While walking along the Seine having just finished my Baguette to Bistro tour and killing time before my The Bobo Palate tour a few hours later I got a tweet from Jane of La Cuisine Paris inviting me to stop by and visit. Jane had sent several very supportive tweets in December in support of my small business Saturday series and I was thrilled at the opportunity to meet her.
After those sweet tweets in December, I had checked out the La Cuisine Paris website and loved what I saw. English (although they also offer them in French) cooking classes in Paris! Then I read more about Jane and her business on Lindsey's Franco File Friday on her blog Lost in Cheeseland, and I knew I wanted to take a class (or two).
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While I would have loved to take a class while I was in Paris this past January, I really want to do a couple with Mr. Misadventures, after all, he is the cook in the house, so he is the one who needs to learn (I just benefit!). Of course, I have never made any kind of bread before except my Grandmother's banana bread, so I think it would be fun to take the class too.
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But just because I didn't have time to take a class this part trip (I'm eyeing the croissant and baguette classes!) that didn't mean I couldn't visit the school and that is exactly what I did!
Located really close to the ’Hôtel de Ville (and in the winter time to the outdoor ice skating rinks) at 80 Quai de l’Hôtel de Ville, it is not only darling inside but has an absolutely gorgeous view of the Île Saint-Louis which you can look at from the dining room situated next to one of the kitchens as you enjoy the food that you have just created in glass with a lovely wine as an accompaniment.
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There are several kitchens, this is the one connected to that dining room, just finishing up from a class when I went through.
As well as one downstairs where the croissant class was just starting.
And while I would have loved to stay to smell the results of the class (and maybe steal one of their finished products) I had to leave to head to the Marais. But I will be back (with Mr. Misadventures in tow) to take a class on one of my future trips.
My pal Kasia of Love in the City of Lights just took the macaron class at La Cuisine Paris and had a wonderful time, read more about it in her post, art of the macaron.
How about you? Have you taken a cooking class while on a trip?
I am married to a French man, lived in France for 3 years, and have been to Paris more than 50 times. I am always a tourist so the information, tip, and tricks I share are created to help you!
- Look for fares using sites like Skyscanner or Expedia.com.
- For France (Paris) coming from the West Coast, I typically fly Air France or United. From the East Coast, I typically fly Air France or Delta.
- If you travel frequently, consider investing in a Priority Pass for airport lounge access. Not only will you have a spot to relax before your flight and charge your devices, but you can eat and drink for free (without paying crazy airport prices!)
- I use Expedia.com, Booking.com, and Hotels.com to find lodging. Always check the reviews on TripAdvisor before booking!
- For rental car agencies, try Rentalcars.com. When traveling in Europe, I use AutoEurope to make reservations. They find the best rates and allow you to compare different car rental agencies. I typically book with Sixt.
- For transportation from the CDG airport to anywhere within Paris, consider pre-booking with Get Transfer. It is one way to be stress-free and you can request an English-speaking driver.
- Tours + Atractions
- I book tours with companies like Viator and GetYourGuide. Both have a wide variety of activities for every travel style. Other companies to look at include Tours by Locals and Withlocals.
- If you’re visiting a city with multiple attractions, be sure to check out a discount pass, such as CityPASS or Go City.
- Context Travel is another option and they offer more educational-based activities.
- If you are looking to buy tickets to attractions, check out Tiquet.
- Don't Forget Travel Photos
- One of my favorite things to do is to get photos taken of me while on vacation. Flytographer is a great option with photographers all over the world.
- Peace of Mind
- It’s important to have some type of travel insurance to cover any unforeseen accidents, illnesses, threats, or cancellations. I always travel with insurance and would recommend SafetyWing, SquareMouth or Travelex Insurance are good options.
- Should you have any trouble with flight delays to the extent you feel you deserve compensation, I encourage you to check out and use AirHelp. I used them and for 1 claim I got compensated (transparency: a 2nd claim did not, but I was still glad I tried!).