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Why you'll love this
- A passionate French chef leads you on a gastronomic adventure
- Sample your way through the area's finest specialty food shops
- Finish in style with a picnic at the base of the iconic Eiffel Tower
- Length 3h00
- Language English
- Type of Tour Group Tour
- Group Size 7 max
- Departure Time 11am
- Cancellation Up to 72 hours
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.
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.
Anna is a food and travel writer based in Paris. She is the author of the cookbook The Culinary Cyclist and her next book will be out from Ten Speed Press in 2015. She is the founder of Foodie Underground where she writes about anything that relates to her philosophy of "good food, from good places, with good people." While a recent Paris transplant, she has been a francophile for quite some time. Her three loves in life are: food, coffee and bikes.
Maria was born in the Dominican Republic. Growing up between the French and LatinAmerican cultures, she moved to Paris in 2006. She got very interested in gastronomy and traveled throughout France to become better acquainted with its terroirs. She then started taking wine classes and became fond of everything linked to food including wine, bread, pastries and chocolates. She will enjoy sharing her knowledge and introducing you into the universe of wines!
- 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. When the weather is nice, you could even start enjoying your tasty purchases at a pique-nique on the nearby Champs de Mars.
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
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