Food in Paris
Experiences in Paris
We can design a wide variety of private gastronomical itineraries for those with special interests. Depending on your interests, we can arrange such experiences as a private cooking class with a chef, a meal at a historic restaurant annotated by a culinary expert, or a champagne tasting at a local cellar. The potential for custom itineraries is practically boundless. Led by a culinary expert, food journalist, chef, or sommelier, you may tailor Paris' culinary landscape to your specifications and palate.
When requesting a custom walk, please provide the following details in the Notes section when adding the walk to your shopping cart:
- How many hours would you like the walk to be?
- What are your main goals for the walk?
- Which sites would you like to prioritize? Would you like tastings included?
- Give us one or two words to describe your group.
Once we receive your custom walk request, we'll review these details and follow up with you by email to refine your itinerary and give you final pricing.
Don't worry, we will not be charging your card at this point. Your order will go into our system as pending.
We ask that you spend some time perusing our culinary offerings of private and small-group tours before making a request for a customized walk. For instance, we offer a Paris Wine Tour and Tasting, Paris Food Tour, Paris Chocolate Tour, Paris Market Tour, and Modern Paris Food Tour.
From les grands restaurants, to thousands of exquisite specialty shops, to the neighborhood boulangerie, Parisians have mastered the art of cuisine. In this 2.5-hour Paris food tour led by a local chef or food writer, we will stroll the charming streets of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Left Bank, exploring the culinary culture of Paris. Our guide will introduce the basics of French cuisine while we meet the owners of tiny food shops, taste artisanal products, and enliven our senses to the amazing culinary traditions for which France is known the world over.
- Taste and discover French culinary traditions and philosophies.
- Accompanied by a professional chef or food writer.
- Small-group tour—no more than 6 people.
- Paris Food Tour in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
Taste of St-Germain
Traveling through the chic Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood, our walk visits a select group of specialty food shops our docents have evaluated for their exceptional, artisanal wares. Once the home of the intellectual café culture of the 1950s, this upscale quartier is now known for its high-end shopping, beautiful boulevards, and most importantly, the gourmet food shops—some of which have been in the area for generations. Our culinary experts will lead us through the best of the best—tailored to their particular specialities and relationships with shopkeepers. Thus, our exact presentation and tour of shops will vary depending on the docent and group, creating a unique experience.
Paris Food Tour
With so many aspects of French cuisine to choose from, we begin by grounding ourselves with two Parisian staples: bread and cheese. Rarely missing from a French table, we learn that these items have an impact on both France's culinary and cultural identity. As such, we may open the walk with a visit to one of the best boulangeries to discover what defines a good baguette and its importance on the Parisian table, followed by a stop into an artisanal fromagerie to learn about some of France's nearly 400 types of cheese (and the various ways to correctly slice them). Aided by a variety of tastings, learning about the seasonality and aging process of French cheese is yet another delicious chapter of this edible cultural exchange.
Following our introduction to the basics, we'll delve deeper into French specialties, potentially paying visits to the butcher to tempt our palates with foie gras, homemade rillettes, or this season's wild game. We might then sample a succulent chocolate made of roasted Equatorial cocoa beans, peer through the windows of the traiteur once responsible for Versailles's elegant fare, or even pop into the pâtissierie of our dreams. Our epicurious journey may come to a close with a glass of Armagnac in a wine shop passed from generation to generation since 1905.
"[This tour is for the] burgeoning Francophile who does not shy away from attractive carbs, alluring pork products or full-bodied cheeses." -Amy Tara Koch, Travel and Leisure
Understanding the French Diet
Along the way, we will examine how all of these products fit into the French diet, as well as other culinary traditions and philosophies. We may discuss how this legacy of culinary excellence has evolved into today's dining trends, discovering the differences between a brasserie, bistro, and restaurant, or simply focus on the French emphasis on dining ensemble. As we finish, we should have an excellent foundation in the cornerstones of French gastronomy and be better prepared to further discover French food during our stay and beyond.
Please note any food allergies or intolerances in the Notes box when booking.
Wine enthusiasts would also enjoy our Paris Wine Tour and Tasting, focusing on Bordeaux and Burgundy wines. We also organize a Paris Left Bank Tour, which provides a basic introduction to the Left Bank and Paris as a whole.
While Europe owes its chocolate connections to the Spanish conquistadors, France has certainly made this sweet treat its own. First introduced to France in 1615 at the wedding of Louis XIII and Anna of Austria, and later popularized by Louis XIV at Versailles, chocolate quickly became all the rage. It's really no surprise that Paris is now home to some of the world's best chocolate makers. With so many options, our culinary guide to Paris—a chef or food writer—will carefully curate the best and weave them together into a revealing, 2.5-hour chocolate tour that explains how Paris came to be at the center of the chocolate world, and why that matters.
- Small group of up to 6 people
- Paris chocolate tour led by a professional chef or food writer
- Discover the evolution of chocolate, from bean to delicacy, with ample tastings
Paris Chocolate Tour - From Bean to Bonbon
Truffles, pralines, ganache...What's the difference? Our walk, beginning in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, will answer these questions and more, delving into the sweet world of chocolate in Paris. Visiting several chocolate shops, we'll indulge our sweet tooth, and maybe even stop to admire the whimsically detailed chocolate sculptures at a classic chocolaterie. Tasting their wares, we'll discuss the process behind the transformation from cocoa bean to the various chocolate delicacies sold in shops today, and maybe touch on chocolate's transformation from luxury good to affordable treat.
We'll go on to discuss the rich dessert history associated with Paris and, more importantly, the evolution of the celebrated Parisian treat, the macaron. Stopping at a variety of these confectionery shops, we will compare and contrast the flavors, products, and techniques used. We may visit a top boutique to sample their flavorful take on the macaron, or try the colorful array of chocolates, macarons, and petit-fours beckoning from behind the glass cases at a family-owned boulangerie. From marvelous meringue and tartes to rich pure chocolate, this walk will tantalize every one of your senses.
Led by one of Context's professional gastronomes—a chef or food journalist, our chocolate walk varies depending on their personal favorite places to indulge, giving you a local guide to Paris' sweet scene. This edible adventure through an upscale and iconic Left Bank neighborhood will enhance your appreciation for this sweet treat, as well as open your eyes to the complex science involved in the chocolate-making process. Our docent will also be available to facilitate transactions and individual purchases for guests.
The quiet side streets of the Haut Marais, as the upper part of the 3rd arrondissement is known, form the backdrop to one of Paris' most exciting gastronomic neighborhoods. With an influx of innovative bistros, specialty shops, and boulangeries, the Marais lures the fashion forward Bobo folk—Bobo being short for bourgeois-bohemian—and the tourists alike. In this 2.5-hour tour led by a local chef or food writer we'll get a taste of Paris by diving into this exciting neighborhood, exploring innovative trends in Parisian cuisine, visiting hip cafés, and learning about the gastronomic lives of Bobo Paris.
- Discover the Marais through our modern Paris food tour.
- Small group—6 people maximum.
- Led by a chef or food writer.
A mixture of old fashioned markets and wine bars (the subjects of our Paris Market Tour and Paris Wine Tour and Tasting, respectively)—along with cutting edge boutiques, hip cafes, and innovative food shops—make the haut Marais emblematic of what's being called the Parisian Bobo. Their nickname proves an apt description: their bourgeois sensibility wants the highest quality, while their inner bohemian craves contemporary flair and international originality.
As we stroll through the quartier, we will take in the city from the perspective of the Bobos. Living in small apartments on these narrow, winding streets and forced to adapt to the pressures of busy lifestyles, it's difficult to find the time and space to cook. Relying more on the myriad of cafés, épiceries, and restaurants than other Parisians, the Bobos put the Marais' culinary offerings to the test. Perhaps this is why the haut Marais boasts an ever-increasing number of hip eateries.
Modern Paris Food Tour
Stopping in at their haunts, we will—in essence—be learning the intimate details of the Bobo diet, and gathering the items for a typical Bobo apéro. An apéro, or small pre-dinner snack with friends, is a common Parisian social gathering, though few practice it with as much panache as the Bobo. To execute our apéro, we will make use of the haut Marais' specialty shops. We may stop by an excellent modern purveyor to select some wild smoked salmon or top grade Iberian ham. We will visit one of the hottest chocolate makers to select jewel-like bonbons from their bountiful display cases (also a stop on our Paris Chocolate Tour).
We'll also stroll through Le Marché des Enfants Rouges, the oldest covered market in Paris. Established by royal decree in 1615, it has changed considerably since its inception. Now mostly filled with trendy ethnic food or organic stands, the Marché des Enfants Rouges will help us understand how traditions endure and evolve while remaining relevant today.
We may also see some of the newer restaurants and shops, such as Candelaria, with its Mexican tacos and hidden cocktail bar; Nanashi, with its modern bento boxes; or Popelini, with its reinvention of Parisian choux pastry.
As our culinary adventure comes to a close, we will grab a seat at a small wine bar, order a small glass, and sample our wares. Coming full circle in our discovery of the Parisian Bobo, we'll consider the varied gastronomic landscape of the quartier, and maybe even discuss the difference between the Bobo's preferred cuisine to typical French bistro fare, which can be tried on our Paris Food Tour. Hungry travelers should also take a look at our full list of food tours in Paris.
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During the Christmas season, while French children look forward to the arrival of Père Noël, the adults are busy shopping and preparing the sumptuous dishes for their Christmas Eve feast, or Réveillon. Looking up, we'll see trees strung with twinkling lights, shop windows filled with seasonal decor, and the smell of roasting chestnuts in the air adding extra sparkle to this 'Moveable Feast.'
Our 2.5-hour Paris Christmas Market tour, led by a culinary expert, will explore some of the French culinary traditions for the holidays. While Paris remains a culinary tour de force throughout the year, the holidays bring with them a distinctive array of delights, including foie gras, oysters, champagne, clementines, and Bûche de Noël cake, in addition to many other treats.
- Paris Christmas Market tour led by a chef, food writer, or culinary specialist.
- Learn about Christmas traditions in Paris and taste the many French delicacies.
- Small group size—never more than 6 in a group.
Paris Christmas Market Tour
Starting in the early evening at the Church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés—itself the subject of our Paris Cathedral Tour—you will bear witness to the holiday spirit, as shown by the lights and festive decorations that spread throughout the neighborhood. In the company of one of our talented food docents, you will learn about the traditions associated with these delicacies and more on display in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés' most revered bakeries, chocolate shops (also the subject of our Paris Chocolate Tour), and patisseries.
We may learn about the Parisian appreciation for Bûche de Noël, or Yule Log cake, or their penchant for glazed chestnuts. Together, we will learn to shop as true Parisians do in this festive neighborhood. Known throughout the city for its holiday decorations, Saint-Germain-des-Prés is a common location for revelers seeking beautiful shop window displays, sparkling lights, and holiday spirit. Along the way, we will have the opportunity to sample some of these holiday treats.
We will also spend some time in a small Christmas Market. Following along a street lined with rustic Alpine cabins, we will explore the variety of handcrafted goods perfect for unique presents for family and friends. This bustling pop-up market full of merchants selling ornaments underneath colorfully lit branches makes for a spirited browsing experience. From fragrant soaps made in the South of France to wooly knit mittens, hats, and scarves, the wares at the Christmas markets will reflect both regional wares, as well as commercial items. As we stroll through the stalls, we may discuss the history of these holiday markets and their role in Parisian Christmas shopping.
"Each place we visited was colorfully decorated for Christmas. It was all delicious—from the mulled wine outside to the macarons, cheeses, and chocolates! It was a real treat to be in Paris with my family for the holiday season."
Leaving the market behind us, we may continue on to the Bon Marché department store. With its beautiful holiday window displays, the Bon Marché will give us a feel for the magic of the Christmas season in Paris. Wrapping up, our docent will answer any lingering questions about French holiday traditions, or address suggestions for continuing our jovial holiday spirit. As our walk comes to a close, we will have indulged our palates with both savory and sweet treats, and emerged with a sense of the Parisian approach to Réveillon.
The commentary from your expert foodie guide includes an overview of French culinary habits, a description of any seasonal events taking place at the time of your tour and an introduction to selected specialties in the main shops. Your guide will discuss how these specialities are produced, how to choose the best chocolates and pastries, and how to prepare your own treats. You'll also learn about the local culture and history as you explore the streets of the area in between shops. You are encouraged to interact with your guide and ask all the questions you like as you are introduced to the French culture and the fine art of chocolate making and pastry baking.
Your gourmet walking tour of Paris begins at either a specialty cheese shop on Boulevard Saint-Germain on the Left Bank or in a specialist pastry shop in Montmartre (depending on tour option selected). Numbers on this gourmet walking tour are restricted to a maximum of eight, ensuring you'll receive individual attention from your expert gastronomic guide. The number of stops you make could be expanded according to the seasonal availability of produce and your group's preferences.
The commentary from your expert foodie guide includes an overview of French culinary habits, a description of any seasonal events taking place at the time of your tour and an introduction to selected specialties in the shops. Your guide will discuss how these specialties are produced, how to choose and store the produce, and how to prepare your own gourmet recipes. You are encouraged to interact with your guide and ask as many questions as you like.
Your gourmet Christmas tour of Paris starts in the heart of Saint-Germain des Prés, at the Place Saint-Sulpice. From there you will visit one of Paris' Christmas Markets which include authentic wooden stalls decked in twinkling lights to help put you in a festive mood.
Focusing on the gourmet foods available at the market, you'll sample regional specialties as you stroll around with your expert guide. Sip on hot spiced wine (vin chaud), and try beautiful Christmas cakes, gingerbread cookies and other seasonal delicacies on sale in a Parisian Christmas market.
Your small-group tour will continue to some famous Paris food stores, where you will enjoy samples of chocolate and traditional French sweets. Learn about the Thirteen Desserts of Christmas, a Christian tradition that originated in the south of France, whereby 13 desserts are eaten after a Christmas meal. The 13 desserts symbolize the 12 apostles and Christ, and while you won't have chance to sample all of them, you'll try a few of the best including candied fruits, nougat and gingerbread.
Your gourmet Christmas tour ends in a typical Parisian tearoom, where you can relax with a hot beverage while your guide regales you with tales of festive French traditions.
This small-group food tour is limited to just eight people, ensuring youll receive personalized attention from your guide.
Your 3-hour tour starts in the heart of Paris Bastille district, home to one of the most authentic and traditional Parisian markets Marché dAligre. After meeting your knowledgeable guide, set off on a leisurely walking tour around the area, visiting quality artisan delicatessens and off-the-beaten-path sights, as well as the famous market itself.
Venture inside some of Paris best patisseries to sample exquisite French pastries and chocolates, and head to an iconic wine bar that is known for serving fresh oysters alongside crisp glasses of muscadet wine. Throughout your small-group tour, youll enjoy six different food tastings in gourmet shops and at the market.
Marché dAligre lies right in the heart of the Bastille district, and is sure to be the highlight of your morning. Consisting of two parts -- a covered area called Marché Beauveau and an open-air square -- the cosmopolitan market is huge and knowing what spots to visit can be tricky. Luckily, your expert guide will be there to show you to the best stalls! Youll also have time to browse the market independently, shopping for all your gourmet desires.
Before your tour ends, your guide will introduce you to a little-known elevated garden walkway that was created from old train tracks. This gorgeous garden is a real insiders secret, and youll finish your tour feeling like you know the captivating Bastille district just like a food-loving local.
This tour is suited for 4 adults but can be booked for one.
In the morning, starting from Paris where your guide will pick you up at your hotel, we will then head for Normandy ( approx 2 hrs drive)
We will then have lunch near Lisieux in a charming restaurant by the apple trees and surrounded by cows and horses.
Then after some good cider and calvados tasting let's visit some cheese producers near Lisieux, who will be very happy to show you how the Pont Lévèque and Camembert are made.
Then let's go visit a Calvados maker near Cormeilles and learn the techniques and differences in all kinds of Calvados.
Then head off to Honfleur, the impressionist village on the Normandy coast, or Trouville to taste some oysters in winter and the fresh fish just caught the night before by local fishermen.
This trip is better suited if you stay overnight in Normandy.
Does not include return to Paris the same day.
If the best way to your heart is through your stomach, then the best way to discover the heart of Paris is through its food. This delicious 3-hour small-group foodie odyssey through a picturesque local neighborhood will open your senses to a whole new world of French culture. Its packed with inspiring locales and tastings along the way, with a personable expert to demystify each mouthwatering product. Fruit, charcuterie, bread and pastriesits all there waiting to tantalize your taste buds. After strolling along the picturesque Canal Saint-Martin, your foodie fantasy concludes in a wine & cheese bar for a magnificent pairing.
Your small-group food tour will begin with a tasting in a hidden indoor market where the freshest local produce, wine, and regional specialties are artfully displayed from one stall to the next. You might even make a new friend or two as you meet the passionate food merchants that make up this trendy market scene!
Youll continue for a tasting of cured meats selected by passionate professionals who are revolutionizing and revitalizing the regional flavor combos of France. You can even take your treats outdoors to savor along the banks of the canal if weather permits.
Wine merchants, organic vegetable stalls, and other specialty shops will be included, with flavorful sips and nibbles along the way. As you make your way to the canal youll stop inside a revered bakery, where you'll be offered a selection of the most mouth-watering bread and baked goods around.
Your guide will give you a thorough overview of what makes the neighborhood tick as you scope out the latest new restaurants to hit the scene. Youll partake in a picturesque meandering across the footbridges of the canal as you gear up for the tours grand finale: a copious wine and cheese pairing.
Are you a fan of French food? Or do you just love food in general? Bring out your appetite and join your private local guide for a delicious 10 tastings tour through Paris! The best mix of typical sweet bites and savory snacks have been included just for you - avec plaisir!
Meet your guide at Square Armand Trousseau to begin your food journey at the best local market in the city: Marché dAligre! Take in the hustle and the bustle of the market vendors, enjoy the smell of fresh flowers and delicious cheese and taste different types of tapenade from the Provence. Next to the market, youll find le Baron Rouge; a bar all Parisians love and stop by for delicious fresh oysters. Join the locals and have some of your own!
Continue your way through the Aligre district which is known for its amazing food scene and beautiful streets. Along the route, youll visit one of the oldest Boulangeries of the city, a beautiful French wine store as well as an authentic Crêperie. Feel like a true Parisian as you munch on tasty macarons, have a sip of great French wine and taste the best Rillette of your lifetime! Can it get any better than that?
Oui, it does! Your local guide is a huge foodie and can tell you everything about the French cuisine! The exact itinerary is as following:
- Start: Central meeting point next to Marché d'Aligre
- Tasting 1: Tapenade tasting with crunchy baguette at Marché d'Aligre
- Tasting 2: Oysters at Le Baron Rouge
- Tasting 3: Delicious Paris Brest at one of the oldest bakeries in Paris
- Tasting 4 & 5: French Wine tasting paired with local bites
- Tasting 6: Local French Snack of choice at an authentic charcuterie
- Tasting 7: Cheese tastingt at a Fromagerie
- Tasting 8: Enjoy a delicious Crêpe
- Tasting 9: Best French sweet treat: Macarons
- Final tasting: Coffee at Café Sévigné
Get ready for a private Parisian gastronomy experience like no other! Enjoy divine dishes at not just one, but 3 different Michelin Star Restaurants during this unique Withlocals Originals tour. The top of the French haute cuisine, all combined in one culinary route just for you!
Youll enjoy top-notch culinary creations at the most beautiful locations to wine and dine in Paris. Your first stop will be at Benoit, the French bistro-style restaurant run by the amazing chef Alain Ducasse, the holder for 21 Michelin stars. Enjoy a signature dish paired with French wine just for you, feeling like a true Parisian in the classy design of the bistro.
Continue for your next magnifique dish at the beautiful Les Fables de la Fontaine, where Michelin Star Chef Julia Sedefjian rules the kitchen. She does this at an age of just 21 years young, making her the youngest Michelin star chef in the world! Have a stop at the Tour Eiffel just before you continue to your final two courses at Le Violon dIngres, owned by world-renowned star chef Christian Constant.
This private tour is lead by local guides who all understand and appreciate exclusive French cuisine. Let them guide you from one special dining location to another while they share insights about the French food culture and personal fun anecdotes with you. Youll discover much more than the fabulous tastes of Michelin starred recipes while wandering the picturesque streets with a local!
Any specific food preferences can always be taken into account - the tour can be 100% tailored around your tastes and wishes. Just let your host know about any special requests!
This is the plan: we are meeting in front of Hôtel de Ville, we get to know each other and then we start our tasty journey. First stop, Benoit Paris: start your Michelin experience with the Chef's signature dish paired with wine in a cosy French bistro-style restaurant. Then we move to Les Fables de La Fontaine - let yourself surprised by the Chef's choice in the chic restaurant led by the youngest female chef in the world. After a short walk to have the best view of Le Tour Eiffel, we go to the final stop, Le Violon dIngres - enjoy both a main dish and a dessert in world's renowned Chef Christian Constant restaurant!
Restaurant 1: 1 dish per guest - the Chefs signature dish (starter) paired with wine and a glass of water
Restaurant 2: 1 dish per guest - Chefs choice (amuse bouche + starter), no drinks included, but they can be ordered and paid separately by guests
Restaurant 3: 2 dishes per guest - main dish + dessert of choice from daily menu, no drinks included, but they can be ordered and paid separately by guests
Your tour of the most distinguished and picturesque market in ParisMarché d'Aligrebegins as you meet your guide at a location nearby.
A stone's throw from Opéra Bastille, Aligre Market sits in the 12th arrondissement on the Rive Droite (Right Bank) of Paris. Every morning (except Mondays), its stallholders welcome you right on the streets of Aligre Square. With your guide, see how the market is actually two markets with two charming atmospheresunder the covered market Beauvau, around the old fountain, you'll find a French and Italian delicatessen, fresh fish, poultry, dairy, and cut flowers. In the outdoor section, discover a curious mix of shouting merchants des four saisons (fruits sellers) and antique dealers, as this is half a food market and half a flea market.
Explore with your guide to see more food stalls and delis, and perhaps enjoy a wine tasting with cheese on an old wine barrel. You might mingle with locals and sip hot chocolate or hot wine during the winter, or enjoy an aperitif in the summer. However your guide introduces you to the market, you have the chance to feel like a local by chatting with shopkeepers and tasting local cheeses, cured meats, and chocolate. Learn about the history of this very special market, and, of course, sample fresh food from the stalls.
Enjoy a deep dive in the heart of le Marais district with a group of maximum 10 persons. Get introduced to French and other countries tasty specialties thanks to your knowledgeable guide.
While on this tour, you will stop by 8 to 10 stops of some of Paris most fantastic shops! While discovering this amazing area you will try wines, cheeses, delicacies like Organic Tapenade, Cured Meat, Baguettes, Jams and other great traditional french delicacy. This tour will also be the opportunity to taste chocolate and Macarons from renown chocolatiers.
From the oldest market in Paris 1605 to St Paul's church this unique route will make your taste buds scream !
Is there anywhere in Paris a more emblematic and picturesque quarter than Montmartre ? How is it possible to concentrate so many French symbols and food in such a small area ? Follow your passionate local guide and unveil the mysteries of Montmartre during an unforgettable 3 hours food tour on top of the French capital !
- Between le Moulin Rouge and le Sacré Coeur, taste only the best of Montmartre!
- Youll have 8 to 10 stops, both sweet and savory
- Small groups tours ensure you the best experience you can get!
- Chocolate, pastries, cheese, cured meats and wine on the menu
- During the tour, you will have the opportunity to meet some of the most passionate and talented food artisans of the capital.
Look around you! Dozens of cobblestone streets, lots of somptuous hidden mansions, hundreds of warm and lively Parisian cafés, charming terraces everywhere, some typical little squares and adorable stores of all types
No mistake you are in Montmartre ! If the City of Lights had a heart, no wonder it would be beating here, in Montmartre and nowhere else.
You have probably heard of Montmartre as the residency of some famous painters of the 19th and 20th century, such as Pablo Picasso and Van Gogh, or even as the setting of some myhtical movies such as Amelie! Yet, Montmartre has also a great gastronomical heritage. You can tell by the several mouthwatering window shops along the way, full of elegant and delicious cakes, appetizing chocolate candies, and of course, shelves full of generous cheeses, cured meats and French wine!
Not only Montmartre contains some of the most popular cultural symbols of Paris, such as Le Moulin Rouge and Le Sacré Cœur, but it also has an undescribable soul provided by every single actor of this area. All the talented food artisans play a major part by contributing to the warm and unique atmosphere of the district.
On the way, your guide will take you to the breathtaking Clos des Vignes, which happens to be the only vineyard in Paris. This incredible spot will make you forget about where your are, thanks to its timeless setting that literaly throws you back a century ago, when the wine served in every cafes and bistros was coming from the Montmartre's vineyards!
Your local and foodie guide will be delighted to walk down these streets in order to introduce you to the best food artisans of the area, and also to share with you some unforgettable tastings at every stop. You'll feel like a little child while eating the sweet treats we've selected for you, while a glass of good wine paired with some fresh cheeses and cured meat will make you fill in the shoes of a real Parisian enjoying his apéritif along with friends!
Get ready for Montmartres magic and delicacies, they are only waiting for you!
Your evening begins at 6pm near the corner of Rue Baudelique and Rue Ordener in Paris. This night includes a seat at the Chef's Table with a resident sommelier choosing 5 different wines to accompany each small dish that will be prepared right before your eyes by your chef. Both will help you unlock the secrets of food and wine pairing as an introduction to French food and wine culture. This is your chance to get into the mind-set of a chef as he prepares a gourmet meal. It is also an occasion to learn the master the art of wine pairing with skills you can take home.
Just sit back, relax, and observe the creativity and expertise of the chefs for this unique dining experience with delectable French dishes and wines. The chef and sommelier are here to keep you entertained while teaching you skills and easy to remember guidelines about French wine and food pairing that surely will come in handy at any of your future events.
The menu is decided by the chef and is based on what is fresh and in season. While a menu is not provided ahead of time, you can indicate at time of booking if you have any dietary restrictions that the chef should be aware of when composing his menu. The event will end around 10pm.
With your professional guide, explore the upscale outdoor market of Marché du Président Wilson on this 2-hour, small-group, food tour. Discover an incredible selection of products as well as exquisite architecture, while enjoying multiple delicious tastings. Your tour will conclude at the Place du Trocadéro for some of the best views of the Eiffel Tower.
Meet your guide at the departure location at 10 am to begin your exploration of the Marché du Président Wilson. Nestled amid extravagant apartments, museums, and embassies, the market is widely considered to be one of the best in Paris.
Your knowledgeable guide will lead you through an incredible array of vendors selling seafood, pastries, cheeses, breads, and much more. You will also stop at a delicious pastry shop nearby and enjoy a break in a stylish brasserie.
During your tour you will get to have a crêpe, enjoy some coffee and fine French pastries, and finish up by taking incredible photos of the Eiffel Tower from its best viewing point, Place de Trocadéro and the Chaillot Palace, where your tour will end around noon.
This small group tour from Paris will let you discover the best of Normandy during a whole day.
Escape from Paris for the day and join our wine & spirits expert driver & guide in our comfortable minivan!
Enjoy delicious local cheeses (Camembert, Livarot, Coulommiers, Pont-LEveque) during a visit at a cheese factory, as well as apple cider & Calvados (hard cider) during your lunch at a traditionnal distillery.
You will also discover the beautiful landscapes of the Côte Fleurie (flowery coast) that inspired many impressionist painters and two emblematic cities of the region, the glamourous Deauville and the romantic Honfleur.
Normandy everyone know this region for its rich history, from the Vikings invasions to D-Day , during WW2. Located about 2h30 north from Paris, this unique part of France can be depicted with green fields overlooking the sea where cows are peacefully eating fresh grass under the shade of apple trees. The region also boasts picturesque and flowery villages which, together with the magical landscapes, which makes it the cradle of the impressionist art movement, born in the 19th century with Renoir, Monet, Boudin
The region is renowned worldwide for its local delicacies, the most famous ones being made from local apples (cider & hard cider, called Calvados) and cheese! (Camembert, Livarot, Pont lÊveque)
Wine Passports tour will allow you to escape from Paris for the day and to enjoy the fresh air of one of Frances most beautiful parts!
Our wine & spirits expert guide will pick you up in the morning and your hotel and will drive you safely to Normandy, while you enjoy freshly baked croissants. During the whole tour, he will provide you with fun anecdotes and information about the regions delicacies.
The first visit of the day will be a cheese factory. Discover all the processes needed to create Camembert, Livarot, Pont lÊveque and taste the different cheeses!
You will then visit one of the regions best cider & hard cider producers. After discovering the distillery, located in a building with an architecture typical of the region, you will have the chance to enjoy its beverages paired with local delicacies during lunch.
The afternoon will be dedicated to the discovery of the Côte Fleurie (flowery coast), the regions most beautiful landscapes. You will first have a walk on the mythical beach of the city of Deauville, also called the Parisian riviera, famous for its casino and all the celebrities who come during the international movie festival.
Your next and last stop will be in the city of Honfleur, where you will wander through its romantic streets and enjoy delicious Normand crêpes on its charming old harbor that you will recognize from famous impressionist paintings.
Take a 3-hour gourmet food tour of France with this small-group walking tour. Sample a variety of delicious regional specialties from Paris traditional heritage food district; then enjoy a flight of French wines with a typical French lunch. Your guide will lead you to the best spots in this area: sample breads, cheeses, charcuterie, pastries, and chocolates, lovingly produced by skilled artisans from across the country. Then you'll end the tour in an award-winning wine bar, where the local produce and fare will be paired with a flight of leading wines, for an authentic and delicious French lunch. The maximum group size for this tour is 12 people.
Meet your guide and small group at the Etienne Marcel metro station in Paris, where you'll begin your tour of the best of French regional gastronomy. Start in a local bakery, in typical French style, with a coffee and a buttery croissant. Learn about how these specialties are made, along with traditional, organic breads. Your guide will pick up some baguettes here to enjoy later in the tour.
The Les Halles quarter of Paris is traditionally known as the belly of Paris. Once home to the huge, teeming food market that fed the city each day, it remains today a mecca for food lovers, the streets lined with specialty food stores, restaurants, cafés and kitchen supplies. Join the local Parisians as they shop for their daily groceries, and take a stroll along its most animated street, the rue Montorgeuil, stopping along the way at favorite boutiques. Savor tasty artisan cheeses from across France in a traditional, local fromagerie, and delicate flavored fine chocolates from an artisan chocolatier. Then its time for a visit to the oldest (and possibly most beautiful) patisserie in Paris, founded by the baker to Queen Marie in 1730 - also the inventor of the Baba au rhum. Winners of several awards, including Best Chocolate Eclair, choose your favorite pastries to be savored later over lunch. The last stop is a beautifully restored epicerie, where you'll try traditional delicacies from the South West of France.
Your expert guide will also point out a centuries-old oyster house (the oysters were originally rushed to Paris by horse), as well as will highlight traditional butchers, fishmongers, and grocers as you wander along this fascinating street. For the cooks among you, particularly pastry lovers, dont miss the wonderful suppliers of kitchenware and ingredients, including one of the oldest supply stores in Paris.
The tour ends at an award winning wine bar, where the days' discoveries collected will be paired with a flight of top-class French wines, served by a sommelier. Sample wines from three different regions, and discover and how to pair each wine with your food. Your gourmet tour concludes with a typical picnic-style lunch with wine.
Discover the Paris of your dreams - along with the food of your dreams too- on this 2-hour walking tour of Rue Montorgueil. Follow your guide through the bustling pedestrian area and breathe in tantalizing aromas as you step into traditional bakeries, butcher's shops, fishmongers, florists and cheese and delicatessen shops. Alongside local Parisians, sample 10 iconic foods, and drinks, selected for this tour. Admire the Tower of John the Fearless (Tour Jean sans Peur) and paintings by Rubens, and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.
Each tour will vary according to season and delivery, yet each time the menu will be sure to include: appetizers such as golden-crusted quiche and chanterelle-mushroom paté, cheese such as roquefort and truffle-raised brie, award-winning bread, organic fruit du jour, pastry such as chocolate éclair or raspberry Duchess' cake, along with the drink of your choice
This small-group tour is limited to eight people for a more intimate, relaxed experience.
Meet your guide at 10am in central Paris and walk through the lovely 12th district, often overlooked by tourists but popular with Parisians. Your local guide will lead you to the Marché d'Aligre, a lively indoor/outdoor market selling everything from old gramophones to pieces of crockery to artisan jams.
With the help of your local guide, discover wonderful gourmet shops at the Marché d'Aligre where you can talk with the vendors about their passions and ask all the questions you like. Visit several cheese and chocolate shops and La Graineterie, a seeds shop that opened in 1895 and today sells specialty flours, spices, teas and classic candies along with seeds. Enjoy tastings of cheese, wine and chocolate, all of which are included in the price of your tour.
At the end of your 2-hour food walking tour, your guide will be happy to give you recommendations for further exploration so you can continue to wander the Marché d'Aligre on your own, seeking out tasty treats alongside the locals.
Meet your guide near Les Invalides in the morning and set off on your 3-hour walking tour of central Paris. The focus of the tour is the 7th arrondissement, on the left bank of the Seine River. Here is where some of Paris most famous monuments and attractions can be found, including the Eiffel Tower, Hôtel des Invalides and world-famous museums such as the Musée Rodin.
Listen as your guide explains the history of this famous area, which has been home to members of the French upper classes and aristocracy since the 17th century, when it became the new residence of high nobility. Stroll through the beautiful sculpture-filled gardens of the Musée Rodin, crowned by the famous The Thinker statue before discovering the museums and monuments in the area around Les Invalides, many of which relate to Frances military history. Admire the iconic dome of Les Invalides, inside which lies the tomb of Napoleon.
True Paris opens itself up as you saunter down busy main boulevards and intimate side streets where locals shop, meet and go about their daily business. Stop at local producers for three food tastings, such as pastries and cheese, and perhaps enjoy a little conversation with the vendors en route.
Enjoy close-up views of the Eiffel Tower as you wander the open parkland of the Champ de Mars, following your guide down less-trodden paths surrounding the city's most iconic structure.
After three hours discovering the hidden secrets of this popular and attractive part of Paris, your tour concludes near the Champ de Mars.
Your local Parisian guide will take you to a patisserie to enjoy some traditional French delicacies before a visit to a "fromage" shop to sample some favorite cheeses. Your personal guide will then lead your party to a classic chocolaterie where you will have the chance to eat mouthwatering chocolates. Your tour will include a stop at a boulangerie where you can sample classic French breads and baguettes and learn why you should never eat a baguette the wrong way around.
You will also drop into a creperie for a delicious crepe or galette. Your tour even includes a visit to a butcher shop, complete with a tasting of succulent French hams and cured sausages. Finally, your guide will pick out the perfect wine chosen to match your food and taste to enhance the entire experience. You will also enjoy a delicious secret dish along the way.
Montmartre is the perfect district for Paris food tours because of the area's flourishing restaurant scene, historical culture and charming ambiance. In the past, windmills, farming areas and art studios were prominent features of the Montmartre landscape. Now the area boasts an abundance of first-class wine bars, fine dining restaurants and rare shops, all adding to its appeal as one of the best and most unique food destinations in the world.
When you come on your "Le Marais" Food Tour in Paris, you will get to try many different types of French culinary delights, guaranteed to get your taste buds tingling. First, your local Parisian guide will take you to a typical french Brasserie to enjoy some traditional French croissant and a coffee. Your tour will include a stop at a boulangerie where you can sample and learn about classic French breads and baguettes (and why you should never eat a baguette the wrong way around)! This will be followed by a visit of the oldest cover market in Paris to try some french cheeses and white wine. You will also drop into a typical Brasserie for the delicious flavor sensation of eating a croque Monsieur or a french pie. The tour cannot end without you tasting the best french chocolates and macarons! Oh, and of course there is a delicious Secret Dish, too!
- French Cheeses
- Cured sausages/hams
- Croque Monsieur or French Pie
- French Pastry
- Our Mystery Secret Dish
- Red wine
- White wine
The taste of Paris guided bike tour with local market food tasting start near Centre Pompidou in the heart of Paris. You will be provided with a great quality bike , helmet and waterproof Poncho should the weather take a turn for the worse. Once introduced to your official professional guide a small safety procedure talk is given you will experience a leisurely 4 hour-tour taking you to the monuments and places of interest, and you will even make a stop to taste food at a covered market: café, croissant, an assortment of cheeses and deli meats and a "surprise of the day'!During the tour there will be frequent stops, factual explanations, anecdotes, photo opportunities and so much more.Your guide will be delighted to answer any questions you may have
Have you ever tried real Camembert made with raw milk? You will visit the last standing farm in the village of Camembert that makes Camembert on site! Have huge samples of farm made cheeses with a glass of cider. Then you will visit a dairy where they also work with raw milk and where you can taste the difference between cheeses.
Lunch iis not provided but will take place in a very beautiful village.
The afternoon is focused on apple and pear brewages. Hard apple cider, hard pear cider, pommeau and calvados. Depending on producers availability, you will visit a traditional cider farm, a estate wine-process oriented cider maker. If you are not too tired by the end of the tour, a small surprise will expect you at the end.
Your tour starts with hotel pickup in Paris. With your driver-guide, head to your first stop, where you'll try an authentic Camembert made with raw milk at the last-standing farm in the village of Camembert that makes the cheese on site. Enjoy hearty samples of the farm-made cheeses with a glass of local cider.
Then head to a dairy that also works with raw milk, and learn how to recognize the differences between cheeses. If you select the lunch option when booking, this takes place next outside at a local village, weather permitting. Designed for those without any dietary restrictions, lunch consists of local Normandy products.
In the afternoon, the focus of your tour switches to Normandy's apple and pear beverageshard apple cider, hard pear cider, pommeau, and calvados. Depending on the availability of the producers, you'll visit a traditional cider farm or an estate wine-oriented cider maker.
If you are not too tired after all this, a small surprise awaits you before your tour ends with return to Paris for drop-off.
In Paris food is fundamental. Nowhere is this more evident than in the neighborhood markets where Parisians shop daily, despite the presence of large grocery stores. In this 2.5-hour Paris market tour with a local chef or food writer we'll dive into the Marché d'Aligre, a typical neighborhood market a bit off the tourist path. We'll spend time with the vendors, learn about the provenance of fresh foods and how to judge cheese and pastries, and nibble our way through ample samples, as part of a unique culinary adventure.
- Visit a neighborhood Paris market
- Tastings included
- Small groups—no more than six people per walk.
- Paris market tour led by a professional chef, sommelier, or food writer.
Paris Market Tour
We'll start early, arriving to see the Marché d'Aligre bustling with activity. Just like every French town, each Parisian district has its own weekly, bi-weekly, or quasi-daily market. Often overlooked by tourists and much coveted by locals, the Marché d'Aligre boasts an array of items from les fleurs to les fruits, with just about everything in between. With a long history of serving its quartier—the market was inaugurated in 1781— some even consider it le Second Ventre de Paris.
Our docent will guide us through the maze of stalls, identifying seasonal produce. As we explore, our discussion will touch on a variety on themes such as how the market functions, food provenance and the concept of terroir (the character of the soil), or how Parisians shop for their food and the impact of this on the French diet and gastronomic philosophy.
Note, we also offer a Paris Food Tour on the left bank that focuses more heavily on French traditions and specialty food shops.
Tantalize Your Palate
On our stroll, we will also select some wares to sample together as a group. Taking in row upon row of artfully arranged fruits and vegetables, we'll admire this particularly elegant approach food. Bouquets of radishes, ruffles of succulent butter lettuce, and baskets golden Chanterelle mushrooms draw our attention to the intrinsic beauty of our produce.
We may also pay a visit to a fromager's stall to view the delectable wares on display, such as artisan raw-milk cheeses so special they're unavailable anywhere else in the world or take in charcuterie, homemade paté, and foie gras at the boucherie stand. We'll spend some time with the lively vegetable vendors from France and North Africa, pick through the displays of Atlantic and Mediterranean seafood, or even taste some mouthwatering olives from Provence or Italy.
For those interested in how Paris has become a melting pot of different cultures we strongly recommend our Immigration in France Tour.
"Not only did we learn a lot about food, but also a lot about French regions and its pride in providing excellent produce. We were glad that we took this Paris market tour early in our stay because what we learned about French markets, food, and cooking framed our other dining experiences in Paris."
After some time in the market, we may also visit some of the specialty food stores or historic cafes in the neighborhood. Attracted to the lure of a daily market, cafes find their niche in the streets surrounding the Marché d'Aligre. Viewing the transition from the market stand to the clever plats will compliment our experience and help pull together this fascinating narrative of how food fits into the French way of life. As our walk comes to a close, we will leave with an understanding of the role the market plays in Parisian life, as well as an ability to navigate le marché.
Wine and France are inextricably entwined. A vibrant thread in the fabric of daily life and culture, wine has helped shape France's history, gastronomy, and urban landscape. Our 2.5-hour Paris wine tour and tasting, led by a sommelier or oenologist guide, introduces the basics of French wines, from the Bordeaux and Burgundy to the country’s lesser known appellations. Over a couple glasses of wine, we will discuss the wine-making process and the evolution of wine in France, as well as food and wine pairings, current trends, and tasting techniques to help you continue your appreciation at home or abroad.
- Paris wine tour and tasting led by an expert sommelier or oenologist.
- Taste up to 4 wines and pair them with cheese and charcuterie.
- Small groups—never more than 6 people on a walk.
Paris Wine Tour and Tasting
We'll begin with a discussion of France's 2,500 year history of wine production, which dates from Greek and Roman times. Sitting together at a traditional bar à vin, we'll taste a few classic French white wines. Here, we'll learn about dégustation, the art of tasting, and we'll explore the history of wine in France and its particular importance in Paris. Showcasing the diverse styles of French wine, these tastings will serve to calibrate your palate, teaching us how to evaluate wine using our senses of smell and taste.
We'll also enjoy a plate of fromage or charcuterie and discover the basics of pairing French wine with food, raising the concept of terroir, the dominant philosophy in French wine and cuisine. We'll use this concept to explore how natural elements can effect the flavor of your wine. We'll then head to a charming bistro and further our discussion. On our way, we may even have time to stroll through the neighborhood market that's quieting down for the evening to peek at what may still be left in the stalls, broadening our understanding of terroir.
Seated at our second local establishment, we'll settle in to taste a few typical red wines. Here, we have an excellent opportunity to take a closer look at the bottles to understand what’s inside. France was the first country in the world to classify its wines using AOPs. This system, dating from the 1930's, is still in use today and can be daunting to even the most seasoned wine expert. Guided by our docent, we will learn the ins and outs of this system, its initial purposes and structure, and how it has evolved today. While examining several bottles, we will be able to dissect a typical French wine label and see its quality level clearly, before even trying the wine.
"We marveled at our docent’s breadth of knowledge, not only of the end product—wine—but perhaps even more so of its history and the ever so many pieces of the puzzle."
To bring our experience full circle, we may put our wine knowledge into practice at a local wine shop, a cave à vin, where we'll take an in-depth look at the wine regions of France, the art of reading French wine labels, and current trends in French wine-making. We will leave our walk with new gustative knowledge on French wines that we can take home with us and put to good use when buying or drinking French wine anywhere in the world.
Please note any food allergies or intolerances in the Notes box when booking.
Special Custom Tastings: For visitors looking for a unique experience, we can custom-design a private tasting to focus on a particular region or on lesser-known wines. We can also arrange a luxury wine tasting experience. For more information see our Private Paris Food Tour. Foodies may also enjoy our Paris Food Tour or our Paris Market Tour.
There is no better way to understand French food philosophies than at a typical Parisian market—but not just any market and with not just any expert. Our exclusive market tour has been designed in collaboration with Susan Loomis, one of France's most renowned culinary experts, and aims to provide visitors an in-depth and insider culinary experience. Exploring the bountiful stands of the Marché Raspail with Susan, we will engage with local vendors, learn the Parisian approach to cuisine, and immerse ourselves in the extensive offerings of a typical French market over the course of this two-hour Paris Market Tour.
- Paris market tour led by renowned chef, food writer, and cookbook author Susan Loomis.
- Explore French market traditions and learn how and what to buy.
- Small group size—never more than 6 people on a walk.
Paris Market Tour with Susan Loomis
Susan Loomis brings along her market basket and her incredible wealth of knowledge on French food and customs. Author of nine books, she is known around the world as a top authority on French cuisine. We will introduce the walk and our time together over un petit café before setting off to immerse ourselves in the colors, flavors, and aromas of a Parisian farmers’ market.
As we stroll, we’ll learn how to choose the finest seasonal produce from local producers. We'll discuss the French cook, and we’ll see how they shop and select ingredients with care. We'll see market gardeners who come in from just outside Paris and artisan bread bakers and cheese makers—like those we meet on our Modern Paris Food Tour. Our mouths will water at the choice of everything from olives to roast chicken. We will not only see beautiful ingredients, but also view antiques, stunning silk scarves, sea salt, and more.
Once through the market, we’ll visit a bakery to learn about French breads from an authentic boulanger. We'll also discover a pastry shop where the pastries look like jewels—jewels that burst in your mouth with flavor! We’ll end our tour with a glass of wine (for further sipping, see our Paris Wine Tour and Tasting) at a lovely neighborhood wine shop and tasting bar.
We'll leave our experience with mind and body greatly enriched by French cuisine, and possibly our own full basket of French specialties. Furthermore, our discussions with Susan Loomis will carry over to future market shopping, in which we'll take away insider tips on picking the best produce.
Discover the enigmatic charms of Frances capital on this guided Paris tour that pairs secret local hangouts with delicious food and wine. Youll start your Paris tour in front in front of the Notre-Dame Cathedral and then move on to the Hôtel de Ville, the citys town hall, on the square where public executions were once carried out. Learn about the horrible death of Robert-François Damiens, the infamous man who tried to assassinate King Louis XV.
Well then move on to the little tangled streets of the Marais to spot beautiful medieval churches, corbelled houses, and narrow lanes. Well also pass by an iconic bakery whose baguette was elected one of the best in Paris and well try our first pastry, a delicious meringue known as a merveilleux.
Next, visit Rue Saint-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, part of the French gay scene. Youll learn how this part of city, once sordid, became synonymous with trendy Paris, and a shopping hub for fashionistas and the core of bobo culture. While youre here, stop and sample a delicious macaron from one of Paris most famous pastry chefs.
Just a street away is Rue des Rosiers, the heart of the Jewish community. Its a vibrant pedestrian street full of falafel stands and delicious Jewish-influenced delis. Well enter a fabulous chocolate store to taste a butter-filled pastry, called Kouign Amann, a specialty from Brittany.
Our Paris tour will then take us back to the South Marais, where stands the longest remaining piece of the 12th-century defensive wall of Paris. After a walk through impressive Saint-Pauls church, well stop in at a local wine bar, where well get a professional wine tasting. Well sample some iconic French liqueurs like Cognac andArmagnac or Old Plum brandy. To accompany our drinks, well also taste some delicious French cheese or charcuterie treats.Continue to Paris oldest and certainly most beautiful square, la Place des Vosges, home of Frances national writer, Victor Hugo. From there, its only a short walk to your final destination, la place de la Bastille, the former prison that was captured on July 14, 1789, triggering the French Revolution. The area nearby is full of bars and restaurants, leaving you with plenty of options for carrying on with your evening in the City of Lights.
Meet your instructor at a cookery school in central Paris (59 Rue du Cardinal Lemoine) to begin your class. If you've opted for the 6-hour class, start with a croissant and a cup of coffee or tea before heading to an open-air food market near Paris' Latin Quarter, where you'll pick up the ingredients for your meal and taste some cheese with your instructor.
If you've selected the 4.5-hour class, make your way to the cookery school after your instructor has returned from the market. Begin by planning your 3-course lunch menu, which includes an appetizer, main, and dessert course. Then, get started under the watchful eye of your instructor. As you prepare your meal, pick up tips and gain insight into traditional French cooking techniques.
After two hours in the kitchen (and a glass of wine or two), head through to the dining table with your fellow cooks. Sit down to the delicious meal youve prepared and enjoy half a bottle of white or red wine. You'll also learn the fine art of pairing food with wine. Before leaving, you'll receive electronic copies of your recipes so you can recreate the dishes at home.
This small-group tour is limited to eight people for a more intimate experience.
Meet your guide in the heart of Le Marais, an old district of Paris with plenty of medieval architecture. As you stroll around this fashionable area, once favored by the aristocracy and today filled with trendy art galleries and restaurants, listen to commentary from your expert local guide.
Work up an appetite as you make your way to Le Marché des Enfants Rouges, a small, centuries-old covered food market. Take in the sights and smells in this enclave of food stalls offering fresh produce and a variety of cuisines.
Your guide will lead you to an authentic French bistro where you will sit down with your small group for your tasting session. As you discover some of France's most famous cheese and wines, your guide will help you distinguish among different flavors and provide tips on selecting ideal wine and cheese pairings. Sample five cheeses including blue cheese, comté and goat's cheese and four different wines.
After your tastings, feel free to ask your guide for restaurant recommendations. Your leisurely walking tour of Le Marais and wine and cheese tasting session conclude at 6pm, leaving you the rest of the evening to discover more gastronomic delights!
Since the 12th century, Montmartre has been the cradle of wine making and drinking in Paris. In this hilltop Bohemian village, drinking wine in lively cafés, cabarets and picturesque bistrots is absolutely inevitable! At a walking distance from the vineyards of Montmartre, youll follow your wine expert guide, for a unique wine and food tasting experience in some of the best bistrots of the area.
How to choose your wine? What should you eat with it ? What are the best bistros of the capital for an unforgettable apéritif?
The art of the real Parisian « APERO » wont be a mistery for you anymore !
- Your guide is a real wine expert, seize this unique opportunity to learn what you've always wanted to know about it!
- Youll stop in a selection of picturesque bistros for wine and food tastings
- Small groups tours ensure you the best experience you can get!
- Cheeses, cured meats and excellent wine are on the menu
Did you know that in France the apéritif is much more than a simple introduction to dinner ? Sharing some delicious wine and a generous platter of fresh cheeses with family, a bunch of friends or your lover, is absolutely unevitable ! Parisian people know it and never miss an opportunity for a festive apéro at least once a week.
Paris abounds with bistros and brasseries, and all of them are real temples for good food and good wines where Parisians gather after work to enjoy a great moment together. Be one of them for one night and follow your passionate and cheerful guide across Montmartre, the most emblematic area of Paris for nightlife and romance.
During this 2.5 3 hours tour, you will not only enjoy exquisite wines paired with delicious food, but youll also be immersed in the most popular and charming area of Paris, where artists, restaurants, hidden little art shops, cafés and bistros create an inimitable and unforgettable atmosphere.
Youll be stunned by this hilltop village, charcterized by its cobblestone streets and its unique Parisian vineyards ! Not so surprising that the best bistros and cafés opened their doors in an area where wine and gastronomy have always been related to art and nightlife.
At the crossroads between le Moulin Rouge, le Sacré Coeur and la Place du Tertre, your guide will be more than happy to take you to the hidden gems of this area, off the beaten paths, in order to share with you some funny and unexpected anecdotes about French people, Montmartre and of course, about wine!
Taste French cheeses during this Parisian culinary experience led by a Chef. In a typical Parisian apartment, Stephanie will make you discover the authenticity of French terroir by introducing you to the pleasure of cheese around a glass of wine. Understanding French cheese in Paris is the must-do experience. The tasting takes place in the Invalides district close to Tour Eiffel.
Enjoy 7 cheeses from different regions of France, carefully selected by our professional Chef, during a 2-hours class. The tasting takes place in the Invalides district close to Tour Eiffel. In a typical Parisian apartment, Stephanie will make you discover the authenticity of French terroir by introducing you to the pleasure of cheese around a glass of wine.
You will be able to discover a wide selection of AOC cheeses, cow, sheep and goats milk, such as: Crottin de Chavignol, Selle sur Cher, Ossau Iraty, Fourme d'Ambert, Camembert, Comté, Tomme de Savoie and Saint-Nectaire
These cheese plates are served with an assortment of fresh breads (Walnut bread, raisin bread and the traditional baguette), seasonal salad, fruits and quince paste. Lastly, you will share and enjoy a dessert that you will prepare with the help and guidance of the chef.
Cheese tasting & Lunch include :
> Cheeses : Selles sur Cher, Crottin de Chavignol, Ossau Iraty, Fourme d'Ambert, Camembert, Comté, Tomme de Savoie, Saint-Nectaire
> Nuts bread Raisins bread Season salad with nuts and shallots
> Strawberries salad with mint OR Pineapple Carpaccio with lime OR pistachios orange salad
> A glass of red wine
> A coffee and mignardises
Board a luxury double-decker bus near the Arc de Triomphe and set off on your afternoon or evening tour of central Paris. Your bus is designed to recreate the atmosphere of a real Parisian bistro, and its 360-degree glass enclosure affords beautiful panoramic views of the city scenery.
From your table, enjoy an extraordinary sightseeing and dining experience as you drive past the Champs-Elysées, the Palais Garnier, the Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, the iconic Eiffel Tower and other top Paris attractions. Ask your waiter for an audio guide if youd like to hear a little history of the famous sights you pass.
With Paris' landmarks drifting slowly by, enjoy an elegant 4- or 6-course meal (see sample menus below). Just as youd expect from a traditional Parisian bistro, the ingredients are always fresh and menus are carefully selected to make the most of the seasonal produce available.
Your tour loops back to the start point after 2 hours (lunch tour) or 2.5 hours (dinner tour).
Your wine and cheese class takes place at a location around the Montmartre district, where you'll sample some of the finest cheeses while learning about the techniques and language of cheese tasting from a trained sommelier.
Discover the secrets of affinage and how the concept of terroir applies to cheese. You'll also learn how to choose wines that complement each cheese type, and sample cheese and wine pairings accompanied by artisan bread and fruit or olives fresh from a Paris market. In all, taste five varieties of cheese and five wines, representing the major families of French cheese and wines, with some regional specialties.
With more than 365 cheeses and 450 AOC wines available in France, you could taste a new cheese and wine every day of the year. Understand how to differentiate it all and why the French love cheese and wineand love to share itduring this cultural experience.
Enter your chef home near Notre Dame and and enjoy a social dinner focused on regional recipes paired with French fine wine. You will start with the french traditional welcoming drink which local Parisiens call KIR ( its a kind of mix of white wine and blueberry cream).
Enjoy an amazing dinner with a focus on regional recipes from the North of France paired with Bordeaux and Borgogne wines.
Discover a menu full of amazing tastes. The starter will be roasted Camembert which your host serves with fresh salad and tomatoes. Then, as main course your chef will offer you french typical traditional Quiche. The desert will be a perfect surprise for your special dinner in central Paris. Fine wine, water, tea or coffee are included
From the moment you arrive at cave à vin (the wine cellar), you'll know you're in good hands; the boutique is stocked wall-to-wall with selections of reds, whites, and rosés from across all of France. You'll be greeted warmly by the staff and get settled in the prepared wine-tasting area of the boutique. After meeting your wine expert, you'll receive a great overview of the wine regions of France, and with maps and authentic soil samples you'll understand how different grapes and the diverse terrain of the country have led the vast number of varieties of wine produced. Your wine expert will tailor your tasting to the group's wishes, and will propose wines from across France based on your interests. Paired with a hard cheese and a soft cheese from a nearby artisanal cheese shop, you'll discover the incredible flavors that can be created simply by combining different wines with each. Water and bread will be also available as a palette-cleanser. You'll be able to ask questions and learn from some of the most passionate oenologists in Paris, who are happy to share their love of wine with you. A treat for the senses and the mind, you'll finish up your tasting feeling more confident in understanding the differences in wines, thanks to what you've learned and the varieties of wine that you've enjoyed.
A spittoon will be provided for those that wish to use it. Note that, as the tasting does not take place in a restaurant, the boutique's toilets may not be readily available and/or easily accessible.
Eat your way through the Eiffel Tower ! Discover the fineness of the best French food products located close to the Eiffel Tower. This self-guided tour of local gourmet goodies gives you an itinerary to follow independently through a Tasting Passport, which you'll use to explore a selection of 6 French food products to be sampled at various stores and shops owned by welcoming Parisian artisans.
Discover the Eiffel Tower area in a new way, by tasting some selected French products. As you walk through the neighborhood, you can use the maps included to find your way and meet passionate local artisans.
At the first stop, you receive your Tasting Passport, a little booklet which contains loads of information about the products tasted and the artisans met during the trip.
The gourmet itinerary includes a wide selection of the finest French products : homemade Foie Gras from South West, Wine from a small French wineyard, a special coffee brewed in Paris, tasty traditional biscuits from Provence, a Meringue Cake from North and one of the best French chocolate cake called "Le Baulois".
You can complete the tastings at your own pace : the Tasting Passport can be used over several days !
Through a carefully made selection of welcoming & english-speaking shop owners, you will be able to meet personnally some local people and discover where the locals are used to get their food. If you don't have time to visit whole France, the experience would be even better as you can taste products coming from different regions of the country !
An innovative and authentic way to enjoy Paris from a culinary perspective.
Our day trip begins within pick you up from hotels and driving to Normandy, which beauties can even impress experienced-travelers.
Depending on car traffic after 2-2,5 hours of voyage you will reach one of the most unbelievable factories called Christian Drouin and producing the pride of Normandy region namely Calvados, the local high-alcohol drink made from apples. Moreover you can expect an informative one hour visit including also a tasting of 3 types of Calvados and Cider at the end.
As the next stop there is a nice city on a seacoast Honfleur. Our guide put you into the storm of historical facts linked to The Second World War and especially D-Day the well-known story about a huge bravery of common soldiers. During 2 hours you have a chance to see a very old church named after Saint Catherine that might surprise you by the incredible story of its construction. Then visit the local french market offering wide assortment of products grown and made in Normandy. For the lunch, consisting of 3 plates, we have chosen a restaurant that could be proud of the authentic French cuisines and the local warm hospitality spirit.
Then move to a little city, Etretat, to see stunning landscapes namely the white cliffs and three natural rockÂ archesÂ thatÂ are some of the best-known sights in Upper Normandy in France. All sightseeing takes 30 minutes.
And after that you will be on your way to the gorgeous palace Fecamp where our guide let you visit it by yourself. Walking through all elegant rooms and spaces you will definitely feel like you are among members of royal families. After you have finished your little discovering you will be lead by a local touristic guide bringing you to the heart of still working factory focusing on production of liqueur called DOM with a degustation of it at the end during a hour.
And in the end, when you get pleased with all these activities you will be driven directly to Paris.
Where did macarons come from, and when were they invented? Why are these world-famous pastries connected to Paris, and who makes the best ones? Come walk around Paris' ancient Saint-Germain quarter with a local guide and learn the actual history behind macarons and this historical area. Visit the most famous macaron boutiques, and partake in a macaron judging event to see for yourself which macarons you like the best.
Meet in front of the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Près. After discussing the origin and historical impact of macarons, you will follow your local guide through the ancient streets of the Saint-Germain quarter. After stopping at five macaron shops, including the oldest and newest boutiques in Paris, you will finish the tour by partaking in a judging activity. Using fun and valid categories you'll have a chance to see for yourself where the best macarons in Paris can be found. Compare with your friends, and if you want you can convert the provided special judging sheet to a picture frame to post your experience on social media.
- Walk in the steps of world class painters like Monet, Picasso or Van Gogh
- Explore the picturesque back-alleys of a village lost in the capital city
- Revive parties at the Moulin Rouge with Toulouse-Lautrec and Cancan dancers.
- Admire Sacre Coeur Basilica ( Sacred Heart) and Paris most stunning city view
- Discover the Bobos way of life, so uniquely Parisian and amazing food stores
- Taste the Best Baguette of Paris!
This 3 hours Montmartre walking tour starts at the Moulin Rouge.
Your private local guide will take you out of the beaten path to local food stores, to the streets with 3 award-winning pastry shops, wine bars and cheese stores and the Best Baguette of Paris ! You can stop and buy anything you want to try on the way, it's a private tour, a unique experience. You want to try a coffee and croissant? Or maybe a glass of wine and cheese? Just feel free to enjoy your time and delicious food : you are in Paris !
You will see where Van Gogh used to live, Picasso's very first art studio and Renoir's iconic windmill. You'll meet artists working on their canvas in the middle of the streets. As we reach the top of the hill, you will enjoy the most amazing view on Paris and visit the beautiful Sacré-Coeur Basilica.
Before parting apart to new Parisian adventures, your guide will give you restaurant recommendations, his best addresses for shopping in the area and all practical information to enhance your stay in Paris.
On this intimate small-group tour of a Paris boulangerie (bakery), you'll go behind the scenes and explore the production rooms where French pain (bread), gateaux (cakes) and patisseries (pastries) are made.
Your knowledgeable bakery guide will explain how to make the famous French baguette and will demonstrate how the machines work. In a warm and relaxed atmosphere, the baker will give you plenty of bread-making tips and will tell you about the bread history.
Far from a factory with industrial methods, the French bakery youll visit is a typical small and independent Parisian production unit. Your bakery guide is a skilled artisan craftsman who has a real passion for every aspect of French baking. In addition to your newly acquired baking knowledge, you'll also take home a freshly baked French baguette and a croissant! Any children on the tour will receive a complimentary pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant).
If you've chosen the 4.5-hour class, head to the cookery school in the early evening and meet your instructor. First, plan your 4-course dinner, and then make a start as your instructor shares helpful tips on traditional French cooking techniques.
For a more complete cookery experience, upgrade to the 6-hour class. Begin in the mid-afternoon with a visit to an open-air food market near Paris' Latin Quarter. Wander the stalls and markets with your instructor and admire the range and quality of produce on sale. Pick up the ingredients youll need to prepare your meal, then head to the cookery school to start planning and cooking.
During your 2-hour cooking time, follow your menu plan and enjoy a glass of wine or two as you work. With your 4-course dinner ready, head into the dining area with your fellow cooks to enjoy the delicious meal youve prepared. With half a bottle of white and red wine to complement the flavors, sample one French cheese and learn the fine art of pairing food with wine.
After your meal, listen as your host sheds light on the traditions and customs concerning French culture and cuisine. Food is a huge part of the French national identity and plays a strong role in the countrys history, geography and sociology. You will receive electronic copies of your recipes after you leave the class.
Your tour starts with pickup at your Paris hotel by your guide for the driver to the Musée Marmottan Monet by minibus.
When you arrive, explore the museum's prestigious collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artwork by Berthe Morisot, Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Auguste Renoir, and, of course, Claude Monet.
Then head to your Impressionist-themed pastry class. During the course, learn how to prepare desserts like crepes, madeleines, financiers, or apple tart (tarte tatin) made with seasonal ingredients. Afterwards, sit down to enjoy French afternoon tea with your sweets. Our chef receives you home for a warm and friendly lunch.
Your tour ends with hotel drop-off.
Your culinary experience takes place at a bakery in Paris, where you'll arrive in the morning to start learning the art of baking authentic French specialties.
Enjoy a traditional French breakfast, and then begin your tour, which is divided into three sections. Start with the preparation of the bread, then shape some croissants, and finish with the pastry chef (demonstration depends of the needs of the bakery). You'll spend about two hours at the bakery learning how to perfect a baguette, croissant, pain au chocolat, and pastries.
When you're finished, you get to leave with the baguette and bread that you made.
If you're interested, when you leave the bakery, there is a recommended wine and cheese shop next door, and perhaps you'd like to enjoy a picnic at Place des Vosges or in the scenic Square du Vert-Galan; you can ask your guide for directions.
Your Paris cheese-tasting experience takes place at a cheese shop located near the Eiffel Tower and the banks of the Seine.
The best quality and aging time of each cheese is carefully chosen for you by the expert staff. You'll taste about 10 cheeses from different areas of France, made with different milks and processes of maturation. What makes this tasting different from others around town is that you will be totally immersed in the atmosphere of a typical French cheese shop; the goal is to make you feel the artistic work that few cheese professionals accomplish.
The cheese affineur is there to explain each sample and answer any questions you may have related to the tasting. If the shop is very busy, you might have to wait a few minutes for answers, but that is also be part of the experience of a popular Parisian culinary shop, as you can see what locals purchase and the attention they receive from the staff.
Meet your sommelier in Paris who loves to share his passion for wines with visitors coming from all over the world.
He has been organising wine tasting classes and wine events for more than 6 years. You'll be seated in the charming tasting room in the heart of Latin Quarter, you will discover and taste four fine and excellent French wines that you will pair with four typical cheeses and some pieces of French baguette.
The tasting room is in a small wine shop in a small cobblestoned street of Latin quarter. The V shape table has no more than 15 seats, so it's small groups only and everyone is perfectly installed to see the sceen with maps and pictures of the wine regions.
Pair a gourmet meal with fantastic sightseeing on this unique panoramic bus tour in Paris. After hopping aboard a glass-enclosed, double-decker bus, your tour starts as you take a seat at your table and admire 360-degree views of the City of Light.
Enjoy a 4-course lunch of fine French cuisine. As you dine, pass by beautiful landmarks including the Champs-Elysées, Notre Dame Cathedral, Musée du Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower.
Your tour ends with return to the starting point.
Plunge yourself in stories, treasures and hidden gems of the most fascinating city in the world !
Inhabited by a passion for history, your guide gave himself years of intense research, particularly at the National Archives in Paris. He was fortunate to be able to work hand in hand with some of the greatest historians on a subject that he is deeply passionate about: the mistakes in the French and in Paris history.
Ever dreamt of discovering Paris in a different and unusual way ? Enjoy some of the major monuments but also discover some hidden secret places that even Parisians do not know about.
If you can, then take this tour and then let the show begin ! Let your guide plunge you into the beauty of the city and into a whirlwind of anecdotes, history, legends and intrigue.
He is part of a team of dedicated history reasearchers looking to offer the honey of what Paris is all about. During the four hours you will spend together, all your senses will be in action.
You will hear and learn a motley of amazing stories about Paris and ride and walk through secret doors, quiet streets and alleys.
He will take you in a beautiful incredible Paris that you never ever dreamt of. For this journey, you will be using an electric bike to enjoy more grounds and really get the feeling of what Paris is like. If you are looking for a unique experience and want to do the most out of your time in Paris then look no further: this is it !
Pick up your Food Passport at a location near the Eiffel Tower, and begin your independent foodie experience by following the described route. The Food Passport is an innovative and authentic way to enjoy Paris from a culinary perspective.
As you walk through different neighborhood of Paris (Marais, Montmarte, Saint-Germain...) you will discover the expertise of the selected Parisian artisans by tasting their products, and learn new things about French gastronomy. Every time, the artisan will spend some time with you, explaining his work and products, giving you great insights about their passion. There is no rush: The Food Passport is valid for 3 months so that you can enjoy the different tastings during you whole stay.
You will be able to make your own selection from a long list of selected local products:
- Wine from small wine yards
- Foie gras from Southwest of France
- Authentic Parisian macarons
- Virgin olive oil from Provence
- Traditional duck pâté
- Fruity cheese from Beaufort
- Authentic French moutarde
- Frog legs
- Bean to bar chocolate
- Calissons candies from Provence
- Crafted teas and coffees
- Crispy butter biscuits from Brittanny
+ 13 other local and authentic products
Begin your morning walking tour with breakfast à la française, during which you'll savor in-store delicacies like a true Parisian. Your culinary journey starts here as your guide tells anecdotes and fascinating stories of French history.
At each street corner, your guide points out many features of Parisian lifepast and presentand as your tour progresses, you'll gain insight into French culture. Stop to sample favorite food items like chocolate, pastries, cheese, and smoked meat, and perhaps do some shopping to stock up on fashionable goods (own expense). Your tour also introduces you to the fundamentals of Paris architecture as you learn Baron Haussmann and his role in creating the Paris we know today. You will never see the city the same way again after you've heard about the history of the streetscapes and squares.
After your tour, your guide can accompany you to a nice place to have lunch, if you wish (own expense).
The word comes from French eclair, meaning "flash of lightning", so named because it is eaten quickly (in a flash). In this 2.5 hour course, you will learn how to work with a pastry bag and create garnishes and fillings like classic vanilla, pistachio, coffee or chocolate flavored pastry cream crème pâtissière. You will also learn how to glaze your eclairs with fondant icing. And as choux dough offers a very broad palette of specialties you will also do some chouquettes and some individual petits choux garnis.
With the help of your chef, you will perform all the steps. At the end of the course, if you haven't enjoyed your creations on the spot, you may take them with you.
You will learn some specific techniques including:
- Drying Batter: Working the mixture over the stove.
- Coucher (Piping): Placement of the batter on the pan and use of a pastry bag.
- Glacer (Glazing): Brushing the surface of certain pastries
Choose the class time to suit your schedule, then head to the cookery school in central Paris to begin your croissant class. The humble croissant is a pastry popular across the whole country, but learning how to bake a perfect batch every time requires practise and a little inside knowledge.
Follow step-by-step instructions and learn how to make fluffy croissant dough from beginning to end. With hands-on guidance from your instructor, master the art of the fold and discover how to get great results every time. Then, pop your croissants in the oven and watch them slowly rise. During your class youll also make pain au chocolat a sweet pastry roll with chocolate filling.
After roughly two hours, when the baking is done, take your fresh pastries out of the oven and enjoy them with a cup of tea, coffee or juice. When you're finished, bid your instructor goodbye and receive a box of your creations to share with friends and family along with an electronic copy of the recipes in English.
Meet your instructor an experienced sommelier at your cookery school in central Paris to begin your wine and cheese pairing class. Designed with wine enthusiasts in mind, this 2-hour class is ideal for visitors to Paris keen to learn how fine French wine and cheese complement each other.
During your class, taste four wines from different regions across France as well as one Champagne. Listen as your guide explains the five major French cheese families, then sample them to experience their subtleties of flavor for yourself. Hear the geographical and historical origins of the wine and cheese youre tasting and gain insight into the key concept of "terroir" in French produce.
Enjoy five wine and cheese pairings accompanied by a selection of sliced ham, bread and olives, and savor the wine and cheese as they work together to create complex aromas and flavors. Under guidance from your sommelier, bring your senses of smell and taste to the fore and learn the skill of blind wine tasting.
Take a knife and master the art of sabering a Champagne bottle to open it, then share a glass with your classmates. At the end of your 2-hour class you will receive Drop-Stop for the perfect pour every time and the school will send you the list of wine and cheese matches you will have sampled electronically.
Did you know that the chocolates made in France are amongst the finest in the world, if not the best? France is well known for its wines and cheese, but this is a half hidden secret that many people miss out on. Don't be one of those people!
Learn how to tell apart an excellent chocolate from a good one and a good one from an average one. On this two hour introduction to the world of fine chocolate tablets, you will learn:
How to recognize what makes a good chocolate bar
Why you should only seriously consider dark chocolate bars (if you consider yourself a true chocolate lover)
When the chocolate was introduced to Europe, as well as the other details from its very interesting history
What is the proper way of tasting a dark chocolate bar and how to best enjoy in it
Where in France but also in the rest of the world (especially the U.S) you can get excellent dark chocolate bars
Through a carefully made selection of France's finest chocolate bars you'll personally taste the differences in them and you will learn to tell them apart, as well as to appreciate them in all their subtleties and nuances.
Meet your guide, a fromager (cheesemonger), at the cheese shop in Paris' 3rd arrondissement. Step into your hygienic protective suit and head down to the underground cellar, where a variety of cheese rounds lie maturing in the cool temperatures.
Explore a large room full of maturing cheeses such as Beaufort (a raw cow's milk cheese produced in the French Alps), Etivaz (a hard, raw cow's milk cheese made in the Swiss Alps), Gruyère (a mild, hard yellow cheese originating in Switzerland but also produced in France), bôfavre (a hard cheese made in Switzerland's Jura Mountains) and many, many more. The exact cheeses vary according to the time of year. Marvel at the 77-pound (35-kg) wheels of Comté cheese racked up alongside delicate goats cheeses and soft Camembert, all in varying stages of maturation and ripening.
Listen as your guide delves into the history, traditions and techniques of French and Swiss cheese production, and feel free to ask any questions that come up. Then it's time to master the fine art of cheese and wine pairing. Savor seven soft, delicate cheeses, and follow your bites with sips of both light and complex wines, learning to appreciate the delicious, elegant and subtle flavors at play. Munch on bread and fruit to go with your cheese samples.
At the end of your 1.5-hour tasting, head back up to street level to conclude your session.
In two and a half hours you'll learn how to make your macarons a rousing success with this Italian-based meringue method, which is more technical, but yields better results.
Enjoy your freshly made creations on the spot. Or, if you can restrain yourself from devouring them immediately, take them with you to prolong the pleasure.
Some specific techniques you will learn:
- Petit boule: Cooking sugar to make meringue
- Macaronner: Folding in the batter
- Dresser: Piping the batter on a sheet pan
Head to your cookery school in central Paris the afternoon, then meet your macaron-making instructor over a refreshing drink before beginning your class.
During your hands-on class, listen to step-by-step guidance from your instructor and master the delicate art of macaron making. Learn how to make the meringue shells in the colors of your choosing and master the art of piping in the buttercream filling.
When your macarons are ready, sample your creations with a cup of tea of coffee and listen as your host talks of the macarons place in French culture and tradition. After three hours of baking and tasting, take your box of macarons and head outside to conclude your class.
Upgrade your booking for an advanced macarons class and discover all Macarons subtelties
A bit of glamour, a dose of history, a dash of quirk, and a lot of foodthis total Paris tour is packed with everything you could ever need to see, do, and taste in order to be an honorary Parisian for the day. Start in the Paris fashion district, and walk with an insider guide to admire the Louvre and enjoy a macaroon tasting. See Centre Pompidou, sample some brandy, enjoy cheese and pastries, and walk through the Marais. This tour is limited to 12 people to provide a small-group experience.
Get to know the City of Light through the eyes of a local on your full-day tour, which starts in the heart of one of Paris most expensive and fashionable neighborhoods, where luxury, elegance, and beauty are around every corner.
With your guide, stop by an illustrious food store to sample a delicate macaron, a beloved French specialty. Then walk toward the Musée du Louvre, home to some of the worlds most celebrated art, such as the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. You won't go in (it can take hoursno, daysto properly explore this treasure trove of art), but you'll wander through an arcade that offers a free glimpse into the sculpture gallery. Relax in the well-manicured gardens, and enjoy some of the best sightseeing Paris has to offer.
Next up is more food. Head to a lively Parisian market to indulge in one of Frances most popular gastronomic pleasures, cheese. Perhaps taste some smooth, mild Brie, or sample a slice of pungent Roquefort, known as the King of Cheeses. Then stroll through Paris secret arcades to discover quirky shops, boutiques, and one of the oldest buildings in the city.
Continue to the fascinating Centre Pompidou, where the first leg of your tour ends. Here, you have a bit of free time to wander and explore on your own. You could grab lunch at a bistro, or pick up a quick sandwich; be warnedtheres a lot of food to come in the afternoon. Or, perhaps go up to the top of the Pompidou for the best free view of Paris. (Food, drinks, and any entrance fees at your own expense during this break.)
After an hour, meet up with your group and guide outside the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Then, head off to explore the medieval neighbourhood of Le Marais, where highlights include beautifully preserved Gothic churches and streets, the remains of Paris 12th-century defence walls or breathtaking tucked away mansions. Le Marais is full of sweet shops, pâtisseries, boutiques and cafés, so be sure to quiz your guide on their recommendations so you can come back in your own time. We'll have a peek in three different pastry stores to taste iconic French sweets & pastries!
Finally, stop at a lovely wine bar to get a personalised wine tasting. Sip a range of French wines and try some delicious liqueurs, including Armagnac or "Old Plum", accompanied by a variety of French cheese or charcuterie, like ham or rillettes.
After an action-packed day in Paris and a peak by Paris most beautiful square, Place des Vosges, bid your guide farewell and end your tour at Bastille in the heart of vibrant Paris.
A must-do for all chocolate lovers! This unique chocolate food tour explores the picturesque area of Saint Germain, a place well-known for its world class chocolatiers. In 2015, French people ate 405 000 tons of chocolate. So they take this subject seriously as Marie-Antoinette used to ! For Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter or Mother's Day, they rush to « chocolatiers » to spoil themselves or their beloved ones. Explore some of the the worlds best Chocolatiers, right here in Romantic Paris. Your taste buds will scream with ecstasy as you treat them to a good time! This is the perfect opportunity to indulge in French delights and to get to talk with the locals! Since the tour is limited to a maximum of 8 people, your English-speaking guide (who is a food lover and chocolate connoisseur) will be able to answer all your questions. Belong to the happy few, indulging themselves with brown gold gems !
Croissants were once made from plain old ordinary bread dough; nowadays, they are made from pâte feuilletée levée (layered yeast-leavened dough). It is surely one of the most technical dough in French pâtisserie.
After 3 hours spent with our chef, you will have acquired the know-how to make croissants that are light, crispy on the outside and melt-in-your-mouth soft on the inside. You will learn and perform each step in making classic butter croissants and croissants with almonds, but you will also learn how to make pain au chocolat (chocolate-filled croissants), pain aux raisins (raisin croissants) with pastry cream, and other variations of the croissant that are as delicious as they are unexpected.
You will learn some specific techniques :
- Make the Detrempe: mixture of flour, water, salt, butter, yeast, used in the preparation of croissant.
- Make the Beurrage: to add butter to the dough that is called pâton.
- Pâton : the block of croissant dough after the butter has been folded into the detrempe to form an envelope.
- Make the turns: to give turns to the croissant dough (pâton) by rolling the dough and folding it.
- Feuilleter (to make into leaves): enclosing the butter in a layer of dough and folding and rolling the dough to form thin layers or leaves.
- Abaisser ( to roll out): to roll out a sheet of pastry dough to the desire thickness with a rolling pin, before cutting and shaping it.
- Follow la pousse (the fermentation and the rising) : the expansion of the fermented dough caused by the yeast during the rising.
Your walking tour starts at Pont Neuf, Paris' oldest standing bridge, where you'll meet your guide for your exploration of Ile de la Cité.
For about 1.5 hours, walk around the small island to see sights such as the statue of Henri IV, Dauphine Square, the Palace of Justice, and the Conciergerie, a former royal residence turned into a prison during the French Revolution. As you walk, hear stories from your guide about French history, the mysteries of Templars, and even old grapevines. Pass by the Clock Tower, Sainte-Chapelle, and the flower market where guards once bought modest bouquets to give to imprisoned Marie-Antoinette.
Walk by the oldest hospital in Paris, stroll down streets so picturesque they could be in a movie, and learn where the best ice cream and cupcakes can be found. Eventually, you'll reach the heart of medieval Paris: Notre-Dame Cathedral. You have some time to admire the Gothic masterpiece and hear about its history, and you can enter to soak up the atmosphere from inside.
Next, the second part of your tour (about one hour) begins as you leave the island for the Left Bank, where you'll roam a labyrinth of medieval streets to see some culinary attractions, pass by a historical church, and check out the Shakespeare and Company bookstore. For lunch, enjoy French dishes suggested by a local chef, such as frog legs, meats, and something sweetit's your choice, but you'll have a set menu of starter, main dish, and dessert, with wine added. While waiting for the food to be served, hear more about French cuisine from your guide, and ask any questions you have.
After lunch, your guide gives you a ticket for a boat cruise along the Seine and provides instructions for where and when to board. You can take the cruise right after lunch or later, according to your preferences. The cruise lasts a little over an hour, with flexible start times, and you can expect to see many sights from the river, such as Pont Alexandre III, Grand Palais, Petit Palais, Place de la Concorde, Musée d'Orsay, and the Louvre. Float all the way around Ile de la Cité, and go back to other way to see the Eiffel Tower.
Useful French for rail travel
|English (anglais)||French (français)||Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun|
|Where is?||Où est?||ou eh|
|...train station||la gare||lah gar|
|ticket||un billet||uhn bee-YAY|
|ticket counter||les guichet||lay ghee-SHAY|
|departures within the hour||départs dans l'heure||day-PAR dohn luhr|
|local departures||départs banlieue||day-PAR bahn-LYOO|
|long-distance departures||départs grandes lignes||day-PAR grahnd leenyh|
|departure time||heure de départ||uhr de day-PAR|
|arrival time||heure d'arrivée||urh dar-ree-YAV|
|first class||première classe||pruh-mee-YAIR klahs|
|second class||seconde classe||say-COHN-duh klahs|
|one way ticket||un billet simple||uhn bee-YAY SAHM-pluh|
|round trip (return) ticket||un billet aller-retour||uhn bee-YAY ah-LAY RAY-tour|
|I would like to reserve a seat||Je voudrais réserver une place||dzuh voo-DRAY RAY-sair-vay ooun plahs|
|I have a Eurailpass||J'ai Eurailpass||dzay ao-rail-PAHS|
|sleeping couchette||une couchette||ooun koo-SHET|
|berth in a sleeping car||une place en voiture-lit||ooune plahs uhn vwa-TOUR-lee|
|car / carriage||voiture||vwa-TOUR|
|punch your ticket||composter de billet||cohm-poh-STAY de bee-YAY|
|departures||le départ||luh day-PAR|
|coming from||en provenance de||un pro-veh-NONS de|
|going to||a destination de||ah des-tee-nah-tzee-YOWN de|
|Is this the right platform for the Paris train?||Est-ce que c’est le quai pour le train de Paris?||es kuh say le kay poo-rh leh traah de pah-REE|
|delayed||en retard||hn ruh-TAR|
Useful French for air travel
|English (anglais)||French (français)||Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun|
|Where is...||Où est?||ou eh|
|to the right||à droite||ah dwa-t|
|to the left||à gauche||ah go-sh|
|straight ahead||tout droit||too dwa|
|departures hall||Hall de départ||ahl de day-PAR|
|arrivals hall||Hall d’arrivée||ahl da-ree-VAY|
|delayed||en retard||hn ruh-TAR|
|on time||à l’heure||ah LOUR|
|early||en avance||hn ah-VAHNS|
|security check||le contrôle de sécurité||luh kon-TROLL de say-cure-ee-TAY|
|shuttle||la navette||lah na-VET|
|boarding pass||une carte d’embarquement||ooun kart dem-bark-eh-MUHn|
|baggage claim||la livraison des bagages||la lee-vray-SOHn day bah-GA-j|
|carry-on luggage||les bagages à main||lay bah-GA-j ah meh|
|checked luggage||les bagages enregistrés||lay bah-GA-j on-ray-jee-STRAY|
Useful French for car travel
|English (anglais)||French (français)||Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun|
|scooter/motorboke||une moto||ouhn mo-TOH|
|gas station||station-service||stah-see-YOHN sair-VEES|
|gas||de l'essence||deh lay-SAWNS|
|Fill it up, please||faire le plein, s'il vous plaît||fair le plahn seel voo play|
|Where is...||Où est?||ou eh|
|...the road||la route||lah root|
|...the street||la rue||lah roo|
|...the road for Paris||
la route de Paris
|lah root de pah-REE|
|to the right||à droite||ah dwa-t|
|to the left||à gauche||ah go-sh|
|keep going straight||tout droit||too dwa|
|toll||un péage||uhn PAY-ahj|
|road map||carte routière||kahrt roo-tee-YAIR|
|roundabout||rond point||rohn pwea|
Typical road signs
|English (anglais)||French (français)|
|Speed limit||Limit de vitesse|
|Give way||Cedez le passage|
|Give way to traffic coming from the left/right||Priorité à gauche / à droit|
|No passing||Interdiction de doubler/dépasser|
|No entry||Sens interdit|
|Road closed||Route barrée|
|Risk of ice||Verglas|
|Speed camera||Radar de vitesse|
|Pedestrian crossing||Passage piéton|
|Parking prohibited||Stationnement interdit|
|Pedestrian zone||Zone piétonnne|
Basic phrases in French
|English (anglais)||French (français)||pro-nun-see-YAY-shun|
|please||s'il vous plaît||seel-vou-PLAY|
|Do you speak English?||Parlez-vous anglais?||par-lay-VOU on-GLAY|
|I don't understand||Je ne comprende pas||zhuh nuh COHM-prohnd pah|
|I'm sorry||Je suis desolée||zhuh swee day-zoh-LAY|
|How much does it cost?||Combien coute?||coam-bee-YEHN koot|
|That's too much||C'est trop||say troh|
|Good evening||Bon soir||bohn SWAH|
|Good night||Bon nuit||bohn NWEE|
|Excuse me (to get attention)||Excusez-moi||eh-skooze-ay-MWA|
|Excuse me (to get past someone)||Pardon||pah-rRDOHN|
|Where is?||Où est?||ou eh|
|...the bathroom||la toilette||lah twah-LET|
|...train station||la gare||lah gahr|
Days, months, and other calendar items in French
|English (anglais)||French (français)||Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun|
|When is it open?||Quand est-il ouvert?||coan eh-TEEL oo-VAIR|
|When does it close?||Quand est l'heure de fermeture?||coan eh lure duh fair-mah-TOUR|
|At what time...||à quelle heure...||ah kell uhre|
|Day after tomorrow||après demain||ah-PRAY duh-MEHN|
|a day||un jour||ooun zhuhr|
|a month||un mois||ooun mwa|
Numbers in French
|English (anglais)||French (français)||Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun|
|21*||vingt et un *||vahnt eh UHN|
|22*||vingt deux *||vahn douh|
|23*||vingt trois *||vahn twa|
|5,000||cinq mille||sank meel|
|10,000||dix mille||dees meel|
* You can form any number between 20 and 99 just like the examples for 21, 22, and 23. For x2–x9, just say the tens-place number (trente for 30, quarante for 40, etc.), then the ones-place number (35 is trente cinq; 66 is soixsante six). The only excpetion is for 21, 31, 41, etc. For x1, say the tens-place number followed by "...et un" (trente et un, quarante et un, etc.).
‡ Yes, the French count very strangely once they get past 69. Rather than some version of "seventy,' they instead say "sixy-ten" (followed by "sixty-eleven," "sixty-twelve,' etc. up to "sixty-nineteen.") And then, just to keep things interesting, they chenge it up again and, for 80, say 'four twenties"—which always make me thinks of blackbirds baked in a pie for some reason. Ninety becomes "four-twenties-ten" and so on up to "four-nineties-ninteen" for 99, which is quite a mouthful: quartre-vingts-dix-neuf.