French Baking Class: Baguettes and Croissants in a Parisian Bakery

Badge of ExcellenceParis, France

From USD 217.69

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Learn the secrets to making traditional French baguettes and croissants during a 2-hour baking workshop with a chef. Get time-tested recipes handed down over generations, and bread-making techniques that will help you make perfect baked goods. This is a hands-on baking lesson in the back rooms of a French bakery in Paris with group size limited to eight people for maximum personal attention from the instructor for each student. Leave the class with your own freshly-baked baguette to snack on later.
  • Go behind the scenes of a French bakery during a 2-hour baking workshop
  • Learn how to make classic French baguettes and croissants
  • Discover French baking secrets from your baker/instructor
  • Savor freshly-baked goods right out of the oven
  • Small-group class with a maximum of eight people ensures a personalized experience

Sample Menu



Delicious and buttery French croissants!



Varieties of French baguettes (yes, there's more than one)!

What's Included

  • Cooking class
  • Tasting of baguettes and pastries
  • Recipes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Boulangerie Le Petit Mitron
    8 Rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris, France

    Closest Métro Station: Mouton-Duvernet (M4)

Start time

10:30 am

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Make your way to your traditional bakery in the heart of Paris, where you'll go into the kitchens for a behind-the-scenes lesson to learn the secrets of French bread.

A Parisian baker guides you through the lesson, during which you'll make two different kinds of baguettes as well as buttery, flaky croissants. Watch as your instructor demonstrates the proper techniques for preparing and handling dough, and then try your hand at recreating what you've just seen — with help as you need it. As you watch and work, listen to your instructor's tips to glean the secrets of French baking.

The pay-off for all your hard work is in taking your own freshly-baked baguette out of the oven and tasting it while it's still warm. When the workshop is finished, you'll have a baguette to take with you for a later picnic, as well as the recipes and know-how to recreate the experience in your own kitchen at home.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements or too many passengers in one booking that would overbook the class. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Minimum age: 6 years old
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Minors must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not recommended for travelers with sensitive airborne allergies
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveller Tips

This is a must for anyone who loves the simple magic of a French baguette.
I really hope he offers other classes (macaron, etc) in the fall/winter which is when I plan to return to Paris for a long weekend.
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A great family experience. A must do in Paris.
Todd_M, Mar 2022
Didier and our French to English translator were great and surely one of our highlights to France. I assumed the kids would love it, but had no idea how good Didier would be about inspiring kids. Both our kids came out of it loving their experience!
Jennifer_N, Mar 2022
The chef was funny and passionate and made the experience for my teens very fun. Plus we got to try all the delicious things! Highly recommend.
True taste to French baking
Angela_B, Mar 2022
We had an amazing time learning about French baking and pastries. We learned so much about the art of making Baguettes and croissants, not to mention how amazing they tasted. Didier the owner and awesome baker-pastry master made the class not only interesting and information but fun. I highly recommend joining his baking class on your next trip to Paris. My 16yo niece enjoyed the class as much as I did. Everything we tried at his bakery, Le Petit Mitron were absolutely delicious.
Bread lovers paradise
Stacy_S, Feb 2022
Fun experience going down into a real French bakery and seeing how the make the delicious bread every single day. You will learn the basic techniques of making dough and be able to score and bake baguettes. We also learned how to properly roll croissants and got to taste everything. Plus we left with large loves of baguettes.
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Dear Stacy, Thank you for your lovely review! We are glad to read you enjoyed your Baking Class. Please don't hesitate to book another tour with us! Have a great day! Best regards
Great class for tourists !!!!
Ryan_K, Dec 2021
We had a great time at this baking class. The hosts were warm and friendly and we learned a lot. The baker was a great talent. He took a lot of time to walk us through baguettes and croissants and the process and history behind each.
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Dear Ryan, Thank you for your review! We are glad to hear you spent a really good time with our guide and baker. Please don't hesitate to book another tour with us! Have a great day! Best regards,
Baking Advice
Uzma_R, Nov 2021
I think the class could be organised better, where you could practice making the dough, that's the tricky part and actually shadowing more staff on the day.
Response from Host, Nov 2021
Hello Uzma, Thank you very much for your opinion! The class is organized in a theoretical and indicative way. Since time is limited we cannot dedicate much time to practice! Do not hesitate next time to book the private class. Best regards
The best shef ever.. We...
Ehsan_A, Oct 2021
The best shef ever.. We loved it .. it was unique. We learn some stuff in baking that we didn't know before.
Response from Host, Oct 2021
Hello Ehsan, Thank you for your feedback. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your experience! Best regards
Fun, informative and tasty class
Sandra_S, Sept 2021
The class started on time and though we went a little overtime, no one was inconvenienced. Loved the interactions with Master Baker Lavry. He engaged everyone in the class, allowed hands-on the dough with his guidance, and he just made the class so much fun. Everything translated into English and all questions were answered. Tasting everything was the cherry on the top. A great value for novice and experienced bakers alike!
Response from Host, Oct 2021
Hello Sandy, Thank you for taking the time to write your review! We are very pleased that you have enjoyed the baking class! Best regards
So Worth it!!!!
Melinda_Y, Sept 2021
My sister and I taking a holiday in Paris and this was an amazing experience! The chef was lovely as well as his family interpreter and staff. We had a blast and have never eaten such delicious bread and pastry! And took home our baguette which was wonderful on the train!!!
Response from Host, Sept 2021
Dear Melinda, Thank you very much for your feedback. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your experience! Don't hesitate to book other services with us. Best regards
Outstanding experience!
Rita_McCaskill, July 2021
I enjoyed learning some of Chef Didier's secret tips for baking baguettes and croissants when I return to Washington, DC. The history of croissants was very informative. I really hope he offers other classes (macaron, etc) in the fall/winter which is when I plan to return to Paris for a long weekend.
Response from Host, Aug 2021
Hello, Thank you very much for your review! Please don't hesitate to contact us to book another class.
Great Baking Class in a Working Bakery
Peter_A, Mar 2020
This small class was exactly what we wanted. Didier is an enthusiastic instructor and award-winning veteran baker, and our interpreter was excellent. We worked with pastry dough, croissants, pain et chocolate, and various baguettes in his “petit” operating bakery. His explanations and demonstrations were clear and will be useful when we try the recipes at home. Didier packs a lot into the two hours and does a great job balancing explanation, demonstration, and hands on work (laminating, stretching, rolling, and “scarring” prepared doughs rather than kneading) for a fun, memorable experience.
Learn about the croissant and baguette
Almita_M, Mar 2020
I recommend this class if you are interested in learning about french croissants and baguettes. Chef Didier was so friendly and fun to interact with. There was lots of opportunity for hands on action.
Fabulous French Baking Experience
Karin_A, Feb 2020
Didier Lavry is of the few remaining true artisans of French baking left in Paris. He teaches his class with enthusiasm and humor. His love and passion for what he does is truly unparalleled. Not only does he share his secrets but also adds historical relevance to how the croissant and baguette came to France. It was fabulous for me as I understand and speak French but our translator did an amazing job! He and Didier have a synchronicity where there is no lull in the presentation. You are in for a one of a kind experience.
A must in Paris
Susan_C, Jan 2020
This course was not only interesting but delicious. The baker is very passionate. I would recommend.
Amazing experience
NRFBeeley, Jan 2020
This experience was super fun and also very informative. If you ever wondered why French bread made in France is generally superior to other countries - you will get clues here :). This experience works great for teens also. The chef cannot speak to much English but he has a good translator to help with the event - also very good. The food tasting was delicious...
takakojacquelin, Sept 2019
My husband and I really enjoyed this . It was one of our highlight of our time in Paris it was well translated in small group. Taste of croissants were amazing. Highly recommend
Bread and Butter. LOTS of butter!
Susan H, Aug 2019
This is a must for anyone who loves the simple magic of a French baguette. What a treat to have behind-the-scenes look at just what makes that magic happen. It was less of a baking class and more of a shaping class but given the time it takes to prep that's understandable. Go hungry - there's lots of sampling and you walk away with your own baguette. Chef and interpreter were a delight!
Absolutely fabulous!
Susan B, Apr 2019
Didier and Mariette (apologies if I have misspelt our lovely translators name) were fantastic. I learned so much and it was such an enjoyable experience. I would recommend this activity to anybody who loves to cook. I would have liked to have some recipes though :(
Response from Host, Apr 2019
Dear Susan, I'm sorry you did not get the recipes. Please feel free to contact us to provide your e-mail address, I will send them right away. Best regards, Vincent
This was a defiantly highlight of my...
Larry_M, June 2018
This was a defiantly highlight of my first trip to Paris. Chef Didier is funny and let us see his love for what he does. He has a great personality and made th class so enjoyable. The 2 plus hours went by fast. Our interpreter was really good and worked so well him. Highly recommend this it is a great way to spend your time, taste yummy bread and learn great techniques.
Amazing 2 hours with the master chef...
Bruce F, May 2018
Amazing 2 hours with the master chef of the bakery! Through an English speaking interpreter, he shared his passion and methods of making bagettes and croissants. It was an incredible experience that we would highly recommend.