While the convenience of supermarkets has penetrated even the most gourmand of Parisian lifestyles, the French have long cultivated a very intimate relationship with food merchants and artisans. Indeed, in Paris grocery shopping can be (almost) as pleasurable as consuming the finished product.
Just imagine yourself strolling from one teeny-tiny caterer to the next and watching with delight as the delicacies pile up in your shopping basket one by one—a bold camembert from the fromagerie, a lovely Bourgogne from the caviste, a warm baguette from the boulangerie, a divine praliné from the chocolaterie…the list goes on and on.
As many Parisians will tell you, it can take years to find the perfect assemblage of artisans to satisfy a refined French palate. Fortunately, our two expert guides have carefully selected a dream team of artisans and food merchants in the 7th arrondissement to provide you with an authentically delicious grocery shopping and tasting experience unlike any other. Ready to hit this delicious gastronomy trail with one of our experts?
Top Tip: Taking this tour at the beginning of your trip to Paris is the best introduction to shopping, eating, and dining like a local.
- Gastro-historical tour of a carefully selected group of merchants and artisans
- A guide who is a passionate young French Chef
- Privatized wine & cheese workshop at the “fromagerie” when the shop is closed
- Behind the scenes tastings at artisanal food merchants, including foie gras, wine, macarons, honey, fruits,patisseries and so much more.
Mael, 34, is a French Chef who was raised in Brittany and lives and works in Paris. His experience as a chef has brought him everywhere from Michelin star restaurants to the set of a French television show where h...
- 2 people: €119 /person
- 4 people: €89 /person
- 6 people: €79 /person
- 8 people: €75 /person
La Tour Maubourg Metro Station
- Tasting and behind the scenes peek at a typical French artisanal shops
- A delectable experience of the French way of life
- Once you’ve nibbled your way to the end, don’t count on having room for more!
Meet up with your guide at Les Invalides and learn a bit about the history of this former military hospital as well as the quarter itself..
You’ll start visiting a boulangerie where the baker herself has arranged an assortment of her most exquisite goods just for you. She’ll even take you behind the scenes to show you how the bread and pastries are made if she has time! Ensuite, we propose a nearby chocolatier, Jean-Paul Hévin, one the most celebrated in France, where you’ll get a chance to sample some delicious truffles and chocolates of your choice. You will discover how his sublime creations taste as good as they look.
Our next halt is also very sweet: this miellerie, or honey shop, boasts a multitude of honeys that will set you abuzz with delight. Then it’s time for your daily dose of vitamins at the primeur, or produce store. Learn about different fruits and vegetables while testing the yummy variety that the lively owner has prepared for you.
Because we expect to accompany real gourmands with demanding tastes we have arranged a little degustation of the yummy French delicacy, foie gras, all washed down with a delicious glass of red wine.
There will be a stop off to taste a very special ham at Bellota Bellota. Their cured spanish hams are the best in the world, coming from specially selected Iberian pigs. The ham is then expertly aged over a period of 48 months. This is a Spanish delicacy rarely found elsewhere in France.
Finally, your leisurely bacchanalia culminates at a lovely cheese store where our friendly, fromager will close up shop and regale you one last time. Learn about an array of renowned French cheeses, Corsican deli meats, and wines during your very own privé wine and cheese workshop.
It takes more than just your taste buds to understand French gastronomy, that’s why as you nibble on your various delicacies our guides will provide fun facts and historical details about the neighborhood. You’ll also get the scoop on French gastronomy as a whole. For instance, what’s the difference between a bistrot and a brasserie and how did the two evolve?
Now, it wouldn’t be very Localers of us not to give you some wiggle room. Therefore, inform your guide if a particular caterer not already on the schedule sparks your interest. Depending on your wants and desires, optional stops at a gourmet truffle shop, a Spanish ham specialist, or a macaroon store (just to name a few) can be arranged. Your wish is our command!
Approximate walking distance: 2.5 km / 1.5 miles
With us, the more the merrier! Instead of fixed prices, we offer solutions to make your experience of Paris more affordable. Don’t pay a fortune to discover our gastronomy and shop like a local at the market. Booking price goes down as your party increases. Our prices range from 119€ for two to 75€ for a group of 6.
Price Range for your Food Tour of the 7th Arrondissement
- 2 people: € 119 per person
- 3 people: € 99 per person
- 4 people: € 89 per person
- 5 people: € 85 per person
- 6 people: € 79 per person
- 7 people: € 75 per person
More than 7? Please call us for more details…
Solo travelers are also welcomed !
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Mael, 34, is a French Chef who was raised in Brittany and lives and works in Paris. His experience as a chef has brought him everywhere from Michelin star restaurants to the set of a French television show where he worked as a culinary assistant. Mael also has a degree in history and sociology from the University of Rennes. Married to an American, he speaks fluent English and loves to share his knowledge of the history of Paris and French gastronomy with foreign travelers. Let him guide you through his favorite shops, introduce you to authentic local Chefs and merchants, and show you the inner-workings of the fascinating world of French gastronomy.