The 4 Best Private Tours Of The Paris Food Scene

Food activities are some of the best ways to get into the culinary world of Paris and feel like an insider. By now you probably know that we absolutely love French cooking, food, and wine — and these are truly important aspects of Parisian culture.

So, if you want to feel like you've really experienced that culture, we recommend that you book a private food tour, where you and your group (two to eight people) get a hands-on private introduction to gourmet goodness. Market tours, cooking classes, wine and chocolate tastings are just a few of the ways to get behind the scenes of Paris food culture. We've spent years exploring and getting involved in Paris food, but these tours are a way to shortcut your way into the culinary culture.

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The 10 Tastings

The 10 Tastings

In a district in the 12th Arrondissement renowned for its food you visit the top vendors at the food market, discover small food shops, and walk to a boulangerie and an oyster bar to taste ten iconic foods of France. As you follow your guide from tasting to tasting you learn about the foods of the country and where they come from. This popular private tour also gets you inside a wine bar, eating a Paris Brest, and sampling macarons and some of the best coffee in the city. It's a private tour, so you can pretty much choose your date from Tuesday to Saturday.

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What an amazing experience! Our guide Franchesca was OUTSTANDING. This was better than we ever expected. We highly recommend it. It's fun and you really get a flair for Paris from a true local."
– 5-Star Review

Dark Chocolate Private Tour & Tastings

Dark Chocolate Private Tour & Tastings

Chocolate is a major food group in France (at least that's how we see it), and there are hundreds of amazingly high-quality chocolatiers in Paris. This activity, though, focuses in on le roi de chocolat (the King of Chocolate) — dark chocolate. You learn how to recognize good chocolate, what makes dark chocolate the gourmet choice, the history of chocolate, and you taste samples, learning to tell them apart. This private chocolate activity is led by a professional art historian and chocolate expert.

Private Wine and Chocolate Tasting

Wine and Chocolate Tasting

This is the next step — learning how to savour wine and chocolate. The private tasting session informs about the histories of wine and chocolate, including the tyes of grapes and chocolate beans used. We love the idea of learning how to pair chocolates with wine. That's certainly an advanced level of gourmetness. (Is that a word?) Since this is a private activity, it's available any day that suits you.

Private Michelin-Star Food Tour

Private Michelin-Star Food Tour

We like this gourmet activity because it's something you can't arrange on your own. In a 3-hour private walking tour you get the chance to eat the food of three top Paris chefs at their 1-star Michelin restaurants. Along the way you get to see a host of iconic Paris attractions and neighborhoods.

The Michelin-starred restaurant you visit are Alain Ducasse's gourmet bistro, Benoit; Les Fables de la Fontaine where Chef Julia Sedefjian hold reign as the youngest Michelin-starred chef in the world (she's 21); and Christian Constant's classic Le Violon d'Ingres. It's an amazing day and an amazing selection of restaurants.

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