Location: Place d'Aligre, 75012 Paris.
Metro: Ledru-Rollin #8 Line
Open On: Tuesday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. resuming at 4:00 - 7:30 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. resuming at 3:30 - 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
This rambunctious market is often described as an Algerian, African, or Asian market, because of the variety of specialty produce it offers. It's inexpensive and therefore a madhouse. It could literally be described as shoulder to shoulder, in fact, the crowds can be so massive, it may be difficult to see what is being offered for sale. Any more than two people deep at a stand and my interest wanes. Therefore no photos at this time. It should be noted that the quality of the produce is sometimes suspect, so get a good look at what you're purchasing.
Location: Ave Ledru-Rollin (between rue de Lyon and rue de Bercy) 75012 Paris
Metro: Gare de Lyon #1 or #14 Lines, Quai de la Rapée #5 Line
Open On: Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and Saturday 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Another of the smaller food markets, Ledru-Rollin still maintained a wide variety of seafood for it's size and didn't waste any space on non food items. It was the first market where there was a wine presence that was noticeable; which made for convenient one stop shopping in this neighborhood.
Location: Place Maubert, 75005 Paris.
Metro: Maubert-Mutualité #10 Line
Open On: Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and Sat. 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Perhaps the smallest of the roving markets, Maubert purchases may always be supplemented from nearby shops selling dairy products, bakery goods, and charcuterie. The market itself sells a variety of produce, cheese, bread, house wares and some clothing accessories, such as scarves and shawls. I've seen French soap, as well as herbs and honey from Provence on occasion.
Location: Place Monge, 75005 Paris.
Metro: Place-Monge #7 Line
Open On: Wednesday & Friday 7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and Sunday 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
For anyone staying near the Place Contrescarpe, the Marche Monge is a good fit. If you want to wallow in food all day long, you can meander your way to Rue Mouffetard, one of the better market streets in Paris, that has a permanent open air market at its southern end. On the day I visited Marche Monge it was a rather small affair, but I've been told it is bigger later in the week. Still, the variety of produce and other food products was good and so was the quality.
Location: Av. du President Wilson, 16th Arrondissement
Metro: Iena #9 Line, Pont de L'Alma,or Trocadero
Open On: Wednesday & Saturday 7a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Easy to walk to from the the Pont de L'Alma Metro stop, or by foot, on the bridge crossing the Seine from the Eiffel tower, I would make another suggestion. If you're going very early, since it opens at 7 a.m., the Trocadero Metro stop will afford you the opportunity for a dawn lit photo of the Eiffel Tower.
Since there's another detailed post of the market, the following photos are ideas for those souvenirs. French gray sea salt and fleur de sel are sold inexpensively in France. The assortments of herbs and spices are easy to pack, but the combination of them in items like Cort Bouillon is a bit more interesting. Flavored salts are getting more and more exotic (cinnamon, mint, truffle) and so are the preserves (grapefruit rose). Although there are no photos, French mustard is sold in various flavors (walnut, truffle, violet, citron, Piment de Esplette and tarragon). Who could resist lavender flavored honey? So many choices, so little luggage space. Just remember not to put liquids or pastes like marzipan in your carry on luggage if you want it to make the trip home with you.