Award-winning baguettes, medieval architecture and secret gardens, this is Le Marais!
Truffles, pralines, ganache, macarons ... What is the difference? Our walk in Le Marais will answer these questions and more, delving into the sweet world of chocolate in Paris. Enjoy with us a very exciting experience walking in one of the most fascinating district in Paris, which still is a center of historical importance and also remain at the cutting edge of art, gastronomy and fashion. And, of course, taste some of the local delicious sweets that have helped to make this neighborhood famous around the world. Some of the best chocolate makers have their shop here, we cannot miss a stop for local taste!
Meet our guide in the heart of Le Marais and start this unique experience in private. In the 17th century this area was prime real estate for aristocrats to build grand private mansions. This tour takes you into the courtyards and gardens of some of the finest examples, illustrating the lavish lifestyle of the times. Today its quiet medieval streets and sophisticated squares make the Marais one of the city’s most inspiring neighborhoods, epitomizing the classy-cool mystique of Paris. You will revisit engaging tales of the blood-soaked French Revolution and see the breathtaking Hôtel de Ville. You will explore a church that conceals a veritable treasure trove of secret objects and legends from long ago. A stroll through the Jewish quarter will reveal Yiddish bakeries, kosher delis and world-famous falafel sandwiches. Your guide will reveal all the must-know addresses where you can find the best in food, antiques, clothing, and more.
A tour of the Marais would not be complete without a walk along the Village Saint Paul with its antique shops, art galleries & eateries in an old-fashioned enclave with cobblestone street, the courtyard of the regal Hotel de Sully and a visit to the beautiful Place des Vosges, the former Royal Square, which hosts famous art galleries as well as gourmet cafés. But we do not forget your palate too! You are in the district of the best “patisserie” of the city. We will indulge our sweet tooth at several chocolate shops, and maybe even stop to admire the whimsically detailed chocolate sculptures at a classic chocolaterie. As we taste their wares, we will discuss the process behind the transformation from cocoa bean to the various chocolate delicacies sold in shops today, and maybe touch on chocolate's transformation from luxury good to affordable treat. Next, we will go on to discuss the rich dessert history associated with Paris and, more importantly, the evolution of the celebrated Parisian treat, the macaron. Stopping at a variety of these confectionery shops, we will compare and contrast the flavors, products, and techniques used. We may visit a top boutique to sample their flavorful take on the macaron, or try a colorful array at a family-owned boulangerie. From marvelous meringue and tartes to rich pure chocolate, this walk will tantalize every one of our senses.
The tour ends in the heart of Le Marais. We are sure that you will not forget to stunning experience during your stay in Paris. After the tour, you can choose to keep walking in this area for a self-visit in this beautiful neighborhood, or go to another area of Paris for new places to be discovered.