Discover the Paris food scene like a true Parisian
When visiting a new city it can be a struggle to find the spots that locals really swear by. Not the tourist traps with tacky photos of food printed on posters but the truly authentic restaurants and cafes.
The best food experiences aren’t usually located on the main streets and it can be intimidating to seek them out or damn near impossible to find them even in, dare I say it, the age of TripAdvisor.
But food tours do exist, they are good and they’re everywhere… you just need to know how to find them. I’ve been on food tours around the world including Budapest, Tokyo, Kyoto and Brussels. I’ve enjoyed them all very much, so when I was invited to attend Secret Food Tours’ Paris excursion I couldn’t resist…
The tour goes something like this: Go to Paris, meet P.J. then feast like a queen. P.J. is the Frenchest (it may not be a word, but it is the only one to do him justice) guy that’s ever existed and he was our tour guide. Did I mention P.J. stands for Pierre Jean? Of course it does.
More than a guide, P.J. was a pal, a confidant, an encyclopaedia, a cheesemonger and a sommelier. I guess what I’m trying to say is he’s multi-talented and makes lovely company.
The tour encompassed more than just food. It was a tour through the Parisian psyche. P.J. explained trends in food culture with anecdotes like, ‘if you drink champagne alone it’s like cheering yourself in the mirror,’ he also explained how Parisians are all about organic wine these days and that the the young people are increasingly concerned about where their food comes from.
Here’s a little bit about the tour’s journey through Paris, but keep in mind it is a secret food tour so I had to leave some parts out.
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