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Paris: Macaron Class at Galeries Lafayette

1. Paris: Macaron Class at Galeries Lafayette

Learn how to bake macarons, the classic French pastry. Discover French pastry culture during your stay in Paris! In the heart of the Opera district, in a quiet corner of Galeries Lafayette, learn the tricks from a French pastry chef for pulling off perfect macarons. This 1.5-hour class breaks down the process into two stages. Put on your apron to discover the steps of creating the shells and the ganache, the filling and the assembly. The chef uses local organic produce in the recipe to create these delicacies. Choose from timeless tastes to please everyone, including chocolate, pistachio and a selection of other flavors. This class is perfect for families, friends and couples. All equipment is provided and the class is shared with a group of 4 to 18 people. During the class you will make at least 4 macarons to eat on the spot or take away. The chef will give you the recipe so you can recreate them at home. Uncover the mysteries of the macaron and become an expert in this precious dessert. Enjoy a friendly atmosphere and macarons made with love.

Paris: Behind the Scenes Bakery Tour with Breakfast

2. Paris: Behind the Scenes Bakery Tour with Breakfast

Get a behind-the-scenes look at a French bakery in Paris on a guided culinary tour. Spend a morning exploring the bakery, see the workshop, and discover the various steps that go into baking the perfect French baguette. Begin your morning with breakfast at the bakery. Savor delicious croissants and a crisp pain au chocolat. Head into the kitchen and learn the secrets from the bakers themselves. See the different stations and the variety of products. Finish your tour with your own freshly-made baguette.

Paris 2.5-Hour Unique Macaron Cooking Class

3. Paris 2.5-Hour Unique Macaron Cooking Class

Chef Noémie graduated from the famous Lenôtre Culinary Institute, one of the finest pâtisserie schools in the world, so you’ll definitely be in the right hands to learn the art of making the iconic macaron. During the 2.5-hour activity, you’ll discover the secrets involved in preparing one of the most famous French delicacies. You’ll be guided step by step to create, from scratch, 2 different flavors of macarons, with classical fillings such as chocolate, lemon, salted butter caramel, coffee, pistachio, or walnuts. Whatever your level of cooking experience, your chef is a professional who will adapt the class accordingly. When you’ve finished the class you’ll enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and have a chance to share your impressions with the chef and ask her questions about how to create these successfully at home. Leave with the result of your hard work to show family and friends how you mastered the art of creating French macarons.

Paris: Macarons Class, Teatime and To-Go Box

4. Paris: Macarons Class, Teatime and To-Go Box

Discover the secret to making perfect macarons at a hands-on small group class in the heart of Paris. Typically groups are between 3 to 7 people, making for an intimate experience and full attention from your host. They will demonstrate and give detailed instructions on how to make macarons using the harder-to-master, but more reliable, Italian meringue technique. Learn to pipe, incorporate a color to your shells, and make a ganache or curd filling. Once done, sit down to a shared teatime of tea, coffee, fruit juices, and some of your creations. This is the time when your host will share the story of the macaron, and a couple of other interesting stories about French culture - often tongue in cheek. Before you depart, you will be loaded with a box of your very own creations, which you can share with your friends and family - or eat yourself over the next few days!

Paris: Wine and Cheese Tasting

5. Paris: Wine and Cheese Tasting

From the moment you arrive at the cave à vin (the wine cellar), you'll know you're in good hands. Step into a boutique, filled wall-to-wall with selections of reds, whites, and rosés from across all of France. You'll be greeted warmly by the staff and get settled in the prepared wine-tasting area of the boutique. After meeting your wine expert, you'll receive a great overview of the wine regions of France, and with maps and authentic soil samples you'll understand how different grapes and the diverse terrain of the country have led to the vast number of varieties of wine produced. Your wine expert will tailor your tasting to the group's wishes, and will propose wines from across France based on your interests.  Only wines from small, independent producers are sold here, so you're sure to discover something new. Paired with a hard cheese and a soft cheese from a nearby artisanal cheese shop, you'll discover the incredible flavors that can be created simply by combining different wines with each. Water and bread will be also available as a palette-cleanser.  Ask questions and learn from some of the most passionate oenologists in Paris, who are happy to share their love of wine with you. Finish your tasting feeling more confident in understanding the differences in wines, thanks to what you will have learned and the varieties of wine that you will have enjoyed.

Paris: French Wine Tasting Class with Sommelier

6. Paris: French Wine Tasting Class with Sommelier

Join the kind of class you weren't offered at school and get advice on how to identify, select, and taste wine. Held in central Paris, go on a journey through the wine regions of France for the wine tasting tour de France option, and get a much better understanding about wine in general. The venue is a few minutes walk from the Louvre, and you will taste different wines, from different regions of France. Discover the difference between the wine produce of Champagne and Bordeaux, of Sancerre and the Rhone. With a unique and refreshing approach, your sommelier will take you through a variety of themes to build up your wine knowledge.  Hear about how Champagne is made and how to taste wine properly. Go through the main wine regions of France, the grapes they grow, and the style of wine they make.  Learn how to read a French label, and clarify concepts like terroir and appellation. All the wine will be available for sale, plus many more other varietals, too. Just ask your sommelier. And if you want to stay on for dinner and keep on trying more wines, the O Chateau’s brand new wine bar is ready and waiting, with delicious food and 40 wines to try by the glass every day.

Paris: French Macarons Baking Class with a Parisian Chef

7. Paris: French Macarons Baking Class with a Parisian Chef

Temptingly displayed in all Parisian pastry shops, macarons are a delicious and indulgent treat for many. Take part in this fun cooking class and prepare your own homemade macarons with your Parisian Chef. Discover the culinary secrets behind these delicate, sweet pastries yourself. The class will take place in the kitchen of a private apartment, where utensils and equipment will all be available to hand. Classes are made up of 2 to 8 people and groups have the choice of preparing macarons with either of the following flavors: - Chocolate and cocoa - Lemon - Raspberry with tonka bean - Coconut with milk chocolate - Coffee You can of course, take your baked goods home with you and share them with friends or simply enjoy them yourself! A copy of the recipe will also be given to you to keep, so you can recreate these delicious pastries at home.

Market Visit and Cooking Class with a Parisian Chef

8. Market Visit and Cooking Class with a Parisian Chef

Learn how to find high quality, freshly sourced food in the market with your Parisian Chef. Then take part in a culinary class where you will use your ingredients to cook a full course meal of entrée, main course, and dessert. Take part in an exciting, engaging, and informative cooking class and learn how to cook with fresh, local produce. All levels of cooking experience are welcome, as your experienced chef promises simple recipes which can be remade at home. The course is offered in the morning between 09:15 and 13:45 from Tuesday to Saturday and participants will of course have the opportunity to taste as well as cook!

Paris: 45-minute Chocolate Making Workshop at Choco-Story

9. Paris: 45-minute Chocolate Making Workshop at Choco-Story

Try your hand at creating a tasty and beautiful chocolate treat with a Chocolate making workshop. Spend 45 minutes with a chocolatier and learn how to decorate your very own chocolate bar. Choose the shape and design of your chocolate. Layer your chocolate with toppings that such as orange stripes, marshmallows, hazelnut cubes, and mini-tablets. Take home your 250 to 300 g of chocolate. That is if you can resist eating it on the spot. Visit Le Musée Gourmand du Chocolat Choco-Story and enjoy 3 floors of exhibits which chronicle the history of chocolate, its origins in South America today. See a live demonstration performed by a chocolatier, and enjoy a chocolate tasting. Kids will delight in the engaging and chocolatey displays.

2-Hour French Pastry Cooking Class in Paris

10. 2-Hour French Pastry Cooking Class in Paris

For a unique pastry class experience in Paris, Chef Noémie welcomes you in her charming cooking school. Noémie is a graduate from the famous Lenotre Culinary Institute, one of the best patisserie schools in the world, and will teach you all the secrets behind those delicious French pastries. Get guided step-by-step during the 2-hour hands-on baking class, and discover all the hidden techniques behind 2 or 3 famous French deserts such as Paris-Brest, molten chocolate cake, and Grand Marnier Soufflés. Depending on the season the chef will the most appropriate desserts to make. After the class, sit down to taste all the delicious deserts you've made over cup of tea or coffee in Noémie's beautiful loft-style atelier, and then head home to impress all your friends and family with your new-found skills.

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4.9 / 5

based on 620 reviews

We had the most fantastic time behind the scenes. Our host was just so fun and entertaining. He was knowledgeable, had a great sense of fun with the kids (ages 8-16) and all the kids had an incredibly memorable time. Grateful to the bakery that did such a wonderful job welcoming us into their bakery. I would highly recommend this experience - it is totally worth it from a value perspective. More importantly though, the memories will last a lifetime. Thanks so much.

Our family of four (two kids aged 8 and 11) thoroughly enjoyed the experience. From the freshly baked goods served for breakfast, to the engaging tour guide, to the demos and the hands-on lessons, we enjoyed every bit of the tour. Our tour guide, David, was extremely good at making the tour informative yet fun for the adults and kids. The icing on the cake was the bag of freshly baked goods we got to take back after the demo.

Igor was our guide and was energetic, knowledgeable and made the whole experience fun! My teens loved making their own bread and we took home armloads. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a way to connect with French culture away from the museums.

This was one of our best family experiences in Paris! Mourad was the most amazing facilitator we could imagine. Would even do this experience again!

Loved this so much! I learned so much about French Wine. The Sommelier was amazing. Fun class.