Montmartre Food and History Walking Tour

Sample traditional French dishes and pastries while learning about Montmartre’s fascinating history

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Looking for a way to sample the best cuisine in Montmartre, while learning about its intriguing history? On this immersive walking tour, your expert guide will lead you to the area's most iconic landmarks, while stopping for classic French dishes along the way. Indulge in both sweet and savory delicacies, visit breathtaking historic sites, and take in a panoramic view of Paris from the top of this idyllic, hilltop neighborhood.

  • Meeting point at Metro Blanche
  • Traditional boulangerie
  • The perfect crepe
  • Escargot and wine
  • Moulin de la Galette
  • Mousse de canard
  • Sable and Macaron
  • Charcuterie and cheese board
  • End near Sacre Coeur

To begin diving into the incredible cuisine and history of beautiful Montmartre, meet your expert guide at your designated meeting point. Once your group of fellow foodies have all arrived, it will be time to explore the winding streets and charming cuisine of this hilltop neighborhood. We hope you brought your appetite and comfortable shoes, as there will be plenty of eating and walking on this immersive tour of Montmartre! 

Your food-loving guide will take you to an authentic boulangerie for chouquettes and a choice of croissant or pain au chocolat, followed by a decadent crepe or gauffre . Soon after, you’ll move on to more savory cuisine with escargot and wine, followed by mousse de canard and a baguette on one of Montmartre’s most enchanting streets. Your culinary tour will also include local cookies and macarons from a prominent pastry chef. Finish off your delectable tour with a classic charcuterie and cheese board, along with delicious French wine. 

You’ll also enjoy plenty of walking in between all of these mouthwatering, culinary stops. As you stroll through Montmartre, your local guide will lead you to the neighborhood’s top landmarks, while sharing their fascinating history. See the iconic Moulin Rouge, learn about the artists that once called Le Bateau-Lavoir home, and see one of the last remaining windmills in Montmartre at Le Moulin de la Galette. Marvel at unique sculptures like Le Passe-Muraille and the Buste de Dalida, and watch artists at work in Place du Tertre. Finally, take in sweeping views of Paris from the Sacre Coeur, a breathtaking cathedral which sits at the summit of Montmartre, overlooking the whole city. 

Once your tour is complete, you’re free to head back to the city to continue exploring on your own!  

Montmartre Food and History Walking Tour Description 

Your 3-hour tour includes: 

  • Expert, local guide 

  • Explore landmarks and monuments of Montmartre 

  • Sample delicious pastries, crepes, and macaroons 

  • Locally made sable, or cookies  

  • Try culinary delicacies like mousse de canard, escargot, and wine 

  • Classic charcuterie and cheese board with wine 

  • Learn about the history of Montmartre 

  • Meet Your Local Guide 

To begin eating your way through the charming streets of Montmartre, head to your designated meeting point, which will be sent to you ahead of time. Your local guide will be waiting to greet you, along with your group of fellow foodies. Once everyone has arrived, it will be time to immerse yourself in the fascinating history and culinary wonders of one of Paris’s most adored neighborhoods.  

Remember to pack your camera and wear comfortable shoes! This hilltop district is known for its many steep inclines and staircases, and you’ll be walking about 3.5-4km. 

Marvel at Iconic Sites 

Follow your guide through narrow, cobblestone streets and past stunning buildings, as they lead you to some of the area’s top landmarks. Stop by Moulin Rouge, a world-famous cabaret. Listen intently as your knowledgeable guide explains the venue’s history, including a devastating fire which destroyed the original building in 1915. 

Later, you’ll dive deeper into the neighborhood’s history as you admire Le Bateau-Lavoir, an iconic building celebrated for the legendary artists that once lived and created here. Pablo Picasso, Kees Van Dongen, and Max Jacob are just a few of the notable artists that once called this building home. 

Pastries From a Traditional Boulangerie 

Your first culinary stop of the tour will be an authentic boulangerie, or bakery. Indulge in delectable French pastries, including two chouquettes and your choice of a croissant or pain au chocolate. We guarantee, you can’t go wrong with either choice!  

Choose Your Perfect Gauffre or Crepe 

Continue satisfying your sweet tooth at your second food stop, where you will have your choice between a delicious gauffre (waffle) or crepe. Enjoy a decadent French treat with your choice of mouthwatering fillings. 

Enjoy Escargot and Wine 

Next, sit down with your group of fellow foodies for a delectable tasting of escargot. Savor the bold flavors of this classic French plate, which will be accompanied by a glass of fine French wine. If this is your first- time eating escargot, not to worry—your helpful guide will show you how to maneuver the delicious snail from its shell.  

Visit Le Moulin de la Galette 

Take a break from devouring classic French delights  as your guide continues to lead you through the winding streets of Montmartre. Soon enough you will arrive at Le Moulin de la Galette, the neighborhood’s historic windmill which was built in 1622. While Montmartre once contained 30 windmills, this is now one of only two that remain. Your guide will explain the landmark’s intricate past, along with the many prominent artists that have depicted the windmill in their work. 

See Le Passe-Muraille and Buste de Dalida 

Take out your camera and get ready to pose for the next stop! Le Passe-Muraille is a one-of-a-kind bronze sculpture, depicting a man walking through a wall. The sculpture is based on a story by French writer Marcel Aymé, and has become a classic photo-op for tourists passing by. 

Next, your expert guide will take you to a second prominent sculpture, the Buste de Dalida. In honor of the late, famed singer who called Montmartre home, a bronze bust of Dalida stands in a square of the same name. 

Sample Mousse de Canard and Baguette 

Your exploration of traditional French cuisine continues with a flavorful tasting of mousse de canard, accompanied by a fresh baguette. Enjoy the rich flavors of this classic dish as you  stroll along one of the most beautiful streets in all of Montmartre. Following your delicious meal with a view, your guide will continue to lead you to some of the area’s most historical sites. 

Try Sable, or French Cookies  

Perhaps the most photogenic restaurant in all of Montmartre, La Maison Rose, is a must-visit when in the area. Your guide will explain the intriguing history of this famous pink building, which was originally the home of Ramon Pichot after purchasing it in 1905. 

Once popular among artists in the area, today La Maison Rose is a delicious restaurant, as well as a tourist hot-spot due to its picturesque exterior. While learning about the pink building’s past, you’ll snack on deliciously made sables, or French cookies.   

Savor Macarons from a French Pastry Chef 

There’s still one more traditional French sweet to savor before the tour is over! Follow your guide to the locale of a prestigious French pastry chef, who will serve you delectable macarons. You'll get to try two different seasonal flavors that change every few months.  

Explore Place du Tertre 

As you begin to reach the summit of Montmartre’s hill, your local guide will bring you to Place du Tertre, the liveliest square in the neighborhood. Lined by restaurants and cafes brimming with patrons, the cobblestone square is filled with artists working at their easels, creating stunning portraits for tourists. Your guide will explain the square’s artistic history, before leading you to one final landmark. 

Take in the View from the Sacre Coeur 

At the summit of the hill stands Sacre Coeur, Paris’s iconic basilica. Marvel at the breathtaking church, which overlooks the entire city. After taking in the intricate details of the basilica’s exterior, turn around to find a wide staircase filled with tourists taking in jaw-dropping, panoramic views of Paris. While your guide explains the history of the famous Sacre Coeur, be sure to capture the moment with your camera. 

Indulge in a Charcuterie and Cheese Board 

After hours of walking up steep hills and steps, it’s time to sit back and relax with the last stop of the day. In classic Parisian fashion, cap off your enchanting tour with an impeccable charcuterie and cheese board. Pair your final tasting with delicious French wine, and cheers with your newfound friends to an unforgettable day in Montmartre! 

After this final stop, your tour will come to an end. You’re free to stay and relax as long as you’d like, or perhaps you’d prefer to head back to your favorite site for more exploring. 

What you get with this tour
Expert, local guide
Explore iconic landmarks like Moulin Rouge, Sacre Coeur, and Place du Tertre
See Le Bateau-Lavoir, Le Moulin de la Galette, and Buste de Dalida
Visit a traditional Boulangerie
Sample chouquettes, crepe, and macarons
Enjoy wine, escargot, mousse de canard, and a charcuterie and cheese board
Taste locally made cookies
Learn about the fascinating history of Montmartre
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We had the most amazing guide- Sarah for the Montmatre food Tour. She was knowledgeable and fun!! It was such a fantastic overview of the different foods that are offered in Paris. She was also willing to give fantastic restaurant recommendations and was happy to answer all our questions, food related and otherwise!!

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Nkayis a super guide! This tour of Montmartre is informative and delicious. She gave us so much insight into the area, the artists and development topped off by food that couldn’t be more French: croissants, escargot, macaroons, various cheeses and wines. We were a very small group-just 4- and at the end we felt we had made new friends. I wish you could book a tour based on the guide because we would book with Nkay over and over- perfect tour!!!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

Bring a healthy appetite and comfortable shoes!

Is this tour run by The Tour Guy?

Yes, this tour is operated by The Tour Guy.

What if I have concerns about my mobility on this tour?

Unfortunately, this tour is not suited for anyone with mobility concerns, as it involves 3.5-4km of walking, including up hills and stairs.

What happens if it rains?

We run our tours rain or shine.

Is lunch included in the price of the tour?

Yes, this food tour includes several stops, with both sweet and savory tastings.

What if I have food allergies, intolerances, or other dietary requirements?

Please contact us in advance so we can do our best to accommodate your needs. We will work with our tour partners to provide you with an alternative when possible.

How many glasses of wine will I get?

This tour includes at least two glasses of wine.

What if I don’t drink alcohol but I’d still like to join a food tour?

Not a problem. Please let us know in the comment box when you book your tour so we can make sure an alternative drink is provided.

Can I bring my kids and do I have to pay for them?

Kids are welcome on our food tours, but we understand that sometimes young children won’t be interested in what’s offered. You won’t have to pay for children who are under 6 years old and won’t be eating the food. You're welcome to bring some food for them to enjoy. Otherwise, if they will be eating food at any of the stops, please choose the “Child” option when booking.

Does this tour include hotel pickup?

No hotel pickup is included on this tour. You’ll meet your guide at the designated meeting point in Montmartre.

Where does this tour end?

This tour ends after your charcuterie and cheese board stop. You’re welcome to stay as long as you’d like, or continue exploring the area on your own!

What to bring?

Bring a healthy appetite and comfortable shoes!

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