Paris Food Tour: Local Neighborhood Market

Enjoy a unique French culinary adventure
From US$505 privately
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Tour Details
2.5 hours
Product Type
  • Marché d'Aligre
  • Marché Beauvau
  • Various specialty shops around Marché d'Aligre
Photos & Highlights
  • Visit a neighborhood Paris market and taste various specialties
  • Led by a professional chef, sommelier, or food writer
Tour Description
In this 2.5-hour Paris market tour with a local chef or food expert, we'll dive into the Marché d'Aligre, a typical neighborhood market a bit off of the tourist path. We'll spend time with the vendors, learn about the provenance of fresh foods and how to judge cheese and pastries, and nibble our way through ample samples, partaking of local delicacies in a city where food is fundamental.

We'll start early, arriving to see the Marché d'Aligre bustling with activity. Often overlooked by tourists and much coveted by locals, this market boasts an array of items from les fleurs to les fruits, with just about everything in between. With a long history of serving its quartier—the Marché d'Aligre was inaugurated in 1781—some even consider it le Second Ventre de Paris. Our culinary expert will guide us through the maze of stalls, identifying seasonal produce and discussing issues like food provenance and the concept of terroir (the character of the soil).

On our stroll, we will also select some provisions to sample together as a group. Taking in row upon row of artfully arranged fruits and vegetables, we'll admire this particularly elegant approach to food. We may also pay a visit to a fromager's stall to view the delectable wares on display, such as artisan raw-milk cheeses so special they're unavailable anywhere else in the world, or take in charcuterie and homemade paté at the boucherie stand. We'll spend some time with the lively vegetable vendors from France and North Africa, pick through the displays of Atlantic and Mediterranean seafood, or even taste some mouthwatering olives from Provence or Italy. After some time in the market, we may also visit some of the specialty food stores or historic cafes in the neighborhood. As our walk comes to a close, we will leave with an understanding of the role the market plays in Parisian life, as well as an ability to navigate le marché.

Note: we also offer a Paris Food Tour on the left bank that focuses more heavily on French traditions and specialty food shops.

Booking Instructions

Please note any food allergies or intolerances in the Notes box when booking.


Can I participate in your small group food walks if I have food allergies? Yes. If you have any specific allergies/intolerances please indicate these in the Travel Notes section when you are booking and your guide will do their best to accommodate.

Is this tour wheelchair accessible? Marché d'Aligre is fully accessible. Please contact us to discuss in more detail your mobility concerns so that we can best advise. 
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Andrés was the best guide. A joy and a big highlight of our trip. Can’t wait to see him again for another tour.
Wonderful tour learning about food and food culture. Marie Alicia was a delightful and intelligent guide—it was fun to see how well received she was in the neighborhood. The food and drink were all delicious, top notch!
Marie Alicia is extremely knowledgeable, solicitous, and friendly. She knows the vendors and created a very intimate and unique experience for us. The wealth of information she provided was almost more than we could take in within the short time period. We would book with her again, no question.

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