look very good and we still love it, so bear with me.” And with that I fell in love with you sir. And, I’m in The Netherlands, and I too love shopping on the market. I have nicknames for all my favorite places (Paprika heaven, Awesome Chicken Dude, Cheese porn). Thanks for this!

  • Love the video!!! :) I hope to see more. :)

  • Beautiful. Sincere. Tasty. Thank you for sharing such lovely snippets of your life in Paris. I haven’t made it there yet, but you always inspire me to save, save, save!