I'm a cheap date - lunch at the Moroccan stand at the Marche des Enfants Rouge
In a city full of fantastic restaurants, I frequently tease Stephane that he's lucky that I'm such a cheap date. Give me a steaming bowl of udon noodles at Kunitoraya, an overstuffed falafal at L'As de Falafal or a savory tajine from the Moroccan stand at the Marche des Enfants Rouges and you've made my day.
If you would like a change of pace from steak frites and croque monsieurs, join me for lunch at the oldest market in Paris. Dating from 1615, the Marche des Enfants Rouge has partially covered stalls offering a wide range of tempting, inexpensive food. Scattered amongst the fruit, vegetables, fish, fresh pasta and flowers are stands featuring Japanese, African, Italian and Lebanese dishes. Take it away or eat your lunch in the convivial atmosphere of this small yet bustling market. Best of all, you'll have some money left over for dessert.
Marche des Enfants Rouges
39 rue de Bretagne
75003 Paris (Haut Marais)
Opening hours have recently changed. According to the man selling vin chaud, the market is open Tuesday-Sunday for lunch and Tuesday-Saturday for an early dinner. It's closed on Monday.
Do you know of a place for cheap eats in Paris? If so, please leave a comment. Stephane is always happy to take me out for lunch as long as the price is right!
|There's always a long line of hungry people waiting for the tajines at the Moroccan stand.|
|The wait isn't so bad because you're standing next to this flower stall. |
Plus, you'll probably need plenty of time to decide between the tantalizing
tastes of tajines, couscous, kebabs, salads and Moroccan sweets.
|Need some tips on how to make couscous at home. |
Step around to the back of the stand and watch the chefs at work!
|The Marche des Enfants Rouge is a bustling place every day of the week, but it's especially busy on Saturday. As the simple tables made of wood or tile are in big demand, don't expect to linger very long after you've finished your meal.|
|Be sure to get a cup of vin chaud ("hot wine") before leaving the market.|
It's the perfect hand warmer for a chilly fall day and it tastes pretty good, too!