Private Paris Market Tour
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.
Tour Participation Requirements
Special Medical Restriction
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.