The insider’s guide to an ancient Paris market

The City of Lights is famous for its delicious cuisine, with its cafes, restaurants, and markets renowned worldwide. But in the heart of the 12th arrondissement lies one of Paris’s hidden gems: the bustling marché Beauvau – one of the oldest covered markets in Paris.

In a this week’s episode of The Earful Tower podcast, Joseph Loughney, the owner of the Early Bird Cafe, takes us for a stroll through the market to showcase its many delights.

Joseph tells the story of how he came to be the president of the commission that runs the market (and he explains what that means), we meet some other market vendors, and he tells of the history of the market itself.

In case you’ve never heard of the marché Beauvau, it is a historic monument that was built in 1843 – with a fascinating ceiling similar to an inverse boat hull. The indoor market goes hand in hand with the outdoor marché d’Aligre, which has been around since the 1770s, and which offers both fruits and vegetables, as well as a flea market.

The market’s lively atmosphere offers an authentic glimpse into Parisian life and culture

The podcast episode

Early Bird Cafe

For those who want to learn more about the Early Bird Cafe and its delicious menu, be sure to check out their website at From espresso drinks to drip coffee, Joseph and his team offer a variety of options to suit every taste. The cafe is also a roaster, so you can guarantee a fine scent of ground coffee upon entry and a warm smile from the team.

Become a member and see inside the market

Meanwhile, if you’re a fan of The Earful Tower podcast and want to support the show, you can become a Patreon supporter and gain access to exclusive content. Visit our Patreon page at for more information – and to unlock the replay of our live video where we visited this market.

In any case, next time you find yourself in Paris, be sure to take a stroll through the marché Beauvau and stop by the Early Bird Cafe for a cup of coffee. Say hi from us!

2 thoughts on “The insider’s guide to an ancient Paris market

  1. Enjoyed the podcast from Early Bird Coffee Roasters yesterday. The style of ceiling crafted by boat builders reminded me of the house in Sweden I once stayed in while visiting friends. It had been built a century earlier by shipwrights, and not a single floorboard creaked no matter the weather.

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