Rungis market covers 232 hectares.
13 000 people work there.
26 000 vehicles enter every day.
1 698 000 tonnes of product are brought in annually.
1380 companies sell products
One of my goals for our trip to Europe was to visit Rungis while in Paris. If you have been to Paris, you have seen the street markets around that city. This is where they buy their goods.
Let me tell you, contrary to what you read on the net, it is NOT necessary to book a tour or request an official permit. Two Euros buys you a plastic coat ( a must to enter fish and meat halls) from a vending machine at the back of the giant fish hall and then you walk in like you are one of them. Vendors and buyers are too busy to even take notice of you and your camera.
Just don't ask for samples, or " How much is 100 grams of this cheese?" That might give you away as a tourist ... In less busy Halls (mostly with ready made products) when asked if we need help, I told them about this being my first visit and they all were very nice.
We stayed at a hotel right across the market for our first night, we found a hidden passage way over the busy freeway and Lauren came along at midnight to do some recon at A La Maree, where a friendly lady told us where to buy those full body condoms and that indeed no tour is necessary.
5am next morning we were off to see it all. First stop, a Boulangerie at the entrance to buy some Croissants and and Espresso at a Cafe next door. Gotta start right.
Let me tell you, after having looked at some of Lauren's images that she took with her NIKON, my images suck. So I have added a couple of links below from other Bloggers, who not only have excellent images on their posts, but you can also read two different opinions about Rungis.
Personally, I loved it. The cheese hall was my favorite by far, the selection is out of this world. Same for any other hall, but indeed it is wholesale. Do not expect pretty displays similar to those street markets around . Crates and crates and more crates.
The buzz of this place is amazing, the action is endless. Trucks of all sizes coming and going, loads of people buying pallets of fruits (to sell them at the markets around Paris to you...).
Rungis is not on the average tourist's agenda normally, but it if you like food, it's a must to visit.
If you are staying inside Paris, Bus line 68 from Denfer Rocherau Metro station takes you directly to the market in about 20 minutes.
IT'S A LARGE MARKET
THE PLACE TO GET SOME INFORMATION
VERY FRESH BAKED GOODS
250 METER BY 70 METER OF FISH.
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
CHANTERELLES FROM POLAND
CHEESE HALL EASY TO FIND, IT SMELLS....
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