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Le Food Tour

Paris, France
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Parisians deeply passionate about French cuisine, we lead our guests in small groups through Paris'most delicious and iconic artisans. Our tasty Food and Cultural Walking Tours will take you off the beaten path to get a local experience of French food. Let's walk together to explore our favorite local places and enjoy intense food-tastings!
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Marissa P wrote a review Jul 2017
2 contributions3 helpful votes
My sister, Dad and I went on the tour of Saint-Germain with Mariamelia. The tour was amazing regardless of the off and on rain. It was just the 3 of us with Mariamelia and we couldn't have asked for a better time. We started with the traditional baguette, followed by cheese, steak tartar, and finally some chocolate. We were encouraged to go outside of our comfort zones and we sure were glad we did. Everything was amazing. It's clear that Mariamelia really knows what she's talking about, she has a true passion. She's very knowledgeable about not only the food but also the history of the city. Overall this was a great tour and I would recommend the company (especially Mariamelia) to anyone and everyone.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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Trover wrote a review Dec 2016
Alexandria, Virginia26 contributions13 helpful votes
"This cheese is called Brie. It is spelled B...R...I...E. Have you heard of it?" It was at that moment, 5.5 minutes into an 85 Euro "food tour," that I strongly suspected that I was not going to be spending the next three hours discovering St. Germain's "best kept [food] secrets." And I was right. Instead, I spent 3 hours doing things that you can do by yourself without having to spend 85 Euros. The tour was a stroll through St. Germain, a neighborhood full of a diverse selection of specialty food stores. I was under the misimpression, from the advertisement, that we would be discovering some unique and "secret" food experiences. Instead, we visited a series of stores where our guide bought items (or free samples were given to us under the expectation that we would buy something) and we ate them. So, for example, we went to a boulangerie where we each were handed a baguette. Then we went to a cheese shop where we sat outside and ate a simple selection of cheese. We visited a chocolate shop where we were each given a free sample of chocolate. We visited an olive oil store where the staff had us taste several oils. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with any of this other than the simple fact that these are all activities that I can do (much better) on my own. And the advice and experience was anything but special (other than the fact that we were in Paris and in St. Germain). Our guide, while quite pleasant, was from the country and did not seem to possess much knowledge of food and wine. We had (tiny) glasses of a rose of Beaujolais, and our guide informed us that "French people do not drink red Beaujolais; they are not good wines. But this [rose] wine is good for you to drink." Ok. Someone please tell that to Marcel Lapierre, Jean Foillard, Yvon Metras and the other great Beaujolais winemakers. Am I nitpicking? Perhaps. I wouldn't expect a guide to have an encyclopedic knowledge of the lieu dits of Bourgogne, but it is not unreasonable to expect the guide on an 85 Euro food tour (who lived in the United States for several years in a major metropolitan area) to understand that brie was a cheese that you could buy at a typical supermarket. Stated otherwise, there was no experience, no knowledge, no inside tips or understanding. It was just, "Here is a glass of wine. Here is a piece of bread with something on the top. We call it a tartine. Yes, the weather is nice today." I also got the sense that the tour was designed to avoid any expenses (which may have contributed to the overall lack of excitement or a second (tiny) glass of wine). I would estimate that the cost (for food and wine) was 5-6 Euros, with most of the other food items provided gratis by the stores in hope that you would buy something. Bottom line is that I would only recommend this tour at one-third the price and for tourists who have never heard of brie or ever had a glass of wine from a bottle that didn't have an animal on the label. For anyone else, skip the tour and explore on your own; you will be happy that you did so.
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Date of experience: November 2016
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Response from LeFoodTour, Gérant at Le Food Tour
Responded Dec 12, 2016
Dear Trover, As founders of Le Food Tour, we would like first to thank you for this feedback and apology for the disapointment you had having the tour. As you see this is the first negative feedback we have in 2 years so we would like to clarify the distorsion between your expectations and the content. As you noticed and mentioned, we designed this Food Tour to discover the classics of French food and bring content on gastronomy and culture while visiting St Germain des Prés. This tour doesn't aim at providing advanced knowledge for food or wine experts as you seem to be, but more an initiation for our guests discovering France and Paris. For instance, not everyone knows the Brie de Meaux, and as you do: you noticed that the one you tasted at this cheese shop founded in 1909 is not at all comparable with the one you buy in supermarkets (that could not be called Brie de Meaux unless done in this region as protected by an AOP). Indeed Beaujolais isn't a wine very well known in France as only around 300 000 hL are produced each year, which is less than 1% of French production. However they are great wines otherwise we wouldn't have it tasted and the one you drank from Guy Vignat is one of the most famous Beaujolais, served by great chefs like Paul Bocuse. The price may seems high for you but you have to know that absolutely none of the products you tasted at the 7 artisans' shops are free, that we do pay our guides (many guides are only paid by tips in Paris) and taxes including 20% VAT on your ticket. Again please accept our apologies for the disapointment you had. We would be happy to continue the discussion if you want, just send us an email to contact@lefoodtour.com and we will carry on this exchange that, again, will serve us. Best regards, Matthias and Maxime from Le Food Tour
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Danger G wrote a review Jul 2016
Chicago, Illinois12 contributions7 helpful votes
We had a tour with Charlotte in the St Germaine and it was fabulous! She showed us some wonderful places around the area as well as many insights into the history and culture of Paris. Highly recommended!
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Date of experience: July 2016
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Anne O wrote a review Apr 2016
Sacramento, California11 contributions14 helpful votes
Marie was a great guide, we had some great food and learned about the area we were walking. I would definitely recommend you take this tour. We had 3 generations from 15 to 72 and all said they loved it.
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Date of experience: March 2016
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Nicole G wrote a review Apr 2016
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Our tour guide Marie was just wonderful. She was also very knowledgable too! We had a great time with her on the tour....
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Date of experience: April 2016
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