Paris is world-renowned for its cuisine and wine. While the entire city is filled with incredible restaurants, cafes, patisseries, boulangeries, fromageries, and wine bars, the top way to truly experience the flavours of Paris is by joining one of the specialized food and wine-tasting tours. These tours take you behind the scenes to meet local artisans and sample the best treats in the city. And getting to Paris is easier than ever on convenient nonstop flights by Air France. Here are eight of the best Paris food and wine tours for travellers who want an authentic culinary experience.
Marais District Walking Tour with Food and Wine Tastings
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The vibrant Marais district is full of trendy shops, galleries, gardens, and foodie destinations. This small-group 3.5-hour walking tour takes you deep into the Marais along with a knowledgeable local guide to discover some of the best artisan food shops in Paris. You’ll sample speciality cheeses paired with wine, charcuterie, freshly baked French pastries, macarons, chocolate, and more as you explore charming corners of the oldest part of Paris.
Private Chocolate and Pastry Tour in Saint-Germain-des-Prés
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On this 3-hour private tour, your very own local food guide will lead the way through posh cafes, high-end chocolatiers, and artisan patisseries in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. You’ll indulge in small-batch chocolate creations, colourful macarons, creamy éclairs, fruit tarts, madeleines, and more while learning about the fascinating history of the neighbourhood. Stops include historic establishments such as Debauve & Gallais, the favourite chocolate shop of Marie Antoinette in the 18th century.
Wine Workshop with a Sommelier
Led by professional Parisian sommeliers, this small-group wine-tasting workshop teaches you the techniques of properly tasting, appreciating, and pairing French wines. During the 2-hour interactive class, you’ll sample a variety of red, white, sparkling, and sweet wines from wine-producing regions across France such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Loire Valley, and Champagne.
Latin Quarter Market Tour and Cooking Class
On this small-group tour, you’ll get up early to start the morning alongside locals shopping at a traditional open-air market in Paris’ Latin Quarter. Led by a local chef, you’ll learn how to select peak seasonal fruits and vegetables, bread, cheese, charcuterie, and more. Then head to a nearby professional kitchen to prepare (and devour!) a complete French lunch such as quiche, salad with vinaigrette, or chicken fricassée paired with French wines.
Private Champagne Tasting Cruise
For romance, views, and bubbly, book a private 2-hour champagne-tasting cruise along the River Seine. You’ll board an elegant teak-lined yacht with a private host and glide past Paris icons like Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower while sampling tête de cuvées (“best of”) champagnes from historic Reims houses. Your host will walk you through the nuances of terroir, grape varieties, and production methods that impact the taste of each pour.
Craft Beer & Food Pairing Tour
While France is better known for its wines, don’t overlook Paris’ craft beer scene! This small-group 3-hour walking tour takes you to three local breweries to meet the beer makers and sample a range of creative brews. Your expert guide will explain how flavours like hops, malt, and yeast translate to taste. As you walk through Paris neighbourhoods, you’ll learn about the evolution of beer culture in the city.
Private Versailles Palace & Gardens Tour with Château Lunch
Escape Paris for the day on an exclusive trip to nearby Versailles. A private guide will give you an insider look at the history, architecture, and gardens of Versailles Palace before a multi-course gourmet lunch with wine pairings at the on-site Ore restaurant. Menus celebrate French gastronomy with dishes such as scallops, quail, lamb, local cheeses, and chocolate cake.
Evening Food Tour of Montmartre
Spend an enchanting evening exploring Paris’ charming Montmartre district on this small-group walking tour. Wander quiet lanes and staircases to visit the shops and ateliers of the best local food artisans. Your friendly local guide will take you to an authentic wine bar, bakery, chocolate shop and more for generous tastings of wine, cheese, freshly baked French pastries, and artisanal chocolates.
From private culinary adventures to hands-on cooking classes, Paris offers limitless ways to dive into its famous food and wine culture. Immersing yourself through specialized small-group and private tours creates wonderful memories and lets you taste the essence of the city.