Taking a Secret Food Tour of Paris
Paris is perhaps best known for its iconic sights, sophisticated fashion and unmissable art. On my third trip to Paris I decided it was too cold for the Eiffel Tower. I had no money for shopping. A day at the Louvre, while fabulous I’m sure, just wasn’t capturing my interest. I took to the internet to ask some fellow travel bloggers for their recommendations. Their response was unanimous. Two words: food tour. I quickly set about finding the best food tour of Paris, a task that proved more difficult due to the sheer number of food tours available.
Luckily, my sister had the same idea and surprised me with a ticket for the Secret Food Tour of Paris. The guides at Secret Food Tours will take you on a culinary journey through the streets of Montmartre. Each guide will change the tour slightly to suit their preferences. You will spend three hours gathering food in Montmartre with your guide, with plenty of samples along the way!
Our Food Tour Experience
Our tour was led by Eric, a true foodie from the Provence region. Eric assured us that by the end of the tour we would be frustrated, angry with him even, as we tried to finish the endless supply of food he would provide. Our small group of 6 gladly committed to the challenge. As we wandered through the streets of Montmartre, taking in the sights and sounds of market day, Eric explained a little bit about the history of Montmartre as a market centre on the outskirts of Paris. Before we knew it, we arrived at our first stop, a cheese shop with an impressive array displayed outside.
I think I horrified everyone by admitting I don’t like cheese. My fears of going hungry were quickly dispelled as we made our way from charcuterie to patisserie to boulangerie, stopping for samples and stocking up for later. Eric was very accommodating of my aversion to cheese and pate. He also presented alternatives for the woman on our tour who couldn’t eat sugar (although she did have to miss out on some beautiful desserts!)
My favourite stop on the tour was Chocolat Illèné. This tiny chocolatier is home to a creative Korean duo who produce everything from pistachio chocolates to matcha macarons. Almost everything in the shop was edible. I also ate the best macaron of my trip here so they get extra points for that!
Lastly, we arrived at the secret wine cellar. While I was feeling full from all the samples, I was still ready to tackle Eric’s haul. Eric proceeded to pull out endless samples of meat and cheese accompanied by a plentiful supply of delicious wine. By the time we reached our secret dish- traditional chocolate eclairs- I realised that Eric had been correct. I was angry with him! One woman even turned down the eclairs, asking “how can you expect us to eat anymore?!” Hence, we reluctantly admitted that the Secret Food Tour had beaten us. We finished off the wine before emerging from the cellar in a blissful state of contentment.
I thought I could never get enough Parisian food but I couldn’t have eaten another bite. We made it to 9pm that night before we dragged ourselves outside once more to sample the delights of Parisian cuisine.
Still wondering what to do in Paris? Two words: food tour.