October is a great “fooding” month, as the seasonal change means shoppers can still enjoy summer fruits like melons and berries, and the new fall harvest brings lovely squash, pumpkin (for eating, not for Halloween), and various mushrooms (girolles, cepes). The marchés are a great place to experience the bounty of the fall harvest, and this is also the new season for huitres (oysters). Some of our favorite marchés in Paris are:
• Rue Cler, 7th Arrondissement. One of the more fashionable markets where Julia Child shopped when she lived in Paris. Open Tuesday-Saturday and Sunday morning.
• Marché des Enfants Rouges, 3rd Arrondissement. This covered market is one of the oldest in Paris, and is known for its great values. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 8:30am to 1pm and from 4pm to 7pm; Sunday from 8:30am to 1pm.
• Boulevard Raspail, 6th Arrondissement. This is known for one of the best organic markets in the city, and is next to the chic Rue du Bac and Boulevard Saint Germain des Pres. Open Tuesday, Friday and Sunday morning (Sunday is organic only).
• Village d’Auteuil, 16th Arrondissement. You won’t find tourists here. Just local Parisians buying from their favorite vendors. Open Wednesday and Saturday morning.