Marché Saint-Quentin

There are some 70-80 covered markets in Paris, rather few with the original 19th century design. Unfortunately the most famous one, “Les Halles” with its “Baltard pavilions” disappeared in the beginning of the 1970’s. (I wrote about them, last time here). Many are quite modern where the “originals” have been replaced. Some older ones remain, but are used for other purposes (see e.g. here, here and here). I have posted about a few “real” ones (see e.g. here and here). Then there is the special flower market (see here)…. Close to the area where my latest two posts were made, there is one which I would consider as “real”, Marché Saint-Quentin.

This one was created in 1866 and replaced a previous one from 1835, named Saint-Laurent. That one had to go when the new Haussmannian boulevards were created. It seems that the name of the architect of the Marché Saint-Quentin was Rabourdin, but Victor Baltard was probably there in the background, being the official city architect - Saint-Quentin was built more or less simultaneously with the “Baltard pavilions” at "Les Halles". The use of steel and glass was then something new.

I don’t know if this is the best food market in Paris, but there is the usual offer. There are also a few bars and restaurants. One special detail is perhaps the Wallace Fountain (see previous posts here and here) in the middle of the market.


Anonymous said...

I love to think of the atmosphere I'm sure can be breathed in this surroundings! Absolutely charming!
Was Prince Albert's idea the first one with his Crystal Palace type of building?

I'm always impressed when I see a display of different cuts of beef.
I was born in a culture where still a lot of my countrymen have beef for breakfast...steak sandwiches (filet mignon the most popular) ground beef soup, beef stew and the general favorite steak with fried eggs and onions.
For the real gourmet of course, there are meat boutiques, where he/she can find beef flown in from Argentina......
Writing about this should make me hungry but for the fact that I don't care too much for meat.

Thank you so much, M. Peter for this article. We learn so much from them.

claude said...

Le marché Saint Quentin ressemble aux halles de Béziers qui il paraît ressemble à celles d'Avignon (avant) et à celles de Narbonne. Ils semblerait que ce soit les oeuvres du même architecte.

claude said...

Je ne parle pas forcément du Marché Saint, mais des autres.
Je vois aussi l'enseigne "l'euro bazar". ON peut dire aussi que c'est le bazar, l'euro !

Siddhartha Joshi said...

I actually feel really bad to see the old markets to go, they are usually my favorite part whenever I visit a new city.

Checked some of the older posts you linked to, must say very detailed. I also like how you use the map to mark the location! :)