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A food tour of Paris’ 7th arrondissement with Localers

Baguettes and Eiffel Tower on eatlivetravelwrite.com

Food tours when I travel. I’m a huge fan! You might remember, from Paris alone, this tour by Flavors of Paris on the Left Bank, the Context Paris Chocolate Walk, the Context “Bobo Palate: New Trends in Parisian Cuisine“, the La Cuisine Paris “Sugar Walk” of the Marais, the “Bellies on Foot” tour, again from La Cuisine Paris), or the Urban Adventures “Secret Paris” tour.

When I was planning this summer’s trip to Paris, I was excited to see a couple of newcomers (to me) to the Paris walking tour scene – local companies like Localers.  I am not sure how I came across their site but the amount and variety of tours they offer in France certainly had me lost in the site for the better part of an hour.  I was honoured when Romain and Thomas from Localers invited me to join one of their Paris tours this summer and suggested they choose something in line with my interests (err… food!) which is how I found myself on the Eiffel Tower food tour last week (€89 per person based on 4 people, very competitive compared to many food tours around the city).

Pitched as a gastro-historical tour of a carefully selected group of merchants and artisans with a passionate young French chef as our guide, the tour promised a behind-the-scenes tastings at artisanal food merchants, including foie gras, wine, macarons, patisseries and a private wine & cheese workshop at a “fromagerie” when the shop is closed, it sounded right up my alley!

Our guide was Maël, a chef who was raised in Brittany but who now lives and works in Paris. With experience everywhere from Michelin star restaurants to the set of a French television show where he worked as a culinary assistant, Mael also has a degree in history and sociology from the University of Rennes and loves to share his knowledge of the history of Paris and French gastronomy with foreign travelers.  On my tour, he did a great job of “reading” the group and tailoring the information he was sharing to our various interests.

Mael the Localers guide on eatlivetravelwrite.comWhat I really liked about this tour was that, while there was definitely a food focus, it was not just about the food. Maël also shared information about history, architecture and art, so there’s definitely something for everyone to learn about!

Buildings in Paris 7th arrondissement on eatlivetravelwrite.comOf course, what’s a food tour without… food? Along the way there are plenty of tastings…

Madeleine and sandwich brie noix on eatlivetravelwrite.comLots of French classics like these madeleines, canelés and macarons to try (and even if you have eaten all of these before, it’s always interesting to compare different versions).

Patisserie tasting plate on Localers food tour on eatlivetravelwrite.comA new-to-me discovery, Michel Chaudun and his tasty pavés (ganache squares dusted with cocoa)…

Michel Chaudun on eatlivetravelwrite.comInside the tiny boutique on rue de l’Université, you’ll find all sorts of goodies (including chocolate saucisson!)…

Chocolat Michel Chaudun on eatlivetravelwrite.comMore chocolate was to be had at Les Petites Chocolatières (where we sampled “raisins au Sauternes” – raisins soaked in Sauternes then coated in chocolate. Divine!)

Les Petites Chocolatieres on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd when you’re near Pralus, you simply HAVE to stop in to taste the praluline, right? I’ve written about my love for Praluline before, some of you might remember…

Praluline from Pralus on eatlivetravelwrite.comTo my excitement, we headed to Jean-Paul Hévin, temple of chocolate – and macarons

Macarons at Jean Paul Hevin on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnother store that you really had to take a close look at inside to see what they sell – from the outside, it looks like a fancy jewelers!

Jean Paul Hevin on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe tour includes savoury tastings too – foie gras and wine at Canard & Co.

Uroulat on eatlivetravelwrite.comFoie gras tasting on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe tour pace is leisurely, though you will cover a lot of ground. Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses from time to time….

And sometimes it’s great to just stop and people watch…

Boulangerie Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.comOr step into what might seem like a mundane fruit and veg store to discover beautifully presented produce…

Tomatoes at Harry Cover Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.comFruit at Harry Cover Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.comOr take the time to notice little details like the boiled eggs laid out on a café table (a traditional bar snack).

Boile egg bar snacks on eatlivetravelwrite.comTowards the end of the tour, we stepped into the Fromagerie de Grenelle (closed at the time of our tour) for a private tasting of some Corsican wine and cheese with owner Luc Pascal.

Corsican cheese and wine on eatlivetravelwrite.comHint: if you take this tour, don’t make lunch plans. You’ll be too full of goodies by the end of it!

Corsican wine tasting on eatlivetravelwrite.comCorsican cheese and charcuterie on eatlivetravelwrite.com(see?)

What I really enjoyed about this tour was the amount of ground we covered. Though it felt leisurely, when I go back and look as all the places we visited (or that Maël talked about – quite often he would simply draw our attention to a noteworthy building or store), we certainly were given a lot of information so it wasn’t just our bellies that were full when the tour ended. We all had a handful of business cards, notes on our iPhones and the like and a list a mile long of places to go back to later in the trip!

Paris Cafes on eatlivetravelwrite.comNo wonder they suggest taking the tour early on in your Paris trip – so you can fully digest all the information and head back to some of the places you want to explore more fully on your own…

Around the Eiffel Tower on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd of course, what’s an “Eiffel Tower Food Tour” without the Eiffel Tower? This is the end point for the trip and I can’t think of a more fabulous way to end a morning of culinary adventures in the 7th arrondissement.

Eiffel Tower-Tour Eiffel on eatlivetravelwrite.comNeed more convincing that you should check out Paris with a local guide from Localers? Read this.

Or watch this:

Disclosure: I was a guest of Localers on the “Eiffel Tower Food Tour”.  I was not asked to write about this, nor am I being compensated for doing so. All opinions are 100% my own.

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25 Responses to A food tour of Paris’ 7th arrondissement with Localers

  1. Lauren July 23, 2013 at 05:26 #

    Gorgeous pictures and tour! Food tours are the way to go, and Localers looks like a fantastic company. If you ever pass through Madrid feel free to get in touch with us, we would love to take you out on one of our tours!

  2. Pamela July 23, 2013 at 06:48 #

    A fabulous and delicious food tour Mardi. I would like to go there and taste it now.

  3. Mr. Neil July 23, 2013 at 11:53 #

    Wow, these people really look to be a fabulous group – excellent promo video as well.

    • Mardi Michels November 10, 2013 at 19:07 #

      Yep, I’ll be taking more tours with them for sure!

  4. KarenP July 23, 2013 at 12:20 #

    You’re making want to go to Paris!

  5. Coco in the Kitchen July 23, 2013 at 12:44 #

    Food Tour of Paris….could there be more heavenly words?

  6. Michele July 23, 2013 at 15:35 #

    I just left Paris and I already feel like I need to come back. There is so much more to taste!!! Thank you for sharing your food tour experiences.

    • Mardi Michels November 10, 2013 at 19:06 #

      You’re welcome. There’s always more to see and taste in Paris!

  7. Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry July 24, 2013 at 04:00 #

    Greetings from FBC5. This tour just seems perfect. Your pictures speak to me. I would absolutely love to do this.

  8. Geoff July 24, 2013 at 04:41 #

    The whole of Paris in some selected photographs.
    Nice work, Mardi and the tour looks real value.

    • Mr. Neil July 24, 2013 at 08:57 #

      Actually the one thing Mardi didn’t give any indication was of cost…

    • Mardi Michels November 10, 2013 at 19:06 #

      Thanks. It’s a great deal of info you wouldn’t otherwise find out for sure!

  9. Ann Mah July 24, 2013 at 07:17 #

    Beautiful tour — of my neighborhood! How fun to see old favorites and to make some new discoveries!

    • Mardi Michels November 10, 2013 at 19:05 #

      Aw glad I actually showed you something you didn’t know!

  10. Jill @ MadAboutMacarons July 24, 2013 at 08:10 #

    Love all of your photos, Mardi. Don’t plan lunch after this? Well, er, that could do me all day. Looks great – especially that Corsican red…

  11. Not Just Another Milla July 25, 2013 at 04:13 #

    I’m going to have to stop visiting your blog before time time. Positively famished! So lovely to discover more about Paris with your words and gorgeous photographs.

  12. jeff burrows August 20, 2013 at 14:23 #

    Mardi,
    I am so glad I found your twitter feed this summer! I loved seeing your finds in Paris, especially the Eiffel Tower Food Tour. My wife and I will be in Paris in September and we just booked the tour. Of course, I told them how we found their website! Thanks.

    • Mardi Michels August 22, 2013 at 10:07 #

      Thanks for your kind words and glad you found the blog! Enjoy the Localers tour – I know you will!

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