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Paris: Walking Food Tour with Cheese, Wine and Delicacies

1. Paris: Walking Food Tour with Cheese, Wine and Delicacies

Delight your taste buds with an authentic and delicious French food tour. Feast your eyes on the vast beauty of the Marais neighborhood's cute cafes, interesting art galleries, high-end shops, and quaint architecture. Enjoy a variety of cheeses, hams, pastries, and chocolates. Go far off the beaten path of this well-known district to discover the warm atmosphere of a traditional market. Browse through fresh products and other culinary gems, hidden in narrow and lively streets. Taste fresh French cheeses served on a crunchy baguette and paired with wine. Sample cured hams, charcuterie, generous pastries, delicious chocolates, and many other sweet and savory delicacies. Learn interesting stories and unique facts about French culinary art.

Paris: Marais District Smartphone Audio-Guided Tour

2. Paris: Marais District Smartphone Audio-Guided Tour

Start the audio-guided tour at Place des Vosges. As you stroll through the charming district of Le Marais, automatically triggered audio commentary from the app provides more information and insight into one of Paris's trendiest neighborhoods. See the former home of renowned writer Victor Hugo near the start of the tour. Discover a selection of attractions in the area including the Carnavalet Museum and Maison Européenne de la Photographie. Learn more about the Jewish heritage of the area and a thriving LGBT community. The audio guide provides clear audio directions and a map indicates directions to follow in real-time. If you wish to stop at one of the trendy cafes for a drink or a bite to eat, simply pause the app and resume the tour when you are ready. The audio tour finally leads you to the Hotel de Ville, Paris's city hall near Ile de la Cité, and the Seine River.

Marais Walking Tour: Lifestyle in Paris

3. Marais Walking Tour: Lifestyle in Paris

Paris is the city of lovers, and Le Marais is a magnificent mix of historical mansions, cutting edge fashion boutiques, and lively restaurants. It makes an absolutely essential place to visit on your Paris adventure. Long known as the aristocratic district of Paris, it hosts a stunning array of architectural buildings. It spreads across the 3rd and 4th arrondissements on the Rive Droite (Right Bank). Our tour today will include a look at the unusual side of the neighborhood not usually experienced by tourists. We'll enter in some of the most prestigious gourmet addresses, and see the most important monuments along the way. These include: Place des Vosges - the oldest planned square in Paris; Hôtel de Sully, Carnavalet, and Hôtel Salé, each with their renowned designs. We'll also have a chance to find a remarkable group of shops along the way! Make sure to ask your guide about restaurant recommendations in this culinary city. We'll also have an opportunity to stop for two gourmet tastings along the way, to complete your experience in the Marais.

Marais District of Paris Guided Walking Tour

4. Marais District of Paris Guided Walking Tour

Start your tour of the Marais by learning about its historic importance. This district once lay beyond the center of Paris. Today, it is at the heart of the city. Discover the Church of Saint Paul and Saint Louis before walking through the courtyard of the majestic Hotel de Sully. Continue experiencing the royal history of the Marais by exploring the pristine Place des Vosges, a public square with unparalleled beauty in Paris. Afterwards, move forward in time to learn all about the bustling Jewish community that put the Marais on the map through the 18th and 19th centuries. Wander past the bakeries and boutiques of the Pletzl before strolling the shop-laden rue des Francs Bourgeois. All the while discover mansion after mansion, former homes to nobility that once called the Marais home. Some are now museums, like the highly worthwhile Musée Carnavalet. The tour may also introduce you to both the Hotel de Ville, or City Hall, and the Pompidou Center, both architectural masterpieces from very different periods.

Paris: Le Marais Walking Tour

5. Paris: Le Marais Walking Tour

Spend some time exploring the scenic views of Le Marais, Paris, as your guide tells you the history of the area on this walking tour. Admire the district which was once the Jewish Quarter, and visit the Stravinsky Fountain, the Centre Pompidou, the Street of Rosebushes, and more. Begin at the Stravinksy Fountain (currently under renovation until 2023), with abstract and outlandish sculptures that move and spray water. Marvel at the colorful display and capture photos of the whimsical fountain. Next, explore the Centre Pompidou, the street Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, and the Cloister of Billettes. Your guide will teach you the history and tell you about the LGBTQ+ community of the area. Spend some time learning about the Church of Our Lady of the White Friars, built-in 1258 by Saint Louis. Walk to the Impasse des Crossbowmen, the Street of Rosebushes, the Library of the City of Paris, The Place des Vosges, and more.  Your tour will end at Le Village Saint-Paul, a treasure trove of antiques, art galleries, and artisan boutiques. Leave your guide here to admire the area and stroll through the shops and attractions nearby.

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What people are saying about Hôtel Carnavalet

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 196 reviews

Great for food lovers! If you have little time in Paris, you need this tour. In 3 hours you learn a lot about the uses and customs of the French, places to eat; also on the go you have a tasting of cheeses, wines, bread, cookies, macaroni, chocolate and much more... all in small portions, so you have the opportunity to try a wide variety of things in shops with a lot of tradition with local foods ( that you would never have gotten to try otherwise). The guide, very pleasant and above all an expert on the subject, shares his personal taste for food. An unforgettable experience!

Highly recommend. We were with a group of about 10 other people, mixed ages. The food stops were fun and delicious. We tried local foods. The stops were not touristy but closer to what locals enjoy. Our tour guide, Arthur, was well informed and very pleasant. He provided just the right amount of information and detail. Stops/tastings included wine and cheese in an open market (Enfants-Rouges) where locals buy fresh produce, cheese, meat, etc.; delicious jam, Popeilini pastries, charcuterie at a bistro, and a bakery (delicious meringue cake).

real immersion into montmarte area and local food artisans with very professional and convivial local guide -- truly spectacular!

This was so much fun. Arthur was a great guide. Great stops and fun insights. Love the area of town that he took us through.

Truly the best part of the trip. Arthur was amazing.