Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A social affair at Le Marché Couvert Enfants Rouges

I wasn't sure what to expect of the oldest covered market in Paris, established in 1628. I also hadn't known how it got its name--"enfants rouges" refers to the children dressed in red who had lived in the orphanage originally situated on the site. Sadly, much of its history was lost in the '80s when the original Baltard-style building was torn down.
As a result, Enfants Rouges Covered Market is quite unassuming and lacks most (if not all) of the charm that the 3rd arrondissement is known for. Yet it still manages to be wonderfully appealing. This historical Parisian site seems to have captured the essence of what the city is today: multicultural. 

Tables surround the unimpressive structure where tourists join locals to enjoy Lebanese, Italian, Moroccan, French, Caribbean, and Belgian delicacies. I couldn't resist the 12.90 euro assiette from the Lebanese stand which includes three salads + falafels/brochette of lamb/marinated chicken + stewed vegetables with herbs + flat bread + baklava/juice.

With my appetite deliciously appeased, I then wandered to marvel at the international food products (and other menus):

This is a market to visit with friends of all ages (if you're lucky, they'll be as cute company as Miss Adelaide pictured above) for lunch, a glass of wine, or even to pick up food to-go. There are flowers and produce for purchase as well. 
Le Marché Couvert Enfants Rouges
Où? 39, rue de Bretagne, Paris 75003
Quand? Tuesday- Saturday, 8:30am-1pm, 4pm-7:30pm (8pm on Friday and Saturday); Sunday, 8:30am-2pm
Comment? Metro Temple, Filles du Calvaire
P.S. Be sure to check out the antique stands to the left of the back exit! They too have their fair share of world treasures.

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