The 5 best Christmas markets in Paris

Discover the 5 best Christmas markets and feel the Parisian Christmas spirit !

The Champs-Elysées Christmas market closed? Don’t panic! Paris is full of Christmas markets, all more charming than the other. The closing of the giant of the Champs Elysées will give you time to discover these 5 markets that we have chosen to make you feel the spirit of Christmas in Paris!

Typical mulled wine hut

Stroll between the small huts illuminated by seasonal garlands, discover the French artisan but above all enjoy many winter specialities such as the raclette sandwich or the choucroute! So, how’s a little mulled wine feel?

We propose you a selection of 5 Parisian markets among which each one will find its happiness.

A sausage tasting at the Abbesses Christmas market

Abbesses Market : the cute one

Surely one of the smallest Christmas markets in the capital. Less than a dozen small cottages 
but what a charm!  Nestled on this famous square tinted with the unforgettable memory of Amélie Poulain, this market is the ideal break during your stroll in Montmartre. Next to the wall of Je t’ aime, to rue Lepic and at the foot of the Sacré Coeur, this market has an ideal location! Regarding food, you will find in this small market a very good mulled wine, a ham raclette sandwich, some choucroute, a Strasbourg sausage sandwich and a cheese stand. For the rest, you will find very pretty handmade jewellery, and wooden handicrafts. Note: the presence of the famous rotating carousel.

Place des Abbesses, 75018 from 27th November to 2nd January.


The many illuminated chalets of the La Défense Christmas market

La Défense Market : the largest one 

We give it to you, the surroundings lack of charm. However, La Défense deserves a special attention for those who love modern architecture. Also the view from the Arche of La Défense is breathtaking, it can be a good alternative to the point of view of the Eiffel Tower or the Montparnasse Tower. With its 350 stands, everyone will find what they are looking for at the Christmas market in La Défense. A long red carpet accompanies you throughout your walk between food-oriented stands and Christmas shopping stands. Attention, around lunch (12h30 – 13h30) there may be a queue to go inside.  

Parvis de La Défense 92400 from 22 November to 28 December


The Alsatian market at Gare de l’Est : the regional one

Welcome to Alsace! For two weeks during December, you will find Alsatian producers and craftsmen who will make you discover the best of this region. This market is ideal to find good products to offer but also to taste many Alsatian specialities! Come and discover the Kougelhopf, the Männeles, Munster cheese and local wines in a charming setting. This market offers to its visitors many free tastings but it also enables visitors to win a basket filled with Alsatian products every day.

Place du 11 November 1919 75010 from 1st to 16th December.  

Alsatian stands

Notre Dame de Paris market : the most artisanal one 

It is one of the most “authentic” markets in the capital. 50 craftsmen from the surrounding area gather every year at the same time to present their creations. It is therefore one of the markets with the most beautiful “handcrafted” offer but you will also find there the classical gastronomy of this kind of market: sausages, macaroons, hot chestnuts… Here we don’t come only to shop, the view on Notre-Dame de Paris is breathtaking and plunges us into Victor Hugo’s world at the time of the old Paris.

Square Viviani 75005, from 15 to 24 December.

Notre Dame de Paris Christmas market

Quai Branly Market: the one with the most beautiful view 

Shopping at the foot of the Eiffel Tower! The iron

lady lovers will undoubtedly choose this market for Christmas shopping or simply to warm up with a good mulled wine. The market is rather small, but it includes all the essentials of the kind: handcrafted wooden objects, cider and lot of traditional French cuisine. A must for those who want to enjoy this spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower.

From the bridge of the Alma to Bir Hakeim 75007, from 21 December to 8 January.

Claire & Le Food Trip