If you are as much of a foodie as much as I am, this tour is made for you. Both popular and lively, Aligre is the most famous open air market of Paris. Whether you have a sweet tooth or are a huge fan of cheese, you will be in market heaven! As this is where I buy my food, I will introduce you to my favorite retailers.
You will wander through the stalls, tasting an array of French specialties, and you will finally understand why the French love food so much and why French cuisine became that famous !
On the way, from Place de la Bastille, where you meet me, to the market place, I will tell you about the history of Bastille and Rue Saint-Antoine neighborhood. You will hear about the Bastille jail and will walk the cobblestone alleys of picturesque passages, where typical craftsmen hold their furniture shops.
Once at Aligre Market, your tasting starts with the typical French bakery : “le croissant”. After a short walk, we will enter the Beauvau covered Market located Place d’Aligre. Here, everyone knows everyone. The fish stall faces the butcher and the cheese makers. They display a wide array of products.
I will lead you through the stalls, having you taste different kinds of typical sliced meats and French cheese. Did you know that French people’s favorite activity when they eat is… to talk about food? So, follow this tradition and discuss products and food habits as you practice them !
The colorful, lively and popular outside market is dedicated to fruits and vegetables. It provides an experience you’ll never forget. It will be a perfect opportunity to taste some juicy strawberries or old fashioned fruit nicknamed “l’amour en cage” (love in a cage).
Last but not least, for the grand finale, you’ll sit down and have a wine tasting in a family wine shop. Being born and raised in Bordeaux, wine is running through my veins and this is one of my favorite shops in town. Here, the bottles of wines are from independent wineries and some are from the 70’s or 80’s thus wine collectors come all the way here to purchase !