Paris, France

Learn to Eat Like a Local in Paris

with Jesica L.

30 reviews

Jesica L.

Style: Offbeat, Wholesome

Do you know how to order a macchiato in a French café? Do you know if the cheese comes before or after dessert? Do Parisians really eat those delicious pastries? Then why are they so skinny?

This tour is an introduction to the ways French people approach food and a manual for you to eat like a Parisian. Yes, it is important to eat what locals eat, but even more important: to do it the way they do!

I'm a food historian with ten years of food touring experience. Sign up for this tour and learn the local etiquette, what to eat for breakfast, where to eat lunch, how to pick your cheese, and more!

The tour takes place in a non-touristic, typical Parisian neighborhood, around one of the liveliest markets in Paris, the Marché d'Aligre.

We will start our visit in a café, proceed to a boulangerie (bakery), and then wander through a typical Parisian indoor and outdoor market. We will taste exotic charcuterie (cured meat products), amazing pastries, and a wide selection of cheeses accompanied by wine from our local caviste, directly from the barrel!

The tour is held on Tuesdays, and Thursdays to Sundays, from 9 am to 1 pm.
2 people min, 6 max.

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Jesica L.

Art Historian, Master in Cultural Tourism and co-founder of the first food tour company in Mexico, I settled seven years ago in Paris to explore, eat and share my experiences with French food culture. Full profile

30 Reviews


We wanted a tour that enabled us to see and learn Parisian day to day living and Jessica was perfect for the task. It was great to observe her interactions with shop keepers, cheese mongers and charcuterie specialists. Jessica explained customary French greetings and correct ways to order each product. She introduced us to a local area of Paris which we would never have visited otherwise. We finished with a perfect picnic in the park, tasting all the products we had bought along the way. (These were included in the tour fee). Superb! A 5 star experience. We highly recommend Jessica's tour!

Nancy M.

We just finished our Eat like a Local tour with Jesica and I highly recommend it. I am stuffed, in a good way! Jesica talked with us like we were old friends who she was excited to share her secrets with, making our experience very personal and fun. Her knowledge of the relationship between the French and their food and the way she shared the information with us as she fed us was wonderful. This is only our second day in Paris and we will spend the rest of our time here enjoying the food even more thanks to Jesica. And, it is a cold November day here, raining so hard I debated canceling at the last minute, but I am so glad we went - we completely forgot about the weather thanks to the way Jesica engaged us in our cultural learning experience!

Heath B.

Being Australian and lacking all but the most basic language skills, I was really nervous about getting around the city. I wanted to make sure I had an authentic experience, maximising my time and making sure I tasted some of the best things Paris has to offer. I was overwhelmed by choice so decided to take a tour with Jesica. She was brilliant and easy going. We sampled great pastries, cheese and wine outside the usual tourist traps and Jesica also gave us some brilliant tips on etiquette that helped enormously for the rest of the holiday. Can't recommend her highly enough. Thanks again Jesica.

Nirav S.

We had an amazing time with Jesica on our tour. The tour began at a cafe in a very non-touristy neighborhood where we discussed French cuisine in general and the cafe lifestyle in particular. We also snacked on a variety of delicious pastries. We then ventured to a nearby food market, where we took in the amazing array of French produce and foods. The next (and most extensive) stop was to the adjacent market where we learned about all of the delectable things French cuisine is known for: cheeses, meats, and breads. The stop at the cheesemonger was particularly fun. We sampled a variety of cheeses from around France, talking about the features of each one along the way. From there, we moved to a nearby place called the Red Baron, which was the real highlight. This is a very local wine store, where it is possible to buy entire bottles of wine directly from the barrels. We sampled (and discussed) various different types of wines while snacking on what was perhaps the finest charcuterie I have ever tasted. For the final stop, we went to a nearby patisserie to sample an amazing array of French pastries. It was amazing. Jesica was a wonderful guide throughout. We really appreciated her perspective on the culture, the cuisine, and the country. We learned not just to "appreciate" French cuisine, but to respect it and their entire way of approaching food. I would be thrilled to go on any other tours she offers. One note: in case you're wondering whether you will be hungry after this tour, the short answer is that you will definitely NOT be hungry at all. Over the 4-5 hours, we ate plenty of food to qualify for both breakfast and lunch. This tour was one of the highlights of our visit to Paris. Extremely highly recommended.

Joe H.

What a wonderful tour! Jessica taught us so much about food in Paris. And it certainly was a 3-hour long feast of delicious food. It was the highlight of our trip. She is not only very knowledgable but such a simpatico person. Don't miss this tour while you are in Paris.

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