The Marché Saxe-Breteuil shrinks or expands in accordance with the day of your visit. During the week, the market- which is the only one to serve the 7th arrondissement- is sleepy and suited to the lighter traffic of leisurely shopping locals.
The weekend sees the market almost double in size, with neighborhood shoppers joined by visiting tourists and out-of-arrondissement Parisians who are drawn to the picturesque setting under the Tour Eiffel and the large variety of fresh produce. Luckily, no matter what day of the week you go, you will find a local farmer selling seasonal produce.
On Thursdays, when the avenue de Saxe is more sparsely populated, I suggest seeking out the Le Trepied stand where Salah LeMaire will give you samples of the farm's excellent heirloom vegetables and help you decide what to do with them once you get home.
During the week you may also find Jean-François Dondaine, a producer from the Ile-de-France region who is also regularly at the market during the weekend.
To get the full market experience, brave the crowds and take a Saturday stroll around Marché Saxe-Breteuil. In addition to the farmers mentioned above, you will have your choice of a few more farmers to visit- including a producteur from the Loiret region who was harkening in spring with fresh artichokes and cucumbers on a recent visit to the marché.
Overcoming your agoraphobia can be rewarded with cookies and cakes with a visit to the "Once Upon a Cake" stand, where Marina Delafond sells her homemade cookies, lemon bars, carrot cake, and more. Look out for Marina at more markets near you as she plans to expand to Marché Monge shortly and will likely add other markets to her rotation.
Avenue de Saxe, 75007
M° Ségur (line 10)
Open Thursdays and Saturdays, 7-14h30