The Ten Top Food & Wine Experiences In Paris, The City Of Food

In Paris, food and wine are the cornerstones of la belle vie. So naturally there are a plethora of walking tours, tastings, and cooking classes with a focus on French food or wine or both. Here we present our selection of the best food activities that have been impressing travelers with a taste for the culinary culture of France.

10. 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. (When you choose the "Market, Cooking Class & Lunch" option, which is what we recommend.)

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

9. Wine Tasting with Cheese and Charcuterie Lunch

Wine Tasting with Cheese and Charcuterie Lunch

Instead of just tasting wine, pair your wine with a cheese and charcuterie lunch. This also takes place in a lovely wine bar 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 fromager. 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.

8. 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. It's also the second most popular food tour in the City of Food.

7. Wine & Champagne Tasting in Paris

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. And so it makes sense that, completing the trinity of the most popular food activities, is this wine and champagne tasting.

It's the top-rated wine tasting class in Paris — led by knowledgable, friendly sommeliers. It takes you across the wine map of France and lets you taste some of the best of the country. This tasting take place in a wine bar 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 of 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.

6. Bateaux Parisiens Gourmet Lunch Cruise

Lunch Cruise on the Seine

After a morning or shopping head on down to the banks of the Seine to board Bateaux Parisiens glass-walled dining boat, where a table has been reserved for your lunch. This is a fun, casual, and affordable way to dine on the Seine River, watching the sights of Paris drift by.

Wonderfully, the extra-large windows on the boat are perfect for seeing those sights. The 3-course lunch offers plenty of options and there is live music as you dine. As you float past the Louvre, Île de la Cite, and the Eiffel Tower, raise your glass to those iconic monuments.

5. 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! We took this cruise recently and it was delightful.

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

4. Chocolate & Pastry Tour

Paris Chocolate and Pastry Tour

This is another one of the most popular food activity in the City of Food, and no wonder — it's a walking tour through historic streets of Paris 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 !

3. Cheese and Wine Tasting in a Paris Cheese Cellar

Cheese and Wine Tasting

At a fromagerie in the Marais you meet the shop's master affineur (an expert in the art of cheese aging) to learn about the cheese of France, how they are made, and how they are aged to perfection. With the affineur you descend into the underground cave to learn about the maturing cheeses.

In the large aging room you are introduced to Beaufort (a raw cow's milk cheese produced in the French Alps), Etivaz (a hard, raw cow's milk cheese made in the Swiss Alps), and five other cheeses. You learn the history, traditions, and techniques of French cheese production, sampling at every stage. Each cheese is paired with a French wine.

2. Discover the Food & Wine of the Marais

Food & Wine of the Marais

Wander the ancient streets of everyone's favorite Paris quartier with an expert food guide to visit some of the most fantastic food shops in the city. This tour takes you deep into the Marais as you visit (and sample at) a boulangerie, wine shop, epicerie, chocolatier, and more. This is a small-group tour to ensure you get individual attention (and plenty of samples!).

The food-filled three-and-a-half-hour tour starts off at the oldest market in Paris, Le Marché des Enfants Rouges. Morning tours start at 11:30 (so you can sleep in) and evening tours at 5 PM.

1. VIP Seine River Dinner Cruise

VIP Seine River Dinner Cruise

It's no wonder this multi-faceted nighttime activity is the number-one food related activity. It combines cruising along the river while dining on a gourmet meal and listening to live music. You'll find that everything in Paris looks better from a bateau at night. Famous landmarks will pass by as you enjoy a multi-course French meal with wine. You'll want to choose the Service Premier option. We know, we know: it's more expensive! But it gives you the best seating, best meal, and the ultimate experience.

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