Paris Open-Air Market Walking Tour

Paris Open-Air Market Walking Tour

Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are.” This quote by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin would later be translated into ‘you are what you eat’, which sets the tone for this foodie excursion in one of the most food-forward cities in the world.  

Join us for this interactive market walk and learn why Mr. Savarin has arguably one of the most delicious French cheeses named after him - a triple cream brie that often comes with truffles.  We will discover other cheese as well and dive into what makes them so unique, help determine what you might enjoy the most, and advise you on ordering should you want to create your own cheese taste test!   

As we stroll through the market alongside of Parisians doing their weekly food shop, you will see firsthand the pride that the producers put into their crops/creations/animals.  Butchers won’t hesitate to suggest the best temperature and cooking time. Sommeliers will tell you how far in advance of enjoying your wine to open the bottle. Fruit and vegetable producers love talking to you about their seasonal crops, like squash in the autumn and fresh berries in the summer.   You will see how the French choose their pantry staples, learn about the role that fresh food plays in their lives, understand how government regulations ensure access to high quality produce, and have the opportunity to take home some delicious treats.  

Try out basic phrases for ordering and learn the tricks to hunting down the freshest bread, pastries, delicious wine, and seasonal French delicacies.  We want to help you learn how to best navigate these open-air markets, learn about their place in French culture, and use your new market skills for the rest of your trip.

This market also boasts a few textile stands, where you can try your hand at bargaining for scarves, shoes, or jewelry.  We enjoy putting the spotlight on food, but you will still have time to explore all aspects of the market as we walk along. 

The tour meets just before our morning Day Bike Tour, is it’s the perfect start to the day before biking around Paris!

Tour Highlights

  • Local Grenelle open-air market
  • France's food culture explained by a live guide
  • Learn basic French sayings for how to purchase things
  • A how-to on food shopping and dining in Paris
    • Live Guide
    • Cost of food tastings or other purchases
  • Adults $17.13
    Students (ID required) $17.13
    Children (4-11) $17.13
    Infants (0-3) $0.00
  • The tour meets at the exit of the Dupleix Métro station (line 6). You will exit the métro station and your guide will be across the street in front of the Pharmacy with a big green cross above its entrance. They will be holding up a brochure that reads Fat Tire Tours.

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    • The tour starts promptly at 9:15 so please arrive 10 mins early to meet your guide. 
    • This is a covered open-air market, so the tour runs rain or shine. 

FAQ

  • Expand/Collapse Can I do this market tour if I'm joining the morning Day Bike Tour?

    Absolutely! We created this Market Walking Tour with our morning Day Bike guests in mind.

  • Expand/Collapse Where is the meeting point?

    The tour meets at the exit of the Dupleix Métro station (line 6). You will exit the métro station and your guide will be across the street in front of the Pharmacy with a big green cross above its entrance. They will be holding up a brochure that reads Fat Tire Tours.

    The tour starts promptly at 9:15 so please arrive 10 mins early to meet your guide. 

     

  • Expand/Collapse Are food tastings included in the cost of the tour?

    No, any food or other items purchased at the market are not included in the tour. Vendors will often offer free samples for customers, however!

  • Expand/Collapse What is your cancellation policy?

    We are happy to offer full refunds if the reservation is cancelled more than 72 hours (3 days) before the scheduled tour. We do not offer refunds for any reason once we are within 72 hours of the scheduled tour.

  • Expand/Collapse What is your weather policy?

    All of our tours run rain or shine. This is a covered open-air market, so even if it rains, you will be beneath the covering.

  • Expand/Collapse What is the number to call if I am lost and trying to find the meeting point?

    If you are having difficulty finding the meeting location, please call us at +33.1.82.88.80.96 and our staff will be happy to help you find your way.

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