Everyone knows about the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame….but what if you want to do something a little different during your time in Paris? What if you could learn how to make baguettes, or how to get the perfect feet on your colourful macarons? Ever wanted to explore a market with a local chef? Taking a cooking class in Paris might just be the highlight of your trip, so check out these schools for inspiration and get cooking!
La Cuisine Paris
For friendly hands-on cooking classes in English, La Cuisine Paris is one of our favourite cookery schools. With an enviable location right on the banks of the Seine in the 4th arrondissement, you’ll be within easy walking distance of some of Paris’ major sights, including Notre Dame, the Marais and the Ile Saint Louis. Take a croissant making class and enjoy a typical French breakfast as a reward for your newfound skills, master the art of macarons with an international group of fellow students, or opt for a market tour with one of the expert chefs and create a new menu from the freshest
seasonal ingredients. English speaking chefs create a warm and friendly atmosphere for students from all over the world, and the staff are helpful and welcoming – you can check out their courses at www.lacuisineparis.com and book online.
80 Quai de l’Hôtel de ville, 75004 Paris +33 1 40 51 78 18
Cook’n With Class
Offering small classes of no more than six participants, Cook’n with Class is in the popular Montmartre neighbourhood and offers friendly, hands-on techniques that you can use at home. Enjoy a relaxed cheese and wine class and pair up the best wines with the finest fromages, sign up the kids for a fun-packed class that will have them cooking in no time, or take Mad About Choux and learn all about this tricky pastry and how to master it in French style. With a range of tours available and a sprinkling of seasonal classes, you can even decide on a whim to sign up to a last-minute class and get your culinary skills going. You can find all the information on their website here
6 Rue Baudelique, 75018 Paris +33 1 42 57 22 84
Le Cordon Bleu
One of the most prestigious cooking schools in the world, everyone knows the name Cordon Bleu. And where else to find this world-class cooking school but in the heart of Paris? With over 50 school scattered across the globe, join an international institution for some serious culinary training. Offering a range of short courses in English, the major different between the Cordon Bleu schools and other cookery schools in Paris is the kitchens: for Cordon Bleu you’ll be using the very best in professional equipment, which may be fantastic for those in the hospitality world, but for those looking to recreate recipes at home it may not be the best option. Nonetheless, if you want to perfect your skills and are a real culinary enthusiast, you can expect expert training, hands-on workshops and a rewardingly intense day! Check them out here.
8 Rue Léon Delhomme, 75015 Paris +33 1 53 68 22 50
Don’t forget the kids! If your little chefs have a little experience with French, Chez Bogato offers a fantastic range of lessons for kids who love to create in the kitchen. With the chance to make some new French friends while mini chocolate tarts or decorating with marshmallows and Chantilly cream, children will have a blast in this cute and cosy kitchen. There are classes for adults too, which may be the perfect opportunity to learn some cooking vocabulary or improve your French skills with a group of friendly co-students! Like a home-from-home, Chez Bogato is full of light-hearted fun.
7 Rue Liancourt, 75014 Paris +33 1 40 47 03 51