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Food Tours Around Paris?

I'll be taking my first trip to Paris soon, and am curious to know if there are any food tours (cheese, wine?) in the area that fellow Chowhounds would recommend. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Try

    http://www.julotlespinceaux.com/

    perhaps, not exactly what you're looking for, but a start.

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    1. re: toitoi

      Wow, great site -- thanks! I'm afraid something like a personalized tour would likely be beyond my budget -- an idea what the charges for something like this would be, ballpark?

      1. re: spyturtle008

        spyturtle008,

        I wouldn't assume as much. Just email Julien. I'm sure he'll be more than willing to work with you.

        u.e.

        1. re: spyturtle008

          Let Julien help you plan your trip. He is a very kind and generous person., who wants only to share his passion and knowledge of food and France with you. Don't be concerned with fees, just email him.

        2. re: toitoi

          I'll second Julot, but I'd say it's even more than just a start. I think he's exactly what you're looking for! Ultra knowledgeable.

          1. re: tupac17616

            I'll also put in a vote for Julot. I'm not sure what you consider to be in your budget, but after researching such things fairly extensively, I think you are getting an incredible value for the service he offers (basically a food tour customized to your specific tastes). He takes a lot of time to understand what you like, expect, enjoy, etc. And anyone that reads this board knows how passionate and knowledgeable he is about great Parisian food. We have a day booked with him in early January and can't wait. Email him and he can definitely give you more specific information about price, services, etc.

            1. re: txgrl99

              Just perused the Julot website - looks awesome! Go for it.

          1. re: Moshi Moshi

            Barbara at Paris Talks is fabulous. She's a long time resident of Paris and a gourmet cook. Just gave us a fabulous gourmet tour in Paris. She was so much fun and very knowledgible.

          2. I agree that Julot (aka Julien, aka Souphie) would be wonderful for a personalized tour - especially anything to do with bakeries. Have you seen the map (http://bit.ly/c47yU5) he made of his favorite boulangeries? It's awesome.

            Moshi Moshi mentioned Context Travel (http://www.contexttravel.com/city/Par...) and I can tell you that they're pretty great. Of course, I work for them and am in no way objective. In terms of pricing, the walks cost €70-80 for 2.5 hours (it almost always stretches to 3hrs), including copious tastings (bread, cheese, chocolate, pastry, Armagnac...) along the way. Groups are small (6 people max) enough to receive a warm welcome in the tiniest of shops. Walks are led exclusively by chefs or food writers.

            I've also heard a lot of really nice reviews about walks by Wendy Lyn at The Paris Kitchen - http://thepariskitchen.com/

            Hope you find something good!

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            1. re: megzimbeck

              The Context tours sound great but how to choose from: The Bobo Palate, Belly of Paris, Baguette to Bistro and Paris Market Walk? Any thoughts on which to choose?

            2. Another vote for Julot. I recently had the privilege of watching him prepare his nirvana roast chicken. Since then, neither my chicken nor I have been the same.

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              1. re: Parigi

                I'm really late here because I read the subject line and thought the OP wanted a food tour of St Denis, Marne la Vallee, Ivry etc.. In any case, Julot is most knowledgeable altho' I've never had a tour outside a resto with him.

                1. re: John Talbott

                  I second Dr. Talbott's recommendation for fair Julot.

                  1. re: John Talbott

                    I will be coming to Paris for my first visit in early April and would love to do a walking food tour. I did notice however that Julot's website is no longer operating when I clicked on the link above from 2008. Any other suggestions? I am planning on taking a 1 day cooking class, perhaps in bread baking at "Cook 'N With Class".

                      1. re: Parigi

                        Having recently done several Paris food walks, the best by far are by Context Travel. Barbara Austin was delightful and really knows her stuff--she used to be a cook, unlike some of the other American food-tour guides, whose knowledge is pretty superficial beyond showing off their insider's relationships with a couple of chefs.

                        1. re: andaba

                          Thanks for this, I want to return to Paris in the fall of 2012 and think this would be a great idea.

                          1. re: andaba

                            Barbra Austin has relocated to Hong Kong and Meg Zimbeck is now running Paris by Mouth's Tours featured in the New York Times Dining Section today.

                            1. re: John Talbott

                              Thanks John. I just think that Paris by Mouth's Tours are too popular and generic for our needs.
                              By the way, I thoroughly enjoy your blog and culinary insight. Your suggestions have helped make Paris a very special place for me and tons of folks who ask me for advice. The tentacles of your knowledge reach all over the world. Bravo!

                  2. Is Julot (Julien) still providing tours? I have sent him several emails, but have received no replies. I wonder if it just became too much of a hassle. Thank you for any help.

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                    1. re: enofile

                      l sent him an email on his personal address in the event he has not been seeing your mail on his website, if so l suspect he will get back to you.
                      His tours are still the best.

                      1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                        He's on vacation right now and will be back at the beginning of the month.

                        1. re: Ptipois

                          Pti herself is too French-retenue to say so, but she who is encyclopedic about food also does food tours of Paris once in a while.

                          She saved my thanksgiving turkey 2 years ago by guessing correctly and remedying the problem based on what she knows about that particular race of turkey - in terms of meat texture - and what the hidden quirks of my new oven might be.
                          She is someone who doesn't just know about food but also all the "food subtexts".

                          Plus all the markets in Paris, including what's in season and which items in which markets are good buys. She is Miss Trivial Food Pursuit.

                          You can contact her through her ptipois website.

                          1. re: Parigi

                            Blushing entirely from hair barrette to leopard g-string. Many thanks miss Parigi.

                            1. re: Ptipois

                              Bonjour,
                              I am the individual looking for someone to lead culinary tours of Paris. My first "expedition" is in October involving two couples who are well versed in the food world. Of the four persons, one is an excellent cook, two owned restaurants, and one is a lovely, well-versed world traveler. They are wonderful people, but not your typical "wide eyed" tourist, flag following group. I was thinking that a frommage tour and a tour of Rungus would be both interesting and intriguing for them. Is this something that you do and would be interested in? Thank you very much.

                              1. re: Ptipois

                                Unique Culinary Tours of Paris

                                I know there is a thread about this topic, but I ask your indulgence to allow me to open up this discussion since the suggestions provided have not been available. Thanks for your understanding.
                                Two couples are traveling to Paris on October 10th, 2013 for a week, arriving at CDG on the morning of the 11th of October. They are very interested in booking a couple of half day culinary tours.
                                They are not your typical "wide eyed" flag following tourists and are fairly seasoned travelers to Paris. Amongst the four, are two excellent cooks and two former restaurant owners.
                                What interests them would be a thorough frommage tour, where they can actually learn about cheeses and their origins, tastes etc. Experiencing a morning at the Rungus market would also "tickle their fancy."
                                If you have any information that would help me, I would greatly appreciate your help. Again, sorry for the repetitive topic which I know causes frustration and angst for the veteran Chowers, but I thank you in advance for your understanding and allowance

                                1. re: enofile

                                  Paris by Mouth does a fun cheese tour, damn even l can give a good one.

                                  1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                                    Thanks. We would love to have you help us. Paris by Mouth is good, but I think a bit too general since they cater to many people and have to cater to a whole bunch of different folks. I need someone who takes idiosyncrasies into consideration. (Irreverence, goofiness, youthful minds in old bodies, gluttony, political incorrectness, angst and neurosis)

                                    Part of this is humor, but there is about 18 ounces of truth.

                                    1. re: enofile

                                      No worries, contact me at address on my info page and we can discuss it.
                                      Catered cheese tastings with wine for 15 years before l retired.

                                      1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                                        DCM: I'd take a cheese tour with you. You've steered me to great cheeses I never would have found. In a nondescript supermarket in the middle of nowhere in the Basque country, you said: "THAT's a good cheese," and it was. -- And I have forgotten the name since. :(

                                        1. re: Parigi

                                          Thank you for the sweet words, cheese was Capitoul

                                          1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                                            I went to your home page, but alas, found no way to contact you directly. Can you do that through my home page since you are more versed with Chowhound's menu design?

                                            enofile

                                            1. re: enofile

                                              Your info page does indeed have nothing
                                              Mine has a email address, please use that.
                                              Click on my 'handle' Delucacheesemonger and on the right side of the page will be the email info below my name , etc.

                                              1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                                                I'm sorry, but this is all I see and the link doesn't work:Real Name:
                                                Stefan
                                                Location:
                                                Philadelphia
                                                Blog:
                                                http:// http://cheesemonger282@Aol.com
                                                Thanks
                                                PG

                                                1. re: enofile

                                                  The email address is after the http://http://

                                                  1. re: wally

                                                    It doesn't come up on Safari unfortunately.

                                                    1. re: enofile

                                                      Skip the http stuff and it works, honest. Also make the 'a' on aol small case.

                                                      1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                                                        Thanks. I would never have worked at Bletchley breaking codes. Sorry.

                                          2. re: Parigi

                                            Get DCM to make fondue some time -- otherworldly. And then there's the patented way he hand-tears a crusty baguette for maximum surface space . . . .

                                            Responding to the other parts of this thread, above, re general food tours: Yes to both vacationing Julot and blushing Ptipois. -- Jake

                                2. re: Parigi

                                  Thank you for the information and I will look into your suggested resource. I am planning several trips to Paris for folks who think I know more then I do since I travel to Paris often. My ego is fragile enough to swallow this false impression like a voracious canine and I offer my services freely and too readily. Having outside expertise on the culinary flip side will give me a bit of cred that might hide my shortcomings. Thanks again and I will pursue your advice.

                                3. re: Ptipois

                                  Thanks for the information. I will try to be patient (not one of my virtues) until August. Merci.

                                4. re: Delucacheesemonger

                                  Thank you very much for your time and trouble. I am planning a trip for two couples in October and a group trip in December, and although I do this for free, I always feel responsible. Thanks again.