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In the Market - Paris

To know me is to know how much I love open-air markets. That probably stems from Mom taking my brother and me to the farmer's market in Rio when we were 4 and 6 years old, respectively. 

I guess that explains why I'm so drawn to the street markets in Paris, as well as those that feel like street markets even though they're under cover. I hope these photos make you a fan as well.

These three photos should convince you to hit the annual Foire de Paris that's been held since 1904 for ten days starting at the end of April. You'll also find crafts, furniture and more. Much, much more.

The Marché biologique des Batignolles [the Batignolles organic market], held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is located just two blocks from my brother and sister-in-law's apartment. Bonus! 

The last time I was there, I invested heavily in a truffle triple-cream cheese, one of my weekly indulgences.

You can even get a potato and onion pancake hot off the grill from the same guy who's been making them for years. 

Of course, there may be no more famous outdoor market than the one on Rue Mouffetard.  Both a street market and a market street, this is a gastronomic experience you won't want to miss.

Of course, if you're actually going to be cooking, proximity pays off. In may case, I head to the Marches des Batignolles on the Rue des Moines, where my brother Jeff Gross used to shop when he and his family lived around the corner. The indoor market still looks pretty much the same as it did years ago. I especially like the fact that they still ladle the creme fresh from a big ceramic bowl.

So now you know where to go if you're in the market for a genuine French experience. I'll see you there.,