Full Day Taste of Paris Food & Wine
Private 5-hr tour
250€ / per person
4 ppl max. Just you & 3 of your adult friends. No solo travelers.
Tuesday - Sunday
Maubert-Mutualite, Left Bank, 5th Arr
Wendy’s Paris food and wine tour sell out months in advance – she’s been featured in The New York Times | The Wall St Journal | NBC TODAY | Travel + Leisure | Food & Wine Magazine | The Travel Channel with Andrew Zimmern
A Taste of Paris Food & Wine: (Bread, Cheese Shop, Tapas Wine Bars)
If you are fun, spontaneous, open-minded, adventurous, curious, and cannot wait to learn about French food culture while eating & drinking your way through both the left and the right bank – you won’t want miss this experience with Wendy.
You’ll get a full sense of the Paris food scene from local cafés, bakeries, cheese shops, and wildly popular wine bars where locals eat elbow-to-elbow at a standing-room only spots favoured by chefs & wine makers.
EXCEPTION: If you are more into natural wine bars, beautiful hotel cocktail bars, hip tapas bars and the food industry – let Wendy know first to take you on a late afternoon into evening full “day” tour. If so, she’ll agree on a time with you so you can register. These are usually around 4-10pm.
Wendy is passionate about introducing you to the people (not companies) who go out of their way to provide fresh seasonal food & drink – which is not as common in Paris as you might think.
When registering, you are agreeing that you have read (below) what is/is not included, cancelation policy, that you are not a picky eater (you eat meat, bread, cheese & drink wine), are able to walk & stand during the tour and do not currently live in Paris. Questions? Just ask Wendy first.
What to expect on the tour:
- skip the snobby clichés, get straight to the best of what there is to eat & drink
- be “in-the-know” that will make all the difference to the rest of your trip
- learn how the French eat & drink throughout their day
- discover your specific cheese preferences to order like a pro
- navigate the food shops, restaurants & wine bars like a local
- know how to spot tourist joints from high-quality places worth your time
- understand French eating/shopping/drinking etiquette & culture
- learn about natural (non mass-produced “Chateau”) wines
- have spontaneous experiences with locals that are not scripted
- linger, laugh, ask questions, have them answered
- discover why Wendy offers these personal tours – she loves this city and wants you to love it too by experiencing it on a deeper level in context so you aren’t disappointed by not understanding what it going on around you
Which tour is for you?
The morning food & wine tours are for those of you who want the perfect taste of Paris via the bakery, cheese shop and wine bar experience.
The full day private food & wine tours from 10am-4pm is for those when 3 hours just aren’t enough.
The full evening tour is for those who are more interested in the hipster cocktail, natural wine, up & coming chefs, and the food scene. (cocktails are optional)
What is included/not included:
Included: A fun informative 6-hour private tour, Wendy’s time, insider knowledge, organisation, cheese tasting and a great morning out.
Not included: What you eat & drink at the bakery and wine bar. Wendy isn’t forcing “samples” or quantity limits on you – you are in total control of what YOU want to eat and drink. There is nothing fun about someone telling you what you can & can’t eat & drink on your vacation.
Average prices: Small sharing plates & glasses of wine are from 5-12€.
Alcohol, allergies & substitutions
Wendy does her best to accommodate travelers with one legitimate food restriction/allergy, but it is not possible for Wendy to create an entire tour around those who choose not to eat certain food groups or do not drink wine. An hour of the tour is devoted to wine. The point of the experience is to eat & drink seasonal food to gain an authentic idea of French cuisine which includes wine with meals.
Questions? Don’t hesitate to ask Wendy first.
I am traveling solo, can I join a group?
Because the tours are private for 2-4 people already traveling together, the registered travelers are specifically requesting to be alone with Wendy and not to have strangers join their group.
You will be on your feet for the duration of the tour. If you are not able to stand on your feet for long periods of time, the tours will not be suitable.
Same day international flight arrivals
Unless you’ve been on Europe time for a while prior to the tour, please do not reserve this tour on a same day international flight arrival. Wendy would rather meet you when you are refreshed and rested, not stressed about luggage, traffic, the hotel room not being ready, jet lag, no wifi to tell Wendy that you landed late, etc. She’s seen & heard it all and it just not a good idea.
Are the tours for children?
When we got back to the states and saw the article in the WSJ, watched Anthony Bourdain’s 100th show, and read Hemisphere magazine we affirmed our believe that our ‘Wendy time’ took us to the center of the food universe! Our time with her was amazing!…– Peter G.
“If only there were a ‘Wendy’ in every major food city in the world…Barcelona, New York, Venice, London, etc. She’s that good.” – Steve and Molly
Yes, she is the most expensive private food tour out there but, wow, is she worth it. Within thirty seconds we realised we’d hit the jackpot with a star. She is a natural teacher, she opens your eyes in ways you didn’t think possible, she’ll put you in the know of the real Paris food world that you never knew existed so that you see Paris through different eyes for the rest of the trip. Cliché macarons? Forget it. Try drinking wine with chefs for lunch at a wine bar and cheese tastings that will blow your mind. She took two strangers (us), embraced them as if she’d known them the whole of her life, and educated them on le vie a Parisienne (et tout de France!) We still talk about the trip and for me it was the best birthday present ever. No WAY we are going back to Paris without another Wendy date.
-Anne and Luke
I’m ready to do a tour with Wendy, what next?
Its easy as 1-2-3.
1.) Check the calendar and time to see if the date is available. If it is, take it quickly as they tours sell out months in advance. Choose the number of people, click the date, click the hour and reserve.
2.) You’ll be prompted to answer a few food & wine questions on the registration page. Here you can share as little or as much as you’d like about yourself – so that Wendy can incorporate your areas of interest into your time together. Reading your notes is a highlight for Wendy, as she usually discovers you have mutual friends.
3.) You will receive a one time confirmation immediately (to the email that you provide), with Wendy’s details, where to meet, etc. Please stay on line and be sure you receive it either in your inbox or spam folder. No need to print it out or bring with you.
FYI: SAVE the info in your phone ASAP so you have it – as it cannot be resent on the fly. Wendy’s tech team put a LOT of time and resources into making sure that ALL confirmations & details are sent to the email you provide. If Wendy is in another country, she will not be able to resend your specific tour details from the road.
Where is my confirmation/why hasn’t Wendy responded?
Earthlink and certain corporate addresses have a challenge with the server. If you haven’t received your confirmation sent to the email that you provided, please check your spam filter first and then send Wendy a message with an alternate email and telephone number. She’ll contact you as quickly as possible.
Since the tours are scheduled around Wendy’s hectic travel schedule, all reservations are nonrefundable and cannot be rescheduled or exchanged because your space is being guaranteed for your private tour, no exceptions.
Wendy was unfortunately forced to draw a line after (just one example) flying in from Barcelona at dawn to meet clients for the day, only to discover they had stayed out all night & answered their phone with a casual, “Oh, was our tour today? We can be there in an hour.” Just no.
If you reserve it, she’ll be there – acts of God, transportation strikes and severe illness as exceptions.
Late arrivals beyond 15 minutes will be treated as no shows and canceled. You should be on the way 30 minutes before a scheduled tour. Cancelation policies also apply to any agreed upon rescheduled tour.
If there is severe weather (heatwave, blizzard, lightening, etc.), you will be contacted in advance to reschedule or offer a refund. If there is an emergency cancellation on Wendy’s end due to acts of God, transportation strikes and severe illness, refunds will made 30 business days after the canceled tour.
Purchase of comprehensive insurance is strongly recommended (around $10 covers your entire trip!) so that if you need to cancel your trip due to unforeseen circumstances such as loss of job, illness, death, volcano ash clouds, strikes and etc. you will be covered. It only takes a few minutes to register through your credit card company.
You will be prompted to “Terms & Conditions” upon check out to acknowledge this policy and it will be enforced and documented in accordance to guidelines set forth by all credit card issuers & processors.