The Top Things To Do In The Marais – Walking, Eating, Biking

Ask any visitor to name their favorite neighborhood in Paris and they're likely to say the Marais. It's the oldest intact quartier in the city, filled with medieval buildings and narrow streets. Its charm is contagious, which is why that today it's also one of the trendiest places in Paris.

For the first-time visitor (or those who haven't been here in a while) we always suggest starting your stay with one or two guided activities to get to know the Marais and to see a lot in a short time. Our top picks include two of the most popular food tours, two historic walking tours, and a bike ride that takes in the Marais and the Latin Quarter, for a double dose of historic goodness.

The Food & Wine of the Marais

The Food & Wine of the Marais

This walking tour through historic Marais is one of the top-rated food tours in Paris, and for good reason. Starting at the oldest food market in Paris, you spend three-and-a-half hours going deep into the culinary culture of this quartier. You get to visit (and sample at) a fromagerie, charcuterie, boulangerie, and other specialized food shops.

Knowledgeable and friendly guides enhance the experience while the small group size ensures that everyone receives personal attention.

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This was an amazing experience! Our best tour in France, with the best guide; some of the best food we had on this vacation was during this tour! Very highly recommend."
– 5-Star Review

Cheese & Wine Tasting in a Paris Cheese Cellar

Cheese & Wine Tasting in a Paris Cheese Cellar

Close behind in popularity is this cheese-specific food activity held in a cheese-aging cellar. You are introduced to seven varieties of cheese; as you sample them you also learn how to match them with the perfect wines. There's something special about being in the climate-controlled cellars where the cheeses undergo their final aging while you learn the history, traditions, and techniques of French cheese production.

The small size of the group makes it seem like a private tour, and ensures you get plenty of samples to eat and drink!

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Our tour guide was wonderful! …We have been to Paris 8 times and had other cheese tours but there is something special about being in a cheese cellar that added to the experience. The shop was excellent along with the cheeses!! We learned so much!!"
– 5-Star Review

Historical Walking Tour with Wine & Cheese Tasting

Marais Walking Tour with Wine & Cheese Tasting

In the center of the Marais you meet up with an expert guide for a two-hour introduction to the history and sites of the historic district. There's much to see and learn — from the oldest square in France (Place des Vosges) to the museum of the history of Paris. At the conclusion of the tour sit down for a casual wine and cheese tasting.

The Marais & Latin Quarter Bike Tour

The Marais & Latin Quarter Bike Tour

Other than walking, the best way to see Paris is from two wheels. This bike tour (created by a Parisian-born guide) takes you through the best parts of two of the most-loved neighborhoods in Paris — the Marais and the Latin Quarter. The operators call this activity the "Hidden Paris Secrets Bike Tour" and it lives up to the name, concentrating on the hidden charms of these quartiers that are so loved by locals.

You get to see some of the last vestiges of Roman Paris, the best street art, the church that inspired the Da Vinci Code, parts of the ancient city walls of Paris, and much more. In 4 hours on 2 wheels you can see a lot of Paris, and this bike tour delivers.

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I loved seeing Paris this way! This bike tour was so much fun! Our guide was easy to follow, spoke perfect English, and showed us some great hidden treasures. This tour was a great adventure! I'm 70 years old and was able to do this tour, so don't let age get in your way!"
– 5-Star Review

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