Hôtel Carnavalet

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Paris: Walking Food Tour with Cheese, Wine and Delicacies

1. Paris: Walking Food Tour with Cheese, Wine and Delicacies

Delight your taste buds with an authentic and delicious French food tour. Feast your eyes on the vast beauty of the Marais neighborhood's cute cafes, interesting art galleries, high-end shops, and quaint architecture. Enjoy a variety of cheeses, hams, pastries, and chocolates. Go far off the beaten path of this well-known district to discover the warm atmosphere of a traditional market. Browse through fresh products and other culinary gems, hidden in narrow and lively streets. Taste fresh French cheeses served on a crunchy baguette and paired with wine. Sample cured hams, charcuterie, generous pastries, delicious chocolates, and many other sweet and savory delicacies. Learn interesting stories and unique facts about French culinary art.

Le Marais: Walking Tour

2. Le Marais: Walking Tour

Approach this unique quarter of Paris from a new angle, with the help of an expert guide. From its scenic pre 19th Century architecture to its fascinating history and its vibrant and exciting present, get under the very social fabric that ties this area together. Once the site of the first Jewish settlement, the trendy neighborhood is now home to upscale boutiques and a vibrant nightlife. On this tour, you follow different threads of Marais' history and bind them together, to weave an image of a truly exceptional quarter. Stand in a place filled with a rich history by exploring the pristine Place des Vosges, a public square with unparalleled beauty in Paris. Continue on and discover mansion after mansion, former homes to the nobility that once called the Marais home. If you only have a certain amount of time to spend in the city, you should definitely make sure you don't miss this quarter.

Paris: Le Marais Walking Tour

3. Paris: Le Marais Walking Tour

Spend some time exploring the scenic views of Le Marais, Paris, as your guide tells you the history of the area on this walking tour. Admire the district which was once the Jewish Quarter, and visit the Stravinsky Fountain, the Centre Pompidou, the Street of Rosebushes, and more. Begin at the Stravinksy Fountain (currently under renovation until 2023), with abstract and outlandish sculptures that move and spray water. Marvel at the colorful display and capture photos of the whimsical fountain. Next, explore the Centre Pompidou, the street Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, and the Cloister of Billettes. Your guide will teach you the history and tell you about the LGBTQ+ community of the area. Spend some time learning about the Church of Our Lady of the White Friars, built-in 1258 by Saint Louis. Walk to the Impasse des Crossbowmen, the Street of Rosebushes, the Library of the City of Paris, The Place des Vosges, and more.  Your tour will end at Le Village Saint-Paul, a treasure trove of antiques, art galleries, and artisan boutiques. Leave your guide here to admire the area and stroll through the shops and attractions nearby.

Paris: Marais District Smartphone Audio-Guided Tour

4. Paris: Marais District Smartphone Audio-Guided Tour

Start the audio-guided tour at Place des Vosges. As you stroll through the charming district of Le Marais, automatically triggered audio commentary from the app provides more information and insight into one of Paris's trendiest neighborhoods. See the former home of renowned writer Victor Hugo near the start of the tour. Discover a selection of attractions in the area including the Carnavalet Museum and Maison Européenne de la Photographie. Learn more about the Jewish heritage of the area and a thriving LGBT community. The audio guide provides clear audio directions and a map indicates directions to follow in real-time. If you wish to stop at one of the trendy cafes for a drink or a bite to eat, simply pause the app and resume the tour when you are ready. The audio tour finally leads you to the Hotel de Ville, Paris's city hall near Ile de la Cité, and the Seine River.

Marais District of Paris Guided Walking Tour

5. Marais District of Paris Guided Walking Tour

Start your tour of the Marais by learning about its historic importance. This district once lay beyond the center of Paris. Today, it is at the heart of the city. Discover the Church of Saint Paul and Saint Louis before walking through the courtyard of the majestic Hotel de Sully. Continue experiencing the royal history of the Marais by exploring the pristine Place des Vosges, a public square with unparalleled beauty in Paris. Afterwards, move forward in time to learn all about the bustling Jewish community that put the Marais on the map through the 18th and 19th centuries. Wander past the bakeries and boutiques of the Pletzl before strolling the shop-laden rue des Francs Bourgeois. All the while discover mansion after mansion, former homes to nobility that once called the Marais home. Some are now museums, like the highly worthwhile Musée Carnavalet. The tour may also introduce you to both the Hotel de Ville, or City Hall, and the Pompidou Center, both architectural masterpieces from very different periods.

Le Marais: Private Walking Tour

6. Le Marais: Private Walking Tour

Your guide will take you beyond the beaten track and typical tourist routes to another cultural dimension, on this mystical and enchanting escape to some of the more unusual spots in the French capital. Tailor your itinerary to suit your group and spend more time at the locations that spark your interest. Originally a swamp, the land of the Marais was drained and it became habitable, soon enticing settlers. It developed into the center of the city’s Jewish community, remaining so to this day. Over the years it has gone through several transformations, changing from a chic residential area that was home to aristocrats and even a royal court, to a run-down neighborhood. Today, the Marais is reliving its finest days. With your guide, you’ll have the opportunity to see the best it has to offer. Experience the royal history of the Marais by exploring the pristine Place des Vosges, a public square with unparalleled beauty in Paris. During the tour, your guide will show you the many faces of this unique neighborhood, narrate some interesting stories, and inform you about important historical events.

Marais Walking Tour: Lifestyle in Paris

7. Marais Walking Tour: Lifestyle in Paris

Paris is the city of lovers, and Le Marais is a magnificent mix of historical mansions, cutting edge fashion boutiques, and lively restaurants. It makes an absolutely essential place to visit on your Paris adventure. Long known as the aristocratic district of Paris, it hosts a stunning array of architectural buildings. It spreads across the 3rd and 4th arrondissements on the Rive Droite (Right Bank). Our tour today will include a look at the unusual side of the neighborhood not usually experienced by tourists. We'll enter in some of the most prestigious gourmet addresses, and see the most important monuments along the way. These include: Place des Vosges - the oldest planned square in Paris; Hôtel de Sully, Carnavalet, and Hôtel Salé, each with their renowned designs. We'll also have a chance to find a remarkable group of shops along the way! Make sure to ask your guide about restaurant recommendations in this culinary city. We'll also have an opportunity to stop for two gourmet tastings along the way, to complete your experience in the Marais.

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What people are saying about Hôtel Carnavalet

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 140 reviews

We loved the Marais Walking Food Tour. Arthur was our guide and he did a great job! We loved visiting the oldest food market in Paris Enfants Rouges. Enjoyed history while having bread, cheese and wine tasting. Then we traveled to Popelini for a cream filled pastry which was so good! We had some fallafel from a popular Jewish place recommended by Lenny Kravitz. Then wine, bread and charcuterie board at a local restaurant and finished the tour at Pierre Hermes for macaroons! Highly recommend!

Tour guide Hugo was on time at the pre-specified location and was the best guide of all the tours we have been on - very informative and personable. We made several stops sampling foods and wines and ended up at a little brasserie.

Achilles was amazing. He was friendly and engaging and incredibly knowledgeable about the history of the area as well as the food and wine we were enjoying. Highly recommend!

great tour! We received a nice exposure to Paris and food along with a nice exposure to the history of the city and culture. We enjoyed it very much!

Very good visit and very good Pierre! Very knowledgeable and enjoyable tour