The Marché Couvert Saint Martin is a small but all-encompassing market between Republique, Chateau d’Eau and Jacques Bonsergent.
The site has played home to various markets since 1854, around the time Baron Haussmann was cutting loose with civic planning and rebuilding Paris as we know it today.
Extensive construction in-and-around the market has resulted in a confusingly modern facade, framed by the original stone gates, replete with framed glass and contemporary ventilation.
But regardless, this cesspool of architecture is a near-perfect place to experience the day-to-day of Parisian food and listen to passionate proprietors share their insights with locals.
You can find everything you need – fish, meat, cheese, shellfish, vegetables, wine, dairy – alongside a displaced German food store, Italian deli and Au Comptoir de Brice, a little café serving up daily specials at the heart of the market.
Marché Couvert Saint Martin, 33 rue du Château d’Eau 75010
Tuesday – Saturday: 8.30am – 1pm, 4pm – 7pm
Sunday: 8.30am – 1pm