Gallery: Market Scene: Bastille Market in Paris

Sunday morning at Bastille Market
Sunday morning at Bastille Market

Locals and visitors alike come out in droves to browse, ogle, and shop the great variety of foods at Bastille Market.

Winter vegetables
Winter vegetables

Carrots, gourds, and other seasonal vegetables are to be expected at the market.

Browsing the market
Browsing the market

Look but don't touch at French markets, unless otherwise invited.

Produce signs
Produce signs
Browsing the market
Browsing the market

Note the exotic fruits, not grown around these parts.

Non-seasonal
Non-seasonal

The markets in France are very traditional, but they are not tied to the local ideology that we have come to expect in the US. Imported foods like tomatoes, citrus, and pineapples are available throughout the year at these outdoor markets.

Maroc Oranges
Maroc Oranges

Individually-wrapped Moroccan oranges.

Produce
Produce

A colorful display.

Market etiquette
Market etiquette

Customers should ask the seller to select and bag requested items for them—never pick and fondle the food yourself.

Brussels Sprouts
Brussels Sprouts

Choux de Bruxelles.

Champignons
Champignons

Mushrooms of every shape and size.

Eggs on display
Eggs on display
Goose eggs
Goose eggs

When chickens simply aren't enough.

Italian and Portuguese Specialties
Italian and Portuguese Specialties

Some stalls at the market offer more exotic items from Italy and Portugal.

Olive vendor
Olive vendor

Like this enormous olive display.

Olives
Olives
Dairy seller
Dairy seller

Butter, eggs, and cheese are on sale at this dairy vendor.

Cutting Camembert
Cutting Camembert

One of France's stinkiest (and most beloved) cheeses.

Fishmongers
Fishmongers

Fish and seafood sellers offer a huge variety of aquatic options at the Bastille Market.

Lobsters and Crabs
Lobsters and Crabs
Mussels
Mussels

For mountains of moules-frites (you know, the famous Belgian dish with a French name).

Dogfish
Dogfish
Prawns
Prawns
Horse hoof oysters
Horse hoof oysters

These wild oysters are so named for the hoof-shaped imprint they leave in the sand.

Scallops
Scallops
Spider Crabs
Spider Crabs

Named for its long, spindly legs.

Sea urchins
Sea urchins
Tastings
Tastings

If ogling all the delicious options at the market inspire an appetite, some fishmongers offer a raw bar or oysters and urchins to be slurped down on the spot.

Rotisserie chickens
Rotisserie chickens

There's plenty of cooked food available for Parisians to take home and snack on as they prepare Sunday night's dinner.

More rotisserie chickens
More rotisserie chickens

According to David Lebovitz, "The one problem I found, though, is that if I buy a roast chicken at my market, the moment I get home I rip open the waxy paper sack and just start picking away at the meat and skin." Yep, sounds about right.

Alsatian stands
Alsatian stands

This meat market stand, specializing in food from Alsace, offers choucroute (sauerkraut) and other prepared food.

Choucroute
Choucroute

Sausages, hocks, and other chunks of meat all cooked together in sauerkraut, making a hearty meal for a chilly fall morning.

Boucherie
Boucherie

The butcher stands, most specializing in particular types of meat, have distinct red and white stripes.

Game birds
Game birds

Fall is the season for game birds in France. All sorts of poultry can be found hanging from the ceilings of butcher displays.

Game birds
Game birds

The heads are left on, unplucked, so customers can verify what kind of birds they are purchasing. (In this case, pigeons.)

Offal
Offal

Veal and lamb organ meats.

Chevaline D. Adam
Chevaline D. Adam

This stall specializes in horse meat.

Cutting horse meat to order
Cutting horse meat to order
Poire
Poire

The poire, or "pear" in English, is a cut taken from the horse's rear legs.

Pork roasts
Pork roasts

Many of the butchers offer roasts tied and ready to go in the oven, like these Basque roasts topped with chorizo and cheese, and bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin.

Quails stuffed with liver
Quails stuffed with liver
Poupiette de veau
Poupiette de veau

Tied parcels of ground veal are wrapped with a cutlet and a fat cap.

Head cheese
Head cheese

No dairy here—just meat from the head of a calf mixed with spices and set in aspic.

Sausages
Sausages

Dried and fresh versions abound.

Apple tarts
Apple tarts

And of course, there are pastries!

More pastries
More pastries
Watch out for shopping carts!
Watch out for shopping carts!

These rolling carts are a notorious hazard at French markets—as are the old ladies who pull them indiscriminately through the crowds.

Market crowds
Market crowds

Be sure to get to the market early—by 10 a.m. it's so packed that browsing can get difficult.