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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.

Marais Walking Tour: Lifestyle in Paris

2. 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.

Paris: Marais District Smartphone Audio-Guided Tour

3. 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

4. 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 District of Paris Guided Walking Tour

5. Marais District of Paris Guided Walking Tour

Start your tour of the Marais by learning about its historic importance. This district once lay beyond the center of Paris. Today, it is at the heart of the city. Discover the Church of Saint Paul and Saint Louis before walking through the courtyard of the majestic Hotel de Sully. Continue experiencing the royal history of the Marais by exploring the pristine Place des Vosges, a public square with unparalleled beauty in Paris. Afterwards, move forward in time to learn all about the bustling Jewish community that put the Marais on the map through the 18th and 19th centuries. Wander past the bakeries and boutiques of the Pletzl before strolling the shop-laden rue des Francs Bourgeois. All the while discover mansion after mansion, former homes to nobility that once called the Marais home. Some are now museums, like the highly worthwhile Musée Carnavalet. The tour may also introduce you to both the Hotel de Ville, or City Hall, and the Pompidou Center, both architectural masterpieces from very different periods.

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What people are saying about Hôtel Carnavalet

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 77 reviews

The guide, Louis, was knowledgeable and engaged and food and wine were interesting if a bit less substantial that we have experienced in other cities. The sequence was mixed between sweet and savory rather than savory first and then savory.

Lewis (Louis?) was so great as a guide. He was so knowledgeable and really easy going. We went to excellent places and was so full by the end of it!! I wish I did this sooner in my trip so I could go back to all the places we visited.

Guide (Louis) was great. It’s not too much food, just about right. There was a couple with an j can’t and stroller, and they managed just fine in case anyone has a baby and is considering the trip.

Emily was so informative and friendly! We had an amazing time and the food was delicious! I will have dreams about Popolini’s forever!

It's worth it, a great experience. There is a lot to discover, try and enjoy.