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Walk North from Rue de Turbigo and experience one of the more eclectic market streets of Paris.

Chic mixes with scruff, in the heart of the area which used to be home to the great enclosed market called Les Halles. Great food shops abound.

Stohrer, at #51 rue Montorgueil, is one of the city’s best bakeries. There are many cafes to choose from, including the old world l’Escargot Montorgueil (#38) and Au Rocher de Cancale (#78), spilling out onto the sidewalk.

Rue Montorgueil
1st Arrondisement
Metro: Les Halles
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-6pm and Sunday morning

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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