Route vers le Marché Biologique des Batignolles
~ Marché Biologique des Batignolles – 17ième arrondissement ~
* Organic Market of Les Batignolles – 17th arrondissement*
- Address: 34 Boulevard des Batignolles
- Nearest Metro: Place de Clichy, Rome
- Hours: Saturday from 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m
After readying this –> post from the lovely Melissa, I knew I HAD to visit this market one day.
From a person who’s gone from eating junk junk junk to trying to eat as organic/clean as possible (on and off obviously but now really trying to hunker down again), I wanted to check out the organic part of the market and see what they offer.
This Saturday, after having gone over my allotted ‘morning sleep in’ hours, I got dressed and decided to walk to the market.
I walked up Avenue Hoche until I got to big golden gates (that I didn’t know existed at the end of my street)… checked my phone to see if I could go through here to get to the market and yes!! I could so… I clicked my heels three times…
… and walked towards what looked to be a lovely park with an abundant number of people huffing and puffing getting their cardio done or children cruising on their little scooters.
(I also found my future house for my future husband and I to live in)
I couldn’t believe how pretty and clean this little park was, the small structures, it even had a working carousel! a small pond with ducks and a few roses in bloom (in January… yes I know)!
I couldn’t help but take a few quick photos of the things that stood out and I could of taken more but I was pressed for time.
Not having realized that the Organic Market closed at 14h (2 p.m.), I only had an hour and a half left to get there and not knowing exactly where the market was, I had to hurry.
I walked out of the Park Monceau, sun was shining, onto Monceau street and took a little side street…
Took a detour and walked until I found the little market (not going to lie, I was a little lost) then all of a sudden there I was standing at the head of the market.
This market was small, intimate and sold lots of fresh produce and fruit, fresh meat and seafood, sauces, cheese, health products, honey!, list goes on! and all organic. Everything indicates where its from and the price per item or per Kg.
3 sweet potatoes, a small pineapple, 2 avocados, 4 branches of kale, bunch of carrots, a bag of trail mix that I put together (15€!!!) and 2 pears were purchased.
I didn’t have much time to take photos but promise next time I go, I’ll update this post with more pictures because it really is a cute market. 🙂
I almost bought 10 gorgeous roses but put them back… why?
I don’t have a vase to put them in…
How SAD!!! (Another item to add to my list of things to buy) 😉
Once I had perused the market quickly a second time, all the merchants packing up, I headed down Avenue des Batignolles to go back home.
I brought my metro card to take the metro back home but the sun was out and I couldn’t not take advantage of it.
I slowly started walking back, enjoying the sun and I came across a little store link: http://www.bio-prestige-paris.fr/, crossed the street and walked in.
A wonderful french/italian organic store in which you can buy organic products or stop to have a little snack.
I was greeted with a smile and a happy ‘Bonjour!’, they sell everything from fresh pasta, to fresh butter, ready made sauces to dried fruit. The lady who was there was extremely sweet and helpful.
Will definitely be going back as I love supporting little stores who genuinely appreciate their customers.
I added grass fed butter (bullet proof coffee anyone?), pasta sauce, 85% dark chocolate organic eggs and tomato soup to my grocery bag.
I walked back through the park and unloaded my bag onto the counter back home, happy of my purchases.
Not minding that I paid a bit more than I would in a regular grocery store, (I think all the products below cost me around 40€’s), I was happy to support a local market and those who provided service with a smile.
(You rarely get those at your mainstream French grocery store).
I then proceeded to make myself a HUGE kale salad with carrots, various nuts and boiled eggs.
I’ll be heading out to the covered market next Saturday and bring my camera this time. 🙂
Have had plans to go to the Marché Biologique Raspail since Friday and even though I woke up this morning riddled with allergies (hello spring?), I quickly got dressed, put my face on, texted my friend Fabiana and we were to meet in 30 minutes.
I`ve shopped the Marché Biologique Les Batignolles in the 17th arrondissement and wanted to compare so I headed dooooown unda to the metro, hopped in and got out at the Rennes station (M12) as the exit is right at the entrance of the market.
The address of Raspail market is at the Entrance of les rues du Cherche Midi et de Rennes, in the 6th arrondissement and open from 9AM to 3PM on Sundays during regular hours.
Not sure if the hours change during the summer or what not but here’s a good site to check: Marché Biologique Raspail if you need more information.
As I walked out, I was instantly greeted by the smell of fresh fish from the fish stand and I also noticed right away that this market was a bit bigger than the one in the 17th.
I walked the whole length once to see what it all had to offer and on the way back, I would make my purchases.
Goal today was meat, nuts and vegetables and there was more than enough to fulfill what I was looking for.
I absolutely love walking these markets, smelling the fresh lavender of home made soaps, bouquets of perfect roses of different colours, the vibrant reds, oranges, yellows and greens of all the fruits and vegetable, the smell of rotisserie chickens and most of all, I love the people behind the counters always smiling and giving out a ‘Bon Dimanche!’ or ‘Bonne Semaine!’ accompanied by a heartfelt thank you while handing you the brown paper bags full of goodies.
I spent about an hour and a half and would recommend the market to anyone who wants fresh organic products of good quality. You pay a bit more but you’re not eating things pumped full of pesticides and what not which in the end, is better for you. I personally think it’s worth it for certain products (example: leafy greens).
I’m already looking forward to going next Sunday!
Todays bag included a hunk of steak (set me back 22 euros!!), artichokes, carrots, asparagus, avocado, cucumbers, bag of trail mix, sweet potatoes, kale and organic eggs.
I’ve already had some asparagus dipped in a bit of olive oil, red wine vinegar and they were de.li.cious!
BON DIMANCHE!!! 🙂