This was the best tour we took on our trip. David Jornet was a great host, he knew so much about the history of the market, the culture, and the food. The real stars of the tour was the fantastic cheeses and chocolate we got to try. We would take this tour again, if we ever get back to Paris!
David was fantastic. He is very knowledgeable and very friendly. He took time to answer all our questions and never seemed rushed. The wine and cheese were very good. All the merchants were very friendly. I highly recommend this tour.
Cynthia M USA
This was a great tour that took us through some markets in Paris and gave us a nice overview of the finer points of French shopping, wine, cheese and chocolate. Our guide, Francois, was very knowledgable and fun to spend time with. I would highly recommend this tour!
Our tour of Marche d'Aligre was very enjoyable! Our guide was David who was very knowledgeable about the area and the people who work in the market. He had been delayed with his earlier tour at the Louvre, but when we called he immediately responded and as promised, arrived in a short while; also, he definitely made up the lost time at the end of the tour. We were with only one other couple so the 4 of us had his undivided attention throughout the tour. On our way to the market David took us by a very popular boulangerie and suggested their croissants. Nothing can compare with these divine treats! He took us through the entire market: the outdoor produce section showcasing items that were works of art - not just vegetables and fruit; followed by the permanent building housing meats, cheeses, and more produce, where he explained some of the butchering and seasoning practices; and last to the "flea market." This was much more than the usual flea market, having some very interesting antiques and exotic pieces from Africa. Along the way he introduced us to the businesses that would furnish our cheese and wine. After the market we returned to collect the cheeses, which he carried to the wine store for our tasting. Then we went to the confectionery for the most elegant chocolate delights. At each stop David offered information about the items for sale, especially the more exotic meats that are not available in the US. He discussed the cheese, wine, and chocolates at our tasting, and facilitated purchases in the flea market for us. I strongly recommend this adventure to anyone interested in such adventures or who loves cheese, wine, and chocolate. So many wonderful choices and sites in such a relatively small space - an excellent morning and a wonderful guide!
Lauren D USA
This tour was one of the highlights of our stay in Paris - great eye candy for foodies. The wine, cheese, and chocolates tasted were all exceptional. Though we walked through the outdoor and indoor markets, I also really enjoyed the shops in the surrounding area. David was an amazing guide with fantastic recommendations. After the tour, we stayed in the area and took his advice and tried the steak tartare at a local bistro and it was delicious, and afterward we walked back to a bakery that David showed us at the beginning of our tour, and enjoyed coffee and the most delicious pastries. It was a great way to spend a 1/2 day.
Debra S USA
This was great fun! It turned out that our party was the only one scheduled for this particular tour, so it was basically a private tour for us. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable, and the tastings were great. The market was very interesting. We would have never done this on our own.
The guide was wonderful--very knowledgeable and personable. Nice tastings of the products. It's a good way to get to know the market.
Great tour and guide but didn't get the stated amount of food and think it was incredibly over priced for what we received.
There were a lot of closed stores, and the meeting point was not clear, causing us to run around looking for the guide. There should have been an address, not just a meeting point store name. The leader was charming and gave us some good insights, but we expected a lot more. The sampling experience was just fair. We stood on the sidewalk while trying some cheese and 1 wine not the 2 promised. The chocolatier was interesting, but again we didn't get as many tastes as promised. We felt the experience should have been richer for the price.
I did not enjoy this tour. I could have done it without the tour guide. David was unprofessional. Instead of leading the tour the group was leading it.
The lady that led the tour didn't really seem to know much about the area. There was a lot of wandering around and her not saying much. Considering my wife and I were the only two people on the tour, you would think that it would have been easy to give us plenty of details. There wasn't much food on the tour either. It included 5 small pieces of cheese, a half bottle of wine to share between the two of us, and two pieces of chocolate to share. We did a food walking tour in Rome and it was great. Plenty of food and knowledgable guides. This tour, on the other hand, was awful. At least the vendors at the wine and chocolate shops were nice.
The tour guide was very nice, but we found the tour terrible value for money. The portions were meagre - 5 tasters of cheese, 100ml of wine and the tiniest portions of chocolate - we could not believe it when the chocolate shopkeeper cut a normal size chocolate in two, giving us each a taster the size of a stamp. Also I felt there was a lot of waffling rather than substance and finally, the joining instructions need re-visiting to make them more comprehensive as if you weren’t travelling by Metro, they were confusing . I feel this provider needs to look at other tours as they fell very short. I felt this tour reflected very badly on Viatour and would be reluctant to book again.