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‘How can you be expected to rule a country that has 246 types of cheese?’ Charles de Gaulle’s famous riposte to Newsweek magazine still resonates today. Just visit any Parisian cheese monger and you are likely find French food purists ready to take anyone to task over provenance and quality. This overzealousness about food is often misconstrued as French snobbery. Localers, however, sets out to turn this conception on its head with its fun and informative Eiffel Tower Food Tour. With help from an expert guide and chef, you will visit a select number of local artisanal food suppliers with an opportunity to taste what’s on offer, ranging from an exquisite foie gras tasting to a private cheese workshop in a cheese monger’s shop. Click on the arrows above to see more!Photo credit: Localers
In the Eiffel Tower’s 7th arrondissement neighborhood, like elsewhere in Paris, the locals know how to eat and they do it with style. First on the menu is a visit to a café that specializes in fruit juices. Here you will sample some unusual flavours ranging from peach nectar to green tomato juice. Next is an obligatory stop-off at the inimitable French institution, the boulangerie, and a chance to sample some hand picked pastries. The baker will even give you a behind the scenes tour of the bread-making kitchen.Photo credit: Localers
Following this is a chance to really indulge, with a visit to two different chocolatiers and tasting some of the rich truffles and chocolates on offer. But you'll need to leave some room for the rest of the itinerary, which includes a stopover at a honey shop, and a specialist fruit and veg vendor, followed by a fabulous foie gras tasting, washed down with a glass of wine. Photo credit: Localers
To finish, there will be a very special appointment that Charles de Gaulle would have approved of: a private cheese tasting workshop with a cheese monger in his smelly but venerable fromagerie. Learn about some of those 246 types of cheese, and the wines that compliment them, in a relaxed and informative workshop. Photo credit: Localers
This walking tour is, of course, more than just a chance to indulge. French food culture is all about exchanges, so your expert guide will give you informative talks about anything from the history of certain buildings that you will encounter on your way, to explaining the difference between a bistro and a brasserie and their historical development.For more walks and information on Localers, click here.Photo credit: Localers
Eiffel Tower food tour
Eat your way around the iconic 7th arrondissement with Localers