Marché Cours de Vincennes (Paris)

London & Paris Day 8 Part 1 (Click here to return to the London & Paris Travelogue)
- Marché Cours de Vincennes

If you missed any of the parts :
Click here for Day 8 Part 2- Self Guided Montmartre Tour
Click here for Day 8 Part 3 - Galeries Lafayette & Palais Garnier
Click here for Day 8 Part 4 - Flying back to Singapore via Zurich
 
Staying away from the city centre and touristic area allows you to experience a typical French neighbourhood. At Marché Cours de Vincennes, the vendors love to talk about their products and welcome you to take plenty of pictures! From fish, shellfish, meats, cheese, fresh-cut flowers, breads and many more items! The people here are definitely one of the friendliest I have met in Paris.
A friendly vendor showing us his prawns!
The produce here are definitely fresh and the stall owners are proud of their goods being Productions de l'Ile de France or produced in France. There are many local artisanal alternatives and the marches makes it easy to avoid industrial food and pre-packaged produce.
 
Salmon?
 Look at those crabs. If only we had a kitchen!
Crabs?
Rows of beautiful meat, some of which have been well marinated.
All sorts of meat
The vendors made it their produce easy to cook. For example, some of the meat have been tied up for roasting. You can get many fresh produce here!

You must be thinking, I don't have a kitchen. Why should I visit this market?
They have ready-to-eat produce! You can get a well roasted chicken for a picnic. After all, the Kampung Chicken we have in Singapore is a breed of chicken that originated from France. Yummy.
Poulet
There are plenty of fruits available! Some of them which can be eaten without much preparation. Strawberries, Raspberry, Peaches and many more!
Strawberries, Raspberry, Peaches
Look at those figs. We only see dried ones in Singapore. Figs are commonly eaten raw with a little cheese or dairy spread over them.
Figs
You will be spoilt for choices with the variety of bread!
Bread

Some olives to go with the sandwich or cheese.
Olives

There are other vendors that sell miscellaneous items like shoes and tableware.
Shoes
There are so much more to see!
Eggs


Raw Pastas
Rows of Vegetables
More vegetables
Strawberries and other vegetables.
 
 You could get flowers for your loved ones
Flowers
This is how the market looks like. A row of shops on a road.
Marché Cours de Vincennes
Visiting a market is a great way to meet the locals! There are plenty of Marches(markets) around Paris and you should set aside time to visit at least one of them:
If you are interested in vintage items, head down to a flea market such as the Porte de Clignancourt, Paris's largest flea market.
If you like a historic food market, Marche des Enfants Rouges has a nice wine bar.
  
What you need to know:
- Marché Cours de Vincennes opens on Wednesdays from 7:00am - 2:30pm and Saturdays from 7:00am - 3:00pm. However, some stores close as early as 1:00pm.
- The market attracts more regional maraichers than you will find in most Paris markets.
- There are plenty of markets in Paris, visit one that is close to your hotel!
 
This is the end of my London & Paris Day 8 Part 1
(Click here to return to the London & Paris Travelogue)

Click here for Day 8 Part 2- Self Guided Montmartre Tour
Click here for Day 8 Part 3 - Galeries Lafayette & Palais Garnier
Click here for Day 8 Part 4 - Flying back to Singapore via Zurich
 
Here is a map for Day 8 of my London & Paris Trip.
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About Haoming Koo

Koo Haoming. Founder of The Fat Chemist. Currently an undergrad at the National University of Singapore with a burning passion for science! Inspired to start a blog after reading the book, "Napoleon's Buttons, How 17 Molecules Changed History". The book fills the gap between Chemistry and History. Adapting the style of the book, posts written by me highlight the chemistry in the food we eat.
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