some emergent markets

defeat by jhuang
July 28, 2010, 3:23 pm
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After almost 2 months of eating [and “researching”] our way through Rome and Paris, we admit defeat.




Market Soundtrack by Daphne Lasky
July 26, 2010, 10:26 pm
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Sure, a picture is worth a thousand words…unless those words are, “Melon! 2 Euro/kilo! 2 Euro/kilo!” Click through the audio clips below to get a feel for the atmosphere at markets all around Paris. You’ll note that some are much noisier (more vibrant!) than others. If you listen closely, you can begin to tell which markets are full of gaps and lulls, when a market is empty and I’m able to walk quickly past vendors, and even when a market is crowded and I’m stuck by the tomato guy for a good 45 seconds.



Crimee Curial

Edgar Quinet

Gros LaFontaine


Popincourt–non-market day



Saint Charles

I’ll be annotating these clips over the next few days, so check back in for a more detailed analysis of the recordings.

woven market by jhuang
July 26, 2010, 10:08 am
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Roving markets in Paris usually stand on their own [on medians, plazas or under metro tracks], but in case of the ones situated on the sidewalk, we’re noticing interaction with facing storefronts.  The extent varies, but at Point du Jour Market in the 16th arrondissemont, the market-side and the storefront sides of the market begin to merge into one.

Formal stall structures line only one side of the sidewalk while rogue vendors fill in the gaps in between stores on the other side.


Soon, we begin to read the informal market umbrellas as an extension of store awnings.


Stores also begin to set up their goods outside to take advantage of market day.


Finally, add the market goers and the two sides are woven together as one large market.

split markets by jhuang
July 25, 2010, 8:53 pm
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An earlier post mentioned discovering a new typology of markets.  Well, they are actually more common closer to the periphery of Paris.  Here are two more sightings from yesterday.

Porte Brunet Market | 19th arrondissemont

Belgrand Market | 20th arrondissemont

Sainte Chapelle by Daphne Lasky
July 24, 2010, 9:20 pm
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mind the…cars? by jhuang
July 23, 2010, 8:27 pm
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We discovered a new typology of markets in the last couple of days: a split market.  In order to get from one side to another, the visitors had to cross one or more streets [or church in the case of Jeanne d’Arc Market].  However, since the vendor offerings on each side were similar, the consumers don’t have to visit both sides of the market [unless they are enthusiastic market-goers like us].

Jeanne d’Arc Market | 13th arrondissemont

Jeanne d'Arc_Panorama1

Saint Charles Market | 15th arrondissemont


Some consumers do cross from one side to the other and they tend to do it through one of the gaps in the market stalls.

variations in fullness by jhuang
July 21, 2010, 11:28 am
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The range of market fullness has been an intriguing quality in the markets we’ve visited.  Most are evenly distributed vendors that are sparse, full, or overflowing with rogue vendors. However, there are some with a gradient quality; one end bustling with people/vendors while it gradually diminishes until all that are left are skeletal stalls on the other.  All of these differences are probably dependent on market location, time of day or day of the week [or even month of the year since Parisians are already beginning to go on Summer vacation].

Here are a few of the evenly distributed markets starting from the most sparse [skeletal] to the most packed [cattle herding style].

Salpétrière market in the 13th arrondissemont, Tuesday and Friday mornings

Maubert market in the 5th arrondissement, Tuesday+Thursday+Saturday mornings

Belleville market in the 11th arrondissemont, Tuesday and Friday mornings

Barbès Market in the 18th arrondissemont, Wednesday and Saturday mornings

Here are some markets with the gradient fullness.  Is variation caused by their proximity to transportation hubs?  Or immediate surroundings?

Auguste Blanqui market in the 13th arrondissemont, Tuesday+Friday+Saturday mornings

The activity level went from this near Place d’Italie…

…to this on the west end

Port Royal market in the 5th arrondissemont, Tuesday+Thursday+Saturday mornings

West end_closer to the Port Royal RER station…

and its east end.