Om nom nom nom nom…
That ladies and gents, is the wondrous sounds of me devouring Paris. The only thing that gets me more excited than a food tour is a French food tour, and that is just what I did recently in Paris. From the crunch of those fresh baguettes to looks of disinterest, France really lives up to all the travel hype. My first time in Paris I did all of the things that tourists do – The Louvre, Notre Dame, The Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, etc. – which are all great. Really.
However, now that I have done all of the tourist whirlwind top ten list of things to do in Paris, and now that I am in my 30’s, I knew it was time to take on France’s food scene and learn to eat like a Parisian – wine, cheeses, and other strange delights that I can’t pronounce. Normally I use Yelp and Tripadvisor to discover where I am going to conquer next on the food scene, however, I decided that I wanted to try something a bit more personalized and deliberate, so I checked out Withlocals Paris Favorite Food Tour: 10 tastings . As the name suggests, the tour covers the best foods that Paris has to offer with 10 different tastings- from tapenades to macarons from an award winning pastry chef.
The way that Withlocals works is they connect travelers with Local Private Guides that you select from on their website and they tell you what their availability is. You can watch videos of your guide to get a better idea of what their guide style is and if would mesh with what you are looking for. From there it is up to you and your guide on what meet up times work for you. We were decided to go with Withlocal’s Paris guide Edith has she was full of positive energy in her video.
A Foodie Tour of Paris
On the day of the tour we met close to Marché d’Aligre – one of the best local markets in the city. Luckily for us, because of the torrential rain, the streets and the market were empty. Edith started us out with her favorite place for to select tapenades with the best prices in the city. She made sure before we began that we didn’t have any food allergies.
After picking out our favorite tapenades at the market, we made our way to a local cafe called le Baron Rouge for fresh oysters, before continuing onto a baguette store to sample black baguettes made with squid ink. Yes, you heard that correctly – squid ink.
Next up on our Food Tour du Paris was my personal favorite: the wine shop. We devoured local wines, organic and regular, saucisson, and Edith told us all about life in Paris. The entire experience was more of…an experience with a friends rather than a tour, which is just what we wanted.
Lots of wine at the wine shop…who would have thought?
Our next locale was at am award-winning delicatessen to order some goose Rillette – a pate of sorts, in which we had to guess which one we were trying. We followed this up with a stop off in a cheese shop, which was the smelliest of all the experience.
And to top off my already full belly, we hit up a creperie and then wound up at a macaron store to try the famous macarons from Pierre Hermes.
Overall I really enjoyed the Withlocals tour. Despite increasing my pant size by two by the end of it, it was experience I will never forget.