Paris's daily market tour: Aligre market
Enter into another world and see a different side of Paris: the most energetic, colourful, lively and cosmopolitan market in the city. It's the Market d’Aligre in the 12th arrondissement in the east, near Bastille. With our friendly and knowledgeable local guide, you'll discover places that normal tourists never reach and enjoy 2 hours of exploring the market and meeting the local stallholders with tastings en route.
At the heart of D'Aligre Market is one of the few remaining covered markets in Paris, the Marché Beauvau packed with permanent stalls overflowing with tapenades, spices, nuts, NorthAfrican harissa, flowers, poultry and cafés at which to snack. Outside, filling the surrounding streets is the energetic open-air market around the square d’Aligre jammed with fruit and vegetable stalls and a busy flea market where you can find all sorts of treasures. Along the rue d'Aligre are interesting gourmet shops selling delicious North African breads, French cheeses, chocolates, mussels and fish, spices, teas, pastries, organic bread - all lying behind the market stalls crammed with lots of African and Asian delicacies.
It's a vibrant atmosphere and has very much a local community feel and our Meeting the French guide will introduce you to stallholders and explain some of the history of the market. You'll discover the full range of products and of course there'll be pauses for a couple of tastings of the specialty foods on offer plus a break for a mint tea in a corner café.
The visit is 2 hours and all of the tastings around the market are included in the price.
Comfortable shoes are recommended.
Please note that part of the market may be closed during the French vacation (mostly in August and around New Year's Eve).