Paris Holiday Food Tour

Get an in-depth look into French culinary traditions during the holidays with a food expert
From US$515 privately
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Tour Details
2.5 hours
Product Type
  • Various Chocolate and Pastry Shops in Saint-Germain-des-Prés
  • Christmas Market
  • Marché Saint-Germain
  • Left Bank
Photos & Highlights
  • Learn about Christmas traditions in Paris and taste many French delicacies
  • Christmas Market tour led by a chef, food writer, or culinary specialist
Tour Description
During the Christmas season, while French children look forward to the arrival of Père Noël, the adults are busy shopping and preparing the sumptuous dishes for their Christmas Eve feast, or Réveillon. Looking up, we'll see trees strung with twinkling lights, shop windows filled with seasonal decor, and the smell of roasting chestnuts in the air, adding extra sparkle to this 'Moveable Feast.' Our 2.5-hour Paris holiday food tour, led by a culinary expert, will explore popular French culinary traditions for the holidays. While Paris remains a culinary tour de force throughout the year, the holidays bring a distinctive array of delights, including foie gras, oysters, champagne, clementines, and Bûche de Noël cake, in addition to many other treats.

Paris Christmas Market Tour

Starting at the Church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, you will bear witness to the holiday spirit, as shown by the lights and festive decorations that spread throughout the neighborhood. In the company of one of our talented food docents, you will learn about the traditions associated with these delicacies and more on display in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés' most revered bakeries, chocolate shops (also the subject of our Paris Chocolate Tour), and patisseries. We may learn about the Parisian appreciation for Bûche de Noël, Yule Log cake, or their penchant for glazed chestnuts. Together, we will learn to shop as true Parisians do in this festive neighborhood. Known throughout the city for its holiday decorations, Saint-Germain-des-Prés is a common location for revelers seeking beautiful shop window displays, sparkling lights, and holiday spirit. Along the way, we will have the opportunity to sample some of these holiday treats.

Christmas Markets

We will also spend some time in a small Christmas Market. Following along a street lined with rustic Alpine cabins, we will explore the variety of handcrafted goods perfect for unique presents for family and friends. This bustling pop-up market of merchants selling ornaments underneath colorfully lit branches makes for a spirited browsing experience. From fragrant soaps made in the South of France to wooly knit mittens, hats, and scarves, the wares at the Christmas markets will reflect both regional wares, as well as commercial items. As we stroll through the stalls, we may discuss the history of these holiday markets and their role in Parisian Christmas shopping.

"Each place we visited was colorfully decorated for Christmas. It was all delicious—from the mulled wine outside to the macarons, cheeses, and chocolates! It was a real treat to be in Paris with my family for the holiday season."

Take Aways

Leaving the market behind us, we may continue to the Bon Marché department store. With its beautiful holiday window displays, the Bon Marché will give us a feel for the magic of the Christmas season in Paris. Wrapping up, our docent will answer any lingering questions about French holiday traditions, or address suggestions for continuing our jovial holiday spirit. As our walk comes to a close, we will have indulged our palates with both savory and sweet treats and emerged with a sense of the Parisian approach to Réveillon.

Special Note

Please let our team know of any food allergies or intolerances when placing your booking
If I want to take other food walks in addition to this walk, which would you recommend?
We'd recommend the New Parisian Palate walk, which explores new traditions in French and Parisian food. It will give you a different perspective on French food and a feel for a different neighborhood.

To learn even more about the delights of Paris in December, read our blog post here.

Can I participate in your small group food walks if I have food allergies? 
Yes. If you have any specific allergies or intolerances, please indicate these in the Additional Notes section when placing your booking, and your expert will do their best to accommodate. 

Is this tour wheelchair accessible? 
Some of the shops we visit are small, and many will have a step up to access them. Don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions regarding accessibility.
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Rhona was wonderful. We so enjoyed the tour. What a special holiday treat!
Laurie was a delight to spend time with this afternoon. She was patient with my family and introduced us to a variety of French delicacies that were new to us. I’m glad we had the opportunity to do the tour and to meet her.
Perhaps too much sweet food for us, although we enjoyed Laurie so much and she was wonderful!