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Paris Food Tour: French Gastronomy and History

Paris, France
Paris Food Tour: French Gastronomy and History

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Sample the culinary delights of Paris on a walking tour through one of the city’s charming historic neighborhoods. Follow your taste buds and your guide to a handful of Parisian cafés, patisseries and specialty stores to sample authentic French favorites like foie gras, artisan cheese and fresh-baked bread, while your guide shares with you the history of the neighborhood. You’ll discuss the tastings that you enjoy and how they are used in gourmet French cooking, and top it all off with a glass of excellent French wine. Numbers are limited to eight people for a personalized small-group experience.
  • Morning or afternoon walking tour to Paris' finest gourmet shops
  • Professional guide to answer all your food- and history-related questions during the tour
  • Tastings of foie gras, cheese, bread, a seasonal specialty and a glass of wine on the Latin Quarter tour
  • Smaller number of tour members ensures a more personalized experience
  • Illuminating commentary on Paris sights and history from your expert guide
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Optional gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop off
Additional food purchases outside of tastings
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  • 47ter Bd Saint-Germain , 47ter Bd Saint-Germain, 75005 Paris, France

    Starting point for the morning Latin Quarter Option. Be sure you go to 47TER and not 47! Meet next to the cheese shop.

  • 5 Pl. Blanche , 5 Pl. Blanche, 75009 Paris, France

    Starting point for the afternoon Montmartre Option. Meet in front of Starbucks.

  • This activity ends in a different location. See details below:
  • Latin Quarter , Latin Quarter, Paris, France
  • Montmartre , Montmartre, 75018 Paris, France
  • Trying some gourmet French food is an essential part of any stay in Paris. This small-group walking tour introduces you to the art of French cuisine from a local perspective. Meet your culinary guide in the Latin Quarter for your tour. Set off on a leisurely 3-hour walking tour of the historic streets, stopping along the way to see local markets, bakeries and specialty food shops. The exact itinerary will vary based on your small group’s preference and the season, but you can expect to sample staples of the French diet such as handcrafted cheeses, baguettes and other delicacies. And of course, no food tour of Paris would be complete without a glass of fantastic French wine. Your guide will share insight into how these delicious products are made, provide info about the French gastronomy tradition, and share stories and historical facts that have made the neighborhood so iconic. Feel free to ask as many questions as you like, and even make purchases apart from the tastings, to take a taste of Paris home with you.
    Stop At:  
    Latin Quarter
    If you select the Latin Quarter Option, your tour will take place here.
    Duration: 3 hours 
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    If you select the Montmartre Option, your tour will take place here.
    Duration: 3 hours 
    Admission Ticket Free
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • Please note: some boutiques may be extra busy and others may be closed during peak holiday times
    • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Please inform us of any allergies or food intolerance before your tour.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Meeting the French
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    371 Reviews

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    Good cheese and wonderful conversation
    , Nov 2021
    David was incredibly patient and kind. He showed us all the shops where we could find typical French food, but we especially enjoyed his history discussions. He was easy to talk to and we enjoyed his perspectives very much. He went above and beyond by walking us most of the way back to the hotel because he wanted to make sure we didn’t get lost. What a kind soul.
    Wonderful guide
    , Jan 2020
    Wonderful guide! Thibaut was knowledgeable, fun to be with and very accommodating to our interests. Incredible food and wine. Paris at its best.
    Skip this, totally false advertising and terrible customer service
    , Jan 2020
    FYi- I am not someone who complains online like this, but I feel it necessary to post this someone who is planning a trip and thinks this sounds like a real food tour. My family enjoys going on food tours in new cities, to walk around and learn about the culture and enjoy some food of another culture. We have done this in many places, and at this price point, over $100 per person, we are used to experiencing a well thought out and interesting sampling of a menu, and at least enough food to feel like we've actually eaten something. If you are interested in a "Paris Food Tour: French Gastronomy and History" -skip this completely, and look at other companies like Eating Europe. We recently did this tour, expecting what was advertised, fois gras, french specialities, an education about french cuisine and history. This was not delivered, at all. The absolute bare minimum: one bite of chocolate per person, 1 croissant, 1 snail, and 3 bites of cheese. And a glass of table wine. After the tour, I wrote to Viator to express my dissatisfaction in the tour, and said how surprised I was by both the menu and the teeny portion- and no real education about these foods- after spending over $500 for my family. We had all read the description of the tour beforehand and were so excited to learn about cooking and french cuisine, etc. Their response was not kind at all, no acknowledgement that their advertising a French Gastronomy tour was the least bit misleading, and a refusal to make any sort of adjustments. They also argued with me when I pointed out that the cheese platter we were given that was cut for 2 people was was more than enough for 5 people to share. What I asked for was a refund of a small percentage of what we paid. I got a very dismissive email back. Overall a very unpleasant experience, and very shocking customer service. (Though the tour guide was a very nice man.) There are many companies that offer real food tours, I highly recommend you skip this one!!
    2 travelers found this review helpful
    Nice guy - but too expensive for the amount of food
    , Sep 2019
    I did not leave this tour being wow-ed. Had some great bites along the way, but ultimately I felt like I could have accomplished the same thing by myself.
    , Apr 2019
    We had a small tour with Camilla on a Sunday morning. The perfect way to see Paris. We felt like we had it all to ourselves. She was very sweet and we had so many wonderful treats packed with hustory
    Pleasant and informative
    , Oct 2018
    Tour guide Virginia was excellent. provided interesting information about Parisian culture and food. Ended the tour with a vine tasting session where we also learned about how French wines are rated and how much the environment (terrain, geology, topography, climate ....) influences the French wine conosurs to identify wines by the region where the grapes come from.
    We met our tour guide, Josie, in a...
    Laura P
    , Aug 2018
    We met our tour guide, Josie, in a shopping center in front of a cheese shop. She is American who has lived in France for years, so she was able to give us some interesting insights comparing life in Paris with life in the US. As we walked to different shops, she purchased items for us to eat at the end of the tour, and she pointed out interesting locations along the way. We began our tour with a bakery, where we all got to choose a breakfast pastry. She described each one and the process of baking them. After that, we walked to a street market, where she described the French culture of shopping for food. We went into a meat shop and a cheese shop, and she pointed out how to look for the best restaurants based on their signs everything prepared in-house, organic only, prestigious awards, etc. We finished the tour at a wine shop. She prepared the fruit, bread, cheese, and foie gras for us as he let us sample some wines. We ate while she told us more about French food culture. She made recommendations for several shops and restaurants, and she made sure everyone knew how to get transportation to their next locations. This tour wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but it was such a fun experience, and I loved learning so much about food in France. The food Josie chose and prepared was delicious, and she was very knowledgeable and friendly.
    Learned a lot but little food/wine
    Diane W
    , Jul 2018
    My friend took this tour last year and raved about the experience; lots of food tastings and wine samplings. Unfortunately, we did not have the same experience. We were nervous because our tour guide was a bit late to arrive but once she showed up, the tour of 7 people began right away. She was extremely knowledgeable about the area, it’s history and the people. Our first stop was at a chocolatier. The tour guide appeared to be a bit lost looking for it but found it pretty quickly. We each got to select our preferred truffle; 1 piece each. Then we continued with the tour learning about the area and it’s history. We stopped at a patisserie and were each able to select a macaron. Not much information was shared about this specialty. The tour continued uphill walking around Montmartre and learning more about the architecture and history. We finally stopped for cheese and wine. After all the walking and minimal food tastings, we were served 2 cheese platters and 1 bottle of Rose wine to share amongst the 7 of us. Very disappointing. Our final stop was at a local ice cream shop where we were able to select an ice cream of our choice. And that was it. One chocolate ($2), one macaroon ($2), one bottle of wine and two cheese platters split between 7 people ($10/pp), and an ice cream ($4). This food/wine walking tour cost $100/pp. No where near worth the price we paid. I would have been happy to pay $40 if it was a simple walking tour but this was advertised as a food/wine walking tour that provided minimal amounts of food/wine. Very disappointing!!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Amazing Food Tour
    , Jul 2018
    Our guide David was amazing.He introduced us to so much great food in Paris and how to tell the difference between true Parisian bakers and butchers vs transports. I would do this tour again in a heartbeat. If you can request David please do so. You won't be disappointed.
    The information about the history of...
    Keith L
    , Apr 2018
    The information about the history of the food was simply amazing. Guide was nothing short of a walking food encyclopedia that loves both interacting with people and her job Best money we ever spent on any trip

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