CAUTION: THIS POST WILL MAKE YOU HUNGRY AND DROOL AN UNATTRACTIVE AMOUNT
Ladies and gentlemen, after our Paris food tour, Audelicious with Aude, we will be hanging our travel blogger hats and becoming food tour guides.
We’re only joking (kind of)…
It’s definitely in consideration for our future, but we had an absolutely fantastic time with Aude and ate our hearts out with cheese, meats, macaroons, and more cheese.
If you are heading to Paris, the food capital of Europe, you have got to try a walking food tour that focuses on Paris’s incredible gastronomic delights. Cheese, charcuterie, macaroons, éclairs, cheese, ice cream, pate, crepes, cheese and French baguettes. Did I mention cheese? Audelicious was our version of heaven.
We started our (rainy) day by meeting the lovely Aude at the Marche de Bastille, where we had a little history lesson of the Bastille Column and the French Revolution. Although there was a bit of rain, Rain or shine, we still have wine! Am I right? Anyways, this vibrant market is open Thursdays and Sundays from 8 am-2 pm.
Oh, the smell of fresh baked pastries. All the beautiful colors of the French veggies. And the CHEESE! I nearly started crying! With Audelicious, we got to see the best of France’s artisanal food chain and the best of its culinary heritage.
We got to watch them make pizzas and fresh falafels.
We tried every type of bread and French pastry imaginable. Baguettes being our fave!
CHEESE, oh my, so much glorious cheese! I think I started crying when I saw this. French goat cheese is VERY different to American cheeses. I mean, ALL French cheese tastes so different to American cheeses!
Oh, the meats. We LOVED the meats we tried! Especially those little dried sausage nuggets.
Have you ever tried a Mirabelles de Lorraine plum (the ones on the left)? They are super tasty and great for jam making!
We sampled everything from real French Goat Cheese and Blue Cheese, slices of delicious ham, we tried pieces of dried and cured sausage, real Bordeaux grapes (the grapes that make delicious wine), mirabelle fruit (a type of plum), and a delicious and very well stuffed Nutella crepe.
Let’s just say we ate VERY well!
Aude took us to Place de Vosges courtyard to enjoy our delicious French picnic from the market. After walking all morning and sampling food, we relaxed our feet by sitting outside surrounded by beautiful French architecture and beautiful trees.
The buildings and architecture is incredibly beautiful and the courtyard feels like a nice neighborhood park, rather than a crowded tourist destination.
We got to try Chasselas grapes (the white one) and Muscat grapes (the purple ones)! Yes, the grapes to make French Muscat wine!!
After our market picnic it was time for the sweet stuff; DESSERT. We headed over to Lenôtre, a popular (and rather expensive) bakery with fancy cakes and pastries to window shop the amazing cakes they have, Eclairs de Genie, a delicious eclaires shop, Pierre Hermé, the most famous macarons shop in Paris, and finally, Une Glace a Paris, one of the most known ice cream shops with some of the most unique flavors in all of Europe.
Let’s just say, thank goodness my mom is a dentist because I definitely indulged in my fair share and Jacks leftovers in sweets!
Inside the famed Pierre Herme Macaron shop!
We always take local recommendations, and the most popular flavor is Passion fruit chocolate. And that is exactly what we tried!
We tried the salted caramel eclaire! WOW!! It was so incredible!
And finally, we went to Une Glace a Paris. This place is a bit expensive but it definitely deserves a try because you will get one of the best handcrafted ice creams offering some of the most unique flavors in all of France. Flavors include Pistachios and orange Blossom, white cheese, Congo Vanilla, smoked vanilla–being one of their most popular and the one we tried!
With Audelicious, you can customize your tour. She provides you with a questionnaire to answer and creates the tour around your requests. Chocolate? No sweets? Cheese? She will do it and she will amaze you with all her insider knowledge and culinary expertise around Paris!
And finally, we departed, saying our goodbyes as she left us in Le Marché des Enfants Rouges, the oldest market in Paris. It was really amazing to see the difference between the two markets!
We went with Audelicious food tour and it was easily our highlight of our trip to Europe. We couldn’t have asked for more. I mean, seriously, we couldn’t have been more full; we had taken home heaps of food as well. If you have desire to go on a Paris Food tour, Audelicious should be your first choice. Not to mention Aude is one of the best tour guides we have ever had! Thank you Aude for the history lessons, the incredible tour, for being so kind and fun, and of course, the cheese!
To book a tour with Audelicious, please find her on Tripadvisor (with over a 5 star rating) or on her site Audelicious.com. Follow her on facebook for more of her foodie updates! Tours go for $108+ depending on the tour. We can’t recommend this tour enough and we know you will have the time of your life!!