Marie-Antoinette

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The last steps and favorite tastes of Marie-Antoinette

As a member of Austria’s Hapsburg family, Marie-Antoinette was no stranger to the royal life when she married the future King Louis XVI of France at age 15. But it was in Versailles that Marie-Antoinette became known for her extravagant and frivolous ways, which contributed to her untimely end and that of the country’s monarchy. On this Walking Journey, join French history and food aficionado Benoît Quémar as he explores the refined tastes of the last French queen, as well as the amazing story of her life and death. The Journey begins at the Conciergerie,  a prison and tribunal during the French Revolution, where Benoît recounts Marie-Antoinette's darkest days, awaiting her execution by guillotine. After this dramatic encounter with history, we make a turn toward the queen's happier days. The chocolatier who introduced Marie-Antoinette to the pleasures of the at-that-time novel sweet still exists and still produces the finest chocolates in France: Debauve & Gallais. It was the pharmacist Debauve who invented solid chocolate as a way to make medicine palatable for the young queen. At Debauve & Gallais, you’ll learn about — and taste — the Pistoles de Marie-Antoinette and hear other historic anecdotes from Bernard Poussin, the 9th generation leader of the maison Debauve et Gallais, while enjoying the queen’s favorite Heidsieck champagne.

  • Private experience limited to 6 guests
  • Led by Benoît Quémar, French journalist and food historian
  • Learn about Marie-Antoinette’s life before and during the French Revolution
  • Discover the queen’s daily routine in her cell inside the Conciergerie, including the story of the failed attempt to have her escape the prison
  • Enjoy a private meeting with Bernard Poussin, the 9th generation leading maison Debauve et Gallais, Marie-Antoinette’s preferred chocolate
  • Learn about the birth of fine chocolate in France
  • Taste the famous Pistoles de Marie-Antoinette, as well as other luxurious chocolates
  • Explore the legendary shop of Debauve & Gallais designed by architects and designers Percier & Fontaine in the early 19th century
  • Savor champagne from the house that created Marie-Antoinette’s cuvee
  • Leave with a souvenir box of chocolate Pistoles
  • Total experience lasts 2.5 hours
  • Walking distance is 1.4 miles or 2.25 kilometers

Meeting point is at 2 Place du Châtelet, 75001 Paris