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Although the Raspail market is open on Tuesdays and Fridays as well, every Sunday is organic only, with a dazzling array of the freshest produce, interesting grains, organic wines and more.

On Sundays, Boulevard Raspail from the Rue de Rennes to the Rue du Cherche Midi becomes an organic shopper’s paradise, with a terrific assortment of foods, spices, soaps, and unusual hand-crafted items. No bargain shopping here, but you get what you pay for, some of the most beautiful and healthful food that growers can offer.

Marche Raspail
6th Arrondisement
Metro: Rennes
Marche Biologique (Organic Market) Sundays 7am-3pm

The streets of Paris are indeed a moveable feast. To feel the pulse of the city, peruse the outdoor markets. Some are permanent rues commercantes (commercial streets) with a mix of stalls, cafes and shops selling specialty foods, and others are marches volantes (roving markets), set up on particular days only. Parisians shop daily for fresh bread, produce and the ingredients for meals cooked at home.

Each neighborhood, called an arrondisement, offers a great market experience. You don’t have to be a foodie, to find interest here. It’s a critical component of everyday life, the selection and purchase of the perfect provisions. Vendors take great pains to display their goods artistically and business is conducted with very specific protocol. Just watch how the business of marketing is conducted and follow suit.

Of course, if you have access to a stovetop and oven wherever you are staying, these market day adventures may yield some astonishing results. The simple preparation of best-available ingredients, can be addictive.

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