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.
Thank you so much for for interest in The Paris Tours.
Inspired by my time in Paris, I started The Paris Tours as a way to share my passion for the city and its pastries.
Since I lead these tours myself, and take great pride in providing an amazing, passionate experience for my clients, I have regrettably decided to take the tours on a hiatus for 2018, due to my evolving travel schedule.
Hopefully, I’ll have the pleasure of showing you my Paris the next time you visit! Have a great and wonderful trip.
Jackie Kai Ellis
If you're interested in more information, please contact us below or email us at bonjour(at)theparistours.com.
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
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