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One of the world’s leading culinary destinations, experiencing Paris’s food scene is an important goal of many visitors – and with good reason. Paris is home to an amazing array of vibrant food markets, tempting gourmet shops, cozy bistros, and gastronomic restaurants. One of the best ways to immerse yourself in Parisian cuisine is to take a food tour. This will provide you with a great overview of France’s culinary traditions as well as valuable insider tips on how to make the most of the rest of your food experiences in Paris. Work up an appetite for French cuisine on our selection of top Paris tours for food lovers.

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Learn the ABCs of French cuisine while touring the finest food shops of the Left Bank

One of the best Paris food tours, this tasting tour led by food writers, chefs, and other culinary experts gives you an excellent foundation on French food. You’ll be taken to some of the most renowned food shops of the Saint Germain and Latin Quarter districts, where you’ll learn about (and try!) the most popular French food items such as baguettes, cheese, charcuterie, wine, and some surprises. Thanks to the in-depth insight of your expert food guide, you’ll be armed with the knowledge to successfully eat your way around the city after the tour.

Book a Paris Food Tour: Essentials of French Cuisine | 6th and 7th Arrondissements | Limited WA*

(*Some of the shops visited are small and will have a step up to access them. The general route may include small streets with narrow sidewalks. Please contact Context Travel if you have any questions regarding accessibility as they offer a private, adapted tour for visitors with mobility concerns.)

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Feast on Paris’s best pastries and chocolates

What would France be without its sweet treats? This 2.5-hour tour delves into the delicious world of chocolates and pastries in Paris. It takes place in the Les Halles-Montorgueil area, the historic heart of Paris’s food scene. Once home to the city’s central food market, although it’s no longer here, the district still has some premier culinary shops, from historic pastry shops to stellar contemporary bakeries. It’s a must for visitors with a sweet tooth!

Join a Paris Pastry and Chocolate Tour | 2nd Arrondissement 

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Understand the complexities of French fromage on an in-depth cheese tasting with wine

Did someone say fromage? Cheese is a pillar of French cuisine, but with over 1,000 different varieties, wrapping your head around French cheese can seem an impossible feat. The task is made much easier by joining a cheese tasting organized by Jennifer Greco, one of Paris’s leading cheese experts. Definitely among the top Paris tours for food lovers, the comprehensive class covers an impressive 10 to 12 different cheeses, paired with four to five wines. In addition to learning all about the phenomenal range of French cheeses, you’ll be taught how to cut them (very important in France), about the aging process, and much more.

Take a Cheese and Wine Tasting in Paris | 11th Arrondissement 

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Discover Montmartre and its food scene like a local

You can combine both a popular neighborhood to visit and French food in this unique experience offered by Devour Tours Paris. The tour gives you a taste of local life in Montmartre while you visit the best family-run establishments in this charming former village. The tour includes 10 food tastings and two drinks ranging from pastries to cheese and from award-winning bread to organic wine. Your expert food guide will also give you pointers on how the French shop for groceries and take you to an authentic local bistro.

Book a Montmartre Like a Local: Paris Food Tour | 18th Arrondissement 

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Sample the top food spots of the hip North Marais

A highly-rated Paris food tour company, if you’re trying to choose which to take of the food tours Paris by Mouth offers, then book this one. The tour takes you to one of the coolest areas in Paris, the North Marais, which has a high concentration of excellent-quality food and wine venues. Here tradition rubs shoulders with modernity, so in addition to classic items like cheese and bread, you’ll taste some innovative food items like flavor-popping chocolates and natural wine.

Reserve The North Marais Food Tour | 3rd Arrondissement | WA

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Learn how to shop like a Parisian at a local food market

Paris is famous for its food markets and you’ll visit one of the best in the city, le Marché d’Aligre, accompanied by a chef or culinary expert on these top Paris tours for food lovers. Found in hip east-end Paris, the market includes both outdoor stalls and an atmospheric covered market hall. As you take in the sights, sounds, and tastes of the market, you’ll be given fascinating facts and information about how French markets function as well as Parisian shopping, cooking, and dining habits. With food supplies acquired, you’ll finish up your tour over a picnic and wine tasting.

Book a Paris Local Market Food Tour with Wine Tasting | 12th Arrondissement | WA

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Walk in the footsteps of famed chef Julia Child

For a unique angle on Paris food, try this tour which takes you back in time to when famed chef Julia Child lived in Paris. Strolling the Left Bank, the tour visits the various food venues, from a 200-year-old chocolate shop to a quintessential Parisian bistro, which helped mark this pivotal moment in the much-loved chef’s life and culinary career. If you didn’t love Paris food before, you will after this tour!

Join a In The Footsteps of The French Chef Food Tour | 6th Arrondissement 

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Taste your way around the cool Belleville district

If you’re looking to get off the well-trodden path in Paris, then this tour is a great match. It takes place in the northeastern Belleville district, one of the most multicultural, artsy, and non-touristy parts of the city. As you tour the neighborhood’s best food shops, your guide will show you where real Parisians shop. You’ll also stop in at a wine shop where you’ll have a wine and food pairing with an oenologist.

Take an Off the Beaten Path Food tour in Belleville | 19th and 20th Arrondissements

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Lily Heise

A long-time Paris resident, Lily Heise is a travel writer whose work has been in Condé Nast Traveler, Huff Post, Fodor’s, AFAR, and Frommer’s, among others. When she’s not uncovering the city’s best secrets, she can be found on a Parisian café terrasse or traveling the globe.

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