Tucked away on Rue de Bretagne in the heart of the Marais (the trendiest neighbourhood in Paris), Le Marché des Enfants Rouges is a characterful covered food marketplace serving up delectable dishes from countries all over the world. It's hidden from view when you walk around Le Marais, giving it a secret, off-the-beaten-path appeal.
Marche des Enfants Rouges (literally "Market of the Red Children") got its name from an orphanage that once existed nearby this spot, where children wore red clothes donated to them by Christian charities. In 2000, when the space was on the brink of being destroyed to make way for a parking lot, locals campaigned to save it and it was converted into a market that's been a hit ever since.
Whether you're in the mood for a Japanese bento box, Moroccan cous cous, Lebanese sandwiches or French crepes, the vendors here have got you covered. Enjoy your meal on the fly or sit at one of the picnic tables dotted about and mingle with the locals.
To get to Le Marché des Enfants Rouges, hop on the metro and take line 8 to Filles du Calvaire or Arts et Métiers.
Travel tip: Like many places in Le Marais neighbourhood, the market is shut on Mondays. Also note that each market stall's hours vary depending on the day!
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Rue de Bretagne