Paris Food and Wine Tours

Fall in love with French cuisine in the sparkling City of Lights

Paris has long been synonymous with the very best food in the world, and it’s safe to say that the city has become as recognisable for its cuisine as its iconic architecture. From the delightful, freshly baked aromas drifting out of boulangeries dotted along every street to the edible elegance served up by traditional eateries, food is without doubt a permanent part of the Parisian fabric. It’s certainly no exaggeration to say that the renowned Cordon Bleu culinary school is as much a household name as the Eiffel Tower these days, and thousands of chefs, foodies and the culinary-curious flock to Paris each year in search of inspiration, food-induced romance and of course, an authentic taste of some of the world’s finest ingredients.

As the home of French cookery, Paris has firmly established itself as the foodie capital of Europe, to the point where now it’s difficult to overstate the influence French flavours and techniques have had on the culinary world. From simple things such as different styles of vegetable chopping and stock building, to much loved combinations involving rich cream, cheese, wine and fresh herbs, French food trends underlie the contemporary cuisines of many of its neighbours. After all, this is where the finest chefs in the world come to master the art of cooking. Countless French chefs are renowned internationally - Taillevent, La Varenne, Escoffier, to name a few.

Dining in Paris is not just about the haute cuisine. Bourgeois and peasant cuisine in the French countryside is equally as rich and varied, and many of these once regional dishes have spread throughout the country. National dishes include from the everyday baguette, to Foie Gras, to Coq au Vin, to french cheese (there are 246 different types!). A meal usually consists of three courses, with hors d'oeuvre or entrée, plat principal, fromage (cheese course) or dessert.

In terms of eating out, a short break in the French capital can be full of surprises, with countless possibilities depending on your preferences.  All in all, a foodie experience in Paris can be whatever you want it to be. With an almost unlimited selection of venues, markets, tours and cooking classes to choose from, Parisians and tourists alike are gastronomically spoilt for choice. To truly explore the extent of the Parisian food scene will take many years of tasty dedication, so you better get started!

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