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Paris: Wine and Cheese Lunch

1. Paris: Wine and Cheese Lunch

Enjoy a leisurely lunch that provides a great opportunity to taste and learn about French products. Starting at noon in a beautiful tasting room close to the Louvre, try 5 different wines from 5 different regions of France.  From Champagne and Bordeaux, Sancerre and Rhone, sit back and enjoy this tasty “Tour de France” of wine and cheese. Most of the presentation will be focused on wine. But enjoy food suggestions and pairings, and listen as your sommelier explains why each cheese works with individual wines. Indulge in 2 of the best delicacies from France, learn how to read a French wine label and how to pair wine with food. Along with wine and cheese, try some charcuterie of smoked ham from the south-west of France and some Corsican saucisson to bring even more joy and color to the table. The wine bar is located in a ‘hotel particulier,” previously owned by Mme de Pompadour in the 17th-Century. Voltaire, Rousseau, and George Sand used to come to these famous receptions organized by the lady of the house. In the beautiful old vaulted cellars, the most famous French wines were stored to serve to guests.

Medieval Paris Private Walking Tour

2. Medieval Paris Private Walking Tour

Explore life in Paris 800 years ago on a 2-hour tour of the most important Medieval sites in the city, including the Hotel de Cluny, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and Fountain of the Innocents. Your guide will tell you about the culture, art, and architecture of the Middle Ages while walking along Medieval streets to discover façades that retain their Medieval symbols. Along the way, visit the imposing Notre-Dame de Paris, the most important monument to Medieval Paris. Wander the Latin Quarter to see where the Medieval lives on today. Pass the Hotel de Cluny, a former mansion of Cluny abbots that is now the Museum of the Middle Ages. Go to the Sorbonne to see one of Europe's oldest universities, and marvel at the Flamboyant Gothic Saint-Jacques Tower, all that remains of the 16th-century Church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie. Learn the mercanitile history of Les Halles, and see the oldest intact fountain in Paris at the Fontaine des Innocents. You will even learn the surprising connections the ultra-modern Centre Pompidou has with the Middle Ages!

The Gourmet Gastronomy of Paris: 2.5-Hour Food Tour

3. The Gourmet Gastronomy of Paris: 2.5-Hour Food Tour

Discover what to locals is known as "the belly of Paris" in this delicious 2.5-hour food tour through the enormous, bustling central market nestled in the heart of the city in the charming Les Halles district. Weave your way through the vibrant market space, visiting old shops such as Stohrer, the oldest pastry shop in the city, as well as traditional brasseries and restaurants, and specialty culinary shops. Retrace the evolution of traditional French gastronomy, from the Middle Ages to present day, and stop along the way to taste some of the specialties, including various pastries and breads, an assortment of cheeses, cured meats, and local wines. The lovely district is also home to many attractions of cultural interest, including The Church of St Eustache and the Tower of John the Fearless.

Paris: Outdoor Treasure Hunt Experience

4. Paris: Outdoor Treasure Hunt Experience

In teams of 2 to 6 people, try and follow the trail of the runaway fox. Solve clues, break codes, and find hidden messages that will guide you through the city streets. No app is required, just your hands, your printed documents, and a sharp eye. Once you have booked your start time, bring your tickets and the documents you will receive via email to the starting point. During the activity, you will encounter permanent installations that the fox has hidden around the city. They combine creativity with technology, producing fun and original challenges. Clues will require both intelligence and teamwork to be solved, similar to an escape room. However you are free to complete the trail at your own pace, so you can fully appreciate the sights and unexplored corners of the city along the way. Enjoy this outdoor activity with friends, your family, or groups of all kinds. It takes approximately 2 hours of walking to complete a trail. If during the game you find yourself in difficulty, text or call the helpline to get back on track.

Paris Jazz Walking Tour: Dinner with Wine and Concert

5. Paris Jazz Walking Tour: Dinner with Wine and Concert

On this 4-hour combined program you’ll start out with a walking tour and learn the history of jazz in Paris. The first stops are at 2 nearby cafés, Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore, which formed the epicenter for writers, intellectuals, and musicians. Jazz thrived in this open-minded circle of people. Farther along you’ll see the former location of Club Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Because performances were held in the cellars of the clubs, jazz fans became known as troglodytes, or cave dwellers. See the hotel where jazz greats Kenny Clarke and Bud Powell held late-night jam sessions after their gigs. Kenny Clarke’s bebop drum work changed the rhythm of jazz and allowed for greater exploration of the music. Stop near the site of the former Tabou club, where French writer, singer, songwriter, musician, and jazz promoter Boris Vian performed in 1947. Vian was instrumental in introducing American jazz greats to the in-crowd of Paris. Stopping near Pont Neuf, your guide will tell you about the jazz scene in Montmartre. The area, which once teemed with nightclubs, saw the development of the French chanson in the pre-WWI period. When jazz arrived in 1919, there was a clash between the traditionalists who admired the French chanson and those who preferred the new jazz style. You’ll continue into the 5th arrondissement to the Caveau de la Huchette, the oldest jazz club in Paris. Bebop jazz pianist Bud Powell played in the now-defunct Chat Qui Pêche, a club that stood across the street from the Caveau. In the vicinity are 2 other historic clubs that still feature jazz. Trumpeter and jazz singer Chet Baker and blues singer Memphis Slim performed here. Crossing the Seine River, you’ll make your way to the Châtelet district, and your final stop on the tour. There are several jazz clubs in this area, including Le Duc des Lombards, where you’ll enjoy dinner with wine, accompanied by a live concert.

Paris: Jazz Walking Tour with Live Concert and Brunch

6. Paris: Jazz Walking Tour with Live Concert and Brunch

Immerse yourself in Paris' jazz scene on this 3-hour tour. Begin your experience with a 1-hour walking tour, stopping first at Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore, 2 cafés which formed the epicenter for jazz musicians. Later, see the former location of Club Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the hotel where jazz greats Kenny Clarke and Bud Powell held late-night jam sessions after their gigs.  Stop near the site of the former Tabou club, where the French singer and jazz promoter Boris Vian performed in 1947. At Pont Neuf, listen to your guide's explanation of the jazz scene in Montmartre before continuing into the 5th arrondissement to the Caveau de la Huchette, the oldest jazz club in Paris.  Crossing the Seine River, make your way to the Châtelet district, and your final stop on the tour. There are several jazz clubs in this area, including Le Duc des Lombards, where you’ll enjoy brunch with a glass of champagne (if option is selected), accompanied by a live concert.

Paris: History of Crime Smartphone Audio Guide Walking Tour

7. Paris: History of Crime Smartphone Audio Guide Walking Tour

Start the tour outside the beautiful Church of Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois. Learn how the bell of this church marked the beginning of the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre in 1572. Stroll down nearby Rue Saint Honoré, which was once used as a location for the public execution of criminals. Hear about the many notorious crime figures in Paris' long history. Learn more about the notorious "Gang des Tractions" of the early 20th century. Hear the story of one of their leaders, Pierre Loutrel, who was France's first "public enemy number 1." The audio guide provides clear audio directions and a map indicates directions to follow in real-time. If you wish to take a break, simply pause the app and resume the tour when you are ready. The audio tour finishes at the Hotel de Ville, the City Hall of Paris, which also hosted public executions in years past.

Paris 6-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

8. Paris 6-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

Take a relaxed, guided walk through Paris, from Notre-Dame Cathedral and the city’s medieval period through the late 19th century and the Paris of today. This 6-hour tour not only gives you an overview of the city’s architecture, history, and the history of art, it also presents you with an image of the role and importance of Paris throughout European history. If your visit to Paris is a short one, you’ll see all the highlights on this tour and get a good idea of what the city has to offer. If you’re staying for a longer period, the tour will provide a foundation for you to continue exploring the city on your own. See Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Shakespeare and Co. bookstore, the Latin Quarter, Hotel de Ville, Tour St. Jacques, Les Halles, the Cathedral of Saint Eustache, the Cour Carré and the Louvre, Place Vendôme, Place de la Concorde, the Champs-Élysées, and more.

Paris: Feel like a Parisian Guided Walking Tour

9. Paris: Feel like a Parisian Guided Walking Tour

Explore the history and the hidden gems of Paris on a guided walking tour. Begin in the Palais Royal, the amazing palace with a beautiful garden, hidden just near Louvre. Find the history of different crimes, parties that happened there and find out why the police accepted it. Walk to the Les Halles area to learn the history of the old vegetable market, which was the center of Paris and the place of all the criminals and businessmen of that time. You'll discover a church with the biggest pipe organ in France and maybe hear one of the rehearsals. Next, visit one of the most interesting market streets, with its cheese shops, meat shops, and the oldest pastry shop. Discover the famous district of Marais, from its food market and the Templars history to the amazing small palaces of XV and XVI centuries.

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What people are saying about Les Halles de Paris

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 181 reviews

Très bien aka very good! Theo, has a passion for wine & cheeses and you can see this when he shares his knowledge with you! I learned a lot and tasted delicious wines and cheese from France! I would highly recommend this tour and will absolutely do this again when in Paris! ❤️

This was a very pleasant experience. Our guide Carol was able to fully explain the history of Les Halles and the area. A must do tour for anyone who visits Paris

Lived up to our expectations. Our host was very knowledgeable and welcoming. We enjoyed every second of the event.

Great sommelier, excelent wine choice, delicious cheese. Really enjoyed friendly atmosphere.

Very informative & overall the highlight of our trip to Paris