Important Note: This tour is only available on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
Do you want to taste all of the famous French sweets and pastries but only have a limited time in Paris? Don’t worry- we’ve got your back! With this gourmet Tour de France Pastry and Chocolate tour, we will introduce you to sweets and pastries of regional pride, all while enjoying an entertaining treasure hunt in the animated Marais district.
At the beginning of the tour, your children will receive a map of France with the various regions. They will then become detectives and will have to find their way through le Marais to locate the places where you will be able to taste the regional specialties. Your foodie expert will be there to drop hints when needed! At the end of the treasure hunt, your reward: a chocolate heaven! Here your kids will unleash their creativity by decorating a dessert.
Last but not least, they will receive a certificate as a French Regional Sweet Specialties Connoisseur. Super cool, right?
All aboard! Buckle your seatbelts because we are off!
You’ve probably heard of crepes from Brittany (in western France), but until you’ve tried them in France you have no idea what you’re missing! And you’ll get to try them from an organic crepe restaurant– chow down on this French pancake made with all-natural products. Regardless of whatever sweet ingredient you choose to fill yours (sugar, jam, chocolate, or salted caramel butter), Breton crepes can please any palate, no matter the age.
Next stop in the treasure hunt: Lille (in the north of France). Get ready to taste meringue like you have never tasted it before. Trust us- this marvelous meringue and whipped cream delicacy is a light concoction that will blow your mind- and your taste buds! The only difficulty will be deciding which of 6 decadent flavors to choose!
Now on to Alsace! This eastern region of France has been a melting pot for French and German cultures for centuries, developing its own unique specialties. We are happy to introduce them to you! Get ready for a ‘kouglof:’ an Alsatian bundt cake.
From the region of Cap-Ferret (in southwestern France), enjoy a bite of heaven, in the form of a profiterole-like pastry filled with creamy Chantilly; eating it will be a treat in itself as you see who gets the most cream on their face!
Back toward the center of France we will try two specialties: praslines from Loiret and the famous macarons from Paris. Yummm!
For a change of scenery, your treasure hunt will take you to the Mediterranean in the south of France for a traditional ‘calisson:’ a marzipan-like candy made from almonds, candied fruit, and royal icing.
Next stop: Bordeaux (in western France)! While you may know this region for their wine, your kids will get to know it for its canelés, a mini cylindrical cake traditionally flavored with vanilla and rum. This Bordeaux specialty will amaze you with its caramelized crust and its moist, spongy center.
Your kiddos have tasted others’ creations all day- now it’s time to unleash their creativity and let them be the chefs! At our final stop, your children will be able to pick which chocolate (6 flavors, both classic and gourmet) to dunk their gingerbread man in, and then decorate them with a variety of sprinkles. Finish off your tour with a sumptuous hot cocoa at the same location; but this hot cocoa is special too- you and your kiddos can pick from any of the 6 flavors of chocolate and complete the French ritual of whipping the chocolate yourselves before pouring in the hot milk! What a deliciously interactive activity to finish up this sweet Tour de France! With their hunt completed, their treasure awaits: a signed certificate of their new Regional Sweet Specialties Connoisseur status!
And if you’re also looking for a savory food tour, have a look at our French Regional Family Food Tour!