Do the words “chocolate” and “French pastries” get you excited? If so you should keep reading. Otherwise this borderline Paris food porn post will rub you the wrong way. You have been warned.
It all started a few days ago, when we noticed an excellent review of Viator’s Paris Chocolate & Pastry Tour by Marie Maguire on the Contra Costa Times website (for you non-Californians, Contra Costa is the country east of San Francisco and Oakland):
Parisians don’t consume chocolate — they celebrate it — and no two places that sell it are the same. “Each shop has its own style,” says Jennifer Wilbois, guide for viator.com. “You have to find what you like.” My husband, Mark, a devout chocoholic, and I were on our first trip to Paris and decided to take a walking tour of the city’s chocolate and pastry shops.
Not to spoil the surprise ending, but Marie and her husband Mark have a deliciously decadent tour of Paris’ chocolate makers and bakers. And they are not alone! I checked our Paris chocolate tour reviews over on Viator.com, it has a stellar feedback with reviews like these:
Our guide was so sweet and truly loved her city. Not only did she do a great job of showing us around the patisseries & chocolatiers, but she took us on a side tour of Jardin du Luxembourg, which was lovely. It wasn’t just a tour of chocolate and pastry, but a telling of the history & culture of Paris via their foods. Definitely a must-do.
Reviewed by: Elizabeth M, United States of America, April 2009
The chocolate and pastry food tour was amazing, money very well spent, I have to say. Our tour guide was fantastic, giving us lots of information on not just the tour but the whole of Paris and it’s surrounding area. She also suggested some wonderful things to visit such as Mont Marche and this wonderful cafe/restaurant called Angelinas. She was both helpful and friendly. With there being only four of us on the tour me, my boyfriend and another Australian couple the whole tour felt very personal. Thank you for a fun, friendly, informative and tasty experience.
Reviewed by: Michelle M, United Kingdom, December 2008
Yum. I was starting to get very hungry for chocolate. And then I clicked over to the Paris chocolate tour photos on Viator.com, and that wass it. Game over. I was in desperate need of some chocolate (and this is from a gummy bear lover – I am no chocoholic!).
So I am posting some of those amazing photos here, just to share my pain and to help you, too, crave some Parisian chocolate and pastries. I do this, because I care about you. I know that a true food person like yourself will appreciate the visuals. And, like me, you will add this to your Paris travel wishlist. Vive le chocolate. Enjoy the photos, and if you want to read more about Paris food tours, check out Jodi’s Paris cheese and food walking tour or Louise’s Paris cooking class blog posts.