Hands down one of the best parts of our honeymoon to paris! Aurelie is amazing, she was so wonderful to work with, and we learned a lot about the macarons and madeleines we were cooking as well as general cooking/kitchen knowledge as well. She encouraged us to take photographs as we went along so when we went to replicate the recipe at home we had those as reference. Our first try at home worked out pretty well! Just in general Aurelie was so welcoming and encouraging in the process and made us feel comfortable in her kitchen. It really completed our experience in paris and is something we will never forget. Highly recommend this or any experience with succulent paris if you are there! J.C.
We had an awesome tour with Marion in October 2017 through the saint Germain district. Marion's friendly and knowledgeable manner in all things French was a highlight of our trip. We experienced fresh goats cheese and olives in the local market, then progressed to macarons, amazing bread, the original salted caramel which was sublime, jam & chocolate, but the highlight was the olive oil tasting! Marion's expertise in teaching us the subtletys of early and late harvest & then truffle oil - to top it off! our final tasting of locally made cheese and wine -magnifique. We would highly recommend succulent paris for everyone who enjoys food and learning more about Parisian food. A fabulous 3 hours spent eating & chatting with Marion in a fun atmosphere!M.W.
What an amazing way to experience Parisian culture and food in a great neighbourhood away from most tourist activity. Marion was our guide and she is extremely knowledgable and friendly. We learned a lot about the food available to a typical Parisian and got to feast on some fabulous cheese, fresh bread, charcuterie, olives and the best macarons I had during our entire visit to France. We finished up the tour at a great little wine shop where we learned about the various wine producing regions in France. We got to taste some wine from all across the country while we finished up some more bread and charcuterie. I would highly recommend this tour to anybody interested in food, or simply interested in learning more about life in Paris. T.M.
Our family enjoyed a fabulous food tour guided by Aurelie. She made the tour very personable and every stop had its own story with an opportunity to try a variety of paris' delicacies. She was spot on with all of her recommendations. Our final stop was a wine and cheese tasting in her beautiful home. What a memorable experience! L.H.
We had a wonderful morning in paris baking - quiche, madeleines and a wonderful chocolate dessert. It was a great way for our family to experience the cuisine of paris and it was a wonderful activity that included everyone from ages 12-60. We would highly recommend this.
Our family spent a wonderful afternoon with Aurélie learning to MAKE QUICHE AND TWO DIFFERENT PASTRIES. WE WANTED OUR CHILDREN, 12 & 9, TO ENJOY A TRUE CULTURAL EXPERIENCE WHILE VISITING PARIS. WE WERE NOT DISAPPOINTED. AURELIE WAS PATIENT, FUN, AND MADE US FEEL RIGHT AT HOME. A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE FOR ALL THAT I WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANYONE.B.H.
We were received for the course of macaroons and Aurélie was a great host.
She had prepared ingredients and let us make mixtures. She gives us many cooking tricks to do it again at home. As a french, I can tell that I learned a lot during this class. After the tasting with a tea, we left with macaroons and madeleines, delight!
We had a private class with Aurelie making a quiche and 2 pastries. We are a family of 4 with two younger children (8 and 10 years old) so this was a perfect experience for us. The kids had a great time and Aurelie was a great teacher and host. Highly recommend this experience for families.A.R.
What a hoot. Nancy, myself and our grandaughter Ava had the most wonderful morning with Aurelie in her beautiful Apartment learning the art of french baking. We take back a knowledge that would not of been acquired without Aurelie's attention to detail, insights and her skill at baking. Our visit and class were highlights to our trip to Paris. D.B.
We baked with Aurelie in her spotless apartment this afternoon. She made us feel completely at ease in her lovely apartment and she was wonderful with both my daughters, ages 8 & 11. We made fruit tarts, madeleines, and zucchini/thyme quiches. Aurelie taught the girls how to measure ingredients using a scale and many other different baking techniques. Several times my daughters commented on how they had never had better pastries in their life - Clearly, they were loving the treats they prepared and baked themselves and were having the best time ever under Aurelie's guidance! Aurelie packed us all the leftovers after the tasting, to bring back home to enjoy later - they were so many!! This is an experience that will stay with my daughters for a long, long time. We will be back next year for another class. It's 100% worth it. Thank you Aurelie for sending us off with delicious treats and happy memories! T.Z.
Once upon a time in Paris . . .
Aurelie brightly greeted, gathered then guided the four of us away from the cement and grit of bustling city down the enchanting stone path of rue Montorgueil.
We feasted on savory buckwheat crepes brimming with cheese at M*** then sampled more incredible cheeses at F***. We continued along rue Montorgueil to lovely teas, jams, sweet confections and creamy pastries all accented by hours of history, vivid sights, and warm chatter. Aurelie customized our gluten-free tour for my beautiful daughter’s birthday and highlighted the event with a stop at a gluten-free pastry shop. . . a moment beyond words or photos. The city of Paris came alive and our day simply magical under Aurelie’s wing . . . honestly wonderful! M.C.
Une facon merveilleuse de passer du temps a Paris et de se renseigner des gourmandises dans le Marais. Marion a éete charmante, aimable et a fait realise un tour delicieux et inoubliable. C.M.
We had a lovely morning with Aurelia. She welcomed us into her apartment and then the cooking began, we made quiche Lorraine and 2,sweets which were delicious and even though we are all experienced cooks we learnt some good tips that we will take home to Perth Western Australia. After the cooking was completed we sat down to a lovely coffee and enjoyed our fruits of our labour. Would recommend succulent paris to others, it was fun and who wouldn't want to cook in a lovely apartment in Paris ? D.F.
We had a wonderful trip with Aurélie. We were traveling with our son who is 14 YO and my mother in law. The tour was at a pace and level of interest for everyone. We found everything to be fascinating and educational. J.K.
My daughter in law,two granddaughters (age 7 and 9), and I had a great baking class with aurelie. The girls did most of the work with aurelie's oversight-which was just perfect. We all learned a lot, the results were superb, and we are coming home to bake fantastic French pastries! L.L.
My daughter, niece, sister, mother and I took a class in July 2016. It was fabulous. The girls did most of the cooking, as was expected, but the adults were included, too. The best part was that the class was perfect for the girls--both came home wanting to bake immediately--but Aurelie offered great tips for all of us much more experienced bakers. It was such a nice way for us all to be included. We also loved Aurelie's apartment. She is lovely and a pleasure to learn from. Finally, the food we made was delectable! We all agreed that it was the favorite thing from our week in Paris. Don't hesitate to take a class! J.S.
It was a great tour. Enjoyed going to different gourmet stores and doing tasting. Aurelie was very friendly and Knowledgeable. Would highly recommend it. V.S.
I had some very good friends from Atlanta, Ga, USA coming to visit me and my family in paris last summer. As they love french food, I organized a food tour in le marais for them with succulent paris. They loved it !!! It was great to discover this neighborhood in a gourmet way. Marion and Aurelie were fantastic hosts, they know really well the area, the best places to go and the succulent food to taste. Even being a parisian, I felt like a tourist. While tasting delicious products, we learned a lot about the history of the area : food for the mouth and the soul ! I will definitely ask for other tours. Thank you !!
I was so happy to have been able to go on this market tour. Marion brought to life and intruduced me to the delicacies and secrets of what to look out for in a french market. She was informative and willing to offer her advice on what would work well together when whipping up a culinary storm. Marion's warmth, cheerfulness and knowledge made for a wonderful experience.
I am a travel agent who booked a group of 15 people (myself included) on a food/market tour with Marion & Aurelie. My co-worker had used them before for a group with much success, and recommended them to me. I am very happy that she did!! The ladies met us at the subway exit, and greeted us with warm friendly smiles. They then lead the way to our first stop- a great local market where we got to walk around, and learn about some of their local delicacies. Following that were multiple stops, tasting a variety of goodies from chocolate shops, bakeries, & even an olive oil tasting! We finished our tour back at their apartment, and were pleasantly surprised to find wine, and delicious fresh bread & cheese laid out for us. It was quite the spread and a very nice surprise! We finished our time with the ladies sipping on wine, and eating a wide variety of amazing cheese, while learning which areas the cheese was produced in. The ladies were very accommodating with our larger group, and made us feel at home in their apartment -like we were real Parisians! At the end of our 10 day tour of Paris, and seeing all of the sites, I had multiple people tell me that was their favorite part of the 10 day's was our time with Marion & Aurelie. I would highly recommend them for anyone looking to get an off the beaten path experience with these lovely ladies. Thanks again to you both, and hope to see you again one day with another group, or maybe just my own family! T.L.
Tezra from Pauwels Travel, Canada
We did a market tour and cooking class making an onion tart chicken dish and chocolate cake with caramel center. Then we ate our Meal with Marion and Aurelia. It was awesome! They were so knowledgable and so much fun. We had a great time and learned a lot.
We highly reccomend them. We would love to take another class with them! The market tour was great too!!
Don't skip this wonderful experience!! Thank you so much for a memorable day! We really enjoyed it!! Merci Beaucoup ! Xo S.R.B.
We had such a wonderful tour. Aurelie was a lovely tour guide, friendly and knowledgeable.
We so enjoyed each and every store and tasting. We especially loved la maison du chou (best creme puffs ever), ma collection (Valerie was so sweet and set out yummy tastings for us), and la cremerie (yummy plating of cheeses and bread, along with a glass of wine). It was a Parisian day to remember and cheer to for years to come. Thanks so much Aurelie !!!!!!!! J.K.
Succulent Paris was recommended by the concierge at our hotel. I love to bake and appreciate the markets and Patisseries in Paris.
Marion was a nurturing and organized guide and we had a great time exploring markets, small gourmet stores, cheese vendors, and bakeries in the 17th arrondissement. We tasted cheeses, meats, and baked delicacies throughout the totally enjoyable morning.
I recommend this company highly and Marion in particular.
I am a beekeeper and although Marion did not know this ahead of time, she took us to a honey store which was a delightful surprise.
This morning was a highlight of our time in Paris. L.T.
My husband, 7 year-old daughter and I very much enjoyed our baking class. The recipes are so easy to bake at home. Now we weigh all our ingredients for baking! Thank you very much.
Highly recommended as a wonderful family-friendly activity. S.F.
Succulent Paris was recommended by our travel agent, so my family and I decided to register for the Paris baking class. Wow, what an amazing experience!
Being able to bake (easy and straight-forward recipes) in a local Parisian home was spectacular. We made chocolate molleux with caramel, Madeleines, and fruit tarts. Aurélie Was so patient and kind. I really enjoyed her class. I couldn't wait to try out the recipes when I arrived back to Canada.
We would highly recommend this baking class to get a taste of Parisian experience. A.L.
My mother, 13 year old daughter and I had a fantastic food tour in Le Marais with Aurélie. It was the highlight of my daughter's trip to Paris!
Aurélie brought us to the most delicious shops on our journey through Le Marais. We sampled the best caramel we ever tasted, decadent chocolates, delicious breads and cheeses, meats, teas, oils and ended with a fantastic éclair! We learned about the history of Le Marais along our tour as well. Aurélie was so kind and knowledgeable. We hope to return one day and do a cooking class at her apartment! Thank you for the recipes too, my daughter can't wait to make the macaroons and chocolate caramel cake! K.M
I attended a cooking class at succulent paris in august with my 10 year old grandaughter and had a wonderful experience with Marion! We thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent making delicious madelines, caramel filled chocolate cakes and quiche.
I would highly recommend this adventure if you plan on traveling to Paris......It's a welcome relief for youngsters from the adult oriented museums and hub bub of Paris life. Besides the experience, we had an amazing lunch right down to dessert.
The folks were extremely helpful in all areas and recommended some fabulous restaurants in our area. Many thanks to Marion for giving us a "once in a lifetime" Paris experience.....Merci beaucoup Succulent Paris. N.M.
My friend and I are both nineteen, and have limited cooking experience, yet ready appetites! Marion taught us how to make both a delicious meal and dessert that we plan on replicating for our families. We also tasted some delicious gourmet pastries that we are excited to return to on our next trip.
Marion is a wonderfully warm hostess and made our Paris experience truly local and gourmet! P.L.L.
We visited France this June and had a wonderful cooking experience with Aurelie & Marion .
We took our thirteen year old granddaughter to celebrate her birthday. She loves to cook...so what a wonderful experience. It started just meeting Marion at a cafe and walking to wonderful gourmet shops to purchase our ingredients for our luncheon. Marion is a delightful women who was able to connect with our teenage granddaughter. That was so much fun..I even learned a thing or two about chickens! We then went to Aurelie's beautiful apartment and cooked.
Emma said it was the highlight of her trip to Paris. I would recommend this tour to anyone..a wonderful taste of French culture and the merchants were so charming! Don't miss this tour! E.M.
My sister, 2 twelve years old girls, and I enjoyed our afternoon baking with Aurelie in her beautiful Paris apartment. We made fruit tarts, madeleines, and caramel filled chocolate cakes! We learned French baking techniques and tips.
The best part was eating these delicious pastries at the end. Aurelie is a baking pro and a down to earth host. We have already made the fruit tarts since returning home. I would highly recommend this class to anyone! C.S.
This food tour was the highlight of our trip to Paris.
Aurélie is kind and knowledgable and eager to share the delicious food of her city. Aurélie worked hard to accommodate our schedule and went out of her way to ensure that we had a great culinary experience. The tour was very diverse and incorporated many Parisian delicacies. I would recommend this tour to anyone and I will book another tour with them on my next trip to Paris. Merci beaucoup!! A.Q.
My granddaughter and I had a wonderful experience baking in Aurelie's beautiful Paris apartment. Aurelie explained the necessity of weighing rather than measuring ingredients. We loved everything we made and learned a lot. Our baked goods were packed up so that we could travel back to our apartment without worrying about crushing or mashing them!
For my granddaughter, this class was the highlight of our trip to Paris! B.S.
While traveling in Paris my roommate and I wanted to see authentic pastry and chocolate workshops (who wouldn't?!). We were so happy we arranged this tour!
Marion was a fantastic guide who took us outside of the touristy spots to experience shops you would go to if you were living in Paris.
We got to try a variety of macaroons, candies, chocolates, pastries, tea and honey along the way. If you're considering doing this tour- you definitely should! (: A.I.
My boyfriend and I wanted to experience a cooking or baking class while on holiday in Paris. We decided on Aurelie's baking class where we could bake in a beautiful Paris apartment and feel part of the culture. We had a hands on class, creating quiche, madelines and choux pastry. It was all delicious!
Aurelie's packed the leftovers for us which was a great treat for the next few days. She did an excellent job of talking about the baking techniques and the art of French baking. She recommended other things to do while we were in Paris and restaurants and shops to stop into.
When we go back to Paris, we want to try another cooking class and perhaps the food tour with Marion. T.L.
We were welcomed into Aurelie's lovely apartment where we were instructed in hands on preparation of quiche, chocolate molten cakes and madeline. The results of our efforts were delicious.
Aurelie's packed the leftovers for us and we ate them over the next couple of days. She explained why she used certain ingredients and techniques. She recommended restaurants for us and we returned to the area for lunch and dinner on other days.
If I am lucky enough to go back one day I plan to take another cooking class with Aurelie's and another food tour with Marion. C.M.
We have been to Paris several times and we're looking to explore a new area. This tour was perfect for us because it combined two of our favorite food groups and a new area of the city.
Marion led us through the 17th arrondissenment, brought us to numerous shops, gave us the history of the shop, and samples of the specialty of that particular shop. She answered all of our numerous questions. We enjoyed the area so much we went back on two other occasions during our stay. C.M.
I've been to Paris quite a few times but only for short time touristy stays. So this time I really wanted to have a special experience where I could do as the Parisians do.
Talking and exploring a typical French bakery as well as cooking with Marion was just what I needed. We spent the afternoon making quiche lorraine which we (Marion, Aurelie and I) enjoyed for a typical French lunch, speaking in French in a Parisian apartment and eating French cuisine. We also made caramel moelleux for dessert which I took home to share with my husband and his parents. I won my father in law over 100%.
I have returned to Australia now and have made caramel moelleux here and it is just as fabulous as how I made it in Paris. It was wonderful that all the recipes that were available could be made upon returning home.
I highly recommend the bakery visit and cooking classes to anyone interested in cuisine. What a truly Parisian experience it was. Can't wait to go back for another foodie experience with Marion and Aurelie! K.W.
I've been living in Paris for a few years so when my mom visited we were looking for a new experience to share and baking with Aurélie was just the thing! We were blown away by her beautiful apartment and spent a lovely afternoon making mushroom and cheese quiches, gooey chocolate cakes, and madeleines. Aurélie was lovely and gave us great tips for buying baking supplies and where to find the best éclairs and macarons.
My mom flew back the next day with a bag of madeleines to share with friends at home, and I had a solid supply of quiche and chocolate cake to cope with her departure—it was all I ate for the next few days! A.S.
My mother and I spent a lovely afternoon learning how to make chcocolate macaroons and french madelines in Aurélie kitchen. As we're both avid home bakers, we enjoyed quizzing her about making macaroon shells as well as learning new baking techinques that we can use at home. Aurélie had everything mise en place when we arrived and was a very good at giving clear and concise instructions.
The resulting desserts tasted absolutely amazing and we ate them throughout the rest of our trip. Aurélie also sent us home with a nicely printed recipe brochure for us to make the recipes at home (macaroons are on the list for this weekend).
I highly recommend this class to any level of baker and it was defintely one of the highlights of our week in Paris! J.M.
Every-time we visit Paris, my husband suggests that we take a cooking class, but we have two children, and I was nervous they would be bored and disinterested. This past December 2015 we were in Paris for the holidays, and we decided to book a baking class with Aurélie, and our family. It was PERFECT!
Aurélie was great, she was very patient with the kids, and they loved the experience! The setting was lovely, and calm. The desserts we made were so yummy. We will be making them back home, I hope they taste as good! We look forward to our next visit with Aurélie. J.W.
Our group of 4 took the private gourmet tour in late November 2015. We did this right after we arrived in Paris. What a great way to start the trip.
We came one week after the terrorist attacks and were glad to see that every day life in Paris was continuing without interruption. It was a relaxing walk through the open markets of Paris.
We enjoyed the many tastes but also the history that went along with some of the most popular treats. We immediately felt a connection with French people we had come to visit. We highly recommend this tour. R.D.
My wife and I came to Paris for the first time this December (2015), and we booked a "food adventure" with Marion and Aurelie on a recommendation from some mutual friends. This was the BEST part of our Parisian experience!
We met with these ladies on our first day in Paris. Marion was very understanding with our tardiness as we fumbled our way through the metro station on our way to meet her. After a cafe noisette, we started our market excursion through the 17th Arr. We felt like locals, and honestly I don't remember seeing another "tourist" in sight. The smells of the main market drag were fantastic...la boulangerie, la fromagerie, la patisserie, a local honey shop, olive oil shop -- all to die for! We sampled and learned from Marion throughout the way. As we made our way back to the apartment to cook, a church bell tower rang out and several dozen little children ran out of a local school for their break, running, playing, and speaking in high pitched French -- I felt like I was walking through a movie scene. Next, we arrived at a beautiful Parisian apartment to cook our meal. Both Marion and Aurelie worked seamlessly to keep us on task and we prepared a multi-course, delicious, traditional Parisian meal in seemingly no time. Lastly, we enjoyed the fruits of our labor and chatted with Marion and Aurelie about further recommendations and Parisian life in general.
These two women demonstrated true Parisian life to my wife and I less than a month following the horrific Paris terrorist attacks without skipping a beat. They showed us that, like America following 9/11, Paris is strong and unwavering and that outside of the touristy destinations of Paris, life is still and will always be grand! We can't wait to go back and spend more time with them and to further explore TRUE Paris!
Book with these ladies -- you won't regret it!!! P.V.
Marion & Aurelie provided our group of 6 an incomparable experience in Paris!
Most in our group had been to Paris before, but even our most seasoned traveller had yet to experience shopping for ingredients, preparing the meal, and dining with friends like a true Parisienne!
The experience was very rich, and Marion and Aurelie are such genuine hosts. I would really recommend an outing with Succulent Paris, if you wish to see Paris in a much more intimate and authentic way! R.V.
My husband and I did a walking tour with Marion in the Marais yesterday.
We went to many places that we would not have found on our own, and found out more about places we had already seen. The food we tasted along the way was delicious, we didn't need lunch either after the tour! The best thing about the tour was that it was just us and Marion!
If we have the opportunity to come back to Paris, there are still some tours we would like to do. Choosing one will be the hardest part. F.S.
There is something to be said for stepping away from a busy day of sightseeing, and being welcomed into a Parisian home (away from all the tourist trappings), for a cooking class. I attended a baking class with my 6 and 10 year old and it was such a wonderful experience. Aurelie was so patient and kind to my girls, and the desserts we made were just delicious. We’ve already made one of the desserts at home for my daughter to share with her class as a birthday treat (they were a huge hit!). My only disappointment is that we didn’t also book a food tour. Next time! J.L. USA
Pela segunda vez fiz com minha filha um tour guiado da Succulent Paris, com a adorável Marion Willard.
Com ela aprendemos os melhores endereços de St. Germain de Près. Visitamos pequenas segredos gastronômicos deste que é um dos mais charmosos bairros de Paris. Passamos uma manhã maravilhosa com uma parisiense que conhece tudo da boa mesa francesa.
Um passeio sem pressa, um encontro cultural realmente enriquecedor. C.C. Brasil
Such a fun experience on our chocolate and pastry tour with Aurelie. She is such a lovely woman.
What fun to go into a "real" neighborhood of Paris and discover the spots we'd never find our our own. Aurelie did a great job and we tried everything from chocolate, pastries, honey, and macaroons.
When we go back to Paris we will definitely do another experience with Aurelie. J.B. USA
Of the week we spent in Paris, our time with Aurélie and Marion was an absolute highlight; culinarily and especially culturally. My wife and I walked away from the experience in appreciation; my daughters, enriched. B.S.
What a special Parisian moment to stroll through the market, buy our ingredients and cook with Aurelie and Marion in a true Parisian home.
We ended a 6 day, "live the life of a Parisian" trip with the cooking tour. Then off to the flight home.
Learning tips and techniques in a great kitchen with a view was a treat.
Enjoying a meal with two new friends was a bonus.
The shopkeepers were so welcoming and so helpful, and I appreciated, like never in our USA world of supermarkets, the value of shopping to buy what was fresh and available at the market.
Thank you. J.P.
We highly recommend Aurélie and Marion's market tour. There is no better way to enhance your appreciation of French culinary excellence than walking with them through Aurélie's neighborhood and seeing the local food-related sights.
So many highlights, it is difficult to know where to begin: the indoor market where so much food of all kinds is on display, the chocolatier, as well as the olive oil, honey, and other stores. And everything was topped off afterward with cheese, wine, and further luncheon delights at Aurélie's apartment.
The next time you visit Paris, connect with Succulent Paris for an experience that you will never forget. Many thanks to Aurélie and Marion for their generosity in providing such an enjoyable--and appetizing--time!
Four of us spent a wonderful morning with Marion for a market/food tour and wine tasting.
We enjoyed so many specialities, we cancelled the lunch we had planned for that afternoon!
The wine tasting at Sebastian's shop was informative and delicious.
Marion made us feel as if we were spending time with an old friend. We hope to do another tour with Succulent Paris in the future. J.B.
What a fabulous last day in Paris! We can't thank you enough for giving us our favorite day of our 6-day trip to Paris.
Aurelie welcomed us into her beautiful apartment in the 17th for morning coffee and an informative and fun cooking class. Marion took us to shop at the market. We had so much fun interacting with the vendors and selecting some "foodie" gifts to pack in our suitcases.
After the market visit, we made the most amazing meal! Apple and Camembert Souffles (I had never made a souffle before -- it's surprisingly easy), a tasty Basque Veal dish called Axoa, and Strawberry Sable for dessert (this was such a beautiful dessert and the pastry was quite easy to make). We enjoyed a lovely meal with delicious wines and tons of laughs and conversation.
I know I now have new friends in Paris and I look forward to visiting and new culinary adventures with Marion and Aurelie on future travels to Paris. I'll be back in September and can't wait to take another tour or class! J.R.
Our tour was wonderful. We loved the area where all the bakeries were and found the various stores diverse and interesting. Our guide was fun. All and all, it was a great experience. I would recommend this to anyone visiting Paris.
Best, B. N. Atlanta, Georgia USA
Audrey & I had the pleasure of going on a private wine tasting tour with Aurelie just two weeks ago.
We also walked through the market on Rue Montorgueil. The gentleman in the wine shop was awesome and so was his wine.
We went on a tour last year as well and enjoyed it so much. Not only did we learn and experience more about the charming French culture, we had some tasty treats on the way.
They both made us feel like old friends and we cant wait to come back. We will be back in September and plan to do another tour with them (cooking class). They are tres bien! J & A
I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful class on macarons. The afternoon learning to make these little treasures was one of my fondest moments of our trip to Paris. Your charming apartment and knowledge along with a small number of students made for a great learning experience.
Since I have been home I have been practicing a lot. I have made chocolate, chocolate mint, raspberry and lavender. My favorite and most successful though is an Earl Grey Tea with a Honey Butter Cream filling. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it!!
Thank so much. SG
Aurelie and Marion you two are perfect ambassadors for Paris and France.
Your market tour was one of the highlights of our 8 day Paris trip.
Thank you for your hospitality. D.D.
I thoroughly enjoyed our food tour through the charming streets of Saint Germain des Pres.
I loved visiting Parisian shops that I would have never found on my own and trying all their delicious offerings!
We had an amazing day. I look forward to visiting again and trying a new food/cooking adventure! L.H
My girlfriends and I had the BEST time on our tour of St. Germain.
Our only regret was that we did not do it our first day so we could revisit the fabulous Parisian shops and indulge ourselves with the absolutely delicious finds and feel like authentic parisians during our stay.
I can't wait to go back and take a baking class! LD
Our group of 12 had a great time tasting wines and cheeses with Aurelie and Marion.
After touring the market and quaint shops of the 17th, we indulged while our hosts told us all about bread, cheese, wine, the regions, the customs, French cooking, Paris neighbourhoods. Would highly recommend it. AT
I really enjoyed my day with Aurelie and Marion - it was a treat to take in the shops in the 17th arrondissement and to spend time in a beautiful Paris apartment. They are so warm and friendly and the food we made was delicious.
It was a highlight of my trip to Paris and I would highly recommend some sort of food adventure with these lovely Parisian gals! Kim.
Thank you for a wonderful day ! This has been the highlight of our week in Paris. We look forward to trying the recipes at home & remembering our time here. B.B.
This tour is a must for anyone visiting Paris who loves chocolate and/or macaroons. We were able to see both being made right in the shops. The tasting part was wonderful. We visited an olive oil shop as well with the tour and it was just as informative. We were able to sample the various oils as well.
Aurelie and Marion are very knowledgeable, fun, and helpful with other Parisian sights as well. I would definitely recommend a walking tour with them. It provides an opportunity to see "behind the scenes" as a visitor to their country and city. Finally, the food they prepared was wonderful and they showed us the regions in France where the cheese originates.
Great experience! This was my second trip and I hope I will be able to do it again. Pat B.
As a food tour planner, I found Aurélie and Marion extremely accommodating for my group.
We enjoyed a market tour, a tour of Rue Lévis, and a lovely wine and cheese tasting back at the apartment.
The 17th arrondissement is not a typical destination for tourists, so this was particularly interesting and exclusive.
The group ranged in age from 18 to 68 - every single one of us came away smiling and happy, impressed by the little touches. For all of my future Paris tours, I will be counting on Succulent Paris ! L.C.
Food walking tour and culinary workshop with Aurélie and Marion are a really wonderful "Paris way of life" experience. They are very nice, kind and sweet hosts and make you feel as if you were visiting old friends. With them, you will discover some secrets of gourmand Paris you would never do by yourself. And, above all, the food they prepare is amazingly tasteful. My wife and me have been there in october 2014 and we would like to see them again when we go back to Paris. C. C. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
O "tour" gastronômico e o ateliê culinário com Aurélie e Marion são experiências realmente maravilhosas do modo de vida parisiense. Elas são anfitriãs muito atenciosas, gentis e simpáticas e farão com que você se sinta como se estivesse visitando velhos amigos. Com elas, você poderá descobrir segredos gourmand de Paris que dificilmente poderia alcançar por si só. E, além de tudo, a comida que elas preparam é muitíssimo saborosa. Eu e minha mulher estivemos lá em outubro de 2014 e gostaríamos de revê-las quando retornarmos à Paris. C.C., Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
While visiting Paris in January my two friends and I took a fun cooking class with Aurelie and Marion.
We shopped for our ingredients in the street market and then were priviledged to prepare the meal at Aurelie's beautiful apartment in the heart of Paris.
After preparing the meal together we gathered in the salon for champagne and gougere prior to sitting down to a beautifully layed table and wonderful lunch.
My friends and I belong to a garden club in Lexington, Kentucky. We are to prepare lunch for the May garden club meeting. We plan to attempt a remake of the Parisian dejeuner.
Many thanks to Marion and Aurelie for a memorable event during our time in Paris. J.A.
Wow. Where do I begin??
My trip to Paris was in honor of the anniversary of my mother passing. I booked a cooking class with Succulent, in part, because I wanted to do an activity my mother and I would have enjoyed doing together. I was extremely nervous since as a single woman, I rarely cook. When I do, it's out of a box and it's something to get me through the day not necessarily ENJOY.
Aurélie & Marion completely changed my perspective on cooking my own meals! They could not have been more kind, patient and caring. We shopped on the market street and returned to the home where each process of cooking our full meal (plus desert!) was thoroughly explained. I left with new confidence and since returning home, have taken better care of myself by cooking quality, natural foods.
Their warm hearts and sincerity in taking an interest in their clients really makes the experience exceptional. You leave feeling like you made new friends. They listen to what you are hoping to gain from the experience and customize an experience to YOU.
It would be SO EASY to have a set menu they cook every time with each client. But I didn't get the impression that's how they operate. They truly enjoy creating in the kitchen and interacting with their clients AND IT SHOWS!!
Thank you, ladies, for giving me such a precious memory in Paris and I hope to have the opportunity to book more tours with you in the future!! D.D.
My two daughters (4 and 6.5) and I spent the morning with Aurelie in mid-January learning how to bake. Over the course of 3 hours we prepared a variety of wonderful baked goods. It was very nice to take a class in her home as it was a very comfortable environment to learn.
We learned that French baking is quite precise. We weighed each of our ingredients and brought a new level of precision to baking. Aurelie was great with the girls. Even our four year old was able to actively participate and had a lot of fun. Over the course of our time, we prepared Madeleine's, peach tarts, cookies, and wonderful caramel-filled chocolate mini cakes. All were quite tasty, and it was great to get the recipes for us to try at home.
Would definitely recommend the class to others. K.H.
My husband and I had visited Paris the previous year and had stayed in Saint Germain des Pres. We spent an amazing week immersing ourselves in the area. This trip we wanted to know more about living in Saint Germain des Pres…hence our walking tour of the area with Aurelie. We made sure we didn't have breakfast as we had been warned!
From the moment we met there was instant rapport between us and we headed straight to the local markets...such a wonderful experience; the smells, sights and sounds set the stage for our day.
Among our experiences…we tasted our first Calissons (delicious) at P***, tried amazing caramels at H*** and a variety of choux puffs at La M***. It was then off to a little gem we found in the back streets...T*** where I bought some truffle salt…all carefully packaged so the smell wouldn't permeate through the rest of my purchases. After buying mandarin olive oil at P*** we headed to the cellar of Le C*** for a finale of cheeses and red wine.
We said our good-byes but in our discussions Aurelie knew we were going to Normandy and Brittany so she was kind enough to send me an email a few days later letting me know various places to try when we were there. She is a lovely lady who couldn't seem to do enough to make us seem both welcome and special. It was like going shopping with a good friend.
It was truly an amazing experience and one that I am reminded of each time I use some of the produce I bought that day.
Thank you Aurelie for making it one of the best tours we have ever done…we hope to see you again some day.
We loved spending an afternoon with Marion on the chocolate and pastry tour. We were able to leave the touristy areas and explore a more local side of a Parisian neighborhood.
Months later, we are still dreaming of the chocolate and other treats we were able to enjoy.
Marion was a delight and we would do this again. K.M.
Our cooking class with Aurelie in her beautiful apartment was definitely a highlight of my family's trip to Paris.
My two children, ages 9 and 6, loved making cookies, cake and cheese puffs with Aurelie, who was wonderfully patient with them. It was a great hands on experience for my family and one we hope to do again on a return trip to Paris.
My son declared "Paris is awesome" after our afternoon with Aurelie!
Thank-you for a lovely, relaxed afternoon, your tips and your hospitality. E.B.
What a wonderful day we had with Aurelie and Marion, or should I say succulent.
From the first market stop for fresh baked brioche to the last stop for spices and honey it was simply divine.
Great tastings in the full day, relaxing lunch, and shared life stories with two people who adore their Paris.
If you want to walk,taste, laugh and see Paris in a whole new way, sign up. J&S.
Our afternoon with Marion was wonderful. She is an interesting, warm and cheerful guide.
The shops we visited were small and charming but certainly world-class.
Walking through the beautiful old neighborhoods was a plus.
It's a beautiful tour, one to always remember. Thank you, Marion! N.A.
The baking class was a true highlight of our time in Paris....
The setting: authentic, charming kitchen in a stunning Parisian apartment.
The baking: delicious, decadent desserts....things you might see in a French cookbook or patisserie but never think you could actually make yourself
The teacher: Aurelie is warm, friendly, patient and really such a great teacher. Her passion for cooking, baking and Paris is contagious.
We would do this again in a second and HIGHLY recommend to anyone looking for a unique and truly special Parisian experience. Thank you Succulent Paris!" ~ A. (Chicago)
I loved learning real French baking from such an expert.
The chocolate lava cake was amazing and I can't believe WE made it! ~K. (age 12) Chicago
The french baking class provided a taste of what its like to be a LOCAL in a city full of tourists.
The apartment was really nice and the view from the kitchen window really pretty!
We were taught to prepare delicious desserts in a way that I have never learned before.
I left feeling full and satisfied! ~M. (age 14), Chicago
Our only rainy day was saved by Marion and the amazing chocolate and pastry tour.
We met in a beautiful residential area that we otherwise would've missed. The chocolate maker didn't speak English but he didn't need to. He shared his fabulous handmade chocolates! We went on to a honey shop, macaroon shop, tea shop and ended at one of the best bakeries we encountered in Paris. The pastries were divine.
Thanks to Marion, our rainy day was saved and the sun came out for our walk home.
Highly recommend it! J.B.
Marion took us on a delicious chocolate and pastry tour.
We walked a quaint neighborhood and tasted sumptuous pastry, crunchy bread with incredible spreads and enjoyed true chocolate treats. It was an incredibly fun time and Marion was a delight, I can't wait to go back and try another one of the tours. What a delight.
There is nothing more enjoyable than exploring, shopping and eating in Paris with an actual Parisian!
Aurelie took us on a fabulous market tour where we purchased delicious cheese, olive oils, fois gras, gourmet mustards, etc. We then went back to her beautiful home, where we learned how to prepare a classic 3 course French meal.
Our girls (9 and 11) absolutely loved it and Aurelie was so patient in teaching all of us.
This was definitely one of the highlights of our trip and would recommend it to all foodies and those looking for a unique experience!
I really enjoyed the Private Gourmet Tour with Aurelie. It was a great experience for me. We got to go out and taste all different oils and see so many types of cheese.
The best part of this tour was the cooking and eating! I learned all different types of techniques to cooking and baking. It was one of the highlights of my trip and I would definitely do it again.
Kate.N. Age 11
My husband and I had the most special time with Aurelie! She took us on a walking tour of some wonderful bakeries, a cheese shop, and a butchery in a quaint area near her apartment. We really enjoyed being able to shop for our ingredients with her. Afterwards, we went to her beautiful apartment where we helped prepare an amazing meal!
We really enjoyed our time with her and became friends by the end of it.
We would do it again in a heartbeat and recommend it to anyone who is a foodie and is interested in getting an insider's view of cooking in Paris! M.B.
My daughter and I enjoyed the market tour + tasting, and we loved the bakery workshop the next day even more. What a treat!
First, a chance to learn about and then bake delicious bread in a Paris bakery, then baking tasty quiche and chocolate dessert in Aurelie's apartment.
Both Marion and Aurelie and extremely knowledgeable and fun to be with. They helped make our trip very special. Merci beaucoup! A.S.
My mother, my husband, my son, and I all went on your great market tour, and it delighted all of us. The chocolate manufacturer was fascinating to watch, the honey tasting was wonderful, and it was cool to learn about and taste differently flavored olive oils. Ending up with lunch in Aurélie's apartment was a perfect conclusion for the outing.
Merci Marion and Aurelia. I loved the tour through authentic Parisian markets and shops. To be invited into your home and experience where real Parisians live away from the tourist areas was a pleasure.
It reminded me of my years in NYC Greenwich Village in the 1950's where there were open air markets but I was poor and couldn't afford such luxury. And yet, it brought back memories.
My husband, Daryl, and I agree that ALL OF THE EVENTS WERE WELL WORTH OUR TAKING THE TRIP. WE ENJOYED THE MARKET TOUR + TASTING THE MOST AND WERE ESPECIALLY HAPPY WITH THE APARTMENT VISIT. OUR HOSTESSES WERE GRACIOUS, KNOWLEDGEABLE, AND WILLING TO SHARE A LOT OF FACTS ABOUT LIVING IN PARIS WITH US. WE ALSO LOVED ALL OF THE OTHER TRAVELERS WHO TOOK THE JOURNEY WITH US. THANKS SO MUCH TO AMY AS WELL. SHE DID A GREAT JOB. P.B.
Thank you so much Marion and Aurelia for taking us to all the small shops and the market.
It was wonderful and of course the chocolate was my favorite and taking us back to your apartment and having lunch was great. Had a wonderful time .
My husband, Jeff, and I agree that the market tour experience was one of the highlights of our eight days in paris. We enjoyed all the shops that Marion and Aurelie took us to visit as we taste-tested our way through a part of Paris that most tourists don't see.
The apartment visit was wonderful. How gracious of our hosts to share their daily life with us.
We are ready to sign up for another tour on our next trip. Merci et a bientot!
The tour was excellent and a wonderful way to see Paris from the perspective of a normal family life.
I enjoyed it immensely. We enjoyed visiting the home. Such wonderfully welcome young women. Nancy S.
Chocolate happens to be my favorite thing to eat and this tour exceeded all expectations. Even my husband, who is not a sweet eater, is still raving about it to friends and Family.
Marion and Aurelie felt like old friends and we had a great time sampling an abundance of The best chocolates and pastries with them! We also got a lot of interesting background on the neighborhood, the chocolate market and what goes into each delectable piece.
We can't wait to return to Paris for another one of their tours! Merci Beaucoup Marion and Aurelie for a very memorable experience.
We brought two granddaughters during Thanksgiving vacation for our first experience with Aurelie and Marion. The girls had the most wonderful time making madeleines, chocolate caramel lava cake, and a fruit tart. The girls went home raving about their class, so we went back to Paris with our oldest granddaughter who asked to go for cooking class where her cousins went. She too had the most wonderful time! We could not think of a better testimonial then the fact that we were repeat clients!!
Barbara and Peter S.
The cooking class was a highlight of our trip!
It was fun to go to a Parisian apartment, receive a warm welcome and start cooking the most amazing chocolate recipes ever!
While we baked, we got a real knowledge of how to prepare the recipe for authentic French Macaroons, how to replicate it at home and left with a bag of our baked goods.
It was truly a sweet experience!
Enid, Keith & Greer
We had a wonderful time doing a chocolate and pastry tour with Aurélie & Marion.
They are truly culinary experts and the tour was so much more than I expected.
We learned so much and laughed a lot too!
It was a highlight of a very special trip to Paris.
Had an awesome chocolate and pastry tour with Aurelle and Marion.
I would recommend any tour these ladies have to offer. Our group had great fun and a lot of laughs.
Thanks for your hospitality.
I did a baking class with my 2 daughters (7 and 9).
They loved being in a real Parisian kitchen...we learned about the wonderful ingredients and tasted the most delicious desserts!
We actually enjoyed them all week since we were able to take the extras home.
This is a wonderful experience and we highly recommend it!
Anita, Asha and Sahana
I was in Paris with my mother for her 70th birthday.
Our day with Aurelie and Marion was a highlight of our trip.
We loved walking through the market and cooking in Aurelie's kitchen. The dessert we made was the best!
We would highly recommend any classes or tours offered by Succulent Paris!
This was a great family experience. Our 2 kids(6 -9 y/o) loved it.
Our daughter used one of the recipes for a show and tell in her class and made a batch of madeleine.
This class is not for chefs. This is a fun experience for foodies with no or basic kitchen skills.
Ce fut une expérience familiale très agréable. Nos deux grands enfants (6 et 9 ans) ont adoré. Notre plus vieille a même utilisé la recette de madeleine pour une présentation orale à l'école! Bien sûr, elle a amené quelques bouchées!
Ce cours est une expérience agréable, pas du tout destiné à des chefs. C'est surtout pour des amateurs avec aucune connaissance ou des connaissances minimales en cuisine.
Marc & Kentia
What a glorious afternoon visiting both historic markets and gourmet food shops in Le Marais.
Aurelie was a most gracious and knowledgeable guide. Merci beaucoup!
And an extra treat - a most wonderful recommendation for our best dinner in Paris....
Jonathan & Chris
What a perfect introduction to French cuisine and the markets of La Marais with Marion.
Insightful, well paced and above all amazing tastes!
An experience that really enriched the remainder of our time in Paris.
Merci Beaucoup, Succulent Paris!
Johanna and Chris
Gosh we had fun and were able to eat and drink along the way!
So enjoyed our afternoon and learned a lot about how nice it is in a living and working area of Paris vs the tourist areas (which are wonderful also...but just different).
Would like to do something like this again in another part of Paris.
Thank you for asking and again...we had a great time. With fun and kindness
We had such a lovely time with Aurelie and Marion.
They were such good company and wonderful chefs.
The recipes were terrific and we look forward to cooking them at home.
Our dinner parties are sure to be a hit with the fresh cheese sticks.
And thanks for turning us on to the red pepper from Basque-country.
Sandy & David
Susan E. and I had the most delightful morning with Marion. Started out with having coffee in a sidewalk cafe.
We loved shopping for gourmet food and Marion telling us how to prepare the food.
The pastry was so good I can still taste it.
The variety of cheese that Marion chose for us was so delicious. As they said, the stinkier the cheese, the better!
It was a cold rainy morning when we had the tour but we did not mind it because we had so much fun! Thanks Marion!
My friend, her son, my 2 daughters and I went to Madam Aurelie's house for a french pastry class.
The kids are 7, 8 & 9 in ages. They were able to engage all the kids into making Madelines, chocolate caramel lava cake & strawberry tart.
Madam Aurelie's house is very nice and very well decorated, however, it is not stuffy.
We instantly felt welcomed.
ALL of the pastries were delicious. The personalized brochures are a very nice touch which included recipes.
My daughter & I spent a wonderful afternoon this spring baking delicious pastries with Madam Aurelie.
The intimate home setting and nice conversation along with the delicious pastries that we baked made this a very special day for us.
We are even more appreciative of the art of French baking.
This was one of our highlights of our trip to France that we will always remember.
A visit to 'Succulent Paris' should be on your itinerary when you visit Paris!
My daughter and I spent an afternoon with Aurelie in her lovely Paris apartment.
We learned, hands on, how to make chocolate macaroons and madeleines. Besides being a wonderful instructor, we had a great time talking with Aurelie and learning first hand what it is like to live in Paris.
After baking, we had a tasting of cheeses that Aurelie had purchased to give us a sense of cheeses from different regions of France. She explained the different cheeses and the proper way of cutting and eating cheese.
Overall, the afternoon was a definite highlight of our European trip and Aurelie was a wonderful instructor and made us feel extremely at home spending time with her. Debbie S.
I don’t have enough good things to say about my cooking class at Succulent Paris. Aurelie was fantastic with my six year old.
We met at her lovely apartment, and she made us feel right at home. There was never a dull moment. She was engaging, patient and knowledgeable throughout our lesson.
The three of us made delicious desserts that we have been able to duplicate at home.
My daughter is proud to show off what she learned to my husband and her brothers.
I would highly recommend this cooking class. It’s great for kids or adults, families or friends.
Our third trip to Paris and we finally had the fabulous opportunity to spend the afternoon with Marion and Aurelie....we were treated to a rare visit to a Cheese cave, as well as visits to a chocolate shop,pastry shop and a walk through local markets.....this was topped off with our tasting course at home with a delicious bottle of wine while we discussed everything from food to life in Paris..
thank you for making it so personal and special!
How lucky were my husband and I to have found Marion!
We spent a delightful morning walking through the market, exploring shops we would never find on our own and just enjoying the conversation about our love of food,family and the French way of life. Next time, we will spend more time to cook and explore new areas of Paris.
Thank you so much for our most wonderful day with you!
If you want to feel like you have a good friend to show you around in Paris, this is a great way to do it. I enjoyed a market tour with Aurelie, who was super personable and knowledgeable.
Afterwards, she took the time to send me a list of restaurants and shops to check out in the area I was staying and even invited me to her home for freshly baked cookies and tea.
An overall great experience!
I brought my mother to Paris for her birthday, and whilst our adventure was special on so many levels, our day spent with Aurelie and Marion, strolling their local markets then cooking with them, was certainly a hightlight. The food was delicious, and the company memorable.
Thank you so much for giving us a taste of Parisienne life - we look forward to offering you the same warm hospitality when you visit Sydney in the future!
Best wishes to you both!
Megan and Jan
We spent an unforgettable morning with Marion, Aurelie, and our three children ages 9, 7 and 5.
This was an insight into French cuisine and life that could only be done through hands-on experiences offered through Succulent Paris.
We started off in Christian Rizzotto's chocolate shop to learn about the art of chocolate making, and followed Marion and Aurelie through the outdoor markets of the 17th to stop at a macaroon shop, a candy shop and a cheese store.
We topped off the day with a wine and cheese pairing at Aurelie's lovely apartment while watching the kids learn how to make madeleines and pear tarts.
It is a must-do in Paris.
We had a wonderful time on our food tour. Our time with Marion was a fun journey of discovery.
Having gone on several different food tours in Paris it was clear that going with a native French speaker and Parisian like Marion made a lot of difference.
It was also wonderful to learn about everyday French life and dining.
Michael & Liz
Our chocolate and pastry tour was one of the highlights of our recent trip to Paris.
We came home with wonderful memories about strolling with you in and out of the chocolate shops, pastry shops, and sampling macarons and exquisite honey. The fragrance of the flowers at the market, and the fruits and teas to taste. It was all so pleasurable.
However, the highlight of the day was your gracious invitation to come to your home for elegant pastries and your delicious.
Laura & Beverly
Just like it says on the webpage, my lesson and lunch with Marion were "like being led by a family friend to discover the Paris of a genuine Parisian gourmet."
It was fun, delicious, heart-warming, invigorating, and inspiring!
If you are considering it, I highly encourage you to treat yourself.
I had a wonderful experience, that is now a fond memory. Thank you!
We recently spent a wonderful morning with Aurelie & Marion visiting a varity of food shops and then sat down to a wonderful meal and talked about things French.
It was a great experience to see how real people live in Paris and what they eat.
Next visit we would love to spend longer and maybe have a French Cooking Leason.
Thank you again and we will be back.
Mary & Mary
Our morning spent with these two charming ladies was the highlight of our family trip to Paris.
My daughters and I experienced a perfect Parisian morning by walking through a lovely neighborhood.
We visited a farmer's market, ate the best baguette in Paris, watched a chocolatier make his delicious chocolates one by one, tasted lavender honey and macaroons and ended our visit with tea and pastries in a beautiful Paris apartment.
It was like a dream.
Josie, Devon & Haley S.
Went on Chocolate and pastry tour with my family. Aurelie was our guide. My family andI loved the walking tour.
We saw parts of Paris we would have never gone to on our own.
Aurelie was really nice and very informative. She definitely took us to the best shops in all of Paris.
We went on a fabulous Chocolate and Food tour with Aurelie and Marion in May.
We had our 2 young children with us (almost 5 and 3) and both of them loved visiting the food stores and market and had such a fun time learning to bake cookies and cakes.
Aurelie and Marion attended to all their questions and treated us like old friends.
We felt like we got to visit with some old friends and got invited to an intimate lunch party at their house.
It was a lovely way to experience Parisien life, especially for our young children.
I was travelling alone in Paris and was looking for some small group tour options.
Succulent Paris suited my needs perfectly.
Aurelie was not only wonderful company she was also a terrific guide.
The tour was a perfect way to learn about local food and see a part of Paris that is not on the regular tourist trail.
Thank you for a memorable experience.
Aurelie and Marion treated me and my friends to a wonderful morning exploring the markets in the 12th and tasting away as we went.
I have been to Paris many times and have gone to other markets mostly on the Left Bank so this was a treat to explore a new neighborhood.
Our cooking classes were awesome!
The instructors were able to speak English so not only me, but my brothers were able to understand what was going on.
We are excited to share these special dishes from France back home in the U.S. with friends and family. It was also so nice of these ladies to make our Paris trip extra special by helping us make food from Paris that we really like!
Merci Madame Mahoudeau et Madame Willard.
Olivia A. (10 yrs old)
It's easy to visit Paris but often one merely scratches the surface of the true local experience.
Succulent Paris was a wonderful insider's look into life in a real Paris neighborhood.
We spent a lovely afternoon with Aurelie shopping and then cooking back at her home.
It showed us how lucky one can be to live in this great city and created fond memories that we will treasure for years to come.
Our family had a short stay in Paris and chose to spend a day on the market tour with Aurelie, followed by lunch.
We had a fabulous time - the fromagerie and the olive shop on the rue de Levis were real highlights.
It was a nice way to get to know a neighborhood in Paris and have a delicious home cooked lunch afterward with a gracious host.
Our young kids enjoyed it as well!
Chris and Allyson S.
What an amazing experience!
My husband, my two children (8 & 10 years old) and I spent a cozy afternoon baking with Aurelie & Marion on a cold and rainy day in November.
They welcomed us into their home and treated us like family. They were so patient with my kids who were tired and a bit cranky. Their kitchen is very inviting and comfortable and we had so much fun. The kids were able to participate in every aspect of the baking process and everything was done so that they could easily understand what to do. The baked treats were AMAZING.
I cannot recommend this highly enough!
When we return to Paris, we want to book more of these experiences!
We had such a great time!
I went on a school trip and the market tour was one of my favorite activities that we did while we were there.
We learned so much about French cooking and preparation of food and we were able to see firsthand what it is like to shop like a Parisian. It is extremely different from how we shop and prepare food in the US so it was great to see something different. They were great and answered all of our questions well and the food they made for us was amazing!
By far one of the best days I had while I was in Paris!!
We had a wonderful experience on this tour.
Marion and Aurelie were knowledgable, warm, and truly committed to making sure that we had a Paris experience in an out-of-the-way neighborhood.
They were very patient and accommodating with our younger children. Each food experience-chocolate, honey, cheese, pastry--was outstanding. We highly recommend.
The Daniels Family
My wife and I had a wonderful gourmet tour of La Marias with Marion. She was fun, knowledgeable, and very informative. We visited some wonderful tasting spots in the neighborhood and really had a great time. I would highly recommend this fun and delicious tour!
Our only rainy day was saved by Marion and the amazing chocolate and pastry tour. We met in a beautiful residential area that we otherwise would've missed. The chocolate maker didn't speak English but he didn't need to. He shared his fabulous handmade chocolates! We went on to a honey shop, macaroon shop, tea shop and ended at one of the best bakeries we encountered in Paris. The pastries were divine.
Thanks to Marion, our rainy day was saved and the sun came out for our walk home. Highly recommend it!
My two daughters (12 and 3) and I had a wonderful afternoon baking with Aurelie and Marion in the comfortable setting of Aurelie's lovely home.
We made strawberry tarts and chocolate madeleines, which we have had fun trying to recreate on our own for our family and friends in Chicago.
We all look forward to returning to Paris and our next culinary adventure with Succulent Paris!
Nous avons rencontré deux sympathiques jeunes femmes dans un café à Paris et nous avons passé une journée trés agréable et surtout intéressante.
C'est une bonne experience pour tous ceux qui veulent avoir un contact proche avec la culture gastronomique française.
Succulent Paris a une bonne connaissance des endroits pittoresques et particuliers où on trouve toutes les odeurs, les saveurs , les couleurs des meilleurs produits de Paris.
La promenade dans les rues et dans les marchés était trés dépaysante, et aurait même pu se prolonger un peu plus longtemps..les pâtisseries, les boulangeries, les fromageries et chocolatiers, etc.
Aprés cette promenade gourmande, nous avons profité d'un moment amical dans un trés joli appartement suivi d'un repas préparé avec soin: des plats typiques et délicieux.
Aussitôt que nous sommes rentrés au Brésil, mon mari et moi, nous avons fait le TIAN PROVENÇAL pour recevoir quelques amis chez nous et comme prévu ils ont beaucoup aimé.
My friends and I had the most wonderful day with you back in May. It was such an experience visiting the markets, viewing the beautiful spring produce and shopping for the delicious lunch we prepared with you. We also really enjoyed visiting all the little fromageries, epiceries and gourmet shops with their wonderful oils, jams, cheeses and choclates. The highlight of the day however really was the experience of preparing the food with you. We learned a lot about getting the best from fresh produce and using what was seasonal to create a fantastic three course meal. Every dish was colorful, fresh and absolutely delicious. We have all returned home - to Australia, Paris, Geneva and Hong Kong - and prepared these wonderful dishes for friends who have been most impressed with our culinary prowess!! We so enjoyed ourselves; the meal was fabulous, your hospitality was generous and the conversation was so interesting and fun. Your apartment was a lovely place to relax with friends sipping champagne and enjoying la joie de la vie in true Parisien style. We hope to visit you again!
Our visit with Aurelie and Marion meant that we enjoyed the best of Paris markets and delicious culinary creations in the company of the friendliest of guides.
We learned so much about the history of the shops, the market culture of Paris, and the Parisian way with foods and culinary tools. They answered our questions and helped with translations and advice for the culinary adventures we had throughout our trip.
Not only are the ladies excellent cooks, sampling for us both traditional and innovative preparations, but they truly enjoy their clients! We feel we have made friends in Paris, and so appreciate their caring follow-up to our visit with further information and thoughtful questions about our experiences. We have done culinary tours and classes with chefs and guides in other countries, but have never so much enjoyed the personal attention and follow-up that Marion and Aurelie presented!
Sandi & Dan
Aurelie and Marion,
On behalf of myself, my wife and my children, I want to thank you for the amazing chocolate tour. Your high caloric tour was the highlight of our trip!!!
Merci beaucoup Marion et Aurelie,
My sister and I enjoyed our time with you very much. You are both so kind and gracious. I have been to Paris several times and have always wondered how Parisians live from day to day. Now I have a better understanding and I thank you for sharing so much of yourselves and your life with us. You put a lot of thought into the menu and I loved shopping, cooking and sharing the meal in Aurelie's beautiful apartment. Thanks also for recommendations for other fine stores in Paris and Versailles. Your local knowledge made our vacation even more enjoyable.
I am sure your business will thrive and you deserve every success.
a la prochaine,
What a wonderful day we had with both of you. Your chocolate tour was a highlight of our trip and very delicious. We enjoyed walking around your neighborhood, visiting the chocolatiers you frequent and your hospitality. Thank you for helping to make our trip a memorable one. Please visit us when you come to the US.
J'aimée vous connaître. J'espere retourner chez vous et que, à la prochaine fois, nous puissions encore partager histoires, experiences, et savoir un peu plus sur votre gastronomie.
A très bientôt,
"We had a nice tour of food shops and a great meal! Just got home 4 days ago and already used one of the recipies- a big hit! Definitely something I would recommend to friends and/or do again. Did not meet Marion but feel like a made a new friend in Aurélie."
We both enjoyed our time with Aurelie & Marion. It provided an insight to non tourist Paris and it's inhabitants. We felt we built a friendship in a very short time.
We recommend them to anybody looking for a 'Paris Experience'
A private gourmet tour for 2 was my last year's birthdaygift, which was an absolutely perfect present!
My daughter and I had a wonderful day in sunny Paris by shopping, cooking, eating and talking with Marion and Aurelie. It actually felt like meeting old friends!
We had a wonderful afternoon with Aurélie & Marion. We started by meeting at a local cafe before venturing into the local markets, in the neighbourhood they grew up, then prepared our food and enjoyed our amazing lunch with our gracious hosts.
On this return trip to Paris we wanted to enjoy and experience the area more as the locals do on a daily basis. -Especially the food!
Our time with Aurélie & Marion gave us that and more, as we felt we spent the afternoon in the company of friends. Thank you for a wonderful afternoon. Vous voir bientôt, mes amis!
For her first trip to Paris, I wanted my 10 year old daughter to experience life like a typical Parisian. Aurelie met us at a cafe in her neighborhood, brought us marketing in the gorgeous Villiers markets and then invited us into her beautiful home to cook lunch with her.
The entire experience was a treat for both my daughter and me.
Of all the wonderful experiences we had this week, dining with Aurelie will always be our fondest memory.
If you don't have Parisian friends or family, (or even if you do!), Succulent Paris will help you feel you do. C'est magnifique!
My daughter and I wanted to experience a normal day to day life in Paris and learn about the food and traditions of France. We were curious about grocery shopping and preparation of meals for a typical family in Paris.
We met with Marion for a day we will never forget. Starting off at a quaint café, Marion introduced herself to us and practically wrapped her arms around us as we were guided through non touristy streets and introduced to French markets and shops.
We learned the regions of France that produce certain items. We sampled teas, honey varieties, fresh macarons and had the opportunity to purchase meaningful gifts to bring back to friends.
We went to a Fromagerie and talked about the varieties of cheese and learned what was in season. We picked out samples for our cheese course, then to the Boulangerie to select fresh bread for the pairing.
We were delighted to have lunch in a private home and see the view from inside a Haussmann building looking out on a beautiful tree lined street and a rare glimpse of the inner courtyard featuring a fountain and special plantings.
Our luncheon was filled with fresh seasonal foods served as the French do, perfectly casual and to be savored as company is enjoyed.
Marion was informative and gave us a map of France with regions producing cheese and candies and included the recipes of the courses we ate for lunch, including a chocolate mousse to die for!
We truly wanted to bring her home to Houston with us so we could share our city with her as she did with us.
The Essence of the Parisienne Table- a Splendid Meal with Succulent Paris !
My brother and I planned an anniversary trip for my parents to Beautiful Paris, as they had never experienced Paris before. As I looked through many tour and meal options, Succulent Paris was an experience I knew would be unique and allow us time with genuine French people, and to enjoy an authentic meal with them, as well as time to learn about life in Paris.
Our Meal, expertly prepared by Marion and Aurelie was exquisite. Each part was colorful, delicious, and typical of french cuisine. We also enjoyed an abundance of champagne and wine as well as cheeses . Most of all, we had plenty of time with our gracious hostesses and chefs, who told us a bit about their lives and their families, in either perfect French or perfect English. The setting of the meal was in a beautiful district of Paris, in a bright and colorful home, the spring sun shining through.
After the meal and the goodbyes, all my family and my parents in particular, reflected, "this is the part of the trip we will remember forever".
On returning home, we tried some of the recipes which were given to us after the meal, and the dishes brought back fond memories of that day. Nous nos souvenons !
Merci Beaucoup, to Marion and Aurelie !
I brought my 14 year old granddaughter to Paris, and one of the highlights of our trip was our pastry course at Aurelie's home. Great experience!
My friend Marcia and I booked the market & cooking tour with Marion and Aurelie.
The market was wonderful and set in a beautiful neighborhood.
But the highlight was visiting with these two lovely women as we prepared a meal and then dined together.
A lovely slice of real life in Paris.
Our trip to Paris with a 12-year-old granddaughter inevitably took us to the "big" things -- medieval cities, castles, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre -- but, thankfully, it also included an interlude with Succulent-Paris, one of the highlights of the trip.
We spent a morning with Marion in a neighborhood outside central Paris, no tourists in sight, strolling through the open market, stopping in specialty shops to visit with the proprietors and sample the honeys, teas, chocolates and macaroons, then topping it all off with a relaxing visit over desert and coffee in a local pastry shop.
Marion, herself a mother of young children, was attentive to our granddaughter; she is friendly and has an engaging sense of humor, and she personifies why France is known for its cuisine.