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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 2.5-Hour Unique Macaron Cooking Class

2. 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

3. 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: French Macarons Baking Class with a Parisian Chef

4. 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.

Paris: Gourmet Food Tasting Tour of Medieval Marais

5. Paris: Gourmet Food Tasting Tour of Medieval Marais

Join an expert guide on a 3-hour tasting tour of Le Marais, and discover the local hangouts as you sample delicious food and wine. Start in front of the Centre Pompidou, Europe's largest modern art museum, nestled in an impressive contemporary building.  Then move on past Notre Dame to the Hôtel de Ville, the city's town hall, on the square where public executions were once carried out. Pass an iconic bakery whose baguette was named one of the best in Paris.  Continue to Rue Saint-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, the center of the French gay scene, to see one of the oldest streets in Le Marais. Stop to sample a delicious macaron made by one of the city’s most famous pastry chefs, then enter the heart of the Jewish community. Discover a vibrant pedestrianized street full of falafel stands and Jewish delis.  Then continue to a wine and alcohol store to try iconic French liqueurs, such as Cognac, Armagnac, Absinthe, and Old Plum brandy. Feast on French charcuterie, including pâté, rillettes, and ham. Finally, you’ll walk to Place de la Bastille, passing the former home of the French writer Victor Hugo. The area is full of bars and restaurants, where you can continue to explore the City of Lights on your own.

Paris: Pure Chocolate Walking Tour

6. Paris: Pure Chocolate Walking Tour

Indulge your passion for chocolate on this 2-hour walking tour of the Right Bank in Paris. Walking around the beautiful area dominated by the Place de la Concorde, Tuileries Gardens, and Madeleine Church, visit a selection of master chocolatiers who will be ready and waiting to share their sumptuous creations. An enthusiastic foodie guide will enhance your understanding of the cocoa bean and take you down cobbled streets to get off the beaten path. Dip in and out of the glamorous fashion district, and stop at artisan chocolate stores to discover old-fashioned and designer chocolates. Every tasting is included in the price of your tour, and you will meet chocolatiers who treat chocolate making as an art form. Each has his own creative style to give you a true taste explosion. Learn more about the history of chocolate making as you walk, and leave having tasted some of the best chocolates in the city.

Paris: Highlights Tour from Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower

7. Paris: Highlights Tour from Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower

Join a group or a private tour to cover the highlights of Paris with its major places of interest. Enjoy learning about historical sites, bridges, palaces, and parks and iconic sights like the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, and the Eiffel Tower. Start your journey just outside of Notre Dame with a comprehensive view of Paris's history and culture. Learn about the Île de la Cité and the surprising facts that this island offers. Talk about Notre Dame and discuss the impacts of the recent fire and the future of the building. Follow the River Seine and go across the famous Pont des Arts, a pedestrian bridge listed as a national historical monument. See art exhibitions and immerse yourself in this open-air studio for painters, artists, and photographers drawn to its unique point of view. Watch Parisiens enjoying a summer picnic if you are there in the season. Follow your guide to the Pyramid of Louvre, easily the most popular place to be in Paris. Enjoy a detailed tour of the area with less emphasis on history and the art inside the museum but more on the local street life of Paris. See the most important landmarks and experience the local culture, without waiting to get tickets. Once at the Pyramid, observe the Tuileries Garden connecting the Louvre to the Place de la Concorde where Parisians celebrate and meet.  Learn how this setting served as a reference point for the modern development of Paris. Enjoy a conversation with your local guide about the most famous characters of Paris in history, its most significant turning points, and political highlights that created the city of Paris today. Use one of the most famous bridges of Paris to go across the River Seine to have a break at a little Parisien cafe. Discover the perfect spot to try the local delicacy of macarons with some tea or coffee and to have some boxed up to enjoy back home. Taste the latest offerings and soak up the experience of being in such a historic establishment. Follow the little backstreets of Paris immersed in culture, art, and history.  End your walking tour with views of the Eiffel Tower and say goodbye to your guide with enough information to be independent and enjoy Pairs after the tour.

Paris: Private Food Tour – 10 Tastings with Locals

8. Paris: Private Food Tour – 10 Tastings with Locals

Eat your way through Paris's culinary scene on a private food tour. Go on a delicious journey as you try 10 of the best food items beloved by the locals: from savory to sweet and local drinks; this tour leaves every foodie satisfied. Enjoy a bite of 3 types of ultimate classic cheese plus 2 types of meat and crepe in their authentic, local flavor. Each tasting is typical of the local cuisine and hand-picked by a local guide passionate about food.  Visit Le Viaduc des Arts, Hotel de Ville de Paris, and The Pletzl, plus other remarkable spots in between food stops, and learn about their history and cultural relevance from your knowledgeable guide. 

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 174 reviews

Enjoyed learning how to make macarons. The instructor was patient and gave great tips on how to perfect the art. Definitely recommend this class!

Wonderful experience and great way to learn a bit more about Paris and its culture. Noemie was a wonderful hostess and teacher. Highly recommend!

With my nieces and granddaughter we thoroughly enjoyed this class. I am excited to try to make them again at home!

Noemie was wonderful and we had a fantastic time making macarons! Could not recommend more.

Great instructions with pearls of wisdom on how to make macarons!