Things to do


Visit outstanding cultural attractions or take a hike amongst the peaks? A romantic tour of the wine route or a family cruise? What will this year's
French holiday bring?

Culinary classes

Inititation to French cooking

Cooking classes allow you to acquire simple tricks, master basic techniques, prepare elements like sauces or even full-course menus.

  • Workshops at the Cordon Bleu School (External link) (Paris): this is where Julia Child (played by Meryl Streep in the film Julie & Julia) learned traditional French cooking techniques!
  • "Learn how to manipulate a knife," or "Basic pastry techniques" at Atelier des Sens (External link) (Paris)
  • The seasonal menu at Atelier des Chefs (External link) (big cities in France): under a chef's guidance, prepare an appetizer, main dish and dessert in 1.5 hours, then savour your creation.Thematic cooking classes Everything is possible when it comes to culinary classes: workshops on organic or weight loss cooking, baking or pastry-making classes, and even courses focused on working with one particular product...
  • Organic cooking workshops with What’s for Dinner (Paris): discover the main ingredients of organic cuisine and prepare a full meal with seasonal fruits and vegetables.
  • Truffle discovery weekend at Auberge de la Truffe (Sorges, in Perigord): accompanied by chef Pierre Corre, live to the rhythm of the Perigord truffle for two days. Gourmet chocolate workshops at the Valrhona (External link) school (Tain l’Hermitage, in Rhone-Alps): pastry chefs share their knowledge of chocolate.

With a Michelin-starred chef

Experienced gastronomes can turn towards professional cooking schools, or take courses given by renowned chefs.

  • Atelier Guy Martin (External link) (Paris): the chef of Grand Véfour invites you to demystify fine cuisine in the unique setting of a private mansion.
  • Alain Ducasse (External link) Cooking School (Paris): work with noble products and prepare a fine tasting menu.
  • The Saint-James cooking school, near Bordeaux: revisit the classics of French cuisine with Benjamin Bonnay.
  • Scook, Anne-Sophie Pic's cooking school (Valence): the only three Michelin-starred woman chef in France reveals some of her secrets.

Cooking classes at home

A chef shares special tricks of the trade from the comfort of your own kitchen.