So you’ve tasted the local cuisine – the delicious croissants, the crispy crepes, the French onion soup – and you’re now feeling inspired and ambitious. You’re ready to live out your culinary dreams by signing up to one of the best cooking classes in Paris!
If you’re interested in tasting fine French wine and exquisite regional cheeses, or perhaps baking your very own French macarons, make sure to download your INSIDR Entertainment Passport 2019 and get the best discounted prices to these classes!
For anyone who is passionate about cooking, or just wants to sharpen their skills, or is looking for a fun culinary activity for the whole family, Paris is a dream location to do it! Not only is the city home to amazing restaurants, you can also find world-class cooking institutions including the Ecole Ferrandi and of course the famous Cordon Bleu. Choose from an immersive program or quick workshop to experience French cooking hands-on; the cooking classes in Paris are quite simply among the best in the world.
There are also a plethora of food shops, gourmet boutiques and unique epicurean food markets filled with local produce. At INSIDR, we definitely prefer the Lafayette Gourmet food hall. Spanning two floors, it’s nothing short of a foodie mecca. Read on for our guide to the best cooking classes, cooking schools and other gourmet food shopping options in Paris.
Cooking & pastry classes
Cooking Classes in Paris #1: Pastries
So after trying all of the delicious pastries Paris has to offer, you’ve decided that you simply can’t live without them. Those buttery, flaky croissants first thing in the morning, delicate macarons and melt in your mouth pain au chocolate. We understand. Though they may look hard to master, the basics of French pastry-making can definitely be learned during a solid select-few cooking classes during your time in Paris. Check out our top picks for the most delicious French pastries in Paris that will have you whisking up decadent desserts, and more, in no time!
Cooking Classes in Paris #2: La Cuisine
Not only is La Cuisine one of the best cooking studios in Paris, they probably have the largest selection of cooking classes available in English in Paris as well. The baking classes are a definite must. Choose from croissant and other breakfast pastries, or more technical options like mastering the Millefeuille. If savory is more your style, we recommend the poultry class. You can also opt for a tour of a local Market followed by a cooking class and of course tasting. All classes are in English, led by an experienced chef in a fully equipped kitchen in their studio next to the Seine river. Prices vary from 69 to 169€.
Cooking Classes in Paris #3: Kevin Lacoste Pastry Masterclass
Kevin Lacoste is a rising star in the French pastry world. The young chef opened his own pastry shop and tea salon after training at the famous Georges V Hotel, one of the most prestigious kitchens in the world. To share his love of pastry, he offers some fantastic cooking classes here in Paris. At just 85€, an excellent price considering the amazing conditions and chef’s experience, the classes sell out very fast, so you’ll have to be quick!
Make sure to stop by his tea salon in the 17th district of Paris to try his creations. Lacoste only uses the highest-quality products, including “chocolat grand cru millesime”, some of the best chocolate you can find.
Cooking Classes in Paris #4: Macarons cooking class
Let’s make macarons in the heart of Paris – Galeries Lafayette
For one of the most affordable cooking classes in Paris, where you can learn how to make the iconic French treat, Le Macaron, head to the Galeries Lafayette. The 1.5 hour class is held in English and takes place in a lovely private salon. The small group classes are the best way to learn about French cuisine and live out your French cooking fantasy in Paris! You’ll discover how to make the delicate macaron shells and the rich, ganache filling. At the end, you’ll, of course, get to taste your creations.
The cooking class takes place every Tuesday and Wednesday at 3 pm. Learn how to bake macarons, the classic French pastry with a professional Pastry Chef (class held in English)! Download our exclusive INSIDR Passport to get a discount! You’ll also have access to activities like a FREE perfumery workshop, a FREE NARS makeover, and many shopping discounts!
Cooking Classes in Paris #5: One for the family!
Looking to take the little ones to some cooking classes in Paris? There’s no better way to get the kids excited about French culture than with an interactive, edible activity! The Galeries Lafayette macaron class is exclusively dedicated to families on Wednesdays. The experience is sure to create lifelong memories, and who knows, maybe even reveal some hidden culinary talents! The English-speaking chef provides step-by-step instructions so that everyone can follow the class, even the younger ones. Enjoy the small groups, cute private cooking showroom and of course tasting your sweet masterpieces!
The cooking class takes place every Wednesday from 10 am to 11:30 am. Download our INSIDR Passport to save an extra 10%!
Wine pairing and wine tasting class
The world renowned French wine
Looking beyond cooking classes in Paris, France is without a doubt the wine capital of the world. Whether you’re an œnologue-to-be or an enthusiastic beginner, Paris has numerous amazing wine experiences. A tasting should definitely be on your list of must-do activities. Learn all about French wine including its history, labeling and how to perfectly pair your wine. You’ll quickly discover that there are hundreds of wine tasting options available in Paris. We’ve picked out a few of our absolute favorites. We also suggest taking a look at our top wine shops in the city for the perfect souvenir to bring home and enjoy later!
Galeries Lafayette Wine & cheese class
Would France really be France without the wine? To build on any of the above-mentioned cooking classes in Paris that you might be interested in, explore the best France has to offer during this 1.5 hour class led in English by an expert sommelier. Learn how to correctly taste and identify French wine. You’ll be tasting 2 white wines and 2 red wines, paired with 4 cheeses served on traditional French bread. The sommelier will also share tips on how to perfectly pair wine and food. The small group class is held in a private salon at the Galeries Lafayette. Classes are available twice a week, but we highly recommend reserving ahead of time.
The wine & cheese workshop takes place every Monday from 12:30 am and every Friday at 6pm – it costs 55€ per adult. Book in advance with our exclusive INSIDR code “INSIDR” to save an extra 10%.
Caves du Louvre
Just recently opened to the public, Les Caves du Louvre is a unique venue and another must-do activity for wine and history lovers alike. Located in the former royal wine cellars, the beautiful underground location is a cross between a traditional cellar and a wine lab. Guided tours are available as well as wine blending workshops. Learn how to choose and mix cepages with expert guidance from an oenologue. Knowing which wine should accompany the food that you might be serving up following your cooking classes in Paris is critical. Taste your personal creation and you’ll even have a bottle to take home and impress your friends and family with!
Best chef schools in Paris
Gastronomy & chef cuisine in Paris
We already know that Paris is foodie heaven and home to countless amazing restaurants. It’s also home to endless other gourmet experiences. There are a few that must be on your to do list.
A truffle tasting is a must. This extravagant ingredient has been a favorite of top chefs for years and you can learn all about it. Tasting escargot is both a culinary and cultural experience you shouldn’t miss – and we promise, they’re actually really delicious, and could well feature in some of your cooking classes in Paris too. You can also get fabulous fresh oysters in Paris, so don’t miss out on them! If you’re a little unsure about the protocol for eating oysters or escargot, or French table manners in general, check out our handy guide for restaurant manners in France.
Professional Cooking Classes at the Cordon Bleu Cooking School in Paris
Le Cordon Bleu is the most iconic cooking school with among the most refined cooking classes in Paris. Alumni include the famous Julia Child – anyone looking to live out their Julie and Julia dream? – and Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio. The distinguished Grand Diplôme is their most well-known program. The 9 month training course provides all the skills needed to become an adept chef. Located at the foot of the Eiffel Tower choose from Baking (Boulangerie or Patisserie) classes, Wine & Spirits workshops and so much more. The modern facility and brand new building feature top-notch kitchens and only the highest-quality kitchen gear.
Professional Cooking Classes at the Ferrandi cooking school in Paris
If your heart is set on sweeter things, head to the Ferrandi School, the top pastry school in France. Their accelerated 3-month English-language program, comprised of an array of intensive cooking classes while based in Paris, provides the highest distinction in France for chefs (the “MOF” or “Meilleur Ouvrier de France”). They also have an array of workshops where you can learn to make Millefeuille, Paris-Brest and other pastries. It’s one of the only schools to have vegan and gluten-free baking classes as well. Numerous Ferrandi alumni have opened their own businesses around Paris – one of our favorites is Colorova. The exquisite tea room is on rue de l’Abbé Grégoire in the 6th, stop by for a decadent treat.
Dine at a cooking school restaurant in Paris
For a gourmet meal at an unbeatable price, look no further than the cooking school restaurants.
The highly-skilled student chefs provide delicious, epicurean meals. The Ferrandi school has two restaurants “Premier” and “28”. The menu changes daily but the hardest part is getting a reservation, it’s the best value in town so tables fill up fast! The Café le Cordon Bleu is great for breakfast or lunch. Multiple high schools in Paris specialize in culinary studies which makes it possible to start undertaking cooking classes from an impressionable young age! La table d’Albert and the Restaurant d’application du lycée Jean Drouant training restaurants are not only super affordable but also provide pleasant, gourmet experiences.
Shop like a chef in Paris
Gourmet shopping in Paris
As you continue eating your way through Paris, you might be looking for some new products to expand your culinary horizons. Stopping by some of the city’s gourmet food shops is the best way to do it. The Lafayette Gourmet food hall is our personal favorite, they have the best selection in town. Visit one of our favorite cheese shops to discover delicious cheeses you never knew existed and soon won’t be able to live without! We’ve also gathered together our favorite spots to try truffle in Paris. As mentioned, if you haven’t tried the fresh oysters or escargot yet – we promise, you won’t regret it! These are all quintessentially French ingredients with which you can put to the test some of the knowledge that you garnered from your cooking classes in Paris.
Cooking supplies stores in Paris
To be a great chef, you need the proper cooking supplies. Given Paris’ world-class culinary scene, it’s no wonder that the selection of cookware and supply stores is also excellent. Head to La Bovida if you are looking for the classic French copper pot. E.Dehillerin has some of the finest cookware in the country. One of France’s most iconic chefs, Paul Bocuse was a known fan of their items. For baking and pastry supplies, look no further than Mora, we could admire the chocolate moles, pans and other cake decorating supplies for days. All three are in Les Halles neighborhood, what Zola called “the Belly of Paris” as it was traditionally a working-class area and hosted Paris biggest food market for centuries.
Feeling bold after your cooking classes in Paris?
Buying the finest French products
After eating so many delicious meals around Paris, you’ll definitely want to bring some of the amazing culinary histories back home with you. Foie gras is, of course, a must. Truffles should also be on the list of all gourmet chefs in the making. Keep some space in your suitcase for at least one bottle of quality French cognac. Fleur de sel is also the best ingredient to make any meal more gourmet and also makes a great gift.
Our top gourmet shopping spot is without a doubt Lafayette Gourmet. You can’t beat the selection of fine French products and ingredients spread out over 3,500 square meters. If you get carried away with your shopping (we always do!) they even have a convenient delivery service.
Buying the best foodie souvenirs following your cooking classes in Paris
Finding souvenirs to bring back home during your travels in France will definitely be one of the easiest parts of your trip! There are so many amazing options. Here at INSIDR, we are fans of foodie souvenirs, especially from France. Go for a box of to-die-for chocolates, a good bottle of wine is always a fabulous gift choice and treats from local French supermarkets are sure crowd pleasers as well. If you want to get everything in one stop, head to the 6th floor of the main Galeries Lafayette building. There is an entire area dedicated to French foodie products and souvenirs, including chocolates, regional specialties, and cute Parisian souvenirs.