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Scout out Paris’ cultural gems and tantalizing treats on a walking tour of the city. Led by a friendly local guide, the 3-hour tour introduces you to the secret places that tourist maps miss, like an arcade that offers views into the Louvre Museum. Discover some of the capital's best macaroons, and visit one of the locals’ favorite markets to sample artisan cheeses.

Numbers are limited to 12 on this small-group tour, ensuring personalized attention from a guide.


  • 3-hour Paris walking tour of Paris’ hidden gems with a local guide
  • Sample quality macaroons at a prestigious pastry shop
  • Discover an arcade where you can see inside the Louvre Museum
  • Visit a lively market to sample cheese and meet the traders
  • Walk through Le Marais and finish the tour in front of the contemporary Pompidou centre
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensures a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is a walking tour with a difference, aimed to make you feel like a local and introduce you to Paris' hidden gems! Learn about art, food and architecture while discovering the city's secret sites.

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What You Can Expect

Paris Walking Tour: Secret Sites and Hidden Gems

Secret Paris: Enjoy a cheese tasting session at a Parisian market

Meet your guide by Place de la Concorde in central Paris, and then set off on your 3-hour walking tour, exploring the grand boulevards around the 8th arrondissement. Luxury and elegance abound in the area, and as you walk your guide will point out examples of beautiful Belle Époque architecture.

Stop at a renowned food shop to sample one of the capital’s finest macaroons – mini-meringues sandwiched together with cream. The brightly colored, melt-in-the-mouth treats are ubiquitous around France, and the Parisian shops that sell them hold a prestigious reputation around the world.

Continue walking to the Louvre Museum, an iconic building home to some of the world’s most celebrated art. Amble through an arcade that offers a glimpse into the famous gallery, and then relax in the surrounding gardens as your guide regales you with tales about Paris’ art and culture.

Head to a lively Parisian market to indulge in one of the country’s popular gastronomic pleasures: cheese! Meet some of the friendly traders and sample their wares, trying crumbling chunks of pungent Roquefort or slivers of Brie. If you want to buy some cheese, spend some time browsing the stores at leisure.

Finally, take a stroll to Le Marais, a historical neighborhood full of trendy cafes and vintage boutiques – all exuding bohemian charm. Wander through tucked away Arcades, hidden streets that even locals don't know about and narrow streets a vivid testimony of Paris' rich medieval history. Finish the tour in the forecourt of Paris’ contemporary art gallery: the 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!

Customer Reviews

Patricia B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Fantastic local guide provided interesting information and brought us to sites outside the normal tourist realm, while keeping us within the city core. Enjoyed the small group aspect as well as the stops for treats. Would definitely recommend.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Really small group of 4 which was great. Interesting informative guide who certainly took us to some parts of Paris we did not know about. Macaroon and cheese tastings were an added bonus.

Yvonne M M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent and highly recommended. Our guide Alexe ? was interesting and had our full attention. Since we were a small group, she selected areas that interested us. A pleasureable learning experience!

Mary D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Fantastic! we had the most wonderful guide! he was so much fun and had great facts about the wonderful city of Paris! I would highly recommend this to any first time travelers to Paris!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great experience with a dreat guide.

Jaclyn K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Adele is a most enthusiastic, knowledgeable and entertaining guide. She loves her home city and shared many interesting stories about famous and infamous Parisians as well as a great deal about French history. My husband and I were crazy enough to book the tour for the morning of the new year so the three of us, while a bit bleary-eyed from the night prior, had the rare opportunity to wander the empty and silent streets with the whole of the city center to ourselves. She also went above and beyond to offer a few great recs for places to visit in our neighborhood. I highly recommend Adele and this tour.

Kelsey C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Worth it! This tour takes you to places you wouldn't necessarily go in Paris and lets you sample cheeses you might have otherwise avoided.
Our tour went for an hour longer than estimated, but it was great! Tour starts and finishs in tourist friendly locations close to public transport.
Our guide who's name I have forgotten. Female, early 20s, Alex?, said that tours are slightly different depending on the guide. For example, she showed us a theatre where other guides might visit a garden or famous person's house.
On my tour we saw Robespierre's last residence and Nicholas Flamel's actual house and recieved some background information, which wass good.
Thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Paris. If you're only there for a day, along with checking out the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame etc., I'd suggest taking this tour!

Richard Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great as was our guide Timitee
Would recommend this tour to all
If i went to Paris again i would consider doing AGAIN!!!

Gregory K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Very informative and entertaining - thank you!

Ricardo M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Amazing tour, would definitely recommend it! Our guide Alix, was very friendly and with so much knowledge, made us feel very confortable and we enjoyed every moment

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