Gastronomic tours

Our pick of the greediest ways to go around Paris

Karl Blackwell / Time Out
Marche Monge

With glistening fruit tarts down one cobbled street and artisanal cheeses down another, Paris presents a particularly toothsome panorama. These guided tours with resident food experts will add sugar, spice and all things nice to a trip around the city. Feel like putting your own culinary skills to the test? Sign up for one of the finest cooking classes Paris has to offer.  

Guided food tours of Paris

Paris Walks Chocolate Tour

Iris Grossman loves history as much as she does chocolate. A professional guide certified by the French Ministry of Culture, the docent of this Paris Walks tour (€32) is roundly praised for the engaging manner in which she transmits nuggets of social and historical information. That she does so while handing around a box of truffles probably helps. Over two hours, participants visit a number of chocolatiers...

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Paris by Mouth

Rather than thinking of the city in arrondissements, the guides at Paris by Mouth prefer to see the landscape in terms of its pâtisseries, fromageries and countless other food shops. The organisation, originally a collaborative website put together by a group of food writers, organises three-hour walks (€95) around particular neighbourhoods, so you might wander the picture-perfect streets of Abbesses... 

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Promenades Gourmandes

From the oldest pastry shop in Paris to an Ali Baba’s cavern of kitchen supplies, this three-hour private walking tour (€300 for a party of two) winds round the doors of some of Paris’s best food producers and suppliers. Native Parisians Betty Bitton and Paule Caillat can plan itineraries based on participants’ interests, so a fondness for pâtisseries, say, can be taken into account... 

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3rd arrondissement

Context Travel Baguette to Bistro

Participants following this Left Bank itinerary (€80), from walking tour specialist Context Travel, go from regional cheeses to homemade rillettes via a cone of chocolate mousse. The two-and-a-half-hour walk is led by a trained chef or food journalist, who opens the doors to specialty food shops and neighbourhood boulangeries while also introducing visitors to the roots of French cuisine and the ins and outs of bistronomie... 

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