Located on Place Louis Lépine, between Sainte-Chapelle and Notre Dame Cathedral, the flower market (marché aux fleurs)has delighted all botanical lovers since 1830. Composed of period cast iron pavilions, it allows a pleasant and atypical walk among the flowers, trees and plants.
The market took the official name of “Reine Elizabeth II Flower Market” in 2014 during the Queen’s last official visit to France. Every Sunday it gives way to the bird market.
Located at the exit of the Cité metro station, this picturesque market has retained its charm and authenticity despite the thousands of tourists who flock every day to reach the nearby Notre-Dame Cathedral. Established there since 1808, the flower and bird market took its current form in 1873. Composed, as today, of twenty iron and cast iron shelters and a few Wallace fountains, the market only offered flowers. It was in 1881 that birders from the former Marché Saint-Martin joined the florists of Île de la Cité. Since then, every Sunday, the flower market has given way to a magnificent bird market, to the delight of Sunday walkers who discover and hear hundreds of birds in their cages.