Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A 400th Birthday for the Marché des Enfants Rouges!

The upper Marais is a hip, happening neighborhood.  Lot's of new things to enjoy.  And, lot's of venerable things to enjoy.  In an incredible milestone the charming, covered Marché des Infants Rouges just celebrated its 400th birthday!

The oldest covered market in Paris is in the Haut Marais (3rd district). Located where the rue de Bretagne meets rue Charlot, it is named for the former hospice des Enfant-Rouges, which closed its doors in 1777. The hospice, established for the orphans of the area by Marguerite de Navarre was named for the red color of the children's uniforms.  The efforts of nearby residents and the local council of the 3rd district presciently saved this lovely market from demolition 20 years ago. Today, with its emblematic history, its small restaurants and quality food vendors, it has gained cult status.  Today, the markets is a vibrant center for socializing, shopping, eating and enjoying wine.
A great market in the Haut Marais!

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