The colours of the buildings may be subdued but there’s plenty of brighter colour to be found on the streets of Paris, as here on a drizzly day at Marché Popincourt.  When I stopped off there at lunchtime the market was surprisingly quiet, so I could take a few photos without getting in anyone’s way. It’s not always this peaceful.

There are over sixty regular street markets in Paris, not including the covered markets with permanent stalls and the specialist markets, such as those for art, stamps or caged birds. Each market has its own character and a different selection of stalls.  Marché Popincourt, to be found at the north end of Boulevard Richard Lenoir twice a week, is mostly fruit and veg with some fish, cheese and clothes stalls.  Nothing too exotic.

Some of the stalls offer a carefully arranged, balanced selection of all the fruit and veg a regular customer might require, probably straight from Rungis wholesale market this morning. Others have a more limited, or specialised, range, direct from a few local growers.  If you wanted some salad or a few carrots you’d be spoilt for choice here.

Some stalls work on the ‘pile it high and sell it quick’ principle.  All this fruit is one euro a kilo, so don’t try asking for two apples!


This stall offers organic (or bio) produce including multicoloured peppers, Jerusalem artichokes from Brittany, walnuts and dried pineapple.

The contents of my shopping bag are a good sample of Marché Popincourt produce:  two beautifully wrapped slices of cheese, one fine bunch of organically grown curly kale, two knobbly; winter squash from a local grower, one bunch of radishes, a pomegranate, some Red William pears…. and a large bag of unidentified apples.