Walking Tours

FOOD TOUR in the MARAIS or in ST GERMAIN

Food is such an essential part of our culture, “the French gastronomic meal” now appears on UNESCO’s list. I was very lucky to have a Father who was a “grand gastronome” and a great chef. Thanks to him, I was immersed in our culinary traditions from a very early age. Since then, I have developed a passion for “things that make the tastebuds happy”, a passion I am delighted to share with you.

We visit some of the finest gourmet addresses in Paris, to taste French specialties from different regions, to make you experience some of the fantastic diversity France has to offer. I tell you plenty of facts and fun anecdotes as we go, not only about the French and their food, but also about the various monuments of historical interest we pass.

The food tours can be done in two different districts of Paris: either the Marais (right bank; around Hotel de Ville and St Paul) or St Germain (left bank; around Odeon and St Germain). Les activity on Mondays.

The MARAIS

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Montmartre & the Sacré Coeur Basilica

Depending on your interest and energy level, we can either walk, or take the funicular, or take the Little Train to the top of the hill (same to come down). There, we visit the Sacré Coeur basilica (ground level) and enjoy the sweeping panoramic views. Then, we discover the little winding streets of Montmartre, its vineyards, windmills, village atmosphere. It is one of the most picturesque parts in town. Away from the beaten path, we walk in the footsteps of Saint Denis, the Republicans of the Commune and the many artists who lived a bohemian life at the turn of the 20th century. The artistic tradition is very much alive: you can even have your portrait made!

Palais Royal & Galleries, Covered Passages

Located in the very heart of the city, the “Royal Palace” remains a hidden gem, the most beautiful Neoclassical ensemble we have in Paris. A high place of French history in the 1600’s and 1700’s, it was the place of all scandals around the time of the Revolution. “Paris is the capital of the world and the Palais Royal is the capital of Paris“, wrote Sebastien Mercier. One could find restaurants, cafés, shops, theatres … and more. Then, we move on in history to discover a number of galleries and passages, built in the 19th century in order to shelter a wealthy Parisian clientele from the uncertain weather. They were so strikingly modern at the time that they inspired others as far as Milan! Avoid Sundays.

Flea Market of Saint-Ouen Clignancourt

Over 100 years ago, it started as a place where rag-and-bone men were selling their merchandise on the ground. Nowadays it has 7 hectares (17 acres), 14 markets, 1700 stall holders. I love to wander through the alleyways to show you antiques but also books, designer shops, kitchen utensils, clothes, bistros … and so much more! There is absolutely everything, from junk to high quality antiques. It is an incredible change of scene. It really has become a must see. Only open on Saturdays and Sundays.

Latin Quarter & Notre Dame Cathedral

The historical and geographical heart of Paris. The old Roman town developed there before, in the Middle Ages, it became an intellectual centre thanks to the universities. We visit the Luxembourg gardens, we see the Pantheon and the Sorbonne University, the square of the Contrescarpe, we pass Shakespeare & Co, we meet Heloise and Abelard … Then, on the island, we will visit Notre Dame Cathedral (ground level). I will tell you all there is to know … and even a little bit more.

There are many other attractions. If you have a special interest, please let me know.

The best way to discover this gorgeous city is on foot. In an entertaining and informative manner, let me walk you through different districts of our wonderful capital. We will talk about history, art, architecture, politics, food and wine, fashion, etc. I will show you places you would not find by yourselves, I will tell you fascinating anecdotes but more than that, I really wish to help you see Paris through the eyes of a local!

Why a guide?

I will show you the highlights

bring the sites to life, often telling the stories that are not in the guide books or audio tours. With your own knowledgeable and entertaining guide, you can ask questions and find out more about what interests you.

To save your precious time, I have preferential access to most sites.

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