- Wander through the best preserved medieval neighbourhood in Paris.
- Sample a selection of some of France’s best wines or brandies.
- Indulge in plates of cheese or charcuterie and taste a creation from Paris's most famed macaron chef.
- Discover the centre of the city’s Jewish and gay communities.
- Spot the hidden squares, tucked-away alleyways, and marvellous churches of Marais.
Gourmet Marais - by Paris Urban Adventures
In a few words
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’ll 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!
You’ll start your Paris tour in front 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.
We’ll then move on to the little tangled streets of the Marais to spot beautiful medieval churches, corbelled houses, and narrow lanes. We’ll also pass by an iconic bakery whose baguette was elected one of the best in Paris and we’ll try our first pastry, a delicious meringue known as a ‘merveilleux.’
Next, we’ll 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’ll 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 we’re here, we’ll 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. We’ll enter a fabulous chocolate store to taste a butter-filled pastry, called Kouign Amann, a specialty from Brittany.
Our Paris tour will then take us 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, we’ll stop in at a local wine bar, where we’ll get a professional wine tasting. We’ll sample some iconic French liqueurs like Cognac and Armagnac or “Old Plum” brandy. To accompany our drinks, we’ll also taste some delicious French cheese or charcuterie treats.
From there we’ll move 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 our final destination, la place de la Bastille, the former prison that was captured on July 14, 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!
What is included?
- Local English-speaking guide.
- Two different pastries and the best macaron in Paris.
- A platter of French cheese or charcuterie, wine and liquor tasting.
Your guide will be holding a distinctive Paris Urban Adventures sign.
Good to know
- Language of the tour: English.
- Starting point: opposite the Pompidou centre.
- Ending point: Place des Vosges/Bastille.
- It is advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and to bring an umbrella for rainy days.
- This is a child-friendly tour.
Starting time: 2.00 PM
Tour not available on december 25th and january 1rst.
CancellationCancellations made more than 48 hours prior to travel receive a full refund.
Cancellations made 48 hours or less prior to travel require the traveller to pay for the tour in full, and no refund will be issued.