So, you’ve climbed the Eiffel Tower, can-canned your socks off at Moulin Rouge, pitter pattered your way around the Louvre and marvelled at the beauty of the Mona Lisa. If you’re anything like me, you were probably thinking about food most of that time.
Rich in culture, Paris is a gourmet party for the senses and home to some of the best restaurants in the world. But if you want to step away from the Michelin starred eateries for something a little bit different, these alternative experiences are a great place to start.
O Chateau Wine Tasting
In a country renowned for fine wines, of course there are plenty of places to choose from when it comes to wine tasting events, but O Chateau is up there amongst the best.
Located in the heart of Paris, on Rue Jean Jacques Roussea, O Chateau offers a variety of packages including wine tasting dinners, group tasting events or even a day trip to Champagne.
During a wine tasting event at O’Chateau, the Sommelier makes you feel at ease in the beautiful basement tasting room, while you indulge in fine wines and learn about grapes and growing regions.
The Tour De France of Wine package lasts two hours and costs around €55.
Check out their website to find out more and book: http://o-chateau.com
Secret Montmartre Food Tour
What better way to experience French culinary delights than as the Parisians do? Guided by a local Parisian, you will be taken on a tour of some of the best food shops in Montmartre. Throughout the tour, you’ll have the chance to sample macaroons, French breads, the finest cured sausages and home-made crepes. Then, just when your taste buds can’t take any more and your belly is screaming feed me, you’re whisked away to a secret location to enjoy all the food you have collected along the way. Yum!
To find out more about other food tours or to book this one, visit The Secret Food Tours: https://www.secretfoodtours.com/paris/
Dinner at Le Wagon Bleu
If you dream about dinning on the Orient Express but are looking for something a little kinder on the wallet, Le Wagon Bleu is the next best thing.
Set inside a 1920s carriage from the Orient Express, Le Wagon Bleu can be found in the 17th arrondissement. With gleaming cherry-wood panelled walls, luxurious velvet seats and polished silver cutlery, this restaurant radiates sophisticated glamour.
The menu is varied and the meals hearty, with choices such as burgers and classic French dishes. While there’s nothing gastronomically unique about the menu, the sense of regal nostalgia makes every mouthful a delight and is sure to place this restaurant towards the top of any must-do list.
Sunset Picnic on the Bank of the Seine
There’s nothing quite like a stroll along the bank of the River Seine at sunset to bring out the Audrey Hepburn or Carey Grant in you, and I can’t think of a better way to round up the day than a picnic at Quai Montebello. Dappled in tangerine sunlight, with the beautiful backdrop of Notre Dame, it is a great place to find a quiet spot.
For a more Bohemian feel, head to Canal Saint Martin where musicians often gather – it’s just the place to share a bottle of wine, read a book or simply close your eyes and relax.
For a rustic picnic thrown together yourself, you can pick up your goodies here:
BERTRAND’S Paris Notre Dame
10 Rue Lagrange
Bertrand’s sell croissants, pizza, quiche, baguettes and magnificent meringues plus much, much more.
Or, if your day has been too jam packed with sightseeing and champagne to prepare a picnic yourself, Paris Picnics have partnered with artisanal food and wine producers around France and offer a free delivery service: https://www.parispicnic.com.
If you’ve been to any of these places, please leave a comment below as I’d love to hear from you.