In this Paris Pastry and Chocolate Food Tour, we will also explore the area of Montmartre. One of nine hills in Paris (yes, trust the Parisians for having more hills than Rome …) this one is located in the northern part of Paris and has a breath-taking view of Paris which you will get to enjoy. It was also the inspiration of many impressionist painters. But more importantly to us, it is home to many interesting and excellent bakeries and pastry shops. So this will be an opportunity to understand what makes Parisian macarons so special and how chocolate can go from good and amazing. But we will also discover some of the other French specialties from the best in Paris: we will visit a bakery holding the “best baguette of Paris” trophy, taste wonderful choux puffs, evoke the memory of the man who pretty much invented the “flash back” while eating exquisite Madeleines. We will also talk a bit about the Walls which defined Paris through the centuries, discover the only vineyard left in Paris, and sample one of the best tarts you can eat in the capital. A tour not to be missed to discover the sweet side of Paris, and a great artistic and historic neighbourhood.
STEP 1: Meet your guide at the bottom of the Montmartre Hill, in front of a bakery owned by a top baker in France, dig into buttery Breton kouign amann – and learn how to pronounce it!
STEP 2: There are many macarons in Paris – but these ones are particularly special; a great way to start the journey into Montmartre, while learning about the history of these delicious cookies.
STEP 5: Ever wondered why Marcel Proust got such a kick (back) out of eating Madeleines? After tasting the best in Paris, you will have no doubt.
STEP 6: There is a lot of debate – in France – on who truly invented cream puffs; you will get to discover some organic ones, and we will try to solve the mystery of the origin of “pâte à choux” together.
STEP 7: After all these wonderful tastings, we will discover two passionate chocolate makers and introduce you to some of the very surprising and exquisite flavors they bring with chocolate. We find it quite exceptional, we hope you will too!
STEP 8: Baguettes are such a key part of Paris food culture – so you will discover the only bakery with a baguette which won best in Paris twice! And time to discover some of the best croissants this city has to offer before parting away.
Discovering culture through food is what we want to do when we travel. So we have developed all our experiences with that simple idea in mind: ensure that you learn both about the topic at hand, but also about French culture in the process. So in our food tours, we will talk about the history of various aspects of French food, in our cooking class about how certain dishes became so important in our culture. During our wine tastings, we will explore the regional differences in French culture. And, a regional cooking holiday is an opportunity to deep dive French food culture to its core and foundation: the regional gastronomies, and the concept of terroir. Follow the links to explore further.