Private Paris Market Tour

Private Paris Market Tour

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      Paris, France
      2.5 Hours
      Moderate
      From (USD)
      $ 420
      • Marche d'Aligre: Opened in 1781, this sprawling, off-the-beaten-path Parisian market has it all – from flowers to fruit and veg, cheeses, olives, meats, and seafood – all presented with an elegance and character only the French can pull off.
      • More than a guide: Your highly qualified tour leader – we call them docents – is a professional chef, sommelier, or food writer with intimate knowledge of the marche, the amazing array of foods offered within it, and how they all fit into the French diet. 
      • Exotic offerings: From golden chanterelle mushrooms to artisan raw-milk cheeses sold only here, homemade pates and foie gras, olives from Provence, seafood from the Mediterranean, and produce from North Africa offered up by lively vendors.
      • An intimate tasting experience: As you survey row upon row and stall upon stall of these tantalizing comestibles, your small private group will pick some to sample and savor together. Your docent's experience can be a great help in this. 
      • Get the lowdown: Learn about how the market functions, food provenance, and the concept of terroir (it's all about the "character of the soil") so vital to the French gastronomic philosophy. 
      • Survey the 'hood: After experiencing the marche, you'll stroll the adjacent streets where enticing specialty food shops and well-known cafes have found their own cozy niche within the lush moveable feast that defines Parisian life. 

      Meeting point

      Please meet your guide in front of the cafe/boulangerie Bl Sucre at 7 rue Antoine Vollon, 75012 Paris. The closest metro station is Ledru Rollin (line 8).

      Helpful hints

      Purchase your Tasting fees during check-out, one per person. Yum!
      If arriving by Metro to meet your guide, take the exit for rue Faubourg Saint Antoine and Ledru Rollin. Once outside, following rue Faubourg Saint Antoine (building numbers rising). You will soon come to a small tree-lined square on the right is rue Antoine Vollon. If you arrive early you can have a coffee and pastry while at the cafe waiting for your guide.
      As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind.

      Getting around

      Plan to walk for approximately 2 miles at a gentle pace. This itinerary can be modified for your private group to accommodate wheelchairs and those with limited mobility. Let us know ahead of time at Hello@GoBe.com.

      Activity type

      Walking Tour, Cultural, Food & Wine, Family Friendly, Private Tour

      Transportation used

      Public transportation may be used from time to time. Have local currency available for tickets. Your tour may involve walking only.

      Included amenities

      Ph.D. or MA-level scholar guide

      Tour ID

      PP-EUR-FRA-PARI-EN-2017

      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages.

      Special Medical Restriction

      If you use a folding wheelchair, we'll do our best to accommodate you with at least 7 days of advanced notice, providing you have someone along to assist you. Email us at Hello@GoBe.com. Accessibility at all venues cannot be guaranteed.

      Special comments

      If you have a food allergy, such as an allergy to nuts, please let us know in advance, Hello@GoBe.com. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late, call to alert us.

      No country's more into haute cuisine than France. Yet no matter how sophisticated the finished plate, it all starts with provisions bought at a market of some sort.  

      In Paris, that means a neighborhood marche brimming with stalls run by proud (not to mention sometimes loud) vendors. These atmospheric, longstanding markets remain the city's daily go-to shopping source despite the coming of modern large grocery stores. 

      With your savvy docent in the lead, you'll arrive at the Marche d'Aligre early enough to see all the action in action. Serving its quartier for centuries, this riotous maze of stalls is a favorite of Parisian locals in the know – and remains unknown to most tourists. Except those wise and fortunate enough to book this Paris Market Walk. 

      Be ready for captivating displays of farm-fresh produce, delectable cheeses, savory charcuterie, and glistening seafood as you stroll your way through this unpretentious culinary mecca – learning about how it all works and sampling some of its most seductive offerings. 

      Even if you weren't a foodie beforehand, a few hours spent here will bring out your deepest-seated epicurean tendencies. And leave you wishing you shopped here far more often. 

       Green around the gills

      Here's another reason why markets like Marche d'Aligre are essential to the everyday French foodie: Mother Nature can play nasty tricks on the unwary. Take chanterelle mushrooms, for instance. Famous for the spicy, woody aroma they impart to a souffle or soup, in the wild they are easily mistaken for the jack o'lantern or false chanterelle. Those lookalikes won't kill you, but they'll definitely leave you in digestive trauma. Best to leave the chanterelle-picking to local experts.  

       

       

      Choose your date and time very carefully. Only a portion of this tour is refundable from the time of booking; within 72 hours of operation, it is fully non-refundable.

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