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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 ultimately contributed to her demise and that of the country’s monarchy. On this Walking Journey, join French history and food aficionado Benoît Quémar as he explores the life, death and food tastes of Marie-Antoinette. To begin, Benoît recounts the queen’s darkest days at the Conciergerie, a prison and tribunal during the French Revolution. Walk half the route that Marie-Antoinette took to the guillotine, on the way to discover a facet of her sweet life at the historic chocolate shop Debauve & Gallais. It was the pharmacist Debauve who invented solid chocolate as a way for the queen to take medicine. There, you’ll learn about the Pistoles de Marie-Antoinette and other historic anecdotes from Bernard Poussin, the 9th generation leading maison Debauve et Gallais, while enjoying the queen’s favorite Heidsieck champagne.

  • Private experience limited to 6 guests
  • Led by Benoît Quémar, former French journalist and food historian
  • Understand Marie-Antoinette’s role leading to and during the French Revolution
  • Discover the queen’s daily life and last cell inside the Conciergerie, including the story of the failed attempt to have her escape the prison and other anecdotes
  • Enjoy a private meeting with Bernard Poussin, the 9th generation leading maison Debauve et Gallais, Marie-Antoinette’s preferred chocolate
  • Learn about the history of 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