A Taste of Paris
Morning Tour / Afternoons By Request
160€ / per person
Private for 2-4 adults (18+ yrs & older) traveling together. This tour is not for picky eaters/non-drinkers/solo travellers.
Wed - Sun
Maubert-Mutualite, Left Bank, 5th Arr
Wendy Lyn’s private Paris food tour sells out months in advance. She was named one of the Top 10 Food Guides in the World by The Wall Street Journal, one of the Top 6 Food City Tours in the World by the Sunday Times, and the “Ultimate Food Insider” and “On a First Name Basis With Every ‘it’ Chef”
A Taste of Paris Food Tour
Spending three hours with Wendy in her neighbourhood is like being with your fab big sister who gives you the real deal, arming you with tons of local insider knowledge that will make all the difference to your food & wine trip to Paris.
You’ll start at a local café for coffee and chat with Wendy, followed by an artisan baker, an award-winning cheese ager and tapas lunch at a wildly popular wine bar where locals eat elbow-to-elbow at a standing-room only spot favoured by chefs & wine makers. Along the way you’ll learn the clues of how to spot an authentic place from a tourist-joint and the subtle nuances of how Parisians eat/drink/shop while eating a range of baguettes, croissants, cheese, ham/charcuterie, olives, foie gras, artichokes, artisan country bread slathered in salted butter, wine and more.
Wendy’s Taste of Paris food tour is served with a heaping spoonful of her casual Southern hospitality— as she teaches about the Paris food culture in a way no guidebook or online research could. Her personality may be larger than life – but she takes teaching and giving you a great day or night out on a private food and wine tour, seriously.
What Else Can You Expect On Wendy’s Private Tour?
- Spend three hours with a local food, wine and restaurant expert
- Learn how to blend in like a local in the places Parisians love to eat & drink
- Gain an understanding of who the French are around the table, where their food comes from, who makes it, what their expectations of foodie visitors are, what makes them different, how they eat and how they live, their customs, their past, their present.
- Get a curated selection of Wendy’s Paris’s best “eats” based on your tastes & preferences: restaurants, wine bars, bistros and food shops. Tell Wendy in your confirmation or bring your restaurant reservations with you. If she sees that your selections aren’t for you, Wendy will tell you ASAP so you don’t waste your time, money, effort or a meal.
- Learn tips about food & wine Paris: Tipping, Etiquette, Fun Facts & Tips, Tips
- Basic Paris Food & Wine “French” for ordering in bakeries, cheese shops, bistros & wine bars
- And so much more…
FAQ/What To Know Before Reserving This Paris Food Tour:
Unfortunately, if you are not able to stand on your feet for long periods of time, this tour may not be suitable. We are only sitting for a coffee to start and then on our feet for the 3-hour duration of the tour without an opportunity to sit.
Date & Time:
Please do not reserve this tour on a same day international flight arrival. Example: Landing at 7 am and meeting by 10 am is not do-able. Wendy would rather meet you when you are refreshed and rested, not stressed about luggage, traffic, the hotel room not being ready, and jet lag etc. Afternoon tours at 1pm are available by request.
Allergies, Alcohol & Substitutions:
Wendy does her best to accommodate travelers with mild food allergies or with only one food restriction. Unless you are lactose intolerant, are a tee-totaler, have severe dietary restrictions, have strong dislikes or are a vegan – Wendy will figure it out. However, the point of the experience with Wendy is to have an authentic idea of what French cuisine includes which relies heavily on meat proteins, butter, bread, cheese and wine.
To avoid disappointment, please note that although vegetarians are welcome it is not possible for Wendy to create a food tour just for vegans/picky eaters because it would not be an honest representation of French cuisine. Thank you for understanding.
Why no tee-totalers? Wine is an authentic indispensable part of the meal and life in France. Thirty minutes of the tour is devoted to wine.
What Is Included:
A fun informative three-hour private tour, Wendy’s time, knowledge, coffee at the cafe, treats at the bakery, cheese tasting, one tapas plate, and one glass of wine – and a great morning out.
If you’d like to buy extra wine at the wine bar, goodies for your stay or presents for family & friends, feel free.
Sorry, Wendy cannot run a tour experience for only one person or have solo travelers join a private group. Because the tours are private for 2-4 people traveling together, the registered travelers are outright requesting not to have strangers join their group.
Are The Tours For Children?
To be honest, it is a tough question to answer. Wendy has had mixed experiences with children and young teenagers. While some young teenagers have absolutely loved it, the others were genuinely bored because they weren’t interested to begin with and were being dragged along by foodie parents. This is not only extremely unfair to the children, Wendy is a food & wine expert sharing time and adult knowledge with her clients, and is not a babysitter. Thank you for understanding.
Why Did I Not Receive My Confirmation?
Confirmations are ALWAYS sent to the email provided within minutes of your registration. First, please check your junk or spam folder. If you do not see it there, something’s gone wrong. For some strange reason and for example, “earthlink” addresses have a challenge with the server. If you haven’t received it, please send Wendy a message with an alternate email. Thank you!
All reservations are nonrefundable and cannot be rescheduled or exchanged because your space is being guaranteed for your private tour, no exceptions. Walks start promptly. Late arrivals beyond 15 minutes will be treated as no shows and will be treated as cancelations. The tours are held rain or shine, unless it is severe weather (heatwave, blizzard, lightening, etc.) and you will be contacted in advance to reschedule or offer a refund. Cancelation policies also apply to any agreed upon rescheduled tour. If there is an emergency cancellation on Wendy’s end, refunds will made 30 days after the canceled tour.
You will be prompted to “Terms & Conditions” upon check out to acknowledge this policy.
Rave Reviews From Clients
“Not only was Wendy’s Taste of Paris Food Tour a total learning experience, it was just plain fun. Wendy’s knowledge, delightful personality and connections made for quite the boring afternoon after our morning with her. Within minutes of leaving her we were asking each other, “Can we hit rewind and do that again?” – John and Michael
“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
“After our Taste of Paris Food Tour with Wendy, we spent the afternoon talking about the amazing information she had shared with us … she is clearly on a personal mission to make sure that everyone has an authentic food experience in Paris and not the Disney cliché. Wendy Lyn changed the way we saw and experienced everything. She really is a star.” – Jane and Nelson C.
Who Is Wendy Lyn?
Wendy Lyn is known as the “Insider’s Insider.” Her hard-won all-access pass within the international culinary community developed from working as a PR & Restaurant Consultant for the most notable chefs & restaurants in the world. In addition to conceptualizing restaurants to launching the first US Michelin Guide in NYC – the vivacious professional eater has been globetrotting for years on marathon eating & drinking day trips with her friends.
Wendy’s trusted Southern appeal, high-regard for French food & wine and her energetic genuine fun-style, have endeared her to top chefs & industry pros who consider her part of their family. Chefs, restaurateurs, journalists, and wine makers – know they can count on Wendy as a trusted industry insider to give them essential addresses where to eat & drink in Paris, right now.
Having retired from the restaurant business doesn’t mean she stopped traveling to eat, far from it. Today she chronicles her international eating & drinking adventures on this site, Food & Wine Magazine, Travel + Leisure, Epicurious and multiple food programs on The Travel Channel.