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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Little Bookroom; 2 edition (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936941007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936941001
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.6 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“A snappy little guide book. If you want a taste of daily life–as the Parisians live it–spend some time browsing the street markets of Paris.”  –Rick Steves, host of “Travel with Rick Steves” on National Public Radio

"What can be more 'French' than a trip to Paris with lazy days spent browsing and tasting in the fresh food markets or finding a bargain in a flea market? Not much, and this book is the perfect companion to take with you." --The French Village Diaries


"To find the most interesting stops, pack a copy of Markets of Paris...small enough to fit into your shopping tote." --The Boston Globe

"All the information you need to explore the city's marvelous markets." --France Today

"One of the Best Books of 2012." --House Beautiful

"This smartly designed pocket guide is thorough, complete with practical information (hours of operation, closest metro station, etc) and packed to the gills with fantastic photos. I can't recommend this book enough to those traveling to Paris and particularly those with a profound appreciation for market culture." --Lindsey Tramuta, Lost in Cheeseland

"Markets of Paris is going to be in my luggage on my next trip to Paris. It is the best book to use if you are a 'foodie' but are not a local. The foot work is done, so you can just pick and choose your interests, then take the Métro and enjoy the treasures of Paris. "— Marc Bauer, Master Chef, French Culinary Institute

"This is the book I wish I had had with me on my last visit to Paris. I'll just have to return to Paris armed with this guide.  What a great lens to view this magnificent city through - plus I love the way it just slips into a pocket." — Deborah Madison, author of Local Flavors and Seasonal Fruit Desserts

"While most general travel guides list the major Parisian markets, like the famous Marché aux Fleurs and Marché aux Puces de Clignancourt, this guide details all the markets in the city selling food, antiques, books, crafts, and more. Entries provide the standard information for all markets, such as location, days and hours of operation, and nearest Metro stop, as well as the authors' recommendations and detailed descriptions of the articles offered for sale, including specialty items. For travelers with limited time, suggested itineraries list markets by geographic area and open days, which allows the reader to find, for example, a flea market on the Right Bank that is open on Mondays. . . . travelers wanting to experience Paris by strolling its markets with the locals will find this guide invaluable.” —Library Journal
 
"A wonderful book. . . . The book is more than a listing of where to locate open and roving markets—it helps you narrow down which ones are better, what personality each market has, and what you can expect to find at your favorite." —BonjourParis
 
"You can find pretty much anything you want in the markets of Paris: old letters, dead bears, live chickens. The only problem is that you'd have to roam around hours and hours to find them. The newly released book by Markets of Paris is a vade mecum for any focused Parisian shopper. A pocket sized book with hundreds of listing, the book will save you hours of searching for obscure curios. . . . the book is priceless." —Gridskipper
 
“This is the perfect book format for toting around Paris. . .Markets of Paris describes in thoughtful prose a variety of Paris markets, focusing primarily on the 65 outdoor food markets that are an essential part of the Paris landscape. . . .But, for me, what really sets this book apart is the careful prose. Time is taken to capture the essence of how one market’s aura can differ from any other in Paris...There’s just enough here to whet your appetite, get you into the Metro, or putting on your walking shoes to explore neighborhoods that may have escaped your attention.” —ParisLogue
 
"There's shopping, and then there's shopping in Paris. For those fortunate enough to have the problem of finding the best Parisian goods, be it cheese, clothing, botanical prints or porcelain, there's Markets of Paris." —Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
 
"Markets of Paris catalogs every market in the city, from the fresh meat and produce stalls of the open-air Marche Barbes to the quaint fabric vendors of the Marche Saint-Pierre. It's a perfect guide to a quintessentially romantic feature of the city that's often difficult for visitors to navigate." —Culture & Travel

From the Back Cover

Perhaps the most pleasurable way for anyone to experience Paris is to meander through its charming markets. Markets of Paris, 2nd Edition, visits more than one hundred, including open-air food markets, historic covered markets, and the city's legendary flea, antique, craft and ephemera markets. You'll discover a wide variety of unique items, from antique books and botanical prints to regional crafts and flea market finds, as well as gourmet items and the bounty of the French countryside. Organized by arrondissement for easy planning, descriptions help travelers plan where to go, what to expect, and which specialties to seek out while there. This unique guide provides an unforgettable and inspired way to experience the local culture.

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Customer Reviews

I'm going to Paris, and this book is very helpful.
L. K. Bennett
THE MARKETS OF PARIS is a valuable book, even if you're not planning an immediate visit because it's filled with interesting information and stunning photos.
Beth M.
I will definitely use this for our next trip to Paris.
suzanne

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Carol Franco on May 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
I'd been to Paris many times and thought I'd gotten to know the city pretty well. But when I saw this charming little book in my local bookstore and bought it, I discovered a Paris I'd never known existed. Pocket-sized and easy to tote around, The Markets of Paris offers a glimpse of Paris rarely seen by tourists and often overlooked or even unknown to some Parisians. Organized around the 20 arrondissements for easy planning, it captures the unique qualities of each market in photos and text, whether your interest is in food, clothing, antiques, crafts, books, or legendary flea markets. It's the perfect companion! No one visiting - or living in - Paris should be without this guide. I can't wait to return, and see a Paris I've missed all these years.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Kolbert on May 24, 2012
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I found Markets of Paris to be very well organized and informative. Having lived there, I know how difficult it can be to understand the
arrondissements/areas of the city. Dixon and Williams not only give the reader a wide selection of markets, but also include excellent visuals.
Two maps, one in the front of the book and the other in the back are relevant and very helpful. Their writing is succinct and flavorful. The photos are colorful and fun to look at. Lastly they give important advice and hints to help you if you're eating out in Paris or want something to do on a Sunday. Bravo!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ParisBreakfast on May 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
The new additon of MARKETS OF PARIS has many endearing features.
For one it's lighter weight thanks to thiner weight paper, so you can take it with you yet there are 50 more pages.
There are maps fore and aft in the front pages missing in the 2006 edition.
It's much more user-friendly organized by area (arrondissement) rather than Paris Center-Left Bank-North-West etc.
In the back of the book there's an OPEN ON SUNDAY list that is invaluable.
Altogether a very useful book worth throwing in your suitcase.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Barbara G. Young on July 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
The only thing that would make it better is a Kindle edition for my iPhone so I don't have to carry the book around when visiting Paris. I'd buy it again electronically. So please click the "request Kindle edition" link.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By william poole on October 17, 2012
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I agree with each positive review I have read about this guide. But what could have been the best guide to Paris markets and a source of captivating facts suffers from a decision which considerably impairs its usefulness. This weakness has been mentioned in at least one of the negative reviews.

The texts are excellent: informative, colorful, and detailed. The photography is stunning. Graphic illustrations are superior. Unfortunately, an apparent attempt to make the size of the volume convenient for travelers has resulted in the use of a spidery lightface font of such small size as to make it extremely difficult if not nearly impossible to consult while walking, riding on a bus or the Metro, in a taxi or just in low light. It's a shame, because the content of this little guide is exceptional and the authors are to be congratulated for their labors. I lived in Paris, have visited many of the markets covered, and co-authored a series of guidebooks to Paris hotels and restaurants so I know how equally important this little guide is to both the traveler and to a resident and how much effort it took to prepare it. Note: I have seen only the second edition and do not know if the first edition may have had a more readable font.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ellyfrank on May 18, 2012
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Loved it! This is a very reliable guide for the great markets of Paris, plus restaurant recommendations. The directions are great, the photos and organization of the book makes it very easy to use. It was wonderful to have the history of the places that we visited, it enriched all our adventures. Without this guide we would have walked past the wonderful passages that we enjoyed so much. It is a little treasure!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Quesenberry on August 6, 2012
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If you are a lover of Paris markets, and even if you aren't, this is a must-have book. It is small enough to put in your purse and carry with you wherever the Metro might take you. I discovered new and different markets on my visit this year and I especially like Marche Raspail which carries organic products on Sunday (along with some of the best sugar-free cookies). You will become a lover of all things Paris and wonderful market places with this small book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gazza on July 12, 2012
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A must have pocket companion for your next trip to Paris. Has good descriptions and info on Parisian markets spread across all arrondissements with a few scattered photo's to keep you hooked and looking for more.
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