Experience life in the food capital of the world, exploring the biggest and best of local Parisian food markets and hearing the revolutionary history of the Bastille. The tour is laced with historical anecdotes and stories, along with information and advice only a local can know! We begin our tour near place de la Bastille, marked by a monument in the centre of the one of the city’s busiest streets. We’ll stroll past the modern Opera building and alongside the first section of the Canal St Martin, built by Napoleon to deliver goods to the city by barge. We’ll then walk along the Coulée Verte, an abandoned train line converted by the city into one of the first raised urban parklands in the world in 1993. We make our way back to street level and into the bustling 12th arrondissement, discovering a food lovers paradise in the Marché d'Aligre. With a daily local market, a huge variety of local food stores and a covered market from the 19th century all alongside each other, this is a hidden gem unknown to most tourists. We’ll negotiate with local vendors, sample local produce before directing you to one of the city’s best (and secret) local wine stores. Places of interest include: Place de la Bastille Canal St Martin Coulée Verte Marché Aligre Local wine store
I've lived in Paris for eight years working as an artist, illustrator and storyteller. Perhaps my wanderlust to explore and help others do the same comes from being born and raised in what was then Yugoslavia, and living in five countries without moving house before I was even a teenager. I've spent my time in Paris creating and guiding unique tours for some of the best and most established operators in the City of Lights. Now I lead my own groups on personal visits to some of my favourite spots, offering you an inside look at the daily (and nightly) life of a Parisian.
1. Place de la Bastille - where the infamous prison once stood 2. Canal St Martin - filled with barges and pleasure craft, it was once the main supply line 3. Coulée Verte - an urban paradise on a disused, elevated railway line 4. Marché Aligre - daily food market and covered market with the best French delicacies
Food markets & Bastille walking tour