- Paris food tour led by a professional chef or food writer
- Includes samples of french bread and artisanal cheeses
- Various specialty food shops, Left Bank, and Saint-Germain-des-Prés
This tour will get the opportunity to taste the rich history of Paris's culinary culture. Our guide will introduce the basics of French cuisine and take us to 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.
In this two-and-a-half-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.
Left Bank Area
- Day 1 - Food Tour (2.5 hours)
Our tour starts by grounding ourselves with two Parisian staples: bread and cheese. We may visit 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). 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.
Along the way, we will examine how all of these products fit into the French diet, as well as other culinary traditions and philosophies. Our culinary journey may come to a close with a glass of Armagnac in a wine shop passed from generation to generation since 1905. As we finish, we will have an excellent foundation in the cornerstones of French gastronomy and be better prepared to further discover French food during our stay and beyond.
Wine enthusiasts would also enjoy our Paris Wine Tasting Tour, focusing on Bordeaux and Burgundy wines. We also organize a Paris by Night Tour: Left Bank, which provides a basic introduction to the Left Bank and Paris as a whole.
- PhD or MA-level Guide
- Tours as mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal Expenses