The Northernly neighborhood that houses the covered Marché La Chapelle is not foreign to me as I've often made trips out there to visit the various Asian food supermarkets and bodegas. These are my favorite local spots to pick up fried tofu, ingredients for Kimchi, and other Asian delights that one can't easily find at the traditional marché.
Each time I've gone to the neighborhood, I checked in on the progress renovating the covered market on Rue de l'Olive. While work was being done on the marketplace, vendors set up a makeshift market à côté, with tents protecting butchers and veggie vendors from the elements all year-round. Now these determined dealers finally have a place to call home.
The completion of the covered market, decked out with classy new stalls and plenty of space to spread out, is a welcome addition not only for the vendors, but for the entire community.
The marketplace is located in the heart of a classic Parisian quartier convivial
surrounded by pedestrian streets complemented by café terrasses that spill out onto the cobbled rues
. I've always liked the vibe of this neighborhood, accesorized by laid back afternoon coffee drinkers and clear cultural mélange
that make the 'hood an enjoyable spot to stock up on Bok Choy
at Paris Store
and pop in for peaches and cream at the marché.
As the community begins to really take advantage of this new resource, I forsee the Marché LA Chapelle growing into something unique and valuable for the neighborhood. As it stands, Marché La Chapelle is a little sleepy and the stands are fairly standard. There aren't any independent producers, but the butcher seems to have ties to a local pig farm. They seem really into pigs, actually- so that's nice to see.
Another promising stand was the wine shop where you could buy bulk wine. For a refundable 2 euro you can "rent" a wine bottle and fill it up from a variety of kegs. When I was at the market, at around 17h, the vendor was arranging tasting tables and putting some bottles au frais setting the scene for a degustation.
All in all, Marché La Chapelle has profited from its renovation and provides a lovely facility for vendors, I hope that independent vendors and producers will flock to the site because that's what the marché is really missing at present, and maybe a little heart- but I'm sure the locals are ready to provide that.
Marché La Chapelle
10 rue de l'Olive
m° Marx Dormoy (line 12)
Tuesday-Saturday: 8h30-13h & 16h-19h30