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5 good gastronomic addresses in Saint-Germain-des-Prés

From its distinctive street name signs to old lampposts and famous historical attractions, Paris is internationally recognized. The reputation of its gastronomic component is certainly well established. It was therefore obvious to discover it more during my stay at the beginning of the year. To do this, we had an appointment in a well-known and colorful district, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, to then continue our adventures on the left bank!

Facade of Androuet cheese maker Paris

As some of you know, my lover is French. After ten years as a couple, I know the culinary specialties of France quite well, but very little about the history of these classics and their evolution through eras and fashions. I wanted to visit historic gourmet Paris, with a specialized guide. Having loved my guided tour of Istanbul’s Galata district with Context Travel, I contacted this company in order to test a new tasty destination!

We joined Preston, our guide, and the three other participants a stone’s throw from the Saint-Germain-des-Prés metro station. A few minutes later, we set off on foot towards the first stop of five included in the two-and-a-half-hour tour named From baguette to bistro, the culinary traditions of Paris.

Eric Kayser Artisan Baker

A trip to France without eating the crunchy golden baguette would be a sacrilege! Since 1993, the traditional French baguette, to be sold in this way, must be made from wheat flour, water, salt and yeast or sourdough. When it is more imposing, it is called flute, and smaller, string. Never mind, at Eric Kayser Artisan Boulanger, I want to taste everything without regard for the titles, especially the specialty breads and sweets on the counter.

As it is morning, I opt for a pain au chocolat (or a chocolatine, good!) And a hot chocolate to start the day on a sweet note. I savor the thick brew while listening to Preston tell us about the history of baking, a well-known gastronomic religion in the country. By the way, did you know that the maximum price for each type of bread is governed in France?

Baguettes from Eric Kayser's bakery, Artisan baker Eric Kayser Artisan Baker of Paris St-Germain-des-Prés

Androuet

Just across the street, we enter the taste buds’ paradise, our nostrils stimulated by the strong smells of cheese. The shelves are full of more than three hundred varieties carefully refined by the specialists ofAndrouet Maître Fromager from Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Rive Gauche.

And there, blow of heart of the day! the Brillat-Savarin, a cheese that my brother-in-law had praised me the day before, is presented to me on a piece of fresh bread. Nothing too good for this “orgasmic” delicacy, we are in the shop of the one who baptized it in the 1930s. The next day, this cheese is found on our tray at the end of the meal so that I can taste it again. and again, this time adapted in a version stuffed with fresh truffles. MMMM!

Androuet, Refiner at work

Brillat-Savarin at Androuet Paris, Saint-Germain-des-Prés

The Brillat-Savarin, right in front!

Androuet cheese display - Paris Saint-Germain-des-Prés Cheese wheels at Androuet Paris Facade of Androuet cheese maker Paris

Preston, our guide

Chapon chocolate

What a cute little shop! Even though this is not my favorite chocolate, I enjoyed the atmosphere and the diversity offered at Chapon chocolate. The eclectic wrapping of the bars and the old molds hanging on the wall add a bright and colorful touch to the decor! Chocolates in smileys definitely make you smile.

Capon, chocolate bars Chapon de Paris chocolate maker Chapon de Paris chocolate Display of chocolates at Chocolat Chapon Our tasting in the chocolate factory of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, ParisChapon Chocolates in Paris, Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Ryst Dupeyron House

Welcome to Ali Baba’s cave! If only we had this kind of business in Quebec, the selection of evening essences would become more pleasant… Do you like fine wines and quality alcoholic drinks? The Ryst Dupeyron House is for you. We were greeted with a smile to taste an Armagnac from 1972. I generally don’t like strong drinks, but this one turned out to be so sweet that we bought a bottle to give it as a gift to my brother-in-law. brother whose year of birth is.

Maison Ryst Dupeyron, Armagnac Glass of Armagnac Spirits tasting in Paris, Saint-Germain-des-Prés Bottles during the gourmet guided tour of Paris Saint-Germain-des-Prés Bottles to taste during the food tour of Paris, St-Germain-des-Prés Bottle of XO, Armagnac from the Collector

The Pastry of Dreams

Under huge glass bells rest the creations of La Pâtisserie des Rêves and redefined versions of traditional French pastries, such as Paris-Brest or baba au rhum. I wanted to taste everything! We took two boxes of tasting portions to eat at the nearby park under the typical Parisian balconies. Real creamy delicacies! Remember to get a few if you go through Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Rive Gauche.

Dessert bells at La Pâtisserie des Rêves Dessert dome at La Pâtisserie des Rêves in Saint-Germain-des-Prés Front / Front of La Pâtisserie des RêvesSweets tasting - Paris - Saint-Germain-des-Prés Fine pastries on a gastronomic tour in Paris, Saint-Germain-des-Prés

The Parisian district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Rive Gauche

This gastronomic guided tour was an excellent pretext for us to rediscover this frankly interesting district. Beneath its pretty arcades and postcard-like storefronts, its arteries reveal little surprises on every street corner, such as tiny alleys, covered passages and markets with stalls filled with fragrant products. We chose to spend a few extra hours there window shopping and taking lots of pictures, an easy task in this area I assure you!

Typical buildings of Paris Typical Parisian apartments of Saint-Germain-des-PrésParis district, Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Useful information

The guided tour (in English in a group – available in French in private) takes place on foot and at a slow pace, so it’s easy to follow, no matter your level.

There are never more than 6 participants per group.

The guides are all professionals with marked experience for the niches they operate. For example, Preston studied art history and French. He became a sommelier, passionate about French gastronomy.

For more information on the visit, see the page Baguette au Bistrot: Culinary Traditions of Paris.

If you are more interested in history or monuments, you will like these others Paris guided tours.

Do you like guided tours while traveling? What type? Have you ever done food tours?

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In regards to Jennifer Doré Dallas

Jennifer Doré Dallas is behind the travel blog Moi, mes shoes, but she is also a content marketing consultant, presents travel conferences, does freelance writing and is the author of a dozen Lonely Planet guides and Ulysses. When she’s not exploring the planet on the lookout for new experiences, she travels to Quebec, to the four corners of her native province of Canada, to discover the land and the best places to sleep, eat and visit, from the Magdalen Islands to the North Shore via Montreal, the Laurentians, Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Montérégie where she lives, to name a few! She loves to make those who don’t dare yet want to leave! Its philosophy or slogan: save where possible, spend where it matters most, regardless of your travel budget. In short, travel better, for less, more often or for a long time! Jennifer loves hostels as much as the occasional luxury, but the most important thing for her is getting the best value for her money while meeting great people! Obsessed with Ziploc bags and her SteriPen, she wholeheartedly hates umbrellas. The objects from which she cannot separate? His travel journal and his camera. His economical hobby: markets and grocery stores. She is also the founder of the community of 6 to 8 travel, of Voyage numériQC, specializing in content and networking between influencers and tourism companies and Chasing Poutine, an English travel blog about vacations in Quebec.

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