Paris Travel Planner   Organic (Bio) Markets, Paris, France
Organic products are increasing in popularity, and the markets of Paris are keeping up with the trend.




As you visit markets in Paris, you'll often find a selection of items—or even entire stalls—marked as biologique, or organic. The short appellation bio is increasingly common.

If you want only organic, then go on Saturday or Sunday to one of Paris's three strictly organic markets, which offer only bio products.

The largest and best known is the Marché Biologique Raspail, open on Sundays. Covering the length of the Boulevard Raspail, between the Rue de Rennes and the Rue du Cherche-Midi in the 6th arrondissement (métro Rennes), the market has a loyal following and a great range of offerings, from produce to meats and fish, to a variety of cheeses and breads, to clothing and organic cosmetics.

At the northern end, near Rue du Cherche-Midi, you'll smell the delicious aroma of potato-onion pancakes, cooked while you wait. Some stalls sell prepared items, including roast chicken and savory tarts. You can easily put together a meal or a picnic. In season, piles of fresh organic fruit, such as these cherries, will greet you.

Organic cherries, Raspail Market, Paris

Although the official hours are 9:00 — 3:00, many stalls tend to close by 2:00, so you'll want to get there early. Also, note that on Tuesdays and Fridays there is a regular—not organic—market in the same location.

Farther out of the center is the Marché Biologique des Batignolles, on the wide Boulevard des Batignolles in the 17th arrondissement. With many of the same vendors as the Raspail market, the Batignolles market is less crowded and has its own loyal clients. Closest métro stops are Rome or Place de Clichy. The Batignolles organic market is open on Saturdays from 9:00 — 3:00 (but see note above about early closing).

The smallest of the organic markets in Paris is the Marché Biologique Brancusi, at the Place Constantin Brancusi, at rue de l'Ouest. In the 14th arrondissement, just south of the Gare Montparnasse (closest métro Gaité), this small market tends to serve the local neighborhood. It's open on Saturday, and vendors focus on fruits and vegetables and dairy and cheese, with some offerings of seafood and bread.

It's easy to find organic foods in Paris, whether at a specialty market like these or in specific stalls in larger markets. Just look for the signs indicating bio or AB (Agriculture Biologique) as you shop.

Paris Markets

Covered Markets in Paris

Market Streets

Food & Drink in Paris

Restaurant Areas in Paris

Our Meals in Paris

What to See & Do in Paris

Planning Your Time in Paris

Shopping in Paris

Paris Hotels

Paris Métro

Paris Transportation


Paris Girls Secret Society, a novel by Tom Brosnahan


Carrots and beets, Raspail market, Paris

Above, Fresh carrots and beets, Raspail Organic Market, Paris.

Below, Fresh produce, Batignolles Organic Market, Paris.

Fresh organic produce, Batignolles market, Paris

FTP on Facebook    
Pinterest    Twitter