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The Paris Food Passport curates a selection of the best local food stores in Paris. From classic French food (frogs, cheese, wine…) to the trendiest foods in town (crafted coffee, pastel de nata…), create your perfect Food Trip during your stay in Paris.
Gers is one of the most gourmet regions in France… It is the region where the French paradox first appeared: although the cuisine is rich and uses a lot of duck fat, the Gers people live to be old and heart-healthy. The quality of the duck meat is incredible, and Maison Tête is one of the best when it comes to meat specialties.
Foie gras is one of French gastronomy’s treasures. It is made from the liver of fattened geese and ducks with the option of added salt, pepper, Armagnac, or other spices. Foie gras can either be semi-cooked or preserved in terrines, jars or tins.
Jam consists of fruit pulp, water and sugar. For many years, making jam was the primary method to preserve soft fruits for long periods due to the quantity of sugar used. Jam making became popular in France when sugar beet was discovered in the 19th century.
France easily tops the list when it comes to wine drinking. On average, French people drink 1.3 glasses of wine a day ! But that does not mean we know a lot about wine. In 2014, a survey showed that 71% of the French population recognize they did not know a lot about wine…
This cake is a real blessing. Its meltingly-soft meringue and delicious topping has converted many people. It consists of two meringues held together by whipped cream and a pinch of chocolate shavings - this cake is a lot lighter than it looks!
This delicious candy is one of the specialties of Provence. Candied melons and oranges are mixed with almond paste. The mixture is laid on a layer of feuille d'hostie (the thin wafer the catholic host is made of) and topped with royal icing.
Virgin olive oil has been produced in the Provence region of Southern France for centuries. In this sunny part of France, around a hundred varieties of olives are available. The way the olives are picked and prepared greatly influences the taste of the final product. The different tastes of olive oils depend on the time when the olive is picked and pressed.
Comté cheese is described as a pressed, cooked cheese. It has a particularly subtle taste and is loved by the French. Its taste will depend upon the time of the year it was made, how long it was allowed to mature, the quality of the milk used, and many other factors. Produced mainly in the Jura region of France, it is left to mature between 4 and 36 months.
Situated in North-West France, Britanny is famous for a number of culinary specialties such as crepes, Kouign-amann and butter biscuits. The latter are made with salted butter, which give them a very special taste. The biscuits usually come in two different forms : galettes, thin and compact, and palets, which are thicker and even more delicious.
Salted butter caramels is one of Brittany's most emblematic specialities. Made from a simple recipe that blends sugar with butter and «fleur de sel», these candies were a real success after the war, at a time when people were rediscovering sugar.
Cookies aren’t the first thing that come to mind when discussing French food. This pastry is internationally famous but still, it can be difficult to find authentic ones made with love by passionate artisans. In Paris, locals trust the secret cookies of Jean Hwang Carrant, an American woman who has been living in Paris for 25 years !
One of Paris’ best kept secrets for chocolate, this tiny shop is a real gem. Only a few chocolate shops make their own chocolate from bean-to-bar, and the difference is real ! Andrès personally roasts and processes the cocoa beans he selects during his travels.
Chocolate lovers, this one is for you ! Imagine a place where you can find more than 30 different flavored chocolate fondues... A real paradise for the ones who love dipping fruits in chocolate ! All the fondues are served in clay & stoneware pots keeping the chocolate warm and melted for a longer time than with glass.
This iconic French alcohol is often associated with many famous and esteemed artists such as Edouard Manet, Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Verlaine. The green, anise-flavoured spirit was banned in 1915 for its alleged effects but was re-established in 2011.
Waffles are one of the oldest treats in Paris. During the 13th century, waffle makers were selling their products on the streets of Paris or at the church doors on Sundays. Originating from North of France and Belgium, there are many types and recipes for waffles.
Frog legs are perhaps the biggest cliché in the world of French food ! Although French people are often called “froggies” around the world, they are actually not used to eating them. Did you know that only 55% of the French population have tried frog legs ?
Not many people know that tea can be brewed in cold water despite the fact that this technique releases wonderful flavors. Using room-temperature water to brew tea allows all the flavors and properties associated with the plants, flowers, spices and fruits to be extracted gently.
Éclairs are one of the most common pastries in France. Available only in chocolate and coffee flavours for a very long time, nowadays they are wonderful creations combining a host of flavours. A real feast for the eyes and taste buds ! This pastry was not called éclair to start with! Its former name, the 'duchess' bread', appeared at the beginning of the 19th century.
Initially, macarons looked nothing like they do today! The original 'maccherones' were small Italian dry cookies made from egg whites and almonds. However, in the 19th century a pastry chef experimented with the idea of binding two macarons with jam or pastry cream. This is how the Parisian macaron, which is extremely popular today, was born.
Ok, this one is not French but Portuguese. But if you want to eat like a Parisian, this is definitely a must-do ! Invented by Christian nuns in the 19th century in Belem, a small town close to Lisbon, the pasteis de nata is currently trending in Paris. It is a small egg pastry tart topped with cinnamon or sugar.
Ok, here we go with one of the most typical French food ! Yes, we are speaking about this little mollusc with a single spiral shell, but it’s not really the one you have at the back of your garden. This one is called Escargot de Bourgogne or Helix Pomatia, and is prepared with a very traditional recipe from Burgundy. Boiled with its shell, the escargot is then mixed with butter, herbs and garlic before being reintroduced in its shell.
In France, cheese is a serious matter. Almost half of French people eat cheese daily ! With more than 1,200 existing cheeses in the country, it’s hard to get bored of cheese! One of our favorites is the Beaufort from Savoy. It is produced exclusively from unpasteurized cow’s milk from the French Alps. The cows graze in the high Alpine pastures imparting a unique grassy, flowery aroma to the cheese.
France is home to 16 of the world’s 22 wine-growing regions. Even more impressive, 17 out of the 22 French regions - Bordeaux, Loire Valley, Bourgogne, Alsace, Corsica, Rhône - produce wine ! One can easily get lost in all the wine appellations - even French people.
Honey can take on very different aspects and flavours according to its floral and geographical origins. Although it is found in many regions, it is not always of the same high quality as the one produced in the Lozere department, located in Occitania, South of France.
We can finally drink good coffee in Paris! Parisian cafés are world-famous. However, the coffee they serve poorly reflects the city’s reputation. Fortunately, new craftsmen and roasters worked hard to give coffee back the place it deserves.
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Montmartre : One of the best place for food in town, a real gourmet paradise at the foot of the Sacré-Coeur church
Montorgueil : At the very center of Paris, many pedestrian streets bring you to some of the best food stores in town right by Le Louvre Museum
Marais : The oldest part of Paris and probably the most charming one with many secret places
Saint Germain des Près : another historical neighborhood of Paris with many great restaurants but also small food stores to discover
Champ-de-Mars : A fancy area hosting the great Eiffel Tower and a family neighborhood and upscale food stores
Your passport online on our website
Your passport at one of the partner shop
The tasting locations using the map and the mobile app
The products included and speak with the artisans
Once booked, you will receive a confirmation email. Once you are in Paris, you just have to go to one of the food stores indicated on the confirmation email and ask to pick up your Food Passport. You will be able to start you trip right away or save it for later.
Once you pick up the Food Passport, you just have to choose which products you want to taste and go by yourself to the tasting locations. Once there, you can exchange one coupon for the food tasting.
One Food Passport is for one person. You will need to book two Food Passports for your trip to Paris.
What a wonderful way to wander through Paris tasting amazing food and meeting the passionate people making it. I did A LOT of research on food tours and concluded that they just weren't for me. Instead, I made my own food tour with Le Food Trip and here's a secret: many of the places I visited were on much more expensive guided tours. I felt like such an insider! I also visited shops that were clearly not on the foodie tour circuit but maybe will be one day. Every shop easily switched to English to accommodate my poor French and every shop was glad to see me. My two big hints: 1) this is a great option for vegetarian foodies as you can pick your own destinations and avoid the foie gras and 2) go to the mustard store! That was my best experience. The shop owner was incredibly friendly, incredibly French, and delighted to share her amazing (and orange!) shop with me. What a great visit.
Bad Soden, Allemagne
The food passport is such a wonderful way to discover Paris and to meet local artisans while learning about French culture. The wine tasting with Isabelle at Les Petits Domaines is a must. Highly recommended.
The food passport was ok! I like that it takes you around the city and your on your own, but many of the shops were closed when the times actually stated they would be open. But the stores that were open were all really nice.
Shelby Twp, United States
This was very easy to do and can be done at your own pace. We met so many wonderful store owners along the way who took time to teach us of their food/drink. We only had three nights in Paris so we had to make a point to find the different establishments but there are several places to visit in each section of Paris that you may be sightseeing!
When we finally found the wine shop starting the trip, We got 12 stickers each and a map of central Paris , and a big glass of wine.
The shops on the tour are all tun by young passionate people glad to see you and share their passion about their products.
We spent 2 days wandering around Paris often getting lost but this meant we saw bits of Paris we would not have seen otherwise.
We got to taste food gras, duck pate, home made chocolate, macaroons, gouffre, cheese , teas, cookies, cake, eclair and more
We would highly recommend this trip. Every shop owner was lovely and there is no hard sell!
Le food trip was fantastic. Having visited Paris several times before this was the perfect way to see more of the city by taking leisurely walks through the streets, and stopping in for great tastings along the way. The shopkeepers were charming and incredibly informative - I highly recommend!
What a wonderful way to see and taste the best food in Paris. We enjoyed the duck pate ,Macron,wine tasting,moutarde tasting ,tea tasting,waffles,eclairs, mervilleux ,Olive oil,Absinthe tasting in two days
Food, wine, sweets, Paris... what's not to love? This was a great way to experience the city and at a great value.
We really enjoyed taking this tour at our own pace. It was really fun to pick the shops we were most interested in. We do not speak French but everyone was so nice and helpful to us. They seemed genuinely interested in getting to know us and to teach us about their shop. We brought back some great gifts too! Excellent olive oil and jams just for example.
We enrolled in Le Food Trip while in Paris recently. It was fun to try samples in places we might not have known about. Really enjoyed the cheese samples. We went to 2 places to try wine and our only complaint was that there was no place to sit down while we sampled.
King of Prussia, Pennsylvanie
This was such a fun way to experience French culture through food on your own pace and schedule. They give you a couple different arrondisements with handpicked vendors to try various French regional foods and wines. The vendors, for the most part, were extremely friendly and eager to show their wares. And since you have already paid up front, they just collect your sticker and there is no obligation to buy anything, no high pressure sales, nothing. Simple enjoyment of unique food items.
From a booking standpoint, I emailed with Martin from Le Food Trip a few times to try to change our passport pickup location. They assign you one of the vendors where you pick up your passport (which has the information on the vendors, locations, maps, foods, hours, etc.). We were staying elsewhere and wanted to get our passport early, since one of the locations is near the Eiffel Tower where we had a time-based reservation for a specific day. He was able to change it to the tea shop (see picture), which had really great tea! This wasn't on the passport so we ended up paying for it, which was fine.
Overall, I would say, this does require some planning, as the shops are within walking distance of each other in each specific arrondisement, but the walking distance still takes time (and energy!). Many of them close for a couple hours in the afternoon, or a couple days a week. So I would recommend looking up the hours and days and planning out possible routes, and definitely prioritizing the vendors you want to visit (and budgeting, as we wanted to buy something at every vendor...). We ended up skipping a couple vendors because they were closed when we had time to go. From a planning standpoint, we went to each of the two arrondisements once each (we only had a 3 day stay in Paris).
Overall, would recommend to anyone visiting Paris, especially for the first time!
Absolutely brilliant experience with Le Food Trip. We did a wine and food tasting event through them as part of a hen party with 17 difficult to please young women (all from the legal, bank and executive industries). Wonderful experience and one of the highlights of weekend! I have no hesitation in recommending!
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