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Gourmet Marais - Small Group Tour

The best-preserved medieval area in Paris, the heart of the Jewish community, the centre of the gay scene — the neighbourhood of Marais is as eclectic as the gastronomic treats you will try on this tour! Get ready to eat, drink, and explore your way through the city’s gourmet charms!

Join a local guide to discover the enigmatic charms of France’s capital on this enlightening Paris city tour that pairs secret local hangouts with delicious food and wine — a winning combo!

Start your Paris tour in front of the Centre Pompidou, Europe largest modern art museum, nestled in an impressive contemporary building. Then, move on pass Notre-Dame to the Hôtel de Ville, the city’s town hall, on the square where public executions were once carried out. Learn about the horrible death of Robert-François Damiens, the infamous man who tried to assassinate King Louis XV.

You will then move on to the little tangled streets of the Marais to spot beautiful medieval churches, corbelled houses and narrow lanes. Pass by an iconic bakery whose baguette was elected one of the best in Paris and you will try your first pastry, a delicious meringue known as a ‘merveilleux.’

Next, visit Rue Saint-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, one of the oldest streets in the Marais and today the centre of the French gay scene. You will learn how this part of city, once sordid, became synonymous with trendy Paris and a shopping hub for fashionistas and the core of “bobo” culture. While here, you will stop and sample a delicious macaron from one of Paris’ most famous pastry chefs.

Just a street away is Rue des Rosiers, the heart of the Jewish community. It’s a vibrant pedestrian street full of falafel stands and delicious Jewish-influenced delis. Enter a fabulous chocolate store to taste a butter-filled pastry, called Kouign Amann, a specialty from Brittany.

Your Paris tour will then take you back to the South Marais, where stands the longest remaining piece of the 12th-century defensive wall of Paris. After a walk-through impressive Saint-Paul’s church, stop at a local wine bar, where you will get a professional wine tasting. Enjoy sampling some iconic French liqueurs like Cognac and Armagnac or “Old Plum” brandy. To accompany your drinks, you will have the opportunity to taste some delicious French cheese or charcuterie treats.

From there head on to Paris’ oldest and certainly most beautiful square, la Place des Vosges, home of France’s national writer, Victor Hugo. From there, it’s only a short walk to your final destination, la place de la Bastille, the former prison that was captured on July 14th, 1789, triggering the French Revolution.

The area nearby is full of bars and restaurants, leaving you with plenty of options for carrying on with your evening in the City of Lights!

Experience Includes

  • Wander through the best preserved medieval neighbourhood in France's capital.
  • Sample 2 different pastries and the best macaron in Paris and indulge in plates of cheese or charcuterie.
  • Discover the centre of the city’s Jewish and gay communities.
  • Small group of a maximum of 12 people.
  • Enjoy a selection of some of France’s best wines or brandies.
  • Spot the hidden squares, tucked-away alleyways, and marvellous churches of Marais.
  • Local English-speaking guide.

Experience Excludes

  • Additional food and drinks.
  • Souvenirs and personal shopping.
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide.
  • Hotel pick-up / drop-off.

Departs

Daily, except Sundays.

Departure location

123 Rue Saint-Martin, 75004 Paris (opposite the Pompidou centre by the "Centre Culturel de Serbie")

Start times

2.00pm

Duration

Around 3-4 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.
  • Itinerary subject to change.
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring an umbrella for rainy days.
  • Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
  • Group size limited to 12 people for a more intimate experience.
  • You must present your voucher to the guide at the start of the tour.
  • This is a child-friendly tour. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you will be bringing a child under the age of 6.
  • Your tour ends at Place des Vosges/Bastille.