The Top Ten Food & Wine Experiences In Paris

Food + wine + Paris — try to separate them, it's an illusion. Food and wine in Paris simply go together. So, naturally there are walking tours that focus on food or wine or both. We've uncovered food activities that have something for everyone. Is chocolate your passion? Then take one of the chocolate walking tours of Paris.

Interested in cooking classes or in-depth market tours? You'll find a lot more culinary activities in our Guide to Paris Food & Wine Activities

Ever wonder what it is like to be a Parisian baker? Then the Behind-the-Scenes Boulangerie Tour may be just the thing for you. Are you interested in French wine and champagne? Choose a wine tasting or a day trip to the Champagne region. Or, to get the whole canard, try the Gourmet French Food walking tour. While you're in Paris, take the opportunity to explore the culinary culture that is such an important part of French life.

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1. Chocolate Walking Tour

Paris Chocolate Walking Tour

Two hours. Five chocolatiers. Artisan chocolate. The Right Bank of Paris.

If those ideas make your spine tingle and your mouth water, then we suggest you sign on for this chocolate walking tour in the City of Food. This small-group tour gets you deep into the chocolate culture of Paris, exploring the best chocolate shops of the historic 1st Arrondissement with plenty of opportunity to sample the offerings. Afterwards, you might want to take any purchases to a bench by the fountains of the nearby Jardin de Tuileries to sample a bit more!

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Loved the tour and our guide was great. We even found a chocolatier that we visit every time we are back thanks to that tour. Wonderful chocolate with a good variety of places. Highly recommend!"
– 5-Star Review

2. Chocolate & Pastry Tour

Paris Chocolate and Pastry Tour

Even better, and even more popular with our readers, is this walking tour that combines your passion for Paris with your love of chocolate and fabulous French pastries.

You spend a pleasant afternoon tasting your way through the best Parisian chocolate shops, patisseries and boulangeries on this small-group walking tour. The tour is limited to 8 people so you can expect individual attention from your guide and from the shops themselves. A Parisian food expert leads you through typical Parisian neighborhoods as you learn how to choose the best chocolates and pastries. Sampling is required — no hardship there!

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This was an absolutely fabulous tour! We have been on six food tours and this was far and away the best! Our guide studied to be a chef and her humor, enthusiasm, and insights were delightful. And the candies and pastries! We visited all the top chocolatiers and bakeries and were blown away by the quality of everything we tried! DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!"
– 5-Star Review

3. Gourmet French Food Walking Tour

Gourmet French Food Walking Tour in Paris

Don't worry, any calories from the gourmet food samples you eat will be burned off by the 3-hour walking tour! On the Left Bank, on the famous Boulevard Saint-Germain, you begin at a traditional fromagerie to sample the high-quality gourmet foods that Parisians insist on. You learn about the incredible selection of cheeses in this country, where they comes from, and how they are classified. Most importantly, you taste.

But it's not only cheese you'll taste on this tour. You'll visit other food sellers, learn about and taste freshly baked baguettes, and try some fine french wine, not to mention foie gras. This is a very good introduction to the foods of a city famous for its food.

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This was the first tour of our ten-day stay in Paris and it was marvelous. We loved learning about and sampling the various breads, cheeses, pastries, and meats during our walking tour of the Left Bank. Our guide shared the history of the area including the background of the Pantheon and the church of Ste. Etienne. We ended with a stop at a local small eatery where we sampled a number of cheeses and meats including foie gras and of course wine! A wonderful way to begin our stay in Paris. We definitely recommend this tour!"
– 5-Star Review

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4. Private Paris Food Tour – The 10 Tastings

Private Paris Food Tour

If you're like us, you'll want to get even deeper into Parisian food culture. And, since we love special attention, we love this private food tour in the most picturesque market district of Paris.

Walk with your gourmet guide and food expert through one of the hottest food neighborhoods in Paris, Aligre, where you stop at specialty shops to sample ten of the most iconic foods of France — from baguettes to cheeses to macarons. It all kicks off in this vibrant market at one of the most popular oyster bars in the city.

This is a wonderful, fun introduction to the products that make Paris and France food-famous. We love this quartier and the stores here, especially the cheese shop. You'll really enjoy yourself.

5. Behind the Scenes in a Paris Boulangerie

Behind the Scenes of a Paris Boulangerie

Imagine studying for seven years so you could work from 4:30am to 9pm, six days a week. Well, that's the life of a Parisian baker, and probably helps to explain why the bread is so consistently good wherever you go in Paris.

This tour takes you behind the scenes at an authentic Parisian boulangerie where you'll learn the secrets of making those great baguettes and many other aspects of French baking. There will be plenty of baguettes and croissants to taste. Eat bread, be happy.

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It was great. The tour guide was friendly, smiley and warm. We got to the watch the bread being made and take home a baguette. We also got to see the inner workings of pastries and chocolate croissants! Would recommend this to anyone for a quick peek into the world of bakeries and some history too — for example, did you know that French bakers cannot go on strike?
– 5-Star Review

6. French Wine & Champagne Tasting

Fine French Wine & Champagne

To be in Paris is to be in the center of the best of fine French wine. Wine is a foundation of the French food culture and being in Paris gives you a great chance to learn more about it. We heartily recommend wine and champagne activities.

This is the top-rated wine tasting class in Paris, and with good reason. It's lead by knowledgable, friendly sommeliers. It takes you across France and lets you taste some of the best wines of the country. It's located in a very popular cave in the center of things, right near the Louvre.

There are some really good options to choose from, including a 2-hour wine and champagne course. Our top preference is the 2-hour Grand Cru wine tasting. When else are you going to get the chance to taste some pf the most highly ranked wines of France?

Seriously. Could you really spend time in Paris and not drink French wine? This is the best way to learn all about it.

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Once-in-a-lifetime experience, a must do… You won't regret it… The tasting was amazing, I'd highly recommend doing this, very informative and great wines… Amazing, great wine selection and knowledge. The place was beautiful and I will definitely visit again."
– 5-Star Reviews

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7. Wine Tasting with Cheese and Charcuterie Lunch

Wine Tasting with Cheese and Charcuterie Lunch

Even better, pair your wine tastings with a cheese and charcuterie lunch. This also takes place in the ancient wine cellar near the Louvre and things kick off at noon. While you are tasting and being introduced to five regional wines of France, you are also sampling artisanal cheese from a master fromagere. You learn which cheeses go with which wines and why that is the case. Similarly you taste charcuterie from southwestern France and from Corsica, paring those with red wines.

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Absolutely fantastic experience. Matthieu was incredibly knowledgable and educated us about the regions, the agricultural practices, and the wine making. We were so full when we left; they supplied a huge amount of cheese and charcuterie to taste with each wine! I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a different experience in Paris."
– 5-Star Review

8. Champagne Tasting on a Seine River Cruise

Champagne Tasting on a Seine River Cruise

What could be better than leisurely cruising down Paris' famous river, with the iconic monuments and sights passing by? We'll tell you what — cruising down the Seine while sipping champagne!

Instead of sitting in the back of the boat with the other tourists, you're led to a private room at the front. There, a champagne sommelier guides you through a tasting of three different champagnes. We've done this tour and we can tell you, the champagne flows! Just don't forget to look at those monuments in between sips.

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This tour was worth every cent. Our tour guide was excellent. The champagne was delicious. The boat and setting were so enjoyable. I would highly recommend this tour."
– 5-Star Review

9. Market Visit & Cooking Class, with Lunch

Market Visit & Cooking Class, with Lunch

With this activity you not only learn about French foods, not only visit a popular market street, but you learn how to shop for French food and then cook a wonderful and typique 4-course lunch. You start out with a croissant and a cup of coffee before heading over to a popular food market in the Latin Quarter. (This is when you choose the "Market, Cooking Class & Lunch" option, which is what we recommend.)

You learn how the market works and then shop for ingredients for your lunch. Afterwards, in the cooking studio, the expert instructor takes yo step-by-step through the creation of a lunch that includes l'entrée, le plat, les fromages, and le dessert. Then you sit down with your fellow students and enjoy the fruits of your labour. With wine, of course!

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We absolutely loved this class. The venue was charming, and so was our host Fredrick. We all had a great time making the dishes and listening to Fredrick's informative stories. The market tour was very good, but the cooking class and the food we made was the best. The hours passed quickly and there was never a dull moment."
– 5-Star Review

10. Gourmet Christmas Tour

Gourmet Christmas Tour of Paris

In France La Saison Des Fêtes (the holiday season) is all about great food. When in Paris at Noël we like to allow plenty of time to explore the foods of the season. And on this small group walking tour of Paris, you delve deep into that world. And sample heartily!

The tour starts at the renowned Christmas market on Place Saint-Sulpice, right in front of the magnificent church, and wanders through the Left Bank area of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. The activity is generally only available in December, and only a few days a week. Book early so you don't miss it.

Bonnes Fêtes !

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An excellent tour with a superb and knowledgeable guide. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring many areas and gourmet shops of Paris which we would never have discovered on our own. Being able to choose the food items and enjoying them with a hot beverage at the end of the tour is a lovely experience. Highly recommended!!"
– 5-Star Review

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