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Chicago French Market

Chicago French Market

Market, Bakery, and Gourmet Shop
West Loop, Chicago
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  • Amber G.
    "... Ambre Pastries - From Vanille Patisserie again - they can't go wrong!"(6 Tips)
    Sara R.
    "Saigon Sisters is the best!"(5 Tips)
    David G.
    "You have to try the pastrami at Fumare meats"(4 Tips)
    Mandy A.
    "Love the Pastoral farmhouse veggie sandwich and the Flip crepes..."(3 Tips)
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  • Michelle S.
    Michelle SMay 17, 2016
    Super cute market with tons of stores selling every type of food, juice, snack you could ever want. Great place to grab lunch. Reminds me of Reading Terminal in Philadelphia.
  • april l.
    april lawsonApril 16, 2014
    Wonderful European style open market for fresh produce, specialty meats and gourmet local artisan cheeses, breads etc. Great selection of wines and spirits too.
  • s p.
    s pJune 18, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Best food court/fresh market in loop, everything from raw food, banh mi sandwiches, artisanal chz, patisseries, kosher deli, sushi, juice bar, gourmet grilled chz, belgian frites, italian hot choco.
  • RMPJR
    RMPJRApril 9, 2011
    Great place to stop if you commute into the city. Great alternative to the unhealthy selections located in the terminal. My first stop once off the train. Good place to sit & relax while waiting.
  • Dan
    DanFebruary 28, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    There's a variety of high-quality, made-to-order, fresh-food places. But there's only one Fumare Meats. The Montreal-style smoked pastrami is one of the best things I have eaten.
  • Matt W.
    Matt WoodruffMarch 16, 2012
    RAW has excellent vegan food, Saigon Sisters have excellent sandwiches, and you can miss out on the Belgium fries behind them. Overall I love this place.
  • Stefanie
    StefanieOctober 31, 2014
    Love, love, love this place. Stop in for groceries or prepared food. My favs: Da Lobsta and any of the cheese or pastry shops.
  • Mandy A.
    Mandy AllenSeptember 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the Pastoral farmhouse veggie sandwich and the Flip crepes... And loop juice. I could go on, the French market has a great atmosphere.
  • Caroline S.
    Caroline SchmittJuly 24, 2015
    Beavers Coffee & Donuts rules - my favorite is the granulated and cinnamon. Delicious even before all the fancy gourmet toppings they have 🍩🍩
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsJanuary 13, 2012
    Or skip the bubbles and try real-fruit Ka-Ching! juices in raspberry-lime, apple-cherry or strawberry-watermelon ($2.50 each) from the French Market’s Produce Express. Read more
  • Ethan D.
    Ethan DanstromJuly 3, 2012
    Montreal style smoked pastrami sandwich. Oh my goodness. Links: http://mobile.chicago.seriouseats.com/2011/12/a-sandwich-a-day-montreal-style-smoked-meat-fumare-meats.html
  • Justin O.
    Justin OrdovezaNovember 15, 2014
    Awesome variety of vendors. The selection here is amazing both in quality and international appeal. There is indoor seating.
  • Amanda K.
    Amanda Kocefas 🎀July 13, 2013
    Perfect for a group or by yourself. Outdoor seating is perfect, but they have indoor tables for year-round enjoyment!
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistOctober 25, 2010
    Hit this Belgian-style fry shack for hand-cut fries w/ 20 different dipping sauces. Or nab Completely Nuts' cinnamon-roasted cashews -- just wary of ravenous strangers trying to grab your nut sack. Read more
  • Tom S.
    Tom ShakelyMay 20, 2011
    Like Philadelphia's Reading Terminal, Chicago's 15,000 sq. ft. French Market is great for a taste bud tour. Closed Sundays, head here for local cheeses, meats, produce, and, of course, free samples.
  • K C.
    K CJune 5, 2015
    French fries are a must (truffle mayo and sweet chili ketchup are great)
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableJune 13, 2012
    At Kotel Kosher, pick up hard-to-find Israeli snacks like Bissli wheat crisps and Bamba peanut butter-flavored puffed corn: Read more
  • K J.
    K JacksonMarch 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Love it! Such a refreshing alternative to boring, cafeteria options. Will definitely become a frequent flyer.
  • Brenda H.
    Brenda HenryJanuary 21, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Love, love, love the BLTA at Pastoral. It's a BLT on a French baguette, with avocado, and house made prosciutto...:-)
  • D W.
    D WNovember 11, 2014
    So many choices, but definitely grab a smoothie! If you like avocado try the heavy avocado - duh!
  • Deborah V.
    Deborah VasilMay 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    You can eat outside when it's nice out. Really pretty seating on Clinton.
  • Max W.
    Max WennekerJuly 7, 2016
    Meatball place has awesome subs. Definitely get some macarons at the front bakery too.
  • Sanjiv G.
    Sanjiv GajiwalaApril 27, 2013
    Great sandwich stands, and the groceries and bakeries are of excellent quality too.
  • Karla I.
    Karla IlacadApril 2, 2011
    Awesome belgian fries with truffle mayo dip. Chocolate croissant at vanille patisserie is yummmmy, fasta pasta was ok u can skip it
  • Daniel R.
    Daniel RichterNovember 12, 2015
    RAW. is amazing and so damn tasty! Try it! Also the Pulled Pork Sandwich at
  • Tanya N.
    Tanya NOctober 7, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't leave without getting a macaroon from Vanillie! Way better than Delightful Pastries.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Nicole V.
    Nicole VeriveFebruary 2, 2013
    I don't understand why this is listed as a grocery store. It's really a lifestyle. Hunt down as many samples as you can - it's worth it.
  • Joya T.
    Joya TylerNovember 21, 2012
    Tried to use French to order here. Got confused looks, but it's still a great place for eats!
  • Ann K.
    Ann KwilinskiAugust 22, 2011
    Fumare meats has amazing pastrami. get it in a breakfast (yes pastrami for breakfast) sandwich
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableJune 13, 2012
    Head to Klay Oven Kitchen for a breakfast of garam masala-spiced scrambled eggs. Try the lamb vindaloo wraps for lunch: Read more
  • Nauman N.
    Nauman NoorApril 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to try different types of food and hang out on an idyllic afternoon.
  • Kate S.
    Kate SchafferMarch 10, 2015
    So many good options here. Great place to meet a friend for lunch during the week.
  • Erica
    EricaApril 26, 2012
    Check out Spicy Monkey Soup -- just opened this week! Great soup, friendly owner!!
  • Amber G.
    Amber GibsonFebruary 11, 2012
    Try the Ambre Pastries - From Vanille Patisserie again - they can't go wrong!
  • marcus L.
    marcus LMarch 19, 2015
    Love it! Great selection of food! You can eat healthy here.
  • Arline W.
    Arline WeltyFebruary 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    butter sandwich @ fumare meats. generous pat of butter on a perfect crusty baguette.
  • Kevin
    KevinNovember 11, 2011
    Killer morning sweets at Sweet Delight. Try the roasted pear ginger scone.
  • Todd C.
    Todd CarpenterAugust 27, 2013
    The Chicken Tikki Masala at Klay Oven is good. Not all greasy like most places
  • David W.
    David WeathersbyMay 28, 2016
    Everything is here. Never have enough time to see everything.
  • Sara L.
    Sara LeeOctober 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing flavored olive oils. And can't forget truffle salt. :)
  • Tour Through A Lens
    Tour Through A LensJuly 31, 2013
    The produce market and the Crepe place are my favorite here.
  • Joseph B.
    Unassuming exterior. Large, vibrant, diverse interior. Much more than just French.
  • Karla I.
    Karla IlacadApril 2, 2011
    RAW we tried their free samples their "ravioli" just tastes like actual ravioli, tiramisu is yummy also
  • Sam H.
    Sam HerdmanMarch 3, 2012
    Pastoral Artisan has a good selection of cheeses and friendly cheese mongers.
  • Greg M.
    Greg MacekJanuary 27, 2016
    Lots of food options and a great market atmosphere
  • Lisa A.
    Lisa ArnettFebruary 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The French macarons at the Vanille Patisserie booth are addictive. They have rotating flavors such as strawberry-lemongrass, green tea, white chocolate-lychee and more,
  • Pechluck L.
    Pechluck LaskeyDecember 23, 2013
    Traditional East coast Lobster roll at Da Lobsta, where else are you going to find this in Chicago?
  • Squid
    SquidJune 27, 2012
    The sushi is good, but the fries and the crepes are better. And don't skip LavAzza, because it blows Starbucks away, forever.
  • Roxanne F.
    Roxanne FarrisDecember 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    RAW has amazing lemon bars that even non-vegans will like!
  • Brian R.
    Brian RohdeOctober 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Pick up bakery items earlier in the day. Limited selection of desserts and breads at vendors after work!
  • peter
    peterJune 30, 2010
    I gave this place a try on two separate occasions, both of which were disappointing. Prices are a slap in the face. I love the character, but at least make it reasonable...
  • Taufiq H.
    Taufiq HabOctober 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    fruits and vegetables the price is a very reasonable quality is good
  • Paige T.
    Paige TobinOctober 11, 2014
    The Little Goat booth has a fantastic turkey sandwich!
  • James D.
    James DunsurfinSeptember 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Arrive early for lunch. The tables and chairs fill up fast.
  • Jerry S.
    Jerry SkovieAugust 15, 2012
    The Chicago French Market is one great experience.
  • Midori H.
    Midori HiguchiMarch 1, 2016
    Macaroons, pho, and bubble tea 😍
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SoczkaFebruary 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the new WISMA vendor. Great, easy organic meals for one or two.
  • Joseph C.
    Joseph ChristensenMarch 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the "Green One" green tea smoothie at Bello Tea.
  • Gary R.
    Gary RockwoodJanuary 26, 2012
    Checkout the sushi bar towards the back...is fresh and good
  • Jillian B.
    Jillian BAugust 6, 2014
    You can find just about anything you're craving here.
  • Beullah E.
    Beullah EscalanteJune 10, 2013
    Flips Turkey crepe was good. And the macaroons are delish.
  • Lesley S.
    Lesley SmaleJanuary 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Pastoral, Lillie's Q and Saigon sisters.. All good choices
  • John
    JohnOctober 27, 2012
    Huge variety of quick gourmet lunch spots
  • Amber N.
    Amber NelsonSeptember 23, 2015
    Great range of all types of food with great quality
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiJanuary 9, 2016
    Gotta get a macaroon or crepe
  • Leanne V.
    Leanne VanderbylJune 7, 2012
    Spirulina smoothie from Loop Juice! Because turquoise food is fun.
  • Jennie
    JennieAugust 28, 2013
    Cute little place, reminds me of the Ferry Building in SF.
  • Robin C.
    Robin ChungMarch 29, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Recently opened stall: Pappardelle's Pasta. Huge variety of gourmet, handmade pasta and blends.
  • Ken C.
    Ken CellakApril 4, 2012
    Raw salads and smoked pastrami. Two favorites of the market.
  • Cindy K.
    Cindy KurmanDecember 4, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    I loved everything about the Chicago French Market. Here's a link to my blog post about opening day. http://www.gotbuzzatkurman.com/2009/12/chicago-french-market-opens-in-west.html
  • Elizabeth T.
    Elizabeth TowleOctober 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Get your sugar fix here: Vanille Patisserie, Sweet Miss Givings, and Delightful Pastries are all worthy choices.
  • David W.
    David WeathersbyApril 25, 2016
    So much fun, so many good shops.
  • Brad C.
    Brad CowanMay 25, 2013
    Get the Montreal pastrami sandwich! Right now!
  • Sharon K.
    Sharon KohDecember 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Avoid the workday lunch time crowd. Either grab an early lunch or late lunch.
  • James N.
    James NewmanSeptember 1, 2012
    Most of the vendors close an hour before the time posted outside at least on a Saturday.
  • John O.
    John OtterJanuary 3, 2013
    Don't expect your Groupon to count towards parking validation but otherwise it's easy to spend $20 for a free hour of parking.
  • Leslie C.
    Leslie ConnNovember 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice place to get real food after you get off the train and need to get to the theatre quickly.
  • David G.
    David GFebruary 17, 2012
    You have to try the pastrami at Fumare meats
  • Patrick C.
    Patrick CaponeFebruary 23, 2010
    I grab a wheat crepe from Flip Crepes for breakfast sometimes. Good stuff made fresh.
  • Cliff G.
    Cliff GJanuary 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Belgian fry place has good selection of beer for the train
  • Mario A.
    Mario ArmasSeptember 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    You'll find the Best Fries in Chicago at Frietkoten!
  • Paul S.
    Paul SextonDecember 18, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Flip Crepes offers gluten free crepes.
  • Benjamin N.
    Benjamin NoelMarch 15, 2013
    Nearly KU colors from Vanille pâtisserie
  • Robin C.
    Robin ChungMarch 29, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Delightful Pastries handmakes some of the best meat pierogies ever.
  • Tiffany L.
    Tiffany L.March 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Walk around and try the samples
  • Tim R.
    Tim RoesslerMarch 26, 2011
    Belgian fries at Freitkotten worth the price and wait. Yummy
  • Tiffany S.
    Tiffany StruchenApril 10, 2014
    Try the mini doughnuts!!!
  • Brian R.
    Brian RayJanuary 6, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    good place for gifts
  • Eric H.
    Eric HJune 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    They have free wifi now!
  • Kimberly B.
    Kimberly BentleyApril 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Mmm Vanille Patisserie...too bad they cannot take credit cards till April 8th.
  • Tiffany C.
    Tiffany ClarkJune 16, 2012
    Coolest market I have ever been to!
  • Calvin W.
    Calvin WardlowJanuary 8, 2014
    Gotta check this place out!
  • Tyler H.
    Tyler HealthyButterSeptember 14, 2010
    There are several great kiosks at the French Market, check out my full review via the link. Read more
  • Natalie V.
    Natalie Vegel5 days ago
    Lots of interesting vendors
  • Ron Eric
    Ron EricJune 14, 2014
    Love Beavers Donuts.
  • Chirag P.
    Chirag PatelJuly 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the juice and olive bars and the http://www.chicagorawfood.com store
  • e.g.
    e.g.April 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Beware of the Porky at Saigon Sisters. It's named appropirately as my sandwich was ALL fat with no white meat.
  • Annie M.
    Annie McDonnellJune 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Raw is amazing!
  • Tony H.
    Tony H.December 11, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Get some 5-year aged Cheddar from Wisconsin cheese. The man said it's the only Cheddar he trusts to bring to his mom.
  • Olivia S.
    Olivia SzetoSeptember 29, 2014
    open only on weekdays :/
  • inspector c.
    inspector clouseauMay 19, 2015
    Хорошее место с большим выбором разнообразной еды. Этакий стрит фуд под крышей. И никаких понтов.
  • Fernando G.
    Fernando GonzalezMay 16, 2014
    Mucha variedad
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