This is for a series of posts related to a Paris 2014 trip including:
L’Arpège, Maison va Privat, L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon: St. Germain, British Airways, First Hotel Paris, Maison Berthillon, La Carrousel de la Tour Eiffel, Brasserie de la Girandole, Royal Cambronne, Relais de l'Entrecote: Montparnasse, L'as Du Fallafel, Le Ronsard, and Rue Montorgueil Market.
One of the top things on our list of things to do while in Paris? Visit a fresh air market and have a picnic overlooking the Eiffel Tower.
We opted to check out the market at Rue Montorgueil, which is located around the 1st and 2nd arrondissement, by the Etienne Marcel Metro.
This market is typically open Tuesday through Saturdays, as well as Sunday mornings. Fresh produce, fish, bread, cheese, and charcuterie are on offer, with an amazing variety on display.
In fact, I've never seen so many varieties of strawberries - delicious. Just make sure you know how many grams you're looking to get!
While walking through the market, we were feeling a bit peckish so opted for a freshly made crepe. We had a nice conversation with the proprietor, who took great pride in his Brittany-style products.
Ultimately, the GF and I decided to get some cheese and fresh bread to take on our picnic.
We got a fragrant round of goat's milk cheese, which the cheese monger graciously sliced for us to enjoy.
Along with a huge, hearty, half-portion of artisanal bread (yes, that's a half portion!), the tangy, grassy cheese made for a great snack.
So if you're in Paris, don't hesitate to eschew the Michelin-starred restaurants and cafes. Sometimes the best things are simple. Grab some picnic fare and set your sights on the scenic route.
We opted to go just west of the Louvre - in the Jardin de Tuileries. This is a perfect picnic spot, with plenty of shade if needed, and offers a gorgeous view of the Eiffel Tower.