There are SOO many guide books to Paris. We've seen 'em all. N'est-ce pas?
So when I picked up Markets of Paris, in my jaded I-already-know-Paris frame of mind, I didn't have great expectations.
Boy, was I wrong! Capital-W wrong.
This is a gem of a guide to Paris.
First of all, it is organized in the way that any guide to Paris should be, which is by arrondissement. Second, it is more than just a guide to the open air food markets in Paris, but rather includes all shopping centers that you could want to visit, from la Grande Epicerie to the Marché aux Timbres and exquisite covered marketplaces such as Galerie Vivienne, and all my other favorite passages couverts.
Oh, did I mention that it is a gem?
It's a gem!
For example, rather than try to have the book serve as a map, the authors recommend the best map book, Paris Pratique, to use in conjunction with the book. So true! I never have been able to properly navigate Paris without a couple of handy guides: one is never enough. And, at about 6 by 6 inches, Markets of Paris is petite enough to carry in your bag, but chock-full of information to keep you busy reading while you wait for the RATP bus to take you to your next destination. It's a big book in a little book's hide. This and Paris Pratique are all you need.
The book has so much practical information, including even a list of "Helpful Books, Blogs, and Websites" to visit to enrich your Paris market experience -- all of which I heartily endorse.
From small organic food markets to popular flea markets, bargains to luxe, the markets and material covered in this book make it a definite keeper.
I can't wait to return to Paris this summer and use it as my guide.
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