Victor Hugo Market Tour

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Taste of Toulouse

Help preserve a taste of place. By going on a Taste of Toulouse tour, you’ll also be supporting hard-working and talented local artisans and businesses that are, in turn, supporting the community and preserving the rich gastronomic heritage of SW France. I pick the locations we visit based on the quality of their products and service – not on cost – and spend generously at those businesses both on and off my tours.

  • approx. 3.5 hours(please allow extra time on weekends)
  • Select Tuesday – Saturday mornings
  • maximum 8 people, minimum 2 people

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

Spend a morning learning the skills and secrets of French market shopping with a certified French Wine Scholar and ex-cheesemonger, tasting the best that Toulouse has to offer on this unforgettable and immersive market food tour!

What

Small group walking food tour of the Marché Victor Hugo, Toulouse’s largest covered market

When

Select Tuesday – Saturday mornings at 10:00 am (see booking schedule for exact dates)

Price Includes

  • Guided small group tour
  • Food and wine samples

All food and drink samples provided on the tour. Our guests never walk away hungry for lunch! 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.

Please note that the above descriptions are subject to change based on seasonal availability and the changing market scene in Toulouse.

Price Excludes

Additional food and drink that you wish to purchase yourself.

In order to keep the tour moving, we don’t encourage shopping during the tour – especially if the group is larger. However, after the tour you will receive an email with a list of all of the businesses that we visited and everything that we tasted, as well as any personalized recommendations that you asked for, to allow you to return and continue your food explorations.

Price

79 € for adults and children over 12

Book with confidence!

We offer free changes or cancellations up to 48 hours before the start of our small group tours.

Highlights

  • Learn about the history of the Marché Victor Hugo and other Toulouse markets and how they evolved to meet the needs of the city.
  • 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 products available at the market.
  • 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 the wine regions of SW France - virtually unknown outside of this country! You'll also get a crash course in cheese and wine pairing.
  • At the end of the tour, enjoy a sweet treat 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.

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 24 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 before booking.

Cancellations/Refunds

Please review your order and the tour details carefully before booking. Tickets are refundable or exchangeable until 48 hours prior to the start time of the tour. I am happy to give you a refund, reschedule your reservation for another date (pending availability), convert your reservation to a voucher, 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

Tickets for the small groups tours go on sale 3 months in advance to allow time to confirm upcoming availability.

Interested in taking the Marché Victor Hugo tour on a different day and/or time? Contact me for additional availability and pricing. I’m very often able to add additional dates according to interest. However, the Marché Victor Hugo is closed on Mondays. Tours on weekends are sometimes possible, though please note that the market is less busy on weekdays, which makes for a more relaxed environment for the tours. 

Booking For 1 Person

Unfortunately, due to the dramatically higher cost of providing a solo tour, we require a minimum of 2 people to run a tour. If you are trying to purchase a single ticket without success, we most likely don’t yet have any other reservations for that tour date. If that is the case, you can do the following:

  • Purchase 2 tickets to ensure that the tour runs. During the booking process, you’ll be asked for participant names. Write “single booking” in the space for the 2nd participant. If we receive more bookings for that date, we’ll automatically refund you for the second ticket.
  • Wait until closer to the date of the tour to see if we get other reservations before booking your ticket. If there are no bookings for a specific tour date, we close the bookings 18 hours in advance.
  • Contact us with your date of interest and we’ll let you know if anyone else has expressed interest in that date or if there may be alternative dates on either side that you could join.
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