Secret Paris: Cheese, Art, and Local Life

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Cheese? Check. Macarons? Check. Art? Check. Join a local guide on this Paris tour to experience the mindblowing gastronomic feats, instantly recognisable architectural icons, and secret spots that make Paris so endearing.

Paris City and Food Tour Highlights

  • Wander through the luxurious, hidden streets of Paris with a local
  • Savour a sugary-sweet macaron at a popular Parisian food shop
  • Enjoy the elegant surroundings of the Louvre’s garden
  • Admire medieval and renaissance-era architecture in Le Marais
  • Become a cheese connoisseur at a Parisian fromagerie
  • Experience the bustling vibe of a busy French market as you become a Parisian for a day

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, a macaron in Paris’ most illustrious food shop, and a cheese tasting session in a French fromagerie.

Exclusions: Items of a personal nature and tips or gratuities for guide.

Schedule details

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Meeting point: In front the entrance gates of the Madeleine Church – Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris. Your guide will be holding an Urban Adventures sign.
  • Starting time: 9.00 AM
  • Ending point: Musée Pompidou, Le Marais
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  • Get to know the City of Lights through the eyes of a local on this tour full of tantalising treats and cultural gems! Start your Paris tour right in the heart of one of Paris’ most expensive and fashionable areas, where luxury, elegance, and beauty are around every corner. Stop in at an illustrious food store and take the chance to sample a mouth-watering macaron, a delicious French speciality, and an ultimate Paris travel experience.

    Your Paris city tour continues towards the iconic Louvre, home to some of the world’s most celebrated art. The enigmatic Mona Lisa and gorgeous Venus de Milo both live in this treasure trove of fine art. We won’t be stopping in (it can take hours — no, days — to properly explore the grand Louvre!), but we will wander through an arcade that offers a free glimpse into the famous sculpture gallery, relax in the well-manicured gardens, and enjoy some of the best sightseeing Paris has to offer.

    Next on this Paris food tour, head to a lively Parisian market to indulge in one of France’s most popular gastronomic pleasures — cheese! Perhaps taste some smooth, mild Brie or sample a slice of pungent Roquefort — known as the ‘King of Cheeses.’ Afterwards, amble through Paris’ secret arcades to discover quirky shops, unique boutiques, and one of the oldest buildings in Paris.

    Finally, walk to the fascinating, medieval neighborhood of Le Marais. Full of sweet shops, patisseries, boutiques, and cafes, Le Marais offers insight into French culture and the secret Paris local way of life. Finish the tour in the forecourt of Paris contemporary art gallery: Pompidou centre, an incredible example of modern architecture in the heart of medieval Paris. A fitting finale to this revealing tour of Paris’ best kept secrets.

    Additional information

    Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, a macaron in Paris’ most illustrious food shop, and a cheese tasting session in a French fromagerie.

    Exclusions: Items of a personal nature and tips or gratuities for guide.

    Dress standard: Standard dress, comfortable walking shoes, and an umbrella, depending on the weather.

    Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you are in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

    Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point.  Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

    Additional Information: Please note that the cheese shop we are working with is closed on Monday morning. We will replace this activity with another inclusion.

    Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of six and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of six are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of six. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.

    Local contact

    Office phone number: +33 7 82 36 74 64
    Email address: [email protected]

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  • Mrs. Elizabeth L. from France travelled on 12 Oct 2017:

    Excellent visit and Hannah was friendly and very knowledgable – my only criticism is the choice of cheese ! I would have liked to taste something completely different rather than the comte, mimolet and a blue – the bread was good!

    Mrs. Valerie B. from New Zealand travelled on 03 May 2017:

    Arthur was great, an excellent guide. Wish we’d done the tour at the beginning of our Paris stay as Arthur showed us things only locals would know and we could have used this knowledge during our stay. Definitely recommend.

    Mrs. Sue M. from New Zealand travelled on 12 Apr 2017:


    Mrs. Lynda P. from United Kingdom travelled on 12 Apr 2017:

    Arthur was a great guide, knowledgeable and friendly. I had never done a tour like this before and it was a good experience.

    Mr. Michael C. from USA travelled on 05 Nov 2016:

    Adelle was excellent

    Mr. Paul T. from USA travelled on 04 Nov 2016:

    Arthur was a great tour guide in Paris. I would recommend to anyone no matter how many times you have been to Paris, he will broaden your experience to things you have never seen before. Bravo, Arthur.

    Ms. Emma C. from Australia travelled on 24 Oct 2016:

    Tim was a brilliant guide – he came prepared, was a lot of fun and the morning really fit the brief of a “secret Paris” tour.

    Mrs. Joan M. from Australia travelled on 16 Jun 2016:

    This was an interesting walking tour covering a variety of aspects of Parisian life. Loved the special macaron, and our stop for cheese tasting. This was a great opportunity for the members of the group to interact. Alix was an enthusiastic tour leader and knows her city very well. We are very happy to recommend this Paris Urban Adventure.

    Mrs. Stefanie D. from USA travelled on 06 Jun 2016:

    Adele was incredibly knowledgeable and kind. I thoroughly enjoyed the walking tour. I also booked it the night before so I was super thankful that it was easy and available for me at the last minute.

    Mrs. Semya F. from Switzerland travelled on 18 Apr 2016:

    Secret Paris Tour is a tour for those who like to see behind the scenes and discover Paris with a local. It is not so much about dates and famous figures, but about the beauty, spirit and charm of Paris and its people. Our tour in Paris has been fun and a great source of inspiration for discoveries of our own. À absolument ne pas manquer 🙂

    Ms. Aspasia B. from Canada travelled on 13 Apr 2016:

    I have no complaints at all. Arthur was an awesome guide.

    Mrs. Tracey C. from United Kingdom travelled on 30 Mar 2016:

    This was our second urban adventures experience and we were not disappointed. Alex our tour guide was delightful. She was friendly, relaxed, funny and made the tour very interesting. She gave us a fabulous insight into the history of the city as well as showing us a little of the real Paris away from the hustle and bustle. We would definitely recommend this tour to anyone.

    Mr. Alain B. from Switzerland travelled on 08 Jan 2016:

    Over all a good tour, the guide was competent an spoke different languages very well (French, English and German). In order to extend the duration in a more efficient way, the tour could probably be with bicycles or segways.

    Mrs. Shalini P. from United Kingdom travelled on 01 Dec 2015:

    Our guide Arthur kept us interested throughout the tour with his excellent knowledge on the history and culture of Paris, showing us some less well-known spots in the city. The highlights of the tour were the cheese shop where we got to sample some French cheeses, and seeing the house of the Harry Potter character Nicholas Flamel.

    Ms. Laurie B. from Canada travelled on 11 Oct 2015:

    Meeting the locals (ie cheese shop) genuinely authentic…not contrived/stilted, learned interesting tidbits not necessarily found in a guide book, and guide had the group interacting with each other as well as with him. Overall BETTER than our expectations.

    Ms. Mary M. from Australia travelled on 15 Jul 2015:

    Our guide was knowledgable and friendly.

    Mrs. Karen H. from Australia travelled on 10 Apr 2015:

    Arthur was interesting, clear, engaging, funny, patient. A great tour! Thoroughly recommended.

    Mr. Frances D. from Australia travelled on 20 May 2014:

    Arthur was an excellent guide and made the experience awesome

    Ms. Megan M. from Canada travelled on 13 May 2014:

    I am a travel agent with Flight Centre and just recently went on the Secret Paris: Cheese, Art and local life excursion. It was a great walking tour to see the city for what it really is. Our guide was kind and funny, and could answer all of the questions that were put out to him. I would definitely do another one of these walking tours! I just hope the guides are as great as ours was in Paris!

    Mr. Dave M. from New Zealand travelled on 18 Apr 2014:

    My wife and I found Arthur a very knowledgeable & passionate guide on our walking tour.He was extremely helpful over & above the tour job, but also answered all our questions and made Paris very memorable.

    Mr. Renaud P. from Canada travelled on 22 Nov 2013:

    Arthur gave us a awesome tour, it was nice to discover the hidden streets of Paris where the usual tourist doesn’t go. Will recommend for anyone going to Paris!

    Ms. Angelina K. from Australia travelled on 15 Oct 2013:

    the tour gave me the chance to know the whole other side of Paris that most tours don’t show. It was a delight for all 5 senses!

    Mr. David J. from Australia travelled on 05 Oct 2013:

    Mary (or Marie, I’m not sure which), our tour guide, was a absolute delight for our Paris tour. She was friendly, bubbly and happy to answer any questions the group had. She had a good knowledge of the local area and threw in some interesting tales and history.

    Mr. Spencer P. from Canada travelled on 02 Sep 2013:

    Exceeded my expectation. Highly recommended. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the guide and all the insights he shared.

    Mr. Paolo S. from Italy travelled on 01 Aug 2013:

    Small group, 3 persons, very nice 3 hour + wandering around Secret Paris.

    Mrs. Elsy S. from USA travelled on 11 Jul 2013:

    Tim our guide was awesome! He had enthusiasm, was friendly and very knowledgeable. Tim provided us with helpful hints such as avoiding the long lines at the Louvre as well as pointing out some local pick pockets that target tourists. Tim was so friendly and took us places we would have not otherwise seen on our own. We enjoyed this tour so much that we signed up for the Boheiman tour the very next day and we are so glad that we did. Experiencing these tours with Tim was the highlight of our trip and first visit to Paris. Thank you Tim, you made our vacation unforgetable.

    Ms. Amy R. from Australia travelled on 06 Jul 2013:

    Our guide Arthur was fantastic! This tour allowed us to discover parts of Paris we would not have found on our own and was a highlight of our trip to Paris. Thanks for a great day Arthur!

    Mr. Louis D. from USA travelled on 30 Jun 2013:


    Mr. JANICE K. from USA travelled on 24 Jun 2013:

    Tim is a wonderful guide. We’ve done walking tours in many places but this tour far exceeded our expectations. The three hours flew by. We’ll definitely check out Urban Adventures each time we travel in the future.

    Ms. Ellen S. from Australia travelled on 17 Jun 2013:

    Tim was an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide, and was evidently passionate about sharing a little bit of his Paris with us.

    Mrs. Marla P. from USA travelled on 15 Jun 2013:

    Tim was very friendly and engaging. His attitude made for a very pleasant morning walk.

    Mr. Elise I. from USA travelled on 31 Mar 2013:

    We went on two, small group tours-Experience Paris Cheese, Charcuterie, and wine and Discover Paris, Including Cheese Tasting. Both tours were led by Tim, our tour guide. He was truly a local expert. I’m so happy we booked these tours. I highly recommend booking a tour.

    Ms. Dawn S. from Australia travelled on 24 Oct 2012:

    Maria was fantastic, spoke excellent english and her general knowledge about Paris and the areas we walked were wonderful.

    Ms. Lily K. from Canada travelled on 25 Sep 2012:

    Loved the fact that it was more one on one talking and less your in a group being led around by a guide. Really friendly and nice. Great experience. Can you guys do a tour in Switzerland?
    The fuide was really nice.

    Mr. Beate L. from Australia travelled on 04 Sep 2012:

    Marie was a wonderful tour guide and we will definitely do one of your tours again on our next trip to Paris. Everything was perfect and our expectations were exceeded by far!!! Thanks for the great job you are doing!

    Mrs. Mairi L. from United Kingdom travelled on 20 Aug 2012:

    Lovely tourguide with excellent English. Loved the macaroons and cheese! Saw lots of wee places we never would’ve found ourselves and got suggestions for other places to visit and eat out!