For food lovers, no better place to start than Paris, of course. The city is so rich with culinary delights, that any list of “top picks” would be far from complete. But a few unique and unknown experiences do exist for those who want to experience something truly authentic and special.
Cuisine, a key aspect of French culture, is deeply interlinked with French society. The Ecole Polytechnique is France’s most selective and top-ranked educational institution, offering an equally prestigious dining experience to the public. It is possible to take a tour of the Orsay Museum, combined with a gourmet meal at the university’s Maison des Polytechniciens.
Or, if you are looking for something even more intimate and educational, you can take a private cooking class , led by a Countess in her private mansion in the charming Montmarte area.
Perhaps you are a wine lover? I recommend taking this small group wine tasting tour through central Paris. An expert guide will take you to a few specialised wine bars, or bistrots, allowing you to taste some of the finest wines produced on country.
Here is another small group wine tasting itinerary in the Latin district (rue Mouffetard).
Paris is also well-connected to the unique, delectable experiences of neighbouring cities and regions. Try any of these:
- The Chablis village and cellars in Burgundy
- The Moët & Chandon champagne cellars in Epernay
- A candlelit dinner at the Chateau of Vaux-Le-Vicomte (the chateau is lit with 2000 candles at night!)
- The castles and wine tasting tour in the Loire Valley