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By Kiri Tannenbaum

When In Paris, Cook and Shop Like a Local

Learn to cook like a local in Paris with ingredients straight from the market that ends with a French feast.

La Cuisine cooking school is one of the best for food enthusiasts visiting Paris to learn the intricacies of French cuisine. While there are many offerings—from learning techniques to honing your skills in le mielle feuille (puff pastry)—our top choice is La Cuisine’s French Market Tour and Cooking Class.

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What to Expect:

This informative and entertaining class kicks off with the fundamentals of French cuisine followed by sourcing of-the-moment ingredients. Rather than sit in the classroom for the entire lesson you’ll experience a guided excursion through the picturesque Marché Monge in the 5th Arrondissement, Marché Maubert, the oldest market in the City of Light, or the Marché Bastille, one of the largest open air markets. (If looking for a way to have a memorable evening, choose the Île Saint Louis class.)

You’ll pick out provisions and produce while learning a few key terms, meeting vendors and shopkeepers, and knowing proper purchasing etiquette. Then off to the kitchen to hone your culinary techniques and prepare a traditional French feast to be savored as one big happy family at the end of class.

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What’s Included:

Full meal from starter (entrée) to main course (plat) to fromage and dessert

Need to Know:

La Cuisine’s French Market and Cooking Class has four options for exploring, daytime: Marché Maubert, Mange, or Bastille, or a special evening tour that features a shopping trip on the Île Saint Louis

Each session is held half outdoors and half indoors so dress in layers and wear shoes you can walk and stand in for the duration

French Market Tour and Cooking Class

La Cuisine
Cost: 165 euros (roughly $200 USD)
Duration: 4 hours (9:30 am – 1:30 pm or evening for Île Saint-Louis)
Location: Meeting point varies depending on market tour
Phone: +33 (0)1 40 51 78 18

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