One of the reasons people come to Paris is to eat and eat well — me included. So I was excited to learn that living in the 9th arrondissement, I was only blocks away from rue des Martyrs, where you can have one of the best gastronomic shopping experiences in this city.
Looking north towards Sacré-Cœur on rue des Martyrs
Rue des Martyrs: Named After A Saint
Rue des Martyrs offers a delicious promenade that leads along an old historic route to the start of Montmartre.
In fact, it was named after the first patron saint of Paris, Saint Denis,
a Christian martyr who traveled this road back in the 3rd century and was beheaded for his beliefs.
That was ages ago of course. But if a martyr is someone who willingly dies for one’s beliefs, the only similarity I can draw is that you may simply die from a heart attack carrying or eating all the food you want to buy on rue de Martyrs!
A Gastronomic Tour
Starting at the intersection of rue des Martyrs and rue St Lazare, I am easily distracted as I head north, crisscrossing the road as something yummy catches my eye, dodging people and cars.
They will vacuum pack your cheese selections at La Fromagerie!
La Bucherie and La Fromagerie
I buy a free-range roasted chicken right off the rotisserie from the smiling butcher, then jay walk over to the little cheese shop where I feel very Parisian asking for a raw-milk Camembert infused with grated truffles. Formerly super intimidated to choose from hundreds of selections, I got smart. I asked my French friends to write down their favourite cheeses and then I went in with the list.
Back on the street, I spy a giant quiche in the window of a pastry shop on the other side of the street and cross again to get a closer look.
Deep deep dish Zucchini Tomato Quiche
Translation “Eggs with Jelly” which sounds yuck in English. But they are delightful for lunch.
Colourful fruit stands are numerous where the berries are very expensive but the taste-simply wow!
Next I line up with the locals at the bakery where I pick up my daily bread — I ask for “une tradition, s’il vous plaît “ This is a baguette without any preservatives. It’s fresh and still warm, and like many Parisians, I cannot wait to break off the end (called “le croûton” in French) to snack on immediately.
Moving up the street, I stop in one of the many bistros for my daily café crème — with all this food shopping I need some caffeine!
Lots of cafés to choose from on this street
After that, I do slow down my shopping with a little, leisurely stroll in and out of the myriad of boutiques selling books, flowers, jewelry, designer clothing and macarons.
Everything is simply a feast for the eyes.
That’s enough for today, I turn around to head home, but before long am enticed into one of the Chinese dumpling shops where I pick up an assortment box of 12. They are steaming hot and the aroma is killing me.
They will be all eaten before I get back to the apartment.
At least two dozen dumplings to choose from
I am satisfied that I have everything I need for a day or two, although — maybe I will turn around and go back to get a piece of that quiche! What do you think?
If You Go…
You can sign up for a gastronomic tour of rue des Martyrs on Viator.com — and remember to bring a large shopping bag and plenty of time to enjoy the ambience.
Read more about this Parisian street at Rue des Martyrs Shopping Experience.
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