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Paris Food Tour: Pastries and Chocolate

Learn how France made sweet treats famous
From US$182 for 1 person
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Tour Details
Duration
2.5 hours
Product Type
Tour
Venues
Various Chocolate and Pastry Shops in Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Photos & Highlights
  • Discover the evolution of chocolate, from bean to delicacy, with ample tastings
  • Led by a professional chef or food writer
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Tour Description
This 2.5-hour tour, led by either a professional chef or food writer, will explain how Paris came to be the center of the chocolate world and why that matters. As we visit chocolate shops, we’ll learn the history behind this delicacy. The stops along this chocolate walk will vary depending on our culinary expert’s personal favorite places to indulge.

Truffles, pralines, ganache...What's the difference? Our walk, beginning in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, will answer these questions and more, delving into the sweet world of chocolate in Paris, which is home to some of the world’s best chocolate makers. We'll indulge our sweet tooth at several chocolate shops, and maybe even stop to admire the whimsically detailed chocolate sculptures at a classic chocolaterie. As we taste their wares, we'll discuss the process behind the transformation from cocoa bean to the various chocolate delicacies sold in shops today, and maybe touch on chocolate's transformation from luxury good to affordable treat.

Next, we'll go on to discuss the rich dessert history associated with Paris and, more importantly, the evolution of the celebrated Parisian treat, the macaron. Stopping at a variety of these confectionery shops, we will compare and contrast the flavors, products, and techniques used. We may visit a top boutique to sample their flavorful take on the macaron, or try a colorful array at a family-owned boulangerie. From marvelous meringue and tartes to rich pure chocolate, this walk will tantalize every one of our senses. 

This edible adventure through an upscale and iconic Left Bank neighborhood will enhance your appreciation for this sweet treat, as well as open your eyes to the complex science involved in the chocolate-making process. Our guide will also be available to facilitate transactions and individual purchases for guests.


If you are interested in further indulging your palate in Paris, we recommend our Paris Food Tour or Paris Wine Tour and Tasting.


Note: Please indicate any food allergies or intolerances in the Notes box when booking.

FAQ

I have some allergies. Will I still be able to participate in the tastings?
We will do our best to accommodate you! Please let us know about any allergies or intolerances in the notes section when placing your booking.

Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
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.

Where do we meet? Where does it end?
The walk begins near the Église St-Germain-des-Prés in the 6th arrondissement on the Left Bank, and stays in a concentrated area in the neighborhood. Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point details along with a map.

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.

Is this tour good for kids?
Yes! We have some excellent family friendly guides who can appeal to the learning styles of children. Please book privately if you have children under 13. Feel free to provide us with information about your children such as favorite school subjects, and hobbies. This way we can match you with the best possible guide.

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.
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This was exceptionally fun and our guide was delightful. She made it extra fun for my daughter who was in Paris for the first time. We tasted so many delicious treats it was an excellent value for the time and money.
Excellent tour with a superb guide. We very much appreciated the depth of knowledge, details, and subtleties of the industry Erik shared.
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