The indoor market and surrounding square are named after Capuchin monks, who wore sackcloth robes and a “capuce”, or hood.
It was already known in the 18th century for its cattle market, before the market gardeners from the surrounding area moved in and set up their stalls. The Baltard-style market building, with atrium windows and cast-iron pillars recovered from pavilions at the Paris Exhibition, was inaugurated in 1881.
In 1999, the addition of a glass roof and awnings let more light into this vast building, which houses over 80 retailers and a number of refreshment stalls and restaurants, open from Tuesday to Sunday morning.
Despite the draughts, the “Capus” market has never lost its friendly, human warmth, cheerful racket, and mouth-watering bouquet of flavours, featuring cheese, seafood, fruit, and vegetables.