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The Marché aux Fleurs in Paris (Flower Market)

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Nestled on the Île de la Cité, in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, the Marché aux fleurs is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque corners of the French capital!

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Brief history of the Paris Flower Market

The origins of the Marché aux Fleurs in Paris

The Marché aux Fleurs de Paris was founded in 1808. The city of Paris acquired a vacant lot on the Île de la Cité, on the banks of the Seine, and decided to transfer the market from its previous location on the other side of the river.

The Marché aux fleurs remained an open-air market until the 1870s. As part of the Haussmannian works, several streets in the vicinity were destroyed in order to enlarge the market, which was then equipped with metal pavilions rented to flower sellers.

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The Paris Flower Market in the 20th century

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Marché aux fleurs was largely destroyed to allow for the construction of the Cité metro station (line 4), which was inaugurated in 1910.

The market wasn’t rebuilt until the mid-1920’s. Three rows of wrought iron pavilions with glass roofs were built, as well as two Wallace fountains, now classified as historical monuments.

A journalist of the time wrote: “Paris now has a pretty flower market […]. Large awnings that rise to the highest branches of the paulownias of the square cast a high and fresh shadow on the flowers […]. The flower market is a delightful place to visit in the summer”.

💦 What are Wallace fountains? 💦

Designed by the French sculptor Charles-Auguste Lebourg, the Wallace fountains are public cast iron fountains installed at the end of the 19th century in Paris (and in a few other cities around the world) at the initiative of English philanthropist Sir Richard Wallace. The Wallace fountains have become a symbol of the French capital.

The Marché aux fleurs Reine Elizabeth II

In June 2014, Queen Elizabeth II visited France for the commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

On this occasion, the Marché aux fleurs et aux oiseaux (Paris Flower and Bird Market) was officially renamed “Queen Elizabeth II Flower Market” in honor of the British monarch.

The Paris Flower Market gets a makeover

The Paris Flower Market has unsuprisingly lost some of its glory as it has not been renovated since the 1970s.

The Paris City Council therefore decided to have the historical market renovated. While there is much debate about the nature of the market’s rehabilitation (modernization or renovation of the existing pavilions as they were), the proponents of a “simple” restoration of the historic pavilions seem to be winning the day.

The area will also be made pedestrian-friendly and parking spaces will be replaced by vegetated patches.

Work will begin in 2023 and is expected to be completed in 2025. In the meantime, the merchants renting the pavilions will be relocated to a temporary hall where they will be able to continue to please botany lovers… as well as curious visitors!

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Visiting the Marché aux Fleurs

The Flower Market

Attention, botany lovers! The Paris Flower Market is heaven on earth for gardening amateurs.

Fairground amusements Indoor plants, local and seasonal flowers and shrubs, exotic varieties… In short, something to satisfy all gardeners, beginners as well as experts!

And even if you don’t have a green thumb, the Marché aux fleurs is perfect for a quiet stroll far from the city’s hustle and bustle.

The Paris Flower Market is definitely one of the most picturesque spots in the capital… and truly one of Captain Ulysses’ favorites in Paris!

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The Bird Market

Every Sunday, the Bird Market displays a wide variety of birds, both quite ordinary and much rarer. Bird owners can also shop for cages, seeds and accessories.

You will also find small pets such as rodents.

🦜 Bird Market scheduled to end in 2025 🦜

In February 2021, the Paris Council voted to end the sale of birds at the Marché aux fleurs in the name of animal welfare.
The Bird Market is scheduled to close down after the completion of rehabilitation work in 2025.

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Access

Getting to the Paris Flower Market

The Paris Flower Market is located on the Place Louis Lépine, in the heart of the Île de la Cité, a stone’s throw from the capital’s tourist sites and monuments (Notre-Dame-de-Paris, the Conciergerie, the Sainte-Chapelle, the Place Saint-Michel, Shakespeare and Company…)

The nearest metro station is Cité, on line 4. Numerous city buses lines 21, 38, 47, 75, 96 | stop Cité – Parvis Notre-Dame) as well as sightseeing bus tours also stop nearby.

👉 Sightseeing bus tour (+ optional cruise)

Opening times

The Paris Flower Market is open every day from 9:30 am to 7 pm. The Bird Market is only open on Sundays.

Admission rates

Admission to the Flower Market is free! 😊


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