- 2.5 hours
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.
Rebecca has been a lifelong Francophile. Receiving her Bachelor's degree in 1991 in French and international relations, she has worked in French language environments since her career began. She received her Master's degree from the Professional French Masters Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008. A resident of Paris since 2003, she has lead walking tours in Paris and other parts of France for the past eight years. In addition to her specialty of Montmartre, she provides custom walks on various historical and cultural themes.
Adriana first arrived in France in 2006 for a BA in art philosophy at the University of Burgundy in Dijon. She then moved to Paris to continue her studies at the Sorbonne where she obtained a Masters Degree in Cultural Mediation at the University of Arts and Medias. Highly interested in contemporary art and cultural studies, she worked as an assistant curator in art galleries and foundations, but her love for gastronomy and the French food culture directed her towards the hospitality industry where she worked as a manager in fine dining and luxury hotels. As art and culture have always been part of her academic focus, Adriana keeps exploring the French culture and art de vivre and enjoys staying up to date with the French food scene in Paris.
Anthony has always been interested in art and ancient civilisations. After a degree in Art History and Tourism at the Sorbonne University in Paris, he decided to travel to the USA and Mexico to improve his language skills. When he came back to the City of Light he decided to become a guide and share his passion for art and history with travellers from around the globe. As an ambassador of French culture, Anthony uses his passion for storytelling to provide unique experiences and share his knowledge on his home country.
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