In Depth Taste of Paris
Private 5-hr experience
220€ / per person
4 ppl max. Just you & 3 of your adult friends. No solo travelers.
Tues - Sun
Maubert-Mutualite, Left Bank, 5th Arr
Are you: 18+ yrs old and eats/drinks dairy, meat, bread & wine? Fun, spontaneous, adventurous? Cannot wait to be put in the know about the food & wine scene from an industry insider while eating fresh food & drinking natural wines? Then you don't want to miss this 5-hour private experience with Wendy.
There is a reason Wendy’s Paris food + natural wine bar tours sell out months in advance. No-one is connected to the Paris food & natural wine scene like Wendy Lyn.
Known as the “Insider’s Insider” – Wendy is a straight-talking Southern food writer who earned her hard-won access to the international food & wine community from working as a PR & Restaurant Consultant to the some of the biggest chefs in the world, conceptualising over 27 concepts and launching the first ever USA Michelin Guide in NYC.
This professional eater chronicles her eating & drinking adventures on Instagram and takes clients on her wildly popular private food tours in her favourite food city.
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 + Anthony Bourdain
You’ll meet at a café for coffee and conversation with Wendy first. She’ll give you the inside scoop about the food scene, and the natural wine & restaurant culture before setting off – where you’ll then be able to use your new knowledge to navigate Paris restaurants & wine bars like a local that will make all the difference to the rest of your trip. You’ll visit her favourite baker using thousand year-old grains & fresh sourdough to make incredible breads and pastries, an award-winning cheese ager to discover aged raw-milk cheeses in his shop, and then share a family-style lunch in one of the oldest covered food markets in France which has a fun beach party-like vibe. Here the chef is cooking for you from the open kitchen paired with bottles of natural wine. During the lunch you’ll learn French dining customs, the various food regions in France, what is in season, more about the wines made by small producers and how to order what you want to drink easily and without any snob speak.
What to expect during your time with Wendy:
- No 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
- navigate the food shops, restaurants & wine bars like a local
- learn about natural (not mass-produced “Chateau” Grand Cru) wines
- have spontaneous experiences with locals that are not scripted
- linger, laugh, ask questions, have them answered
Which experience is for you?
Want a fast visit to get your bearings? The 3-hour morning food & wine experience from 10am-1pm is for those who want a quick taste of Paris via a bakery, cheese shop and glass of wine at a tapas wine bar. Not enough? See below.
Want to really dig in? When 3-hours isn’t enough, the 5-hour full day private food & wine experience from 10am-3pm is for you.
Mostly interested in the chef, food scene and natural wine industry? Join Wendy 3-9pm for a private 6-hour private eating & drinking experience with a family-style lunch and small sharing plate wine bars.
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
What is included/not included:
Included: A fun informative private tour, Wendy’s time, local insider industry knowledge, organisation and a great day out.
Not included: What you eat & drink. 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 tapas sharing plates & glasses of wine are from 5-12€ per person. Generous family-style sharing plates to share (12-30€) and bottles of wine (30-70€).
Alcohol, allergies & substitutions
Wendy does her best to accommodate travelers with one legitimate food restriction/allergy, but it is not possible to create an entire tour around those who choose not to eat certain food groups or do not drink 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?
No. The tours are private for 2-4 people already traveling together and are specifically requesting to be alone with Wendy and do not want strangers joining.
If you are not able to stand on your feet for long periods of time, the experiences are not suitable.
Same day international flight arrivals
Unless you’ve been on Europe time prior to coming to Paris, it is just not a good idea to reserve these experiences on a same day international flight arrival.
Where is my confirmation?
During your registration, we urge you not to use a corporate/work email because their spam filters are extremely high and you will not receive your confirmation. If you haven’t received your confirmation sent to the email that you provided, check your spam filter or 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.
Purchase of comprehensive insurance is strongly recommended (around $10 covers your entire trip) if you need to cancel your trip due to unforeseen circumstances such as loss of job, illness, death, weather, strikes and etc. you will be covered. It only takes a few minutes to register through your credit card company.
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 by text and/or email to reschedule or offer a refund. If there is an emergency cancellation on Wendy’s end, refunds will made 30 business days after the canceled tour.
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.