If you’re a sucker for Parisian culture and lifestyle, you’re in the right place. Architectural wonders, dreamy tasting sessions and spots usually kept for locals’ eyes only; this guided group tour is a veritable mixed bag of Paris’s best local bits. From the city’s luxurious heart to hidden 18th-century shopping passages and divisive modern architecture, a lot of ground is covered on this tour. Each stop reveals an intriguing facet of French life, undiscovered by most tourists. Across three hours, you’ll learn how locals here lived way back when and how they live now - including, of course, how they eat. Plus, you’ll come away with more than a few cool places to take your posse back to next time. You Parisian you.
About your guide
City sights come with a side of personality on Paris Urban Adventures tours. The company’s guides have joie de vivre by the bucketload, and it’s catching. Whether it’s exploring secret sides to Paris or sampling snails at a local cafe, you’ll have a grand old time with this crew by your side.
Here’s the plan…
Meet your guide by the ancient Obelisk at Place de la Concorde. From there, they’ll walk you through the chicest part of Paris (in our books, anyway), where wide elegant streets are lined with luxury boutiques and fashion students linger outside Coco Chanel’s former digs. Your first stop is France’s most famous macaron maison, Ladurée, to try one of the perennially cute treats.
Then, you’ll pass by the Louvre and head to a snazzy sculpture garden. Here, you’ll spot locals hanging out alongside well-read bloggers doing their thing front of camera. After a little pause in the park, it’s time to get moving. Passing through some of the few remaining 18th-century shopping passages, you’ll see quirky stores, unique boutiques and antique collectors, and marvel in the beautiful decor made popular some 100 years ago.
The next stop is an independent fromagerie, where you’ll be tasting (read: scoffing) some of the shop’s most popular cheeses. Finally, it’s onto the artsy, cool neighbourhood of Marais, the heart of gay Paree, where you’ll park up by the progressive contemporary gallery, Centre Pompidou. Given that many of Marais’s buildings date back to medieval times, this revolutionary building is either an eyesore or extraordinary, depending on who you speak to. Your guide leaves you here to make up your mind.
Daily except Sunday
In front the entrance gates of the Madeleine Church – Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris.
Aim to arrive ten minutes before the tour starts and look out for the person holding a red Urban Adventures sign.
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
This tour includes a lot of walking so don’t forget to do the sensible things – bring a water bottle, pack an umbrella, wear sunscreen, you know the drill.
Things like the meeting place can change here and there, so please give the gang at Paris Urban Adventures a call (we’ll email you their contact details after booking) 48 hours before your tour to confirm final details. Tours running in July are usually subject to some small changes as Bastille Day celebrations ramp up.
Little ones are more than welcome. Please let us know at the time of booking if you’re bringing along a child under the age of six.