There is a reason Wendy's natural wine & cocktail bar tours sell out months in advance. She's been featured in The New York Times | The Wall St Journal | NBC TODAY | Travel + Leisure | Food & Wine Magazine | The Travel Channel with Andrew Zimmern + Anthony Bourdain
These private, custom experiences are just for you & Wendy (more fun that way) so that you can dig in deeper, eat and drink what you want, linger, laugh, ask questions, and have casual spontaneous experiences that are not scripted.
This experience is for you if you love sharing plates, buzzy fun wine and cocktails bars – and:
- Want a drinking, snacking & socialising bar crawl standing shoulder-to-shoulder in crowded bars with a young hip crowd with loud music
- Expect the Vibe + Crowd to be: Rock + roll attitude, restaurant industry hang outs, young energetic social vibe, crowded tiny bars, no seating, small snacking plates, shared bottles of wine.
- Want a spontaneous, casual local only experience, not a “tour”
- Are interested in learning/are passionate about natural wines & craft cocktails
- Eat everything, are adventurous and curious
- Are outgoing and social / comfortable in a room full of strangers
- Are open to learning something new
- Can hold your alcohol
- Are kind and gracious towards others
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The Price is based on 1-3 people travelling together, not per person.
Price Includes: A private, fun, informative tour, Wendy’s time, industry knowledge, local expertise, organization, personalized tips where to find the best local spots and a great time.
Price does not include food and wine because Wendy wants YOU to choose what you want to eat + drink. Food cost is no more than if you went on your own. Average prices: Small sharing plates + glasses of wine are from 5-12€. At bottle shops, you choose the bottle at wholesale price (14-40€) and pay only a 7€ corkage fee to open it.
Choose your date and time on the calendar and “book now.”
There I’ll ask you specific questions so that you can let me know your dates/priorities/interests. I’ll organize our time together depending on what is open the day of the week/time of day – getting you to the best places that match your expectations with what can be done, when and where.
When should you reserve?
We’ll jumpstart your own relationship with the city & locals by booking this on the front end so you get the feel of the place. Nothing, makes me happier than seeing you again after our time together – using your new food + wine knowledge – living your best Parisian life like a local.
What’s my approach?
Forget any trace of a cookie-cutter “food tour.” This is personal. My food + wine experiences are served with a spoonful of casual Southern hospitality to teach you about the food + wine scene in ways guidebooks or online research just can’t – by sharing over 20+ years of knowledge and connections. I want you to fall in love with the city’s food scene the way I have. My personality may be larger than life but I take teaching and giving you a great day out, seriously. I know that you’ve worked hard, earned time off, and want to get it right.
Like most of you savvy independent travellers, I want to get to “the” best spots but don’t have time to research the internet for hundreds of hours or trust strangers who don't share my values or taste. I’ve been spoiled calling upon my food + wine industry friends to get me to the right spots to eat & drink fast and meet fun like-minded people. It’s why I started doing this for you and I love it. Most importantly - I am NOT a “tour” person and don’t want to be with a group of strangers who don’t share my taste, going to places I’d never choose, and then eating what a guide person orders for everyone. That’s just not for me.
The food scene here is one of a kind and so are you. So whether you are hip & trendy or more traditional, I will put you in the know about what you want to know – and fast.
After working as a restaurant consultant, tv producer, and journalist in the food & wine industry for 20+ years, you can depend on me to know this city like the back of my hand. It’s my job to obsess over the newest spots every single day.
Known as the “Insider’s Insider” – Wendy is a straight-talking Southern food writer who earned her hard-won access to the international food & wine community from working as a PR & Restaurant Consultant to the some of the biggest chefs in the world and launching the first-ever USA Michelin Guide in NYC.
When this professional eater is not on epic eating trips with chefs in search of THE places to eat & drink or chronicling her eating & drinking adventures on Instagram, Food & Wine Magazine, Travel + Leisure, and The Travel Channel, she takes clients on popular private food tours in her favorite food city, Paris France.
“When we got back to the states and saw the article in the WSJ, watched Anthony Bourdain’s 100th show, and read Food + Wine / Travel & Leisure magazines – it affirmed our belief that our ‘Wendy time’ took us to the center of the food universe! Our time with her was amazing” – Peter G.
“Wendy As I’m sitting here on the plane waiting to head home I’m overwhelmed with JOY from our experience with you last night. I followed your Instagram and knew this tour was going to be special. You blew our mind. From front row seating at Clamato to tasting our first sip ever of pet nat to meeting restauranteurs we are just in awe. I’m happy to go home with bragging rights to some of the most eye opening foods and flavors you introduced us to. Our cocktail bar surprise was incredible. To a traveler who’s been to Paris like myself multiple times, if you think you know how to eat & drink this city, you are wrong – YOU NEED Wendy. You will experience Paris like never before. Wendy made us feel like her old friends. I hope you meet up with you again. Thank goodness for Instagram. With kindest regards – Sue & Jeff
Yes, she is the most expensive private food tour out there but, wow, is she worth it. Within 30 seconds we realized we’d hit the jackpot with a star. She is a natural teacher, she opens your eyes in ways you didn’t think possible, she’ll put you in the know of the real Paris food world that you never knew existed so that you see Paris through different eyes for the rest of the trip. Cliché macarons? Forget it. Try drinking wine with chefs for lunch at a wine bar that will blow your mind. She took two strangers (us), embraced them as if she’d known them the whole of her life, and educated them on le vie a Parisienne (et tout de France!) We still talk about the trip and for me, there is NO WAY we are going back to Paris without another Wendy Lyn date.– Anne and Luke
Please read through the following checklist below before you register. In general, this is going to be a great experience for both of us if you if you are 18+ years, are 1-4 people traveling together, eat & drink everything, have an open mind, are fun, kind and curious.
Once we agree to a date and time, you will be prompted to agree that you have read & agreed to these “Terms & Conditions” upon payment check out.
Reserve the natural wine bar crawl if you are mostly interested in going out in the evening for grazing on small plates, drinking cocktails + natural wine, socializing, etc.
Request the custom Taste of Paris tour if you are more interested in learning about sourdough bakeries, craft coffee, raw milk cheese, enjoying a leisurely lunch, etc.
-Need a formal formatted structured “tour.”
-Have more than one food restriction or are vegan.
-Don’t drink wine or are only interested in big brand name fancy wines.
-Cannot stand on your feet for the duration of the day without sitting.
-Are on a same-day international arrival
Included: A private, fun, informative tour. Wendy’s time, industry knowledge and local expertise, organization, and a great day/evening out, general travel planning & advice, tips on how & where to find the best local spots to try when you are there.
Not included: Food and wine are not included because Wendy wants YOU to choose what you want to eat & drink. Food cost is no more than if you went on your own. She’ll have a glass + a bite here and there but that’s it.
Average prices: Small sharing plates & glasses of wine are from 5-12€. At bottle shops, you choose the bottle at wholesale price (14-40€) and pay only a 7€ corkage fee to open it.
Cancelation Policy: All reservations are nonrefundable and cannot be rescheduled or exchanged because your space is being guaranteed for your private tour, no exceptions. Late arrivals beyond 15 minutes will be treated as no shows and canceled. You should be on the way 30 minutes before a scheduled tour. Cancelation policies also apply to any agreed-upon rescheduled tour.
Any and all payments received from the participant or authorised representative signifies acceptance of an agreement to be bound by all the terms and conditions stated in this clause. The purchase of comprehensive insurance is strongly recommended should you need to cancel your trip due to unforeseen circumstances. Wendy Lyn cannot be liable directly or indirectly, for any cancellation, injury, death or damage for any reason whatsoever, including but not limited to Acts of God, food and/or wine products, detention, war, quarantine, weather, terrorism, civil disturbance, strike, and changes in government regulations, airline or other travel operations.