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Flavors of Paris tours are highly personal, carefully vetted walking/tasting tours of some of Paris’ most charming, and pleasurable local food shops. We’ll introduce you to a representative sampling of French foods in the delightful quarter of St-Germain-des-Prés, with all the tastings included.
We will stroll around the Latin quarter of Paris and visit local shops, markets and cafés sampling the finest in French fare, from the simplest crisp-crusted baguettes and velvety chocolates to exquisite olive oils, and (of course!) memorable variations on the age-old theme of great wine and fabulous cheeses.
Our tours vary with the season; at each stop, we’ll fascinate and delight you with what you’re tasting, as we share wonderful stories about the local cuisine and lively historical anecdotes about the quarter’s restaurants, cafés and points of interest. (When you’re done, consider yourself a “Germanopratin”, or an honorary native of Saint-Germain.)
Tour fee: 99 Euros including tastings
Tour length: approximately 3 ½ hours
If you have a sweet tooth, then this tour is for you. Our natural affection for the foods of Paris really peaks when we think of escorting you to the delicious, hidden treasures of St Germain. With us as your guide, you’ll discover elegant pastries, silky, full-bodied chocolates and the delights of a tiny, quaint “viennoiserie,” home to amazing Alsatian strudel—and that’s just the beginning.
We’ll guide you to a splendid crêperie whose house delicacy features a crêpe with home-made salted caramel sauce and a glass of cider. And there’s more … tempted? Succumb—and join us: we can’t resist either!
Tour fee: 75 Euros including tastings
Tour length: approximately 2 hours
Do you ever feel a little lost when ordering wines in a French restaurant? We’re here to help you find your way with a tasting tour and seminar of the wine regions of France.
You are invited to an informal dinner party in a private, Parisian apartment where you’ll sample wines from the different wine growing regions of France. From Chardonnay, the queen of the whites, to the king of the reds in Bordeaux. You’ll learn about their characteristics, what sets them apart, and how to pair them. This tasting seminar includes 7 excellent wines, along with a 7 course gourmet meal. A booklet of what you covered is yours to keep after the seminar as a guide and souvenir.
Tour fee: 148 Euros including tastings
Tour length: approximately 3 ½ hours
We’re happy to do private and special group tours with customized itineraries, tasting events, and dinners.
How about a group dinner in an intimate restaurant with a visit from the chef, or a guided tasting of French, Iranian and Russian caviar with champagne?
Whether your group is large or small, corporate or a family affair, we can provide you with an itinerary or event tailored to your interests and your budget.
All you need to do is contact us by phone or email with your enquiry. We’ll get back right back to you, and furnish you with a quote and suggestions for a truly, memorable gastronomic experience.
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Our passion is simple: to share with our patrons the flavors of the Paris we know and
love—the family-run food shops, the off-the-beaten-track gems of daily Paris life, and the ʻin the knowʼ artisanal offerings that we’ve discovered, one at a time.
Flavors of Paris is not just about new taste sensations—itʼs about the unforgettable theatre of the French love of food, as the Parisians themselves live it, and as they weigh the dayʼs pleasures of the table.
Launching Flavors of Paris was an easy choice for the founder, Lisa Rankin because the company combines all of Lisa’s passions . . . her love of Paris, French culture, and great food and wine.
Ever since she was a little tike in Canada, Lisa has had a passion for Paris, and all things Parisian. Maybe it began with the Madeleine books that she read when she was little and was captivated by the stories and the drawings. An artist at heart; food for Lisa is more than sustenance, it is a form of artistic creation, of pleasure, a way to share and socialize, and discover other cultures.
Watch "No Ordinary Woman" episode with Lisa Rankin
Camilla Radford - Furman worked for the largest wine distributor in the United States, in California for 12 years, in the on-sale market, consulting and selling wines to hotels and restaurants.
She has an extensive background in tasting, pairing and promoting wines, so, when she moved to France, it was a wonderful opportunity to use her wine knowledge to help the expat community and also her English teaching skills to her new French friends!
It is now her joy to help people navigate the wine regions France, and help expand wine knowledge by understanding how to buy and enjoy French wines!
NAVIGATING PARISIAN FOOD: FLAVORS OF PARIS GASTRONOMIC TOUR - I Ate My Way Through Blog - July 2018 by Christina Guo
I’ve always been an advocate of using food tours as a way to get introduced to a city and Lisa Rankin, Canadian founder of Flavors of Paris, is the sort of person you want to take you around. She’s sunny, bubbly and has obvious rapport with all the shop owners, Lisa spent six weeks wandering around Paris crafting the tour itinerary and brings the perspective of someone who has lived eight years in Paris but still possesses a tourist’s curiosity. Read the full article
Our clients all seem to agree that it is best to take our tasting tour as early as possible after your arrival in Paris. A Flavors of Paris food tour will give you a great foundation for navigating your way through the rest of you trip in Paris, including how to get around, and ordering in restaurants
We contact our venues ahead of time so that they may prepare for our visits, therefore we require payment in advance. We accept payments by Visa and Mastercard directly through our booking engine, or by calling our direct line in Paris. Our reservations automatically close 48 hours in advance of the tour. If it is a last minute booking, please contact us directly either by email at email@example.com or our Paris number at +33(0)6-40-40-00-66 . We will be happy to accommodate you if possible.
Yes, please send email us with the date, number of people and your phone number with the city and country. We will follow up with a phone call to find out your specific interests. Then we will furnish you with a proposed itinerary and a quote.
Our food tours run rain or shine. We spend a good portion of the time indoors, but you will still be out and about in the neighborhood so we strongly recommend that you dress appropriately for the weather, including an umbrella if necessary. And don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes.
We do allow for shopping as long as time permits as we must adhere to a schedule since our vendors prepare for our visits. All of the shops that we visit are within a short walking distance from where the food tour ends. We will provide you with a list of the shops you have visited and the addresses so you can return to them if you wish.
It is not necessary to tip your guide, however they are gratefully accepted. The standard gratuity in the service industry is 15%.
The Flavors of Paris food tours are conducted in English. However, our guides also speak French. If you’d like a tour in French we are happy to make arrangements for a private tour with a suggested itinerary and a quote.
We do make provisions for special dietary needs. Please make a note in the field provided specifying your needs when you book your tour on our website.
Paris is a very old city, with cobble stone street and narrow sidewalks Please contact us ahead of time and tell us what your needs are. We are happy to accommodate you when possible.
The tours take place within just a few blocks with walks between venues spanning a maximum of 10 minutes. Sometimes standing is involved during the tastings. If any folks have difficulty standing, we are happy to provide seating as required.
Our tasting tours are family friendly. We suggest that the tours are most suitable for children 10 years and older.
We provide a small discount of 5% for children. If you have children on your tour, please contact us by email or phone and we will make the necessary adjustment to the price.
Flavors of Paris requires payment in full upon reservation of your tour. Notification of cancellations received up to 15 days prior to your tour date will receive full refund minus a 15% administrative fee.
Cancellations received 13 to 8 days prior to your tour date will receive a 50% refund.
As Flavors of Paris requires time to hire our guides and have tastings arranged for you tour, refunds are not available after the 7 day period prior to your tour date.
The tours are a guaranteed departure with two (2) people or more. Please read Terms & Conditions for details.
- Our food tours run rain or shine. We spend a good portion of the time indoors, but you will still be out and about in the neighborhood so we strongly recommend that you dress appropriately for the weather, including an umbrella if necessary. And don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes.
- Our clients all seem to agree that it is best to take our tour as early as possible after your arrival in Paris. A Flavors of Paris tour will give you a great foundation for navigating your way through the rest of you trip in Paris, including how to get around, and ordering in restaurants.
Flavors of Paris clients will meet on the west side of the historic Saint-Germain Church at the red door, beside the Métro stop of St. Germain-des-Prés. Our guide will greet you there and take you on your tour. Specific instructions regarding the meeting point will be sent to you along with your tour confirmation.