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Small group Paris tour: Wine, Cheese & Pastries at the Marais

Highlights
  • 3.5-hour food walking tour of the Marais district in Paris
  • Stroll along Rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, Rue des Rosiers, la Place des Vosges and la Place de la Bastille
  • Visit a famous bakery, pastry shop, delis and a local wine-and-spirit store
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Small group Paris tour: Wine, Cheese & Pastries at the Marais
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Small group Paris tour: Wine, Cheese & Pastries at the Marais
USD 91.42
Overview
Dive into the gastronomic wonders of Paris on this 3.5-hour food walking tour of the Marais. Explore the gay-friendly, eclectic district full of medieval architecture and Jewish-influenced eateries, and hear engaging historical commentary along the way. Crunch into a delicious baguette, try a macaron made by an esteemed pastry chef and sample French liqueurs. Pass by top attractions including the Hôtel de Ville, Rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, Rue des Rosiers, la Place des Vosges and la Place de la Bastille. Numbers are limited to 12 people on this small-group tour.
What to Expect
Discover the enigmatic charms of France’s capital on this guided Paris tour that pairs secret local hangouts with delicious food and wine. You’ll start your Paris tour in front in front of the Notre-Dame Cathedral and then move on to the Hôtel de Ville, the city’s town hall, on the square where public executions were once carried out. Learn about the horrible death of Robert-François Damiens, the infamous man who tried to assassinate King Louis XV.

We’ll then move on to the little tangled streets of the Marais to spot beautiful medieval churches, corbelled houses, and narrow lanes. We’ll also pass by an iconic bakery whose baguette was elected one of the best in Paris and we’ll try our first pastry, a delicious meringue known as a ‘merveilleux.’

Next, visit Rue Saint-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, part of the French gay scene. You’ll learn how this part of city, once sordid, became synonymous with trendy Paris, and a shopping hub for fashionistas and the core of “bobo” culture. While you’re here, stop and sample a delicious macaron from one of Paris’ most famous pastry chefs.

Just a street away is Rue des Rosiers, the heart of the Jewish community. It’s a vibrant pedestrian street full of falafel stands and delicious Jewish-influenced delis. We’ll enter a fabulous chocolate store to taste a butter-filled pastry, called Kouign Amann, a specialty from Brittany.

Our Paris tour will then take us back to the South Marais, where stands the longest remaining piece of the 12th-century defensive wall of Paris. After a walk through impressive Saint-Paul’s church, we’ll stop in at a local wine bar, where we’ll get a professional wine tasting. We’ll sample some iconic French liqueurs like Cognac andArmagnac or “Old Plum” brandy. To accompany our drinks, we’ll also taste some delicious French cheese or charcuterie treats.

Continue to Paris’ oldest and certainly most beautiful square, la Place des Vosges, home of France’s national writer, Victor Hugo. From there, it’s only a short walk to your final destination, la place de la Bastille, the former prison that was captured on July 14, 1789, triggering the French Revolution. The area nearby is full of bars and restaurants, leaving you with plenty of options for carrying on with your evening in the City of Lights.
Reviews (66)
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
A highlight!

Booked the gourmet Marais tour purely because it was an afternoon start rather than an early morning and I am super glad I did! Our guide Baptiste (sorry if I spell it incorrectly!) was so friendly and knowledgeable. We got to taste macrons, cakes, bread...More

Thank Madeleine J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A great unconventional way to experience Paris - Highly recommended

We took a private tour for a small group at the beautiful Marais area and had a great experience. The perfect combination of historical and culinary information, walking and eating. The amazing guide (Tim) was knowledgeable and attentive and created a fun experience with a...More

Thank anatss
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Fantastic tour, can highly recommend it!

3 hours full of great French specialities (beyond the typical macarons) incl stop at a almost hidden wine bar with cheese & wine and of course the tour guide showed us some spots which are not necessarily in the tourist guidebooks, spiced up with some...More

Thank 20Ella13
Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile
Great sights and sweet treats!

We had a fabulous time on this trip. Our tour guide Baptiste was really friendly and knowledgable, we would highly recommend.

Thank Relax812819
Reviewed 3 September 2018
Tantalizingly good food

This was an excellent way to be introduced to the local treats. Our guide, Ellen, was great, displaying an excellent knowledge of both the history of the area and the food. Highly recommended

Thank Tony M
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