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The Marais Walking Food Tour: Cheese, Wine and Delicacies

1. The Marais Walking Food Tour: Cheese, Wine and Delicacies

Le Marais is the perfect place for an authentic and delightful food tour. While your tastebuds enjoy the flavors, your eyes can feast on this beautiful neighborhood's cute cafes, interesting art galleries, high-end shops and quaint architecture.  Your local food expert and guide will take you far off the beaten path of this well-known district to discover the warm atmosphere of an authentic market full of fresh products and other culinary gems hidden in the narrow and lively streets. You'll taste fresh French cheeses served on a crunchy baguette and paired with wine, cured hams and charcuterie, generous pastries, delicious chocolates and many other sweet and savory delicacies. Even the most demanding tastebuds will be pleased. After hopping in and out of Parisians' favorite stores, you’ll feel like a local and know more about the Parisian way of life. Your passionate tour guide will be more than happy to share interesting stories and information with you about French culinary art and the wonderful Marais neighborhood.

Paris: Marais District Smartphone Audio-Guided Tour

2. Paris: Marais District Smartphone Audio-Guided Tour

Start the audio-guided tour at Place des Vosges. As you stroll through the charming district of Le Marais, automatically triggered audio commentary from the app provides more information and insight into one of Paris's trendiest neighborhoods. See the former home of renowned writer Victor Hugo near the start of the tour. Discover a selection of attractions in the area including the Carnavalet Museum and Maison Européenne de la Photographie. Learn more about the Jewish heritage of the area and a thriving LGBT community. The audio guide provides clear audio directions and a map indicates directions to follow in real-time. If you wish to stop at one of the trendy cafes for a drink or a bite to eat, simply pause the app and resume the tour when you are ready. The audio tour finally leads you to the Hotel de Ville, Paris's city hall near Ile de la Cité, and the Seine River.

Paris: Le Marais Walking Tour

3. Paris: Le Marais Walking Tour

Spend some time exploring the scenic views of Le Marais, Paris, as your guide tells you the history of the area on this walking tour. Admire the district which was once the Jewish Quarter, and visit the Stravinsky Fountain, the Centre Pompidou, the Street of Rosebushes, and more. Begin at the Stravinksy Fountain (currently under renovation until 2023), with abstract and outlandish sculptures that move and spray water. Marvel at the colorful display and capture photos of the whimsical fountain. Next, explore the Centre Pompidou, the street Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, and the Cloister of Billettes. Your guide will teach you the history and tell you about the LGBTQ+ community of the area. Spend some time learning about the Church of Our Lady of the White Friars, built-in 1258 by Saint Louis. Walk to the Impasse des Crossbowmen, the Street of Rosebushes, the Library of the City of Paris, The Place des Vosges, and more.  Your tour will end at Le Village Saint-Paul, a treasure trove of antiques, art galleries, and artisan boutiques. Leave your guide here to admire the area and stroll through the shops and attractions nearby.

Marais Walking Tour: Lifestyle in Paris

4. Marais Walking Tour: Lifestyle in Paris

Paris is the city of lovers, and Le Marais is a magnificent mix of historical mansions, cutting edge fashion boutiques, and lively restaurants. It makes an absolutely essential place to visit on your Paris adventure. Long known as the aristocratic district of Paris, it hosts a stunning array of architectural buildings. It spreads across the 3rd and 4th arrondissements on the Rive Droite (Right Bank). Our tour today will include a look at the unusual side of the neighborhood not usually experienced by tourists. We'll enter in some of the most prestigious gourmet addresses, and see the most important monuments along the way. These include: Place des Vosges - the oldest planned square in Paris; Hôtel de Sully, Carnavalet, and Hôtel Salé, each with their renowned designs. We'll also have a chance to find a remarkable group of shops along the way! Make sure to ask your guide about restaurant recommendations in this culinary city. We'll also have an opportunity to stop for two gourmet tastings along the way, to complete your experience in the Marais.

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What people are saying about Hôtel Carnavalet

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 105 reviews

This was such a fun tour! We visited the Le Marais area and popped into markets, stores and cafes for tastes of cheeses, wines and wonderful desserts. It was 3 hours long and I think we made 5 stops! Our guide was Emily. She did a wonderful job with our group and was a lot of fun. I would highly recommend doing a food tour in any town, but especially in Paris!

Our guide Louis was phenomenal! He was incredibly knowledgeable on the history behind the neighborhood, the food, and the chefs. He was very funny and did an excellent job of keeping the group engaged throughout the tour! This was the highlight of our trip to Paris!

Our guide, Charles was fabulous. Very knowledgeable about the area and shared with us all sorts of French delicacies. Visiting Marais on this tour is highly recommended.

Sara our guide was exceptional! In depth knowledge both of the neighborhood, Paris and it’s history. She’s also a great storyteller.

Harle’s was. Charming and knowledgeable guide. Learn. Lot about good and history. All the stops revealed wonderful food and drink!