Thursday, August 21, 2008

Paris in August - Marche Raspail Bio

Street Market: Marche Raspail Bio – the documentary. While I was there they were filming a documentary for the Nuits Blanches de Paris, scheduled from October 4th through the night to the morning of the 5th. The Golden Retriever in the foreground is the mascot of the film crew. Though it was August a good thirty of the hundred vendors came out on the tree-lined divider of Boulevard Raspail. This is the chicest outdoor Parisian street market and you can find the best organic and gourmet products like; bread, meats, cheeses, cakes, pastas, as well as, natural products like hand milled soaps, candles, homeopathic remedies, clothes scarves and gloves.
Note: The Marche Raspail can be found on Boulevard Raspail between ru du Cherche-Midi and the rue du Rennes in the 6th arrondissement, it is open from 7am to 2pm on Tuesdays and Fridays; Sunday (organic) from 8am to 3pm.

Street Market: Marche Raspail Bio. One of the many organic farmers who sell at the Marche Raspail Bio street market on Sundays. As you can see the carrots and potatoes come straight from the earth.Street Market: Marche Raspail Bio – Roger Le Guen. I really liked the assortment of these pretty ethnic reversible quilted silk or cotton jackets on Roger Le Guen stall. I also loved the scarves and bijouterie. Roger has been selling in the Parisian market for fifteen years and one of his most famous customers is Isabelle Huppert.

Street Market: Marche Raspail Bio – Roger Le Guen. This long wool waistcoat, photographed from the back is fantastic and original. It is quilted on the outside and plain on the inside and has long points in the front. It would look stunning on top of a thick woolen jacket and would also keep you very warm.

Street Market: Marche Raspail Bio – Roger Le Guen. Roger Le Guen’s philosophy is simple, he displays it on this board on the side of his stall:
Beaute et Qualite FIRST!
Pour ELITES authentiques – PREFERABLY –
Et les autres (WHY NOT)
Vous ne trouverez que des soies de qualite, des modeles EXCEPTIONNELS et SUBLIMES
en FOULARDS, ECHARPES, uniquement a l’enseigne
Sur les marches de la VILLE DE PARIS.

Et nulle part ailleurs (NOWHERE ELSE)


Street Market: Marche Raspail Bio - the Breton T shirt. The best gifts are these one hundred per cent cotton long sleeved stripped original Breton T shirts for only twelve Euros. They come in a variety of colors and sizes that go from babies right up to men and women.

Street Market: : Marche Raspail Bio - Foies Gras Lafitte. Though I don’t really approve, their stand did look typically French. Jean and Marie Gremillet sell Lafitte goose and duck liver whole foie gras on Parisian markets and online. They also sell jams and jellies, especially inviting are their Sauternes Jelly and the truffle products, like the Truffle Pieces, a jar of Tuber Melanosporum, which can be used to enhance the flavor of soups, sauces and vinaigrettes. Their most famous customer is Alain Ducasse.

Street Market: Marche Raspail Bio – Sabi et Sabi. Get your Bonpoint fix for one hundredth of the price at Sabi and Sabi, who sell the most beautiful smocked children dresses and wait for it, they cost at the very most twenty Euros. All their other products are also hand-embroidered in Madagascar. Talking of children clothes, you must go and visit the new Bonpoint flagship store near the Luxembourg Gardens on the rue du Tournon. Unfortunately I was not allowed to take photographs. The 1,200 square meters space, houses ten rooms with clothing, accessories, shoes, a restaurant, a garden and a VIP private boudoir for their rich and famous customers like; Angelina, Nicole and Claudia.
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