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Culinary Tours: A Paris Food Tour of St. Germain

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Saint-Germain-des-Prés is a stunning district in Paris. Located in the north-central area of this city it's located near the Seine and is known for its historic buildings that add a beautiful charm to it.

While here, you'll find many incredible stops you can enjoy thanks to the wide variety of cafes, restaurants, patisseries, and shops. You'll find plenty of kid-friendly. If you're interested in learning about some places you can visit during a culinary tour of St. Germain, keep reading.

Below you'll find some spots you might be able to venture to. 

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What is St. Germain Known For?

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St. Germain is known for mixing historic and modern times together well. You'll find many culinary spots that are nestled between art galleries, bookshops, and cathedrals and some which are situated in historic buildings.

It's especially known for being a foodies dream visit because it offers such a wide selection of the street food selection you can try out. Your culinary tour guide will point these highlights out as you explore St. Germain's cuisine. 

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Places to Travel

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  • Café de Flore

This café is one of the oldest in Paris. It was once the haunt of many classic authors and artists like Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso. Its interior is elegantly designed and its menu has a wide variety you can select from. You'll find creative salad and sandwich creations you can try and delectable desserts like Coupe Flore, an ice cream dish that features a mouthwatering mixture of dark chocolate, Chantilly cream, and pistachios. 

  • Marché Couvert St- Germain

This covered market in Paris is one of the top stops here to find fresh ingredients and be able to interact with local farmers and cheesemakers. It's opened almost every day of the week and has a large selection of fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, meats, and cheeses. You'll also find some experts here that can help you with planning the perfect charcuterie or with pairing cheeses and wines together. 

  • La Dernière Goutte

This classy wine store is known for selling many locally created wines. It offers samplings of their unique selections and even holds a class that tells more behind the history of this drink and how you can best enjoy it. 

  • Josephine Bakery

The Josephine Bakery is a very chic place in Paris to grab a fresh sandwich, salad, or sweet treat from. While a little pricey, the menu here is made fresh daily so you'll be eating only the finest of meals. When here you'll definitely want to try their buttery croissants and foamy café au lait

This section in Paris, France is not only stunning with its landscape and architecture, but it has an incredible cuisine scene which makes it one of the best places to go on a culinary tour in the world. You'll be able to experience a mouthwatering array of culinary selections that will help you better acquaint yourself with the local cuisine. 

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FAQ

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  1. What bakery is the best in Saint Germain?

Though you can find excellent food throughout Paris, you will find some of the best markets, restaurants, and bakeries in the 6th Arrondissement, which is commonly called Saint Germain. Naturally, then, choosing a bakery in Saint Germain can be a difficult task since you have so many options to select from. Boulangerie La Parisienne is one of the best-known bakeries, and it’s certainly earned its popularity by being one of the best bakeries in Saint Germain—and throughout Paris. Boulangerie Gosselin is another Saint Germain staple, offering traditional breads as well as soup, cakes, and macarons. You should also visit Meert—one of the oldest patisseries in Paris—to try a variety of baked goods, including their famous Madagascar vanilla-infused waffles, and venturing off the beaten path to try La Tarte Tropezienne is well worth your while. For the most part, it’s hard to go wrong when you choose a bakery in Saint Germain.

  1. What do you find in Saint Germain covered market?

Marche Saint-Germain is a historic covered market in Paris’s 6th Arrondissement that is well-known for selling high-quality goods. In the market, you’ll find a variety of stands and specialty shops that sell produce, fish, roast meat, international foods, and cheese. Since this market is well-known for the quality of its products, you’ll find no shortage of excellent food to sample as you explore, but prices can be quite high—even by Parisian standards. In addition to Saint Germain’s culinary offerings, several retailers have opened shops in the market after it was remodeled in 2017, including a brand-new Apple store. Because this market has so much to offer, we highly recommend taking a guided tour through the Saint Germain covered market. Your tour guide will be able to show you which products are worth the price, and many tours will educate you about the fine products found within the market.

  1. What are the best restaurants in Saint Germain?

In addition to its famous covered market, Saint Germain is also home to excellent cafes and restaurants. For a nice cafe meal in a historic setting, head to Cafe de Flore. This restaurant serves excellent traditional French fare in an upscale, vintage atmosphere, and it was once a popular hangout for French philosophers like Jean-Paul Sartre. Across the street you’ll find Les Deux Magots, another historic French cafe, or you can head down the street to Le Procope - the oldest cafe in Paris. If you enjoy tapas, head to Le Comptoir - a tapas bar with Anthony Bourdain’s seal of approval. Then, you can head to Le Comptoir or Josephine Chez Dumonet for traditional French cuisine, or you can check out international fare from Shu, a contemporary Japanese restaurant, and Marcello, a well-known Italian joint. Finally, for dessert, you can head to one of Saint Germain’s many chocolatiers and patisseries, such as Pierre Marcolini, Patrick Roger, and Meert.

  1. What are the best wine bars in Saint Germain?

Saint Germain is also home to a variety of excellent wine bars. Le Cafe Tournon is a cafe and wine bar known for its extensive selection of regional wines and its role in the Paris jazz scene. In fact, Duke Ellington even played here during his time in Paris. If you like to enjoy your wine with appetizers, head to L’Avant-Comptoir, which is best known for its focus on natural wines and its excellent tapas. Au Sauvignon is best for those who want high-quality wine at a reasonable price; a glass of wine here will typically cost less than 7 Euros. For a lively atmosphere, head to Chez Georges to socialize with students, elites, and everyone in between. Freddy’s also offers a huge selection of wines in a fun atmosphere. For a more educational and relaxed experience, check out Dilettantes La Maison du Champagne, where you can taste fine, rare champagnes, or you can enjoy wine and cheese at laid-back Bar Etna.

  1. Where to find the best street food in Saint Germain?

Although Saint Germain is known for its high-end cafes and restaurants, you can find plenty of cheap and delicious street vendors here, too. Many of Saint Germain’s street vendors can be found near its metro station on the area’s main road, Boulevard Saint-Germain. La Créperie Saint Germain, which boasts the best crepes in the city, sits just across the street from the subway station and historic Cafe Deux Magots, and here you will enjoy a delectable crepe for just a few Euros. You can also find a handful of street food vendors in Marche Saint Germain. In the market, you will find plenty of stalls selling roast meat as well as street foods from countries such as Greece and Italy. Although it’s not proper street food, you can also find plenty of gourmet breads, cheeses, and charcuterie to sample in the market, and you can easily buy a quick picnic meal for yourself and your companions.

  1. What are the best deli stores in Saint Germain?

In addition to its swanky cafes and chocolate shops, Saint Germain is also home to a number of delis. Delis - or as the French call them, epicerie fine - often sell a variety of specialty products, such as spices or olives, and some delis may also sell sandwiches, salads, and other light fare. Tomat’s is one of the best epiceries in Saint Germain, and the owner personally tests all goods sold in the store to ensure that they are high-quality. This shop sells a variety of products from mustards to craft beer, and most of them are made locally. If you want to enjoy a sandwich while you shop, head to Pasta Luna. This deli sells take-home products like charcuterie meats and cheeses along with a small selection of sandwiches and paninis. Finally, Bellota-Bellota is a deli that doubles as a wine bar, making it an excellent stop along your tour of Saint Germain.

  1. Where can you find the best chocolates in Saint-Germain?

Saint-Germain is perhaps best known for its many fine chocolatiers. Award-winning chocolate maker Patrick Roger, for instance, has one of his flagship stores in this neighborhood. In his chocolates, Roger frequently incorporates unique flavors like citrus or hot peppers, making his shop a must-see in Saint-Germain. Likewise, Pierre Marcolini is another creative chocolate maker with a flagship store in Saint-Germain. Chocolate lovers should also check out Debauve et Gallais – one of the oldest chocolatiers in the city. In fact, this shop once exclusively catered to French royalty. If you enjoy both chocolate and ice cream, then head to Chapon Chocolatier, where you can try Patrice Chapon’s famous ‘mousse-in-a-cone.’ Finally, for a full-fledged chocolate experience, visit Un Dimanche à Paris. This chocolate shop also has a bar, cafe, and restaurant that feature the shop’s delectable treats, and you can even try chocolate foie gras. Throughout Saint Germain, you’ll find plenty of excellent chocolate shops to sample some of the finest that Paris has to offer.

  1. Should you book your hotel in Saint-Germain?

Whether you should stay in a hotel in Saint-Germain depends on your ideal trip to Paris. Saint-Germain is a lively neighborhood filled with tourists and Parisians alike, and if you stay there, you’ll surely be located next to plenty of excellent restaurants, shops, and bars. Saint-Germain is also next to the 7th Arrondissement, which is home to major attractions like the Eiffel Tower, so it can be an ideal location for visitors planning to sightsee as much as possible. However, while choosing a hotel in Saint-Germain can be advantageous for some, there are a handful of drawbacks to staying here. Saint-Germain is one of the most active areas of the city at night, so travelers who prioritize a good night’s sleep may want to stay elsewhere. Additionally, as with any tourist-heavy area in the city, hotels can be expensive, and many of them are of poor quality. You should therefore be sure to carefully research hotels in the area before booking to avoid walking into a tourist trap.

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More About Our Baguettes Classes

Getting a bit technical during our Baguette Class in Paris

The French baguette, actually probably better known as the Parisian baguette has beome a true symbol of French popular gastronomy. A true icon of French life even - look around and you will see the Parisians strolling back home with their baguettes under their arm. But if you are French why would you learn how to do this? You can buy a baguette at any corner of Paris for about one Euro a piece.  But in our Baguette Class in Paris  you will learn how do this from scratch. It is somewhat technical, but also full of tips and tricks. But when you leave, it will have not secret left for you. From the original mix to the famous "scarification" through adding water to your oven through baking, you will see and do it all.

Learning more during your Baguette class in Paris: Croque Monsieur Bread and Brioche

This class is like all our other baking or cooking classes: totally hands-on. So you get to practice from beginning to end - and to taste at the end. But not only will you learn how to make Baguette, but you will also learn to make two more types of bread: the French Croque Monsieur bread. The basis for the classic French bistrot appetizer. And in your Baguette class in Paris you will also learn how to make your own Brioche. Probably the most indulgent bread you will find in France - if not the lightest ...

And you might learn some history during your Baguette Class in Paris

While you will learn the techniques to create - and get to taste - three classic types of French breads, you will also learn some of the stories on the origin of the baguette. Just beware it is still being quite hotly debated. What is for sure though is that the Baguette is absolutely part of today Parisian's life. A classic you will be able to take back home with you.

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Cheese and Wine in Paris

The pleasures we can derive from French cuisine can seem endless.  However two of the best known and loved French gastronomic heroes are French cheese and wine. Whether we talk about a Brie which actually comes from very close to Paris, to a creamy Camembert from Normandy, or a Comté from the Alps, French cheese has a delight for all palates. And of course, French wines are even better known whether from Bordeaux great wines or Burgundy sophisticated whites – all of which enthral wine lovers.  Well, at our course on cheese and wine in Paris you will come to appreciate that although each is delicious on its own, properly matched cheese and wine together can make the experience of each even more enjoyable and an absolute delight.

How to pair French cheese and wine

Because not all pairings are actually what people expect, at Le Foodist we have decided to call these experiences 'Daring Pairings'. Maybe because we like to step out of the ordinary to challenge our taste buds, but really all we try to do is give you the perfect match fo cheese and wine in Paris.  So not only will you learn how to select the best wine to go with your cheese, but you will also learn what are the big cheese families in France – there are actually only five, and this is one of the keys to great pairing. In discovering all these pairings of cheese with wine you will be convinced that indeed two things together can be better than the sum of their parts.

It is important to have fun with pairing cheese and wine in Paris

Beyond the tastings though, we have found that the best way to help our clients remember and re-use their experience is to vary the way to approach both wine and cheese.  That is why during our courses on cheese and wine in Paris we share sensory games and many an anecdote to bring the produce to life in your mind as well as on your palate. Overall we will feature four excellent wines, one Champagne and demonstrate to you how best each combines with cheese, letting your taste guide you along with our teaching.

Understanding cheese and wine pairing while in Paris

While for many top Parisian wine stores and restaurant wine lists can be confusing and even intimidating, we believe that after our lunch learning how to pair cheese and wine in Paris, you will feel much more comfortable navigating all of those.  And we sincerely hope your knowledge will help you unlock a door to a whole new world of enjoyment of French wine and cheese pairing.  At every step of the way our sommelier will also share unique tips and tricks to understand wines better and how culture and wine are so related in France; hopefully enriching your own experience as well.

And they do not have to do with what you will find in those markets. They have to do with when you can go shopping there. Open Air markets are only open in the morning. Typically from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. And they are not open every day. As a matter of fact for the vast majority they are open either open every other day (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday or Wednesday, Friday, Sunday), or sometimes only twice a week. 

This is the case of the Bastille Market (Metro Bastille and Metro Bréguet Sabin )which is open only on Thursday and Sunday morning. We like to send people there because it is a very big market with over one hundred vendors. And it has a nice stand of Crêperie in the middle. Here you get a video of a lady preparing a crêpe there; and you can get that crêpe for only 3 Euros!
There is only one Open Air market open every day of the week, it is called Marché Aligre (Metro Ledru Rollin or Metro Faidherbe Chaligny) which happens on the eponymous street. It is an interesting market because you find all kinds of quality in that market – the good, the bad and the ugly. There is also a nice covered market in the middle of it called Marché Beauveau – sometimes called Marché Beauveau Aligre. On the contrary, Covered Markets are open every day, and not just in the morning, but also in the late afternoon. Typically from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

We are blessed with two markets close to where Le Foodist is located, so we can walk to a market every morning – sometimes it is the Maubert market, and sometimes it is the Monge market. Both nice with their own specififies. Last but not least, none of these markets is open on Monday. Do not sign-up for a Market Tour on Monday, you might never see that money again …

Choosing Ingredients in Paris

While all markets are different, they also have some things in common. First they work on specific schedules as explained before. But also you will find always at a minimum the following vendors: a Maraîcher – this is the name we give to people selling fruits and vegetables, a butcher, a fishmonger, a cheesemonger and a baker. Normally you will find several of each, with different levels of quality, organic or non-organic, local or not local (but mostly not local unfortunately).
And we explain how to recognize each of those of course during our Market Visits and Cooking Classes in Paris. But choosing ingredients can be daunting at first, because of the variety that is on display. A typical fishmonger will carry 20 different types of fishes, and as many shrimp and shelf fish varieties. A good cheese monger will easily carry up to 100 different types of cheese and obviously you could get over 100 different cuts of meat at a butcher (from the type of meat to the cut itself). And a normal Maraicher will carry between 50 and 100 fruits and vegetables as well.
This is what makes these markets so exciting – the variety of products, the beauty of their display, and the exchange you can have with most of the vendors. We give you tips though on how to make sure that exchange with the vendors go well – a few magic words, and everything will be fine!

Cooking in Paris

Obviously going to markets is nice, but actually knowing that you are going to cook what you find there is even more exciting. It is not uncommon for Parisians to buy a little bit too much food because they get so excited at the idea of cooking it all! But as most of us have hardly any space where we live, that can limit the enthusiasm sometimes. Because of the lack of space, Cooking in Paris can be quite different from cooking in the rest of France. And there are also dishes that are typically associated with regions which the Parisian will not cook at home – but taste when they visit friends or families in the various regions of France. However our kitchen has plenty of space, so we can cook traditional French dishes without a problem – whether they come from Paris or any region. And the most important part for us is to ensure that we share techniques much more than just recipes. As a matter of fact, we love to share a bit of the science behind what we do so people can better remember the “what” by understanding the “why”.

Sharing Stories

In November 2010, some experts from the UN cultural organisation, decided tha France’s multi-course gastronomic meal, with its rites and its presentation, fulfilled the conditions for featuring on the “world intangible list” of the UNESCO.
In this list you can find all kinds of cultural practices, including Mexico Day of the Dead festival for example. Importantly this is not suggesting French cuisine is better than other cuisines (even though we the French tend to believe that …). It is only saying that the gastronomic meal and what it entails is a very vivid cultural practice which people in France partake into on a very regular basis. That is why the same experts indicated that the French gastronomic meal is a “social custom aimed at celebrating the most important moments in the lives of individuals and groups”. And in that social custom, there are many parts: the attention we pay to the way we choose ingredients, how we pair wine with food, how many dishes we will present to our guests, how we lay the table, etc… But one big part of the cultural practice is that commensality (the fact of sharing the food) is always accompanied by sharing stories about …. Well, you would have guessed it, Food of course!
To us it is THE perfect example of how Food and Culture come together – actually we decide to share food is a considered a cultural practice. I would argue that it is true of all countries, regions, etc… As the way we relate to Food is such a big part of anybody’s identity. But as a result and to make sure you have the most genuine experience of French culture, after the a coking class in Paris at Le Foodist, you will share a gastronomic meal at a common table with your Chef and fellow participants to the class.

French Wine and Food Pairing

As mentioned above, one of the big cultural practices in France is choosing how to pair Wine and Food in general and Wine and Cheese in particular. We actually have a class which focuses specifically on this. As it is so important though, we always make sure we share white and red wines during our meals, chosen to pair well in our opinion with the food we cook. And being at the table together is a good opportunity to discuss about wine as well, with concepts such as “terroir” (to simplify, terroir means “what you do depends on where you are”) which are essential to grasp the way the French think about Food.
And all this will always go with a cheering “Santé” – which quite simply means, to your good health!

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