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
Sure, Paris is full of calorific cheese, pastries and wine but who’s counting when you’ve got to walk to get to them? This three-hour guided tour will have you wandering all over the capital for tasters of delicious French fancies (and we’re not talking about Mr Kipling). Visit a bakery, a caterers, a patisserie, cheese and wine bar, and a fresh produce market.
Experience Paris like a local, with a knowledgeable guide showing you all the best spots. The tour kicks off in the fashionable district that houses the lovely Louvre, where you can gaze through its enormous windows to get a glimpse of the art. Then head to a market for a taste of authentic French cheese and a macaron or two, before passing the Centre Pompidou and wandering through the medieval Marais neighbourhood.
Revel in the secrets of French baking at this behind-the-scenes tour of an independent Parisian patisserie. Nosey around the kitchens and witness first-hand exactly how those delectable French breads, pastries and cakes are crafted. Once you’ve feasted your eyes, you’ll be allowed take home a freshly made croissant and baguette.
Put aside three hours of your day to explore Paris’s food scene. An expert guide will take you through the Bastille district, sharing stories from history and about the area’s current contribution to cuisine in the city. Visit the bustling Marché d’Aligre, where your guide will point out the best stalls, and drop in on patisseries, wine bars, delicatessens and more. There will be six tastings in total from shops and the market.
Certified tour guide Iris Grossman leads this two-hour walking tour all about chocolate. Visit various chocolatiers to find out why Paris is not just the city of lights, but also a hotbed of dark chocolate. This tour is open to the young and old, so is perfect for families, and Grossman even hands out truffles en route to sweeten the deal.
Combine an afternoon or evening of sightseeing with a fine four- or six-course French meal on a unique bus tour. This way you’ll be able to view the best of the capital while tasting its culinary delights. The bus in question is specially decked out like a Parisian bistro and covered by a glass top, so nothing will obstruct your 360º view as you’re driven past major attractions, including Champs-Elysées, the Louvre, Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower.
Sitting down for slap-up French meal in the city of love is one thing, but learning how to make yourself the same slap-up meal something that can be just that little bit more special. This thorough cooking class will equip you with the skills to prepare a gourmet three-course dinner. But before you start cooking, you’ll need to source you’re ingredients, which participants will be able to get from a food market in the Latin Quarter. As well as concocting a meal, you’ll get the chance to taste a variety of French wines.
Paris is synonymous with cheese and wine; a duo that can taste beautiful together when selected artfully. If you join the pro cheesemonger on this tasting session in a Parisian cellar (where else?) you too can learn all the secrets behind a perfect pairing. Enjoy seven French and Swiss fromage fancies as the guide teaches you how to find the right wines to accompany them. Nibbling while you work is absolutely encouraged.
Betty Bitton and Paule Caillat, a couple of Parisian locals, will plan your perfect – and private – itinerary based on all your favourite things. The duo’s walking tours usually last around three hours, and typically include delightful pastry shops, kitchens and markets, as well as other bits found around the capital’s winding streets.
A pro chef or food critic certified by Context Travel will lead this two-and-a-bit-hour walking tour along the Rive Gauche. Visit patisseries, boulangeries and delicatessens en route, where you’ll discover regional cheeses, cones of chocolate mousse and homemade rillettes (a bit like pâté).