France is deservedly famed for its culinary prowess. Where better then to take a food tour than in Paris? We took a look through the best food tours on offer.
Here at TravelMag.com we compiled our list of the top five food tours in the city, just to get those gastronomic synapses flashing. The following options made the list based on itinerary, value for money and past customer reviews.
GOURMET BUS TOUR OF PARIS
FROM: €85/per person
Traveling around Paris in this glass-enclosed panoramic bus is a singular experience. The tour passes some of the top sights including the Champs-Elysees and Notre Dame. Tables and seating aboard the bus are elegant, as is the food. There are two options, a 4 course lunch tour lasting 2 hours, or a 6 course dinner tour lasting 2.5 hours. The tour starts and ends from the same location.
PARIS FOOD WALKING TOUR: GOURMET FRENCH FOOD
From €90/ per person
A great option for those who love to eat and yet feel guilty about eating too much, this three hour walking tour will provide enough exercise that all those calories will have been earned. Group sizes are kept very low – a maximum of 8 people – as you tour through some of the finest areas of the city. There are two options: a Latin Quarter or a Montmartre tour. Each tour offers different tasting options including cheeses, pies and wines.
BEHIND THE SCENES OF A BOULANGERIE: FRENCH BAKERY TOUR
From €23/ per person
This one hour tour is one with a difference. The tour is located entirely within a French bakery, where a Parisian baker will show you behind the scenes of a working boulangerie. The tour also includes the option to learn how to make the perfect baguette as well as plenty of other bread-making tips. You can take that away with you as well as a freshly baked baguette and croissant.
GOURMET FOOD AND MARKET TOUR OF THE BASTILLE DISTRICT
From €85/ per person
The historic Bastille area has started to emerge recently as a haven for food lovers. This three hour tour takes in a range of delicatessens, patisseries and wine bars as well as specialist gourmet food stalls at the Marche d’Aligre Market. Six food tastings, one olive oil and one wine tasting are included in the price. Your guide will also introduce you to some little known sights in the area.
PARIS DINNER WITH PARISIAN HOSTS
From €99/ per person
Certainly the most unusual option on this list, and yet very popular, the premise is that you head to the house of a local and they cook an authentic Parisian meal for you. This option offers greater insight into life in Paris over a four course dinner. Evenings can be customized for singles, couples or families and wine is included in the price.