The Marché Notre Dame in Versailles was created more than 300 years ago by Louis XIV. Nowadays it is a wonderful place to shop for food, with covered market halls dating back to the 19th century that are open every day except Mondays, and a large and lively outdoor food market in the centre of the quadrangle of halls on Friday and Sunday mornings. The food is fresh, seasonal and often comes from local producers. It’s a great way to experience the atmosphere of a small town French provincial market, just a stone’s throw away from Paris.
I would recomend you take a train from Gare St Lazare in Paris to Versailles Rive Droite. Buy a picnic at the market and take it into the nearby gardens of the Palace of Versailles. Otherwise there are plenty of fantastic cafés and bistros around the market where you can enjoy a delicious lunch before strolling over to the palace, which is often less busy in the afternoons.
Too often visitors come to see the Palace of Versailles, and completely miss the beautiful town that it sits in. If you want to experience life in a small French town, Versailles is the perfect place to do it.
Marche Notre Dame, 78000 Versailles. Covered market open Tuesday – Saturday 07:00 – 19:30 and Sunday 07:00 – 14:00. Open air food market Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 07:00 – 14:00