In my opinion, food tours are the best way to get to know a place. Yeah- dining in fancy restaurants are fun but it’s nothing compared to what you can learn from dining like a local. Food tours have become a must for me when traveling abroad (like in Rome- here). When planning our trip to Paris, I looked around for a while (there are a TON of food tours offered) but after some research found the food tour with the best reviews was Secret Food Tours Paris. Secret Food Tours had a few different touring options, but I decided to go with the Montmartre location tour. This is because it is a bit out of the way from the main Parisian sights and an area I was afraid we would not get a chance to explore. Sharing how to Eat like a Parisian with Secret Food Tours Montmartre below!
On our second to last day in Paris, my Mom and I hopped on the metro and headed for Montmartre. We met our tour guide, PJ at the Anvers Metro station. The group was small, about 8, and ready for some delicious Parisian food!
Delicious Chocolate at Maison Georges Larnicol- Le Petit Musee du Chocolat
After learning some brief history about Montmartre, we headed into the best chocolate shop I have ever been to- Maison Georges Larnicol- Le Petit Musee du Chocolat. We learned all about the intense training and schooling that is needed to become a Chocolatier. We walked around the shop which is also a chocolate museum to see all of the magnificent chocolate art/sculptures. I could not believe the Notre Dame sculpture was made of pure chocolate! We each chose a few chocolates to try. I went for some chocolate nut clusters and they were pure magic!
Macaroons at Christophe Rousell Patisser
My sweet tooth was craving some more, so I was so excited to see macaroons were next on our list. Christophe Rousell Patisser is known for creating top of the line macaroons. The front door of Christopher Rousell was full of badges. PJ explained what each one meant and how they are a BIG deal in Paris. There were a ton of flavors it was so hard to pick two to try. I went with the caramel and the lavender. They were out of this world good and rivaled the macaroons at the famous Laudree!
Baguette Making at Au Levain D’Antan- Pascal Barillon
The smell of fresh bread filled the street. We walked into the storefront of one of the best bakeries in Montmartre- Au Levain d’Antan. This little store was packed full of locals getting their daily bread fix! We met the owners and headed back outside, down the alleyway and into the back kitchen area to hear all about how they make and bake their amazing baguettes.
All the Cheeses at La Butte Framagere
The next stop was to my favorite shop of them all, the Framagere! La Butte Framagere carries only the best French cheese and has them all displayed beautifully. We were able to taste test a bunch of different types in store and learned about the high health code standards when it comes to animal products in France. Even the eggs are stamped with a certification to show what farm the eggs came from, etc. So cool!
Cured Meats at Boucherie Des Gourmets
This butchery had every meat you could imagine. The ceiling was completely covered with hanging cured meats. The smell of smokey pork at Boucherie Des Gourmets was heavenly and made my mouth water. The butchery also had rotisserie chicken roasting which looked so juicy and delicious. PJ had the butcher slice up a few cured meats for us to take to the secret location.
The Secret Spot at Le Petit Cafe de Montmartre
With all of our goodies in hand we headed to the secret spot- Le Petit Cafe de Montmartre. This cafe is small but full of character and loved by Montmartre locals. Here we taste tested many different types of wine, cheese and meat. Oh the cheese! We tried everything from soft bries and blue cheeses to harder varieties and even some that were super super aged (stinky cheese!) I was a little freaked out by a few of the meats but tried them all and they were delicious. PJ explained each item food item in detail along with stories about how farming is done in France.
We all learned how to ‘cut’ baguettes properly at a table which means tearing off a piece for you neighbor and passing it along.
PJ grabbed homemade crepes from next door for us (I went with chestnut) while we sipped on coffee. Our last dish were delicious eclairs from a local pastry shop. Everything was absolutely delicious. By the end of the tour we were stuffed and ready for naps.
The tour ended just nearby the famous Moulin Rouge which was a great last sight before leaving Montmartre. We headed back to Le Marais full, happy and full of Parisian foodie knowledge. If you ever find yourself in Paris, make sure you book your Paris food tour with Secret Food Tours! PSST Make sure you visit the Sacre Coeur (recap here) before leaving Montmartre!
Looking for more on our trip to France? Check out our hotel here, our tour of the Louvre with Walks of France – here, some Post Cards from Paris- here and the beautiful Cathedral in Reims- here, some fine dining at Le Foch in Reims- here, a Visit to Paris’ Arc de Triomphe- here, recap of Climbing the Towers of Notre Dame, Paris’ Love Lock Bridge- here, The beautiful stained glass of Sainte Chapelle – here , Champagne Pommery with Tastyside to Life Tours- here, Montmartre’s Sacre Coeur- here, Paris and the Eiffel Tower at Night- here, Part 2 of my Tasty Side to Life tour at Champagne Bernard Pertois- here, the Pantheon in the Latin Quarter of Paris (here) the Enchanting French Chateau Fontainbleau- here, the Hamlet of Marie Antoinette- here and Playing around Outside Paris’ Palais Royal- here.
***This post was in collaboration with Secret Food Tours- Paris. As always all opinions and ideas are my own.