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Gourmet Paris isn’t restricted to fine dining. In fact, as the locals have it, the best bites in this city are found in the markets, boutiques and cafés that travellers often stroll straight past. So, without the Michelin star, how do you separate the ‘must eats’ from the ‘just so’s? This private tour, run by Withlocals, is your answer. From sampling smelly artisanal cheese in the historic Marche d’Aligre to fresh oyster and wine pairings at hole-in-the-wall cafés, this foodie experience offers hungry travellers a real look into life in the gourmet capital. Led by a local guide, this three-hour tour has 10 tastings on the agenda (ambitious, ey?). All are locally sourced; all are delicious; all will fill you up and then some. Perhaps hold off on wearing those skinny jeans...
About your guide
Think of Withlocals’ tours as a sort of mini cultural exchange program. Each of their local guides aim to share a part of their city that they know and love with travellers and each bring their own tales to the table in the process.
Here’s the plan…
Meet your guide at the Marché d'Aligre (it’s best to arrive hungry). After a quick nosey around the market, chatting to vendors and tasting some beautiful tapenade, you’ll stop by le Baron Rouge bar for delicious fresh oysters (shrimps, if you are not into oysters) and wine. Here, your guide will walk you through how to eat oysters the French way (it’s not quite as simple as you might think).
Then, you’ll continue through the Aligre district – a cool neighbourhood known for its diverse food scene – stopping along the way to try some of the best bites. On the agenda is one of the oldest boulangeries in the city, a cheese shop, a beautiful French wine store and a crêperie. You’ll sample Rillette from a popular local butcher, French coffee, and macaroons, plus some other yummy local delicacies. Along the way you’ll learn many tidbits about French food culture, from the locals’ national dishes to their eating habits.
It’s also good to note that this is a private tour, and guides are flexible and happy to personalise these tours to suit you. So if – against all odds – you’re not a big cheese fan, it’s no biggie.
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