From baguettes and bouillabaisse to mille-feuilles and macarons, there’s no doubting that Paris steals your heart through your tum. If you’d rather not queue at the tourist hotspots, it’s deceptively easy to navigate the city and eat like a local... all you’ve got to do is find the best produce. If you need a hand to guide you, sign up with Promenades Gourmandes – these private gourmet walks are organised by Paris native Paule Caillet, who leads you to only the finest providores and patisseries that this gastronomic capital has to offer.
Each bespoke, 3-hour itinerary can be customised to your culinary interests, so you can focus on fresh produce at one of the daily farmers markets, or induce a sugar rush exploring the city’s finest chocolatiers and pastry shops. Either way, you’ll gain insight into some of Paris’ most unique and respected characters and trade secrets, like the chefs’ grocer of choice Terroirs d’Avenir, and Olivier Roellinger’s sweet-scented mini spice market. If the walk and simply fabulous produce leaves you feeling inspired, you can also sharpen your knives with a half-day cooking classes, and whip up a 4-course lunch at Paule’s home kitchen in Le Marais. Of course you then get to enjoy all the fruits of your labour with a little wine and some fromage to finish. Bon appétit!