A visit to a French marché is a cultural experience and you can’t show up empty handed (or go home empty handed either). Do market day like the French do and be sure to bring a sturdy bag, basket, or cart with you. Transport your yummy finds in style with some of my top French market bags and basket picks I’m sharing below!
Best French market bags from France
When you go to any French marché, there are a few musts. The first is that you’ll need to bring some type of French market bag or basket with you. Most vendors only provide small paper bags or plastic ones and once you accumulate a few of them, they’re a little hard to manage without a shopping bag of some type.
Make your life easier (and more environmentally friendly!) by coming prepared with a French market basket that is fit for the job. Even if you don’t live in France or visit regularly, a French style market bag is an amazing multipurpose item you can use at home too. Think laundry, decor, or storage.
Some people use a basket, while others use a bag or even a cart on wheels. My favorites below are a little more stylish than regular old reusable supermarket bags, but those are perfectly fine and you’ll see them used all the time as well.
Another French market must is to carry small bills and change. While some vendors will take credit cards and be able to make change for larger bills, small bills and coins are appreciated — especially on a busy Saturday morning.
Last tip before we get into it is to go to the big weekend marchés on the early side if you’re in a rush and want to beat the crowds and have the best selection. You don’t need to go at the crack of dawn but before 9 a.m. is often best if you want to get in and out. 8 a.m. is even better. Otherwise, you risk long lines and busy stalls. But then again, that’s part of the French market experience.
With that, let’s get into my picks for the best French market bags from France (as well as baskets)!
Tell me, what is your favorite French market basket to use when out shopping in France? Are you more of a French market bag, basket, or shopping cart kind of person?
Want even more tips so you can feel prepared and confident on your next trip to France? Check out my eGuide linked here with all kinds of French travel tips!