Over 350 wooden chalets lining the sides of the Champs-Elysées? Yes please!
We couldn’t wait to visit Paris at Christmas time, especially when we heard of the sheer scale of the main market along the city’s most famous street!
We started at the Arc de Triomphe and after calling for a cheeky beer, we hit the stalls! It was quite strange, being in a Christmas market that was essentially on a busy main road, but this certainly didn’t dampen the festive spirit! Every stall was lit with twinkly lights with many also decked in garlands and decorations, including animated characters!
Paris Christmas market is certainly family friendly! There’s a definite ‘fairground’ feel to a lot of the stalls and lots of attractions to keep little ones entertained. Slides, rides, and Santa in a lifesized snowglobe are just a few of the things we spotted whilst walking around, as well as the giant ferris wheel (or is it an observation wheel?) situated on the Place de la Concorde!
But let’s get to the food… it is France afterall so we were expecting a high standard of culinary delights, and we weren’t disappointed! At first it seemed like a lot of the food sellers were keeping with the fairground theme of burgers and candyfloss, that is until we found a food court set back from the main thoroughfare. Totally spoilt for choice! Moules et Frites, raclette, fresh oysters, waffles, crêpes, tartiflette, the obligatory German sausage, and Champagne were all on offer in this little food heaven!
The quality of food on offer continued along the retail stalls, with local cheeses and meats in abundance! Yes, that is actual ‘blue’ cheese!
Our only disappointment with the Champs-Elysées Christmas market was the range of products available from the non-food producers. We come back to that ‘fairground’ analogy unfortunately; a lot of the stalls seemed to be selling cheap novelty items rather than traditional, local or unusual gifts.
As a consequence, we’d not rate this market too highly as somewhere to begin your Christmas shopping, but if you’re looking for great food, loads of family activities, and the chance to go off and explore Paris’ other incredible sights during your visit, it’s worth adding to your list!
We stayed in this fab hotel just off the Champs-Elysées.
There are several Christmas markets to discover in Paris, find out more here