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A day in September (before COVID)

It was comfortable and sunny when we set off from my apartment on Rue St. Lazare in the 9th arrondissement, and headed west.

My friend Peg was staying with me and had suggested this as a Saturday morning outing.

We walked by the Eglise de la Sainte Trinité which was getting a facelift and then headed north on Avenue de Clichy.  We could take a number of small streets to get there, so we veered left onto Rue de Liege and then up Rue de Moscou which took us right to our destination.

The Batignolles Market, known in French as Marché biologique des Batignolles!


Organic vegetable stand at the Batignolles Market


It is considered one of the best organic markets in Paris.  And they mean it!

Everything is right off the farm, made or baked by hand, and even the farmer selling unpasteurized cheese and milk, milked the cows himself.

I found the market especially appealing because it’s less crowded and in a more tranquil setting than others. It also attracts more Parisians than tourists and it has views of Sacré Coeur in the distance.



Meeting the vendors is part of the show. Some are right out of central casting.  They are lively and animated in their explanations of everything from where they come from, how it affects the taste and quality of their produce, to what they feed their chickens and how long they age their cheese.


Gorgeous orange peppers


Giant Artichokes | Artichaux


Others are all business.  Like the man in the tiny stall who sells one of the gastronomical gems of the market — sizzling galettes de pommes de terre (potato, onion, and cheesy pancakes) hot off the griddle.

We got little more than a grunt from this vendor who was struggling to keep up with the orders, but oh my goodness, I could have kissed him for how delicious they were!


Galettes de pommes de terre. The men who make them are called Les Gustalins — no idea why!


The French really know how to roast a chicken so I couldn’t leave the market without getting one.  I don’t know how anyone could pass by without doing so.


Will I get a whole or a half chicken? Hmm…


A visit to an open-air marché in France makes you appreciate that everything in France is an experience to be enjoyed slowly, mindfully, while savouring what is so beautifully presented right in front of you without thinking about what’s next on the day’s agenda.

For me, it’s usually just to saunter home to eat it all for lunch!


Address: 34 Boulevard des Batignolles, 75017 Paris, France  Open 8 am to 1:30 pm 

What’s your favourite market in Paris, where you live, anywhere?

Love to hear from you. Please comment below!


Vive Le Croissant!


Thank you Win!


As you know I love hearing from you all, so  I just had to share this photo that one of my subscribers sent in.

After last week’s blog about “le croissant”  Win Kuplowsky  (on the right) sent me this picture of herself mimicking a photo she liked on French social media!

Fun huh? I guess I am not the only one obsessed with food during these isolating times!


BOOK Winners!

I am also pleased to announce that in response to my latest contest on Facebook and Instagram, I have two winners that have won the memoir by New York Time’s best selling author Sonia Choquette called Waking Up In Paris, Overcoming Darkness In the City of Light.

As you know, Sonia will be my guest this coming Tuesday at 12:30 pm for a LIVE Zoom event!

Registration is now closed for this webinar.


intuitive guide and spiritual teacher Sonia Choquette


The winners are Elizabeth Bowen from Lahaina, Hawaii

and Susan Haddad from Charleston, West Virginia.

Congrats Ladies.  Your books are on their way!



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  1. Gretchen Greene O'Brien on February 7, 2021 at 8:10 am

    What a hidden Treasure you found in the Batignolles Market! I can almost taste those delicious looking galettes de pomme de terre! And to savour the giant artichokes with their tender base dripping in butter – heaven! And don’t get me started on that whole chicken! W-O – W !!!

    • Diana Bishop on February 7, 2021 at 5:27 pm

      That is what is so great about Paris. You can always find something that you did not know about before. I do love markets. Always great to hear from you Gretchen. Diana

  2. Shardie Stevenson on February 7, 2021 at 9:26 am

    You’ve really captured the sights , and wonderful aromas of the Parisian Market ! I can just hear the lively banter! This is one of my favourite things to do in Paris!

    • Diana Bishop on February 7, 2021 at 5:26 pm

      Thanks Shardie. You would really like this market. Such a local vibe. Diana

  3. Catherine Willis-O'Connor on February 7, 2021 at 10:23 am

    I love going to markets. They say so much about the people who live there.
    Now I want to make those pancakes!

    • Diana Bishop on February 7, 2021 at 5:26 pm

      I agree Twink. Thanks for the comment. Diana

  4. Margaret Ann Gendreau on February 7, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    Love a good market! You have my mouth watering Diana. We hit the market on Granville Island in Vancouver this past week. We picked up fresh vegetables to do a stir fry to go with our homemade sweet and sour meatballs. It was all delicious! We are fortunate enough to live within walking distance of the Quay in North Vancouver and often shop the market there. We can even purchase delicious Macarons there!

    • Diana Bishop on February 7, 2021 at 7:17 pm

      Sounds like you have found a little bit of France cheZ vous! How fab!
      See you on Tuesday! Diana

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