Inspired by the time she spends in Paris tasting and researching, Jackie Kai Ellis decided to share her passion for the city and its culinary artistry with a tour of the best pâtisseries and chocolate shops she could find.
The intimate three hour walking experience is limited to 6 participants, visiting up to 10 shops and ending with a grand tasting of all the best items chosen from each shop.
Tours are offered when Jackie is in Paris. For upcoming dates, please scroll down.
After owning a thriving design firm, Jackie Kai Ellis closed it and traveled to Paris to pursue her love of pastry. She studied at Paris’ École Gastronomique Bellouet Conseil, returning to Vancouver to open Beaucoup Bakery & Café in 2012.
Combining the comforting North American baking she grew up with, her Asian heritage and the delicate art of French pastry making, Beaucoup was an immediate success, being featured in Bon Appétit Magazine in 2016.
Jackie then took her love for design, food, travel and writing and began The Paris Tours, leading intimate groups to the best Parisian pâtisseries, mentioned in Vogue in 2017. She also wrote articles on travel, food and lifestyle for several print and online publications including her own, www.jackiekaiellis.com.
Most recently, Jackie turned her deep passion for inspiration, connection and self-discovery to author a memoir with Appetite Random House, called The Measure of My Powers.
Selected dates in June & July 2018
If you're interested in booking a tour or more information, please contact us below or email us at bonjour(at)theparistours.com.
Please do let us know if you would like to request additional dates for groups of 4 or more.
On the surface, Jackie Kai Ellis's life was the one that every woman--herself included--wanted. She was in her late twenties and married to a handsome man, she had a successful career as a designer, and a home that she shared with her husband. But instead of feeling fulfilled, happy, and loved, each morning she'd wake up dreading the day ahead, searching for a way out. Depression clouded every moment, the feelings of inadequacy that had begun in childhood now consumed her, and her marriage was slowly transforming into one between two strangers--unfamiliar, childless, and empty. In this darkness, she could only find one source of light: the kitchen. It was the place where Jackie escaped, finding peace, comfort, and acceptance.
This is the story of how, armed with nothing but a love of food and the words of the great 20th century food writer M.F.K. Fisher, one woman begins a journey--from France to Italy, then the Congo and back again--to find herself. Along the way, she goes to pastry school in Paris, eats the most perfect apricots over the Tuscan hills, watches a family of gorillas grazing deep in the Congolese brush, has her heart broken one last time on a bridge in Lyon, and, ultimately, finds a path to life and joy.
Told with insight and intimacy, and radiating with warmth and humor, The Measure of My Powers is an unforgettable experience of the senses.
We're so honoured to have The Paris Tours featured in some of our favourite media outlets. Read below to see what these magazines, newspapers and websites have to say about the tours.
VOGUE magazine: 7 Unusual Ways to See Paris
CTV Morning Live in France: Pastry Tours
CTV Morning Live - May 2015
Indulge in an art form: where to find the best Parisian pâtisseries
The Globe & Mail - September 27, 2014
Food Q & A | Jackie Ellis takes a bite out of Paris
Vancouver Sun - September 23, 2014
The Best of Paris with Jackie Kai Ellis
Western Living Magazine - September 2014
Beaucoup Bakery founder launches Paris pastry tours
The Westender - August 13, 2014
Add This To Your Bucket List: Paris Pastry Tour with Croissant Queen Jackie Kai Ellis
To Die For Vancouver - May 28, 2014
Vancouver’s Beaucoup bakery: Q&A with owner Jackie Ellis
Canadian Living Online - May 16, 2014
The Paris Tours: The True Parisien Experience
The Sparkle - May 8, 2014
Beaucoup Bakery’s Jackie Kai Ellis Is Set To Lead “The Paris Tours” This Spring
Scout Magazine - April 28, 2014
Beaucoup's Jackie Kai Ellis introduces "The Paris Tours"
To Die For Vancouver - April 7, 2014
1. We will be in Paris on dates that tours don't seem to be running?
Send us an email, we will always try our best to make it work! If not, we will send you a list of must visit and must taste places.
2. How do I reserve a tour?
Contact us through the contact page or email us at bonjour(at)theparistours.com where you can inquire and we can answer any questions you might have.
3. What is the method of payment you accept?
We accept payment through Paypal.
4. What happens when the weather is bad?
As they say, the tour must go on! Rain or shine, (unless it's snow) please be prepared to dress for the weather along with comfortable walking shoes!
5. How long are the tours?
They are usually about 3-4 hours long. We will be munching along the way, but will have a grand tasting at the end at my Parisian apartment.
6. How can I prepare?
The best way is to have a healthy lunch before hand and to bring a bottle of water. Of course, wear appropriate clothing and some comfortable shoes.
7. How much do the tours cost?
They are $200 CAD per person, pastries are included in the cost.
If we did not answer your question, please feel free to send us an email at bonjour(at)theparistours.com
Disclaimer: Jackie Kai Ellis or JKE Media Inc. accepts no responsibility for your own personal safety or that of your belongings, nor can she be held responsible or liable for any injury, loss, damage, or delay arising out of or in connection with any act, omission, neglect, accident, error or default. Jackie Kai Ellis cannot be held responsible for costs or other liabilities associated with any act of terrorism, war, accident, weather or any act of God. By engaging Jackie Kai Ellis, the client accepts these terms and the noted terms of the program cancellation penalties. It is highly recommended that all participants investigate and purchase travel insurance.
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