Paris Food Tour: Essentials of French Cuisine

Taste the rich history of Paris's culinary culture
From US$196 for 1 person
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Tour Details
Duration
2.5 hours
Product Type
Tour
Venues
  • Left Bank
  • Saint-Germain specialty shops
Photos & Highlights
  • Taste the essential flavors of the city while exploring the popular Left Bank
  • Visit family run shops that focus on the best of Parisian breads, cheeses, pastries, and more with an expert serving as your local ambassador
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Tour Description
Ready to unlock the secrets behind French cuisine? Stroll through Parisian food shops with confidence and allow your guide to become your cultural translator for a delightful culinary experience.

Your tour includes a visit to a renowned boulangerie. Let the intoxicating aroma of fresh bread ignite your senses and learn the secrets of a good baguette, from its crusty exterior to its fluffy heart.

You’ll also step into a world of cheese at an artisanal fromagerie. With 400 varieties to explore, where to begin? Your expert will guide you through French staples and reveal the proper way to slice and savor these treats, transforming you into a true connoisseur.

But your exploration goes far beyond the basics. Dive deeper, perhaps venturing into a butcher shop where the rich, savory scents of pâté and homemade rillettes tempt. Indulge in decadent chocolate or fulfill your Parisian pastry dreams with a visit to a patisserie that will leave you starry-eyed.

Time permitting, savor a glass of Armagnac in a charming, generational wine shop, a local favorite since 1905. 

Throughout your gastronomic adventure, your guide will share the history of these culinary treasures and reveal the traditions and philosophies that have shaped this iconic cuisine. From here, you'll have an excellent foundation in the cornerstones of French gastronomy along with the tools to explore French cuisine with confidence. 

  • It is your first time in France and you are hoping to understand the classics of French gastronomy. 
  • You’ve always wanted to step inside the charming specialty shops of the left bank, but would like guidance ordering and conversing with shopkeepers. 
  • You are dying to try a bit of the baguette, cheese, and other specialties people rave about, but are not sure what you will like or where to start. 
  • Saint-Germain-des-Prés Area
  • Left Bank Area
Here’s a quick look at what previous travelers have tasted on this experience: 
  • Samples of french bread and artisanal cheeses 
  • Freshly baked goods 
  • Decadent cheeses 
  • Charcutier/traiteur 
  • Pastries or cakes
  • Chocolate 
  • Wine or armagnac 

Additional Trip-Planning Resources

Explore the Left Bank further with our Left Bank Audio Guide that can be used at any time and at your own pace. 

A few things that pair well with this tour: 

  • An appetite for French cuisine and culinary history
  • A comfortable outfit that leaves room for all the tasty treats you’ll enjoy on this tour
  • A little bit of prep for your time in Paris with our Top 10 Highlights for Curious Travelers pre-trip talk.
 
Can I participate in food tours if I have food allergies?
Yes. If you have any specific allergies/intolerances please indicate these in the Notes section when you're booking and your guide will do his or her best to accommodate. Vegetarian, gluten-free, and nut-free diets can certainly be accommodated, although the shops we visit do use wheat flour and nuts in the kitchen for other items.

How much food will I taste on this tour?
While exact tastings vary by guide and your tastes and interests, we can guarantee that you will come away from this tour with a full and happy belly. You could likely skip a meal following your tour, but you are in Paris, so why would you?  

Will this tour include a sit-down lunch in a bistro?
The duration of the tour will not allow enough time for a sit-down lunch in a bistro, however, we will do tastings along the way and we might also stop in a local bakery for a sit-down tasting or end our tour with a picnic.

What if it’s raining?
Tours operate rain or shine, but in the case of inclement weather, your guide will modify the tour so more time is spent indoors. It never hurts to have an umbrella on hand.

There are 7 in my group but your website won't allow me to include more than 6 participants. Can't you make an exception?
Unfortunately not. The mom & pop shops we visit on our tour are small and prefer we keep our group sizes to 6 maximum for the best experience.
We understand that some of our valued guests may have mobility concerns, and we want to ensure you have a comfortable and enjoyable experience throughout your tour. If there are any accessibility concerns that your tour guide will need to be aware of, please let our team know at the time of booking.

Is this tour wheelchair-friendly?
Some of the shops we visit are small and many will have a step up to access them. The general route may include small streets with narrow sidewalks. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding accessibility. We are also happy to design a private, adapted tour for visitors with mobility concerns.
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Delightful tour; Seth is engaging and easy to talk to; sampled a variety of foods; learned a bit about charcuterie and chocolate; learned some history of food in France and Paris.
Context is very fortunate to someone with Rhoda’s expertise, education and experience leading a tour. She was fun and informative and had a beautiful rapport with the shop vendors, who gave us top notch service because of her obvious working relationship with them. We had a wonderful experience visiting the uniquely French shops and enjoying the food suggestions. After gathering special items from each shop, Rhoda set up a small charcuterie presentation just for us. It was very special, and a memorable experience. It was nice to have a guide with perfect English and French language skills to help us throughout the tour! But none of this experience would w happened without the expert knowledge and advice tout travel agents Jeanna Brashere from Owensboro Kentucky. Jeanna made sure our personal preferences were met, understanding our meds and hopes for the trip to Europe. I cannot recommend Jenna enough for her ability to tailor a trip to the specifications, incorporating suggestions the fit our personalities and preferences into every detail. She spent months patiently waiting for us to decide on the dates, cities, tours and hotel selections. Her recommendations are too notch based on our budget and availability Jeanna is also excellent in troubleshooting any issues and calmly helping to resolve them. She even helped make sure the airline found my missingly luggage and che king our accommodations even while the trip was in process. Jeanna is a jewel!
This wasn't so much of a food tour led by an expert as it was an extraordinarily overpriced food shopping trip which we could've easily done on our own. During our "tour", we walked from a fromagerie to a boucherie to a chain boulangerie where we then sat down and six of us shared one baguette, several cheeses and three charcuterie items. We then stopped at a chocolate shop where each of us sampled one small chocolate bonbon and one small caramel (flavors chosen by the guide). Afterwards came a patisserie where we were able to choose ONE macaron each and then ended at a wine store where we were given a small taste of armagnac and a small taste of port. Along the way, we learned a few things about French bread and the categories of French cheeses but that's about all. We had previously taken a Context Travel food tour in Lisbon and had an amazing experience but the Paris food "tour" was an utter disappointment and complete rip-off. We will NOT be recommending it to any of our friends or family. If we could have rated the tour with less than one star, we certainly would have.

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