Marché des Enfants-Rouges is an old but lively market with a variety of products. It’s located in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris. The place is roofed so neither rain nor the birds are a problem for customers. There are also small restaurants and a flower market nearby.
The market Enfants-Rouges was created in 1628, and was at first called the Petit Marché du Marais. The current name, which means ‘red children’, is associated with an orphanage which was situated in the neighbourhood. The children’s uniforms were red, and so the story is complete.
The orphanage was founded by Marguerite de Navarre in 1534 and operated till the beginning of the 17th century, when the site was converted into a market. Marguerite, who was the queen of Navarre, later became the grandmother of the French king Henry IV. She was well educated and charity-oriented. The orphanage was just one of her many philanthropic ideas.