Ever go to a market expecting one thing, only to find something refreshingly different? That’s how it was with our visit to the Saturday morning market near Pont de l’Alma in Paris’ 16th arrondissement. It’s only a stone’s throw away from the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysee and a handful of Paris top ten sights. Given all this, we figured the market fancy, polished, and full of tour groups.
Instead, the market (also known as the President Wilson Market) was full of local neighbors doing their weekly shopping for fresh vegetables, honey, seafood, cheese, meat and herbs. People were friendly, even in response to our swooning over piles of aged cheeses. Vendors answered questions about coeur de boeuf tomatoes, foie gras (never get a foie gras vendor started on imports from the east!), and oysters.
Take a look for yourself by opening the panorama below.
Panorama: Pont de l’Alma Market, Paris