Discover the Left Bank's cheese shops, chocolate makers, charcuterie, and other food stores on a walk through Paris led by a chef or food journalist. Delve into the fascinating and delectable world of Parisian culinary traditions on this 2.5-hour walk.
What to Expect
This tour takes place in the chic Left Bank of Paris, where you will visit some of the city's finest food shops. Your docent, a trained chef or food journalist, will introduce you to some of the basic concepts of French cuisine, from discerning the proper cheese to understanding what's on display at the butcher's. Your immersion begins with a staple in any French diet: la Baguette. Though found on every Parisian table, all baguettes—governed by a surprising melange of history and law—are far from the same. Learn how to tell them apart at Eric Kayser, one of Paris's best bakeries.
From here you may visit a range of other culinary shops, among them a 100-year-old cheese shop where you will sample regional cheeses aged in on-site cellars. You could have a look at this season's wild game in the window of a real butcher shop or slip inside to taste some homemade rillettes. You could enjoy a cone of chocolate mousse made with Equatorial chocolate at the city's only mousse bar. You may also have a chat with a wine seller over a small glass of cognac or stand in awe of the perfect culinary creations of the delicatessen Dallayau.
Along the way, conversation will cover the historic roots of French cuisine, including the influence of the 1789 revolution and the bourgeoisie on its evolution. You will also learn about the contributions that early great chefs such as La Varenne, Carême or Escoffier had in revolutionizing menus. Your guide may also discuss how this legacy has evolved in today's dining trends such as bistronomie. This is your opportunity to get straight on the differences between a brasserie, a bistro, and a restaurant.
Your walk ends at the Grand Epicerie of the Bon Marche department store, a veritable palace of gastronomy, where you will be able to put into practice some of the knowledge acquired from your docent.
- Expert guide
- Tasting fee (must be purchased at check-out for private tour, included in standard tour)
Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund
Know Before You Go
Private Tour Option:
Please note that a tasting fee must be purchased at check-out for every passenger on this tour. If you do not purchase the tasting fee you will not be able to participate in this tour and no refund will be provided.
Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message. No-shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within two business days need to be made directly with our local offices by calling them directly (or at the emergency number provided). Cancellations made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored.