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This article about the best pastry classes in Paris was updated on 20 June 2022 by Lena
If you ask Paris visitors about their dearest memory of Paris, many will go into raptures about the delicate pastries they tried during their trip. Colourful Macarons, tender éclairs, creamy Paris Brest, delicious Millefeuilles, and even baked goods as simple as a plain croissant. The pâtisserie and viennoiserie that you find in Paris are better than everything you’ve tasted before. You find some of the world’s best bakeries in Paris.
But instead of craving those heavenly treats for months and months after returning home, simply learn how to make them yourself.
Being taught how to bake French pastries by taking a pastry classes in Paris is a wonderful experience and a great souvenir you can bring back home from your trip. Click here to see all French pastry cooking classes in Paris.
Highlights: The most popular baking courses in Paris
Macaron Class at Galeries Lafayette most popular
2-Hour Baguette Making Class in Paris
Paris Cooking Class: Make Your Own Croissants
When travelling to Paris, you will be surprised by how omnipresent pâtisserie and baked goods are. And how high their standards are!
You can find those delicious treats everywhere, even McDonald’s has a selection of pastry that is relatively decent even. Paris is simply food heaven, and you did not fully immerse in French food if you didn’t dedicate a significant amount of time to French sweets, cakes, pastries, desserts, and viennoiserie.
Join a baking class in Paris and learn from pâtissiers and chefs the secrets of French pastry and baking. Sign up here for a workshop at a baking school in Paris.
Pastry classes in Paris: What do you want to bake?
When you decided on getting filled in the secrets of pastry baking and plan on taking a pastry class in Paris, the hardest part is still to come: Deciding WHAT you want to bake! I looked around and found the most popular and loved baking classes in Paris. Go ahead!
Most popular pastry class in Paris: Macarons!
Macarons are one of the most tender french treats and also the most prestigious ones. They are sweet and colorful little sandwiches that come in a million flavors. And they are just perfectly sized to enjoy more than one!
Even though the pastry is basically just consisting of egg white, almond flour, and sugar, Macarons are pretty difficult to prepare. It requires some know-how and finesses to master this classic french pastry.
But you are in Paris, the paradise for cooking and baking. Which place on earth could be better to learn how to bake Macarons than Paris? Luckily, there are quite a few pastry classes in Paris that specialized in Macarons.
Find the best Macaron baking course in Paris
Macarons are insanely popular in Paris and if you are searching for a Macaron class in Paris, you will find quite a few to choose from. The offer ranges from budget-friendly classes in the Galeries Lafayette (you can book it here) to exclusive small group or private classes.
Croissants – the classic!
The classic french breakfast Croissant is most likely the most famous pastry in the world. But wait, it is, in fact, not even French!
The legend says the croissant was created by Austrian bakers to celebrate the defeat of the Turks, hence the half-moon shape. Only, later on, did the puff pastry become popular in France, due to Marie Antoinette’s love for it. The French renamed it “Croissant de Lune”, french for “increasing moon”.
But however it arrived in France, it came to stay. Today, croissants can be found in every bakery and supermarket, and they are the most iconic French viennoiserie.
Tip: to get the freshest and best croissant, though, look out for a boulangerie artisanale ! This means they are made in-house from scratch. Boulangeries that are not “artisanale” are getting them, usually delivered frozen, and are just baking them.
Take a croissant baking class
What about you? Do you want to create an authentic French Croissant for the next brunch with friends? Learn how to bake croissants by taking a croissant workshop in Paris – click here to see prices and schedules
Éclairs – cream-filled pastries!
Another classic French pastry is certainly the Éclair. The oblong choux pastry is normally filled with flavored cream and topped with icing. It is d.e.l.i.c.o.u.s.! (frankly, it’s my personal favorite).
While the Macaron might originate in Italy and the Croissant in Vienna, Éclairs are as french as it can get. If you think now: Nah, éclairs… I know them from the US, been there, done that… the North American Long Johns are not identical to éclairs in France. They are made from doughnut pastry and not from choux dough.
A pastry class in Paris to learn how to bake éclairs
Baguette – learn how to bake traditional French bread
Step behind the counter of a family-run boulangerie in Paris and learn how to bake a traditional French baguette. Your teacher will be no one less than the master baker himself – and the owner of the bakery. Click here to see the reviews of this workshop.
It’s a truly hands-on experience. You’ll learn all the tips and techniques to succeed in baking baguettes later on back home. Isn’t that a great souvenir from your Paris vacation?
The bread baking workshop is offered in English and lasts 2 hours. The maximum size of this class is 8 participants. You will bake at least 2 different sorts of bread and the receipts mailed by email. Click here for more information and reservation.
If you need any clarification about Paris or some advice and how to plan your trip, don’t hesitate to reach out! If you are interested in the culinary side of Paris, don’t miss our food and drink guides!
I created a Facebook group for this matter, and I am available to answer all questions! Click here to join the private Salut from Paris Facebook group!
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