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Small-Group Gourmet Food and Market Tour of the Bastille District in Paris

Paris, France
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Discover the fascinating history and flavors of the vibrant Bastille district of Paris. Follow your local foodie guide to the area’s best-kept gourmet secrets, including patisseries, delicatessens and wine bars. Explore the specialty food stalls of the Marché d’Aligre market to see how local Parisians shop, and enjoy six tastings of sweet and savory favorites along with samplings of French wine. Numbers are limited to eight people on this small-group tour for a personalized experience.
  • 3-hour Paris food walking tour of the Bastille district
  • Visit Marché d’Aligre -- a thriving Paris food market much-loved by locals
  • Explore gourmet food shops and delicatessens with your expert guide
  • Enjoy six food tastings and sample fine French wine
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people ensures a more personalized experience

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • 6 food tastings
  • 1 wine tasting

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Place de la Bastille
      Pl. de la Bastille, Paris, France

      Departure Point: Central Paris, 12th Arrondissement Address: Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris Directions: Your guide will meet you at the steps to the Bastille Opera House on Place de la Bastille. The Opera is a large, modern building in silver and glass. The closest metro station in Bastille (lines 2, 5 and 8). Use exit Opera Bastille or Faubourg St Antoine.

    Start time

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Famous for its pivotal role during the French Revolution, today Paris’ Bastille district is a popular destination for food and wine lovers. Begin your gourmet tour in the heart of this historic area, where you’ll meet your knowledgeable guide. 

    Stroll along the Bastille’s charming streets, stopping along the way at popular eateries and tucked-away treasures for six different tastings. Indulge your sweet tooth with stops at some of the area’s beloved patisseries for croissants and chocolate, and try a luxuriant combination of muscadet wine and fresh oysters at a local wine bar.

    Visit the expansive Marché d’Aligre — a sprawling urban market where local Parisians shop for specialty items and daily provisions. Your local guide will lead you to the best and most interesting vendor stalls hidden among the open-air square and covered portion of the market. Enjoy free time to explore the stalls on your own, and let your guide know about any specific gourmet goods you’re looking for.

    To cap off your 3-hour tour, discover an enchanting garden walkway built from old train tracks. After bidding farewell to your guide, you’re free to continue exploring the area on your own — like a true local!

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Must be 18 years of age to drink alcohol
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    Paris Market Food Tour
    Jana M, Jul 2019
    Caroline (our guide) was very friendly, professional and did a great job. We think it would have been better if she concentrated on food-related aspects of the tour for the first hour rather than talking about history. Streets are so busy we couldn't hear and didn't think it was relevant. We would have liked to spend more time in the market (even if it had been a little free time). We also didn't receive an olive oil tasting as advertised.
    Fun Lessons in Traditional French Foods
    Robin_D, Jun 2019
    This was a nice, quick foodie tour of a patisserie, the farmer's market, and a quick glass of wine at a local wine bar. It was fun and worth the cost. The only thing that would have made it better was less, rather than more, talking and more eating and drinking!
    Food Tour in Bastille District, Paris
    Ria_S, Jun 2019
    Our guide, Sonja, was well informed about the working class neighborhood in Bastille. I was pleased to have her as a guide, and I recommend her highly.
    Enjoyed hearing about the history of...
    Jackie J, Jan 2018
    Enjoyed hearing about the history of the Bastille District. The samplings were great. One of the places we stopped at, Bleu. Sucre, had the most divine pastries. The KouignAmman pastry was the best I have ever had in my life. This patisserie is recommended by David Leibovitz. The tour guide was quite charming and quite knowledgeable.
    Our guide was a charming Parisian...
    Jenny_D, Sep 2017
    Our guide was a charming Parisian who spoke very good English. We loved the variety of places that she chose for our tour.
    I gave it the lowest possible rating...
    Richard N, Aug 2017
    I gave it the lowest possible rating because, although our party was at the appointed meeting place well in advance of the scheduled tour time, and we waited an hour, the tour guide never showed up. Please credit my American Express card the 400 that I was charged for the tour that never happened.
    A great half day out exploring the...
    Briony S, Jul 2017
    A great half day out exploring the Bastille areas food and history. Our guide was excellent - no question left unanswered. The food we tasted was delicious and plentiful. Paired with a gorgeous wine in a small but impressive wine bar I couldn't complain.
    Our Guide Caroline was superb, her...
    Robin_S, May 2017
    Our Guide Caroline was superb, her English was excellent and she was very friendly, knowledgeable and fun. The tour itself was very informative, from the amazing breads in the Boulangerie to the Red wine and Tarte flambe and the tour of the market seeing the sights and sounds of the Bastille area, Even the rain did not dampen our good time, would recommend this to anyone wanting to get a taste of how the real Parisiens live
    Interesting tour of restaurants and...
    Franklin_B, Jan 2017
    Interesting tour of restaurants and markets in the Bastille district. Charlotte was very knowledgeable about foods, bread, coffee, and wine in the area. Very pleasant tour.
    Charlotte was an absolute cracker of...
    Alyce G, Dec 2016
    Charlotte was an absolute cracker of a guide with knowledge, enthusiasm and energy. It was great to learn about various French specialities and then shop for myself in the markets afterwards for my time in Paris in my studio. I throughly enjoyed this tour and would recommend this tour and Charlotte in particular as your guide.
    We were so excited about this tour...
    Mary M, Oct 2016
    We were so excited about this tour, but the guide was disorganized and had very little knowledge about the food or wine we tasted. Our first stop on the tour was in a urine-soaked alleyway. Disgusting. We ate samples of food behind a dirty fish stall in the market and the guide had zero idea what cheeses or wine we sampled. The last stop was in a smoky wine shop with cramped seating. Our guide looked like she rolled out of bed. I would NOT recommend this tour.
    We met Charlotte on the steps of th...
    Peter_D, Oct 2016
    We met Charlotte on the steps of th Opera House and she was vibrant and full of information from the start. Our first stop was for coffee and a giant croissant...hint: don't have breakfast before you start! We then hit the closed market and tasted a variety of meats, terrines and pate. The serves were generous and by the time we had tasted the cheeses we were all full. We finished with a friendly wine tasting which really rounded off the morning. We'd highly recommend this tour.
    Our guide, Charlotte, was a very...
    John_M, Sep 2016
    Our guide, Charlotte, was a very energetic young lady. The market and food sampling was okay. It was like a walk with girlfriends, which for my husband, was not very enjoyable.
    I'm sorry. We can't recommend this...
    Donna N, Sep 2016
    I'm sorry. We can't recommend this tour. Charlotte our guide was great, but it was far to expensive for what we did. It would have been nice to be able to sit and enjoy the tastings, instead of out of a paper bag. The wine bar was disappointing, the owner was smoking and there wasn't enough seats for all of us. Also the wine tasting lacked a professional approach
    We very much enjoyed this tour...
    RichardRish_P, Aug 2016
    We very much enjoyed this tour, partly because we are foodies and partly because we like a local explaining things we would normally have missed. Our guide, Charlotte, was wonderful and worked so hard to make sure we had a great day. We only had one other great couple on the tour, so that made it very easy to see and hear all Charlotte had to point out and say.
    This was a wonderful tour. Our...
    Kathleen L, Jul 2016
    This was a wonderful tour. Our guide, Andrea, was friendly, on time and very interesting to learn French culture from. We tried some of the typical French foods, and were able to mingle with some of the locals in a wine shop. It was fun and we loved it.
    This was another excellent tour that...
    David_M, Jul 2016
    This was another excellent tour that introduced us to the Bastille area and in particular Marche d aleigre that we had not visited before. The food and wine tastings were excellent. We would highly recommend this to anyone particularly those staying in the Gare de Lyon area
    Really enjoyed this morning. Great...
    Judith_R, Jul 2016
    Really enjoyed this morning. Great guide great food good company and the wines capped off a great experience.
    Great tour. Fantastic guide took us to...
    LFernando_L, Jun 2016
    Great tour. Fantastic guide took us to fun places and arrange for great food stops.
    Excellent tour with our guide...
    Glenn_T, Jun 2016
    Excellent tour with our guide Charlotte being knowledgeable and having a good sense of humour. We saw some areas of Paris we would probably never have visited or appreciated fully if we had. Lane ways and eateries and markets etc with all having their significance to Parisians explained. Tastes of croissants best ever, meats, oysters, cheeses and wines. Overall a highlight of our visit.
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    Product code: 5701BASTILLEFOODTOUR