Ask Our Experts: Where Can I Tour a Market with a Local?

This is an amazing experience and one that we love arranging down to the very last detail. We have so many opportunities that the only question is — where do you want to go?

In Paris, the stalls and shops of Marché D’Aligre are overflowing with brightly colored produce, along with stacks of cheese, fruit preserves lining the shelves and mouthwatering displays of pastries. Join a local on a tour and then sit down for a cheese and charcuterie tasting.

Food markets represent the heart of Italian communities. Your day can be as simple as tasting (and shopping for!) artisan products in Florence’s famous San Lorenzo Market. Or you can spend time in a Catania fish market, led by a chef who then teaches you how to prepare a typical Sicilian seafood lunch.

See how daily life flourishes in the markets of Hong Kong. In a traditional wet market, your guide might point out produce like star fruit and durian, and how locals are selecting their fresh meat for the day. Then enter a kitchen where chefs teach you how to prepare traditional Cantonese dim sum — like savory dumplings and spring rolls.

We can even arrange a special culinary excursion on your next cruise. Oceania Cruises has a curated collection of Culinary Discovery Tours, like a tour of a local market in Aix-en-Provence followed by a cooking class with a Michelin-starred chef.

Windstar Cruises’ partnership with the James Beard Foundation brings celebrated chefs on board who will accompany you to markets in port. We have all these options and many more, so contact us to learn what we can arrange for you.


Cover Photo: Market in Paris / Image by Gerhard Bögner from Pixabay


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