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Eye Prefer Paris Tours: Gourmet and Food Market Tours – Paris, France

Come take a delicious walk with former New York chef and caterer Richard Nahem and discover the bustling food markets of Paris overflowing with the freshest fruits and vegetables, local seafood, poultry, meats, prepared dishes, and much more. Food shop visits include a cheese shop with over 50 varieties, a top foie gras boutique, and a sensational middle-eastern gourmet shop with sawdust floors, open sacks of grains, wooden boxes of unusual glazed and dried fruits, and a vast selection of exotic spices from all over the world. Last but certainly not least, a visit to a chocolate shop with unbelievable life-like chocolate sculptures and a leisurely break at one of the best pastry shops in Paris, relaxing over a decadent pastry and a coffee.

Your personal guide, Richard Nahem, lives in the Marais district of Paris and writes the popular EyePreferParis.com blog.

Timing: Morning tour 11AM-2PM; afternoon tour 3PM-6PM. Tours are available everyday except Monday.

Price: 195 euros for 1 to 3 people, 65 euros each additional person for a 3-hour tour. Price does not include pastry and coffee.

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Eye Prefer Paris Tours: Chocolate and Pastry Tour – Paris, France

Come and taste the sweetest Parisian sweets on the ultimate fantasy tour for chocoholics and pastry lovers. We will sample chocolates and macarons at 6 of the tastiest chocolate & pastry boutiques in Paris on either the Left Bank or the Right Bank. The tour also includes a stop for a cup of sinfully rich hot chocolate and an entertaining history of the origins of chocolate and macarons in France.

Your guide Richard Nahem, originally from New York, is a former pastry chef & chocolatier, and owned his own shop specializing in chocolate truffles. He lives in the Marais district of Paris and writes the popular Eye Prefer Paris blog.

Timing: By arrangement

Cost: For a private 2 1/2 –3- hour tour, 225 euros for 1 to 3 people; 75 euros each additional person. Includes samples at 4 shops. Price does not include hot chocolate.

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Viatour – Gourmet French Food

There’s no need to consider calories when you combine gourmet French food with a three-hour morning walking tour! Your small Gourmet French Food Group tour is led by an expert food connoisseur, who will take you through a number of Paris neighborhoods to visit a French bakery, pastry shop, French caterer, wine shop, cheese shop, fruit and vegetable shop and market.

Your gourmet walking tour of Paris begins at a specialty cheese shop on Boulevard Saint-Germain on the Left Bank. Numbers on this gourmet walking tour are restricted to a maximum of eight, ensuring you’ll receive individual attention from your expert gastronomic guide. The number of stops you make could be expanded according to the seasonal availability of produce and your group’s preferences.

The commentary from your expert foodie guide includes an overview of French culinary habits, a description of any seasonal events taking place at the time of your tour and an introduction to selected specialties in the shops. Your guide will discuss how these specialties are produced, how to choose and store the produce, and how to prepare your own gourmet recipes. You are encouraged to interact with your guide and ask as many questions as you like.

Highlights

  • Morning walking tour to Paris’ finest gourmet shops
  • Gastronomic guide to answer all your questions and share your passion for food
  • Tastings of foie gras, wine, cheese, bread and a seasonal specialty
  • Smaller number of tour members ensures a more personalized experience
  • Illuminating commentary on Paris sights and history from your expert guide

Inclusions:

  • Tasting foie gras, wine, cheese and bread
  • Professional guide

Price: from $113.79

Tour departing at 9am with English speaking guide

Departure Point: Central Paris location

Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

Return details: Concludes at St Medard Church

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Viatour – Paris Chocolate and Pastry Food Tour

Combine your love of chocolate and cakes with your passion for Paris! The Paris Chocolate and Pastry Food Tour combines French gourmet specialties with an afternoon walking tour so you won’t need to feel too guilty. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 8 people on this small group tour, ensuring you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide. Your tour is led by an expert food connoisseur, who will take you through a number of Paris neighborhoods to visit at least three pastry shops, a bakery and three chocolate shops.

Your chocolate and pastry walking tour of Paris begins at La Maison du Chocolat – where could be better? Numbers on this tour are restricted to a maximum of eight, ensuring you’ll receive individual attention from your expert gastronomic guide. The number of stops you make could be expanded according to your group’s preferences.

The commentary from your expert foodie guide includes an overview of French culinary habits, a description of any seasonal events taking place at the time of your tour and an introduction to selected specialties in the main shops. Your guide will discuss how these specialties are produced, how to choose the best chocolates and pastries, and how to prepare your own treats. You are encouraged to interact with your guide and ask all the questions you like as you are introduced to the fine art of chocolate making and pastry baking.

Highlights

  • Afternoon walking tour to Paris’ fine pastry and chocolate shops
  • Chocolate and pastry tastings
  • Smaller number of tour members ensures a more personalized experience
  • Illuminating commentary on Paris sights and history from your expert guide

Inclusions:

  • Taste pastries, chocolates and a variety of breads
  • Walking tour (maximum 8 people)
  • Local guide

Price: from $113.79

Departure Point:  Central Paris location

Departure Time: 2:00pm, except Saturday at 1:00pm

Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

Return details: Concludes at Boulevard St Germain near Cluny la Sorbonne station

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Belly of Paris — A Culinary Walking Seminar

In his 1873 novel Le Ventre de Paris (The Belly of Paris), Emile Zola immortalized Les Halles, Paris’s central food market from the 12th century until the late 1960s, as both the literal and figurative stomach of a burgeoning metropolis. Although the shimmering glass and metal buildings described by Zola no longer exist, we will explore surviving vestiges of the culinary landscape he described. Visiting specialty food shops for some of the best tastes Paris has to offer we will also extend Zola’s metaphor to contemporary Paris and explore the connections between food and culture in the city today.
Led by cultural historian Carolin Young whose last book, Apples of Gold in Settings of Silver investigated twelve of the greatest feasts in Western history, this walk begins at the Bourse du Commerce, the old commodities exchange, and, prior to that, the wheat market. We will pass the ancient church of Saint-Eustache, built largely with donations given by those who made their fortunes at Les Halles. As we walk, the history of the lost market and Zola’s Belly of Paris will be summarized.

On the newly revitalized rue Montmartre, we will visit several of Paris’s premier kitchenware and pastry-making suppliers, discussing the organization of the classic French kitchen and its role in the local culture. We will stop at old-world shops specializing in foie gras and truffles, visit a bulk spice shop, and pay our respects to one of the city’s premier boulanger/pâtisserie which recently won first prizes for the best butter croissant and galette aux amandes in France.

At a shop selling delicacies from the gastronomically renowned region of Auvergne we will address the importance of terroir. Perusing artisan boulangers, cheese shops, butchers, and fishmongers, we will explore the history of the elite guilds and associations that, since Medieval times and still today, strictly regulate food quality and production in the city. We will stop for a coffee or drink at the nineteenth-century restaurant Au Rocher de Cancale.

Amidst the evocative remnants of its painted walls, Young will recount the dining adventures of its notable patrons, who included Stendhal, Balzac and the Goncourt brothers. Certainly, we’ll save our appetites for a visit to the oldest surviving patisserie in Paris, founded in 1730, which claims to have invented puits d’amour and babas’ and whose late-19th-century décor is as just as sugary. We will also pass a favorite haunt of Marcel Proust, Charlie Chaplin, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, and Jacqueline Kennedy. To conclude, we will visit an organic grocery store, a Middle-Eastern spice shop, and artisanal chocolate producer that reflect contemporary trends in Parisian gastronomy.

Key Information:
Group Size:
3 – 6 people
Season: January – December
Languages: English, French
Minimum Cost: 75 Euro (EUR) Per person
Maximum Cost: 75 Euro (EUR) Per person
Length: 3 hour itinerary

More information: InfoHub

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