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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
From US$ 90.10
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 (70)
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Best historical overview and great intro to Paris

Adele gave us an enthusiastic introduction to the Marais section of Paris and arranged delightful stops for pastries and wine. I highly recommend this for people who are new to Paris and like food and wine! My sister was the oldest at 73 and Adele...More

Thank silverbar58
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fascinating tour of the Marais with the Fabulous Ellen!

I've been to Paris many times, but have never really taken tours. This was an amazing tour of a very interesting part of Paris. Ellen was a incredible guide, with so much knowledge and with the patience to answer all of our questions. She threw...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank mariawm100
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Informative and delicious tour

Our guide Arthur, is truly passionate about Paris and he shared so much of the history and things that you can only learn from a local with us. From the big sites, like Norte Dame to the street art hiding on every corner, he kept...More

Thank GregF975
Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile
Great way to see Paris

Fantastic tour with Raphael with fantastic knowledge of the area and food. Great fun and the three hours flew by. Thank you

Thank Scott D
Reviewed 16 October 2018 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
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