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Foodie Tour: West

A taste of Paris' culinary culture
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview:  In a huge city that is renowned for spectacular food, it can be hard to know where to start, especially for those of us who cannot... more »

Tips:  This tour is designed for Tuesdays and Fridays when the Raspail Market is up and running. Though the organic market only runs Sundays,... more »

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Points of Interest

This outdoor food market is widely considered the most chic in Paris. It is also the most expensive. Offering a wide variety of high-quality produce, breads, cheeses and meats, Sunday mornings it becomes an all-organic market. On the end closest to the Rue Cherche-Midi is a stand that sells spectacular potato pancakes filled with grilled onions... More

A branch of the Bon Marché, one of the first and most famous department stores in Paris, this extensive grocery store is likely to have the largest selection of gourmet products that you have ever seen. While lacking the charm of the street markets or the small independent bakeries and butcher shops that France is known for, it is... More

If you are curious about the French breadmaking process, you will want to swing this way. This bakery has a big glass window into the oven area that offers an open view of the baguette rolling and baking. If hungry, grab a pain au chocolat for the road.
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Address: 40 Rue Bourgogne
Phone: 01 45 51 24 29
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Hours
Monday-Saturday 7am-8pm

Another bakery en route, this is a popular breakfast spot offering classic French pastries and confections. There are actually two on Rue Bourgogne alone.
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Address: 6 and 32 rue Bourgogne
Phone: 01 47 05 77 08
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Hours
Monday-Saturday 7am-7:30pm

5. Julia Child's Apartment

If you are Julia Child fan or have seen Meryl Streep play her in the film "Julie & Julia," then you may be interested to see where the American chef famous for introducing the United States to gourmet fare lived with her husband, Paul, during her stay in Paris.
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81 Rue de l'Université

This macaroon boutique is one of the newest to the Pierre Hermé empire. It is dedicated to the macaroon, the Parisian specialty, not to be confused with the American coconut cookie of the same name. Macaroons are infamous among the French for being near impossible to make well and Pierre Hermé is known as the master.

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This famous old café gained its popularity thanks to its sinfully rich hot chocolate. Though many of the offerings are overpriced, this is a must stop for chocolate lovers. A pot of the chocolat chaud is 7 Euros, and appears to be purely melted chocolate. The rest of the menu is easily found for better prices in other spots around Paris.

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This is the legendary luxury hotel "where fashion sits," according the famous Irving Berlin song. Since opening at the turn of the 20th century, the Ritz has hosted numerous international celebrities including Lady Diana and Charlie Chaplin. It was a favorite hang out for writer Ernest Hemingway, who has a bar there named after him.

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This is an extensive wine bar in a wine cellar near the Louvre that offers 40 or more wines by the glass and hundreds by the bottle. It offers wine tastings with little courses on French wines (in English). A one-hour tasting is offered at 3pm daily for 30 Euros, this includes three glasses of wine. You can sign up for tastings or look at more... More

10. Les Halles

This park sits where the old central marketplace in Paris sat for centuries. Merchants used to come from all over to sell their products, including as wholesale to restaurants. In the 1970s, the city decided to destroy it and in its place built a park and constructed a terribly confusing underground mall and subway station. There is still a number... More

This huge kitchen store was Julia Child's utensil source. It offers a wide variety of tools for professionals and people who just love to cook.
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Address: 18-20 Rue Coquilliére
Phone: +33 1 42 36 53 13
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Hours:
Monday 9am-12:30pm, 2-6pm
Tuesday-Saturday 9am-6pm

This narrow, brightly colored restaurant serves up a delectable steak au poivre, a peppery twist on the classic French steak frites. The fries might change your life. Inside, the ambiance is warm and comfortable. Patrice, the owner, is as bright as the chairs, often engaging customers in French and English.
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Address: 12 Rue Vivienne
Phone: 01 ... More