Food Market Pleasures with Les Miserable


Most of the goods consumed in the city were first introduced in the central market at Les Halles. Les Halles, literally meaning 'the halls,' was practically a city within the city, populated by colorful street vendors, live animals, disorderly and smelly heaps of food coming directly from the river.

The neighborhood has evolved but is still the national showcase of gastronomy in Paris, as well as being a lively area. Les Halles has quickly regained its centrality and popularity.

This snacking tour is the opportunity to discover and enjoy the best of French cuisine and the essence of Paris.

Price per private group of 1 to 4 :

To start the tour, your guide will take you to taste the best hot chocolate in the city, while telling you everything you need to know about the chocolate and coffee odysseys in the Faubourg and le Marais.

Afterwards, strolling in the most mouth-watering spots of the area, you will experience the smells and sounds of this lively area, and probably indulge in a little shopping with vendors happy to impart their knowledge of French delicatessens to you.

One of the most famous Parisian traditions is having a dozen oysters with white wine for a late breakfast on Sunday morning.  But if you are not in the mood for oysters, there are many more treats on the colorful displays of the market. 

Save your appetite for a snack break in a typical bistro. It will be the opportunity to speak about French culinary traditions around a platter of cheese and charcuterie (pork-based) and, of course, wine. 


Then, take a break from the temptations of snacks and fresh produce as you explore the Coulée verte (the green path), also known as the Viaduc des Arts. This promenade follows a former railway transformed into a contemporary garden, with art galleries underneath. It will give you a glimpse of the city’s creative green policy and it stands as a botanic masterpiece.

Through covered passages and narrow streets, you will arrive on Place de la Bastille, a place where revolutions started, political as well as culinary.

Finally, enter the Marais from Place des Vosges as your private guide shows you vestiges of the monarchy in the mansions of this royal neighborhood, and explains its role in gastronomy and culinary development. At the end of this magnificent food journey, enjoy a long -forbidden drink, a glass of absinthe, or a while your foodographer recall the wars that beverages caused in the French population over centuries - from the Gallic beer and Roman wine conflict, the reluctant introduction of British tea, to the contemporary battles for the survival of traditional wine making.  Learn about the secret mythology still attached to red and white wine, to tea and imported alcohols, to the medical liquors of monks and nuns. 


Smells of Paris ©

If Rue de Lappe, long since deserted by the Auvergnats, is no longer the haven that it once was for modern art. Still, the Aligre market, the fountains on the corner of Rue de Charonne and in the square in front of the Saint-Antoine hospital, the courtyards where illustrators and computer buffs, Chinese artisans and photographers, work cheek by jowl maintain the quarter's identity. If, taking up Marcel Duchamp's idea, we should manufacture cans of Air de Paris, it is certainly that of the Faubourg Saint-Antoine with which I would fill mine”.

The Invention of Paris, Eric Hazan. 

-The most authentic bistro of Paris 20€pp

-The legendary Headquarter of Les Misérables.

-The most famous kitchen apliances shops in France

-The oldest restaurants of France.

-Marie-Antoinette’s cake shop.

-Commerce chamber and the covered passageways.



Available: Daily
Start Time: 12.30pm
Duration: 4 Hrs
Meeting Point: Les Halles
Includes: Private Guide
Excludes: Cost of Transfers, Meals,Tastings

Additional Info


"The cheese tasting with Virginie was magnificent! She went to so much trouble: the table was perfectly decorated and her cheeses were sublime! We couldn’t have asked for a more welcoming and charming hostess!"    

Cafe in Montmartre


The new bistronomy has roots in the time just before the Revolution of 1789: at that time, the first French restaurants had only just started to appear. Following the uprising, the former servants of the aristocracy were faced with a drastically changed society, and had to find new jobs. Using their knowledge of cuisine and catering, the most enterprising became the first restaurant owners. They created the culture of gastronomy that we know today, no longer ostentatious and lavish, but a gastronomy that could be shared by all French citizens, and then by the whole world.

The creations of the new wave of bistros chefs are made up of local and seasonal products bought fresh from the day, far away from the stuffy atmosphere and painful bills of three stars restaurants.



The first restaurant in Paris opened in 1785. Its founder, M. Boulanger, came up with the new word “restaurant,” taking it from the verb “restore” (in French, “restaurer”). On the outside of his establishment a sign said in Latin : come all you who are hungry and I will restore you.