Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and flavors of “the belly of Toulouse” – the Marché Victor Hugo.

 

Spend a morning shopping in the footsteps of Toulouse’s best chefs while you decode the mysteries of French markets, learn your way around the cheese and charcuterie counters, and taste the best that Toulouse has to offer on this unforgettable food tour!

Marché Victor Hugo tour

Details


  • What: Small group walking food tour of the Marché Victor Hugo
  • When: Wednesday and Friday mornings at 10:00 am
  • Duration: approx. 3 hours
  • Group size: maximum 8 people
  • Cost per person: 70 € for adults, 60 € for children aged 5-12
  • Includes: Guided small group tour with food and wine samples



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Tour Highlights


Learn about the history of the Marché Victor Hugo and how it has evolved along with the city of Toulouse.

Explore the various types of baked goods you’ll find in a boulangerie (pain, viennoiserie, patisserie) and the infamous “chocolatine” vs “pain au chocolate” debate - are you #teamchocolatine?

See, hear, feel, and taste the difference between a top-quality baguette, baked by an award-winning boulanger, and an industrially-produced, mass-market one. Know how to spot the best baguettes so you never have to settle for bad bread!

Sample some of the extraordinary duck products and charcuterie that Southwest France is famous for and become familiar with the range of meat and charcuterie products available at a typical butcher/traiteur.

Visit one of the best fromageries in Toulouse and learn to navigate a cheese counter - the various types of cheese, what to ask for, and strategies for assembling a cheese plate.

Taste unique grape varieties that are only grown near Toulouse and discover why the wine regions of SW France are virtually unknown outside of the country - the answer will surprise you! You'll also get a crash course in food and wine pairing.

Enjoy sweet treats from one of the marché’s most unique vendors as you soak up the ambiance of Toulouse’s most vibrant food hub and appreciate the hard work and expertise of the many vendors and artisans.

After the tour, you’ll receive an email with a list of everything that you tried, including names of the locations visited, and any other resources mentioned to allow you to continue your exploration.

Tour details


Tours operate rain or shine. Most of the tour is spent within the Marché Victor Hugo, which does not offer seating. Please be prepared to stand or walk for the entire tour. If you find standing for long periods physically challenging, you may consider bringing a small collapsible stool. The Marché Victor Hugo is also wheelchair-accessible, though we may visit one or two businesses outside the market that are not.

 

Meeting location


We’ll meet very close to the Marché Victor Hugo (nearest metro stops: Jean-Jaurès and Capitole). Exact location and detailed directions will be emailed along with your order confirmation.

Good to Know


What's included

All food and drink samples provided on the tour. Most people do not feel the need for lunch after the tour. However, if you find that you usually eat more than the average person, you might consider eating a light meal before and/or after the tour.

What's not included

Additional food and drink that you wish to purchase yourself. In order to keep the tour moving, we do not encourage shopping during the tour. However, we time the end of the tour to allow you to return to vendors to make additional purchases before the market closes at 1pm.

What to wear or bring

Most of the time is spent indoors, but please dress appropriately (and bring an umbrella if necessary), as we begin the tour outside. Comfortable shoes and clothing are recommended, as the whole tour is spent standing or walking. To reduce environmental waste, I don’t distribute plastic water bottles, so if you would like water during the tour, please bring a reusable water bottle with you.

Dietary restrictions/food allergies

I am happy to accommodate the follow diets with advance notice:

  • Vegetarians
  • Pescatarians
  • No pork
  • Gluten-free (NOT Celiac)
  • Pregnant women (no raw milk cheese, cured meats, or alcohol)
  • Non-alcoholic (includes children under the age of 18)

Any of the above dietary requirements MUST be noted when booking to allow time to make arrangements for substitutions – some of which must be purchased outside the market. I ask that those with dietary restrictions book tours at least 48 hours in advance! Unfortunately, due to the selection of products available at the market, this tour is unable to accommodate vegans (if you are interested in arranging a private vegan-focused food tour in Toulouse, contact me!). If you have any questions regarding dietary accommodations or would like to see if I can accommodate other restrictions or food allergies (I often can – please ask!), email me directly at [email protected] before booking.

Cancellations/refunds

Please review your order and the tour details carefully before booking. Tickets are refundable until 48 hours prior to the scheduled tour (minus a 10% fee to cover the costs of processing). I am happy to reschedule your reservation for another date (pending availability) or reassign your tickets to another person with at least 48 hours notice. Any changes must be communicated in writing to [email protected]

Alternate tour dates/times

Interested in taking the Marché Victor Hugo tour on a different day and/or time? Contact me for additional weekday availability and pricing. The Marché Victor Hugo is closed on Mondays and weekends are not an ideal time for tour groups in the market, because the increased crowds and noise make it difficult to move around in the market and hear what is going on.


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