78 reviews of Behind the Scenes of a Boulangerie : French Bakery Tour in Paris
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Reviewed by Paul B, Australia, January 2012
The young girl who interpreted was excellent, and the baker was a real gentleman. He was patient with our questions and had a good sense of humor. We had explanation and 'hands on', a good balance of activity. We were quite proud of our baguettes!
Reviewed by Ley, January 2012
We thoroughly enjoyed it, and did not expect that we would have such personal contact with the baker. The whole experience was a privilege.
Reviewed by Mary N, April 2013
Wow, we never realized how much work went on behind the scenes in each boulangerie! The tour was interesting and the samples were very good. It would have been easier to know the location/address sooner.
Reviewed by David S, March 2013
This was a great little tour to learn about the inner workings of a boulangerie, and to see how much the French care/obsess over their bread and pastries. The tour guide was great, and there were only four of us on the tour. I cannot imagine many more people because it was already sort of cramped with just the few of us. We got to sample two types of bread, then received a baguette and croissant to go. All delicious. As some have said, the only hands on part is making the slits in the baguette. What most dont mention is 1) how important the slits are, 2) how many years French bakers take to perfect it, and 3) how difficult it is to do correctly.
The ONLY reason the tour does not receive five stars is because of the lack of information about the location. I guess one could call from abroad to get the location details, but I waited to call until we arrived in Paris. Turns out the bakery we were meeting at was in Montemartre, a decent way outside of the main tourist area. It was no real problem getting there, but location did throw off the well-conceived plans I had. If I had known I had to go to Montemartre for the tour, I would have planned on doing Montmartre that morning, instead of a few days later. Easy enough to readjust plans, but it did throw me off a bit.
Reviewed by Caroline H, March 2013
My guests and I thoroughly enjoyed this visit! Groups are restricted because of space constraints to a maximum of 6 people. It was fascinating to hear about the bakery industry in Paris and to see how such a small bakery produces up to 500 baguettes a day! The staff were all friendly and didn't seem to mind us being in the way! Our guide translated as staff told us about their daily routines and everyone was happy to answer questions. We were the very first group to go to this particular bakery and it went surprisingly smoothly! Lots of tasting along the way, so I was glad to have missed breakfast!
Reviewed by Kate, March 2013
Unfortunately, our guide from the Chocolate and Macaroon tour called to get the address of this tour for us an wrote down the wrong address..#57 (a closed Thai restaurant) instead of #127. By the time we found the correct address the tour was over...our guide did take 5 minutes to show us around and we did get our baguette and our croissants. Beautiful shop!
Reviewed by Yggdrasil, January 2013
This was a short, but very interesting visit to a Boulangerie, it runs 1 hour as advertised. It was interesting to see how many dedicated bakers there are in just one boulangerie. Our guide met us outside the shop as arranged and asked anything we asked about if she didn't already know the answer
Reviewed by CJRUSA, September 2012
Very interesting. Best croissant in Paris. So yummy. Had trouble finding the bakery so we arrived late. Address wasn't provided until day before.
Reviewed by Howard B, September 2012
Very enjoyable. Excellent translator. Learned the importance of the neighborhood bakery in France.
Reviewed by Philosophy25, August 2012
Tour was a nice behind the scenes look at a crafty little Parisian bakery. The real deal! Everything from scratch, fun little interactive activities. Great start to the morning!
Reviewed by Kate R, August 2012
I had a great time. Very informative. Great tour guide. Wonderful bakery!
Reviewed by Alex, July 2012
My Husband and I took this tour in June 2012. It was extremely interesting. The only downfall to the experience was the fact that the bakery had a huge order to fill and was behind on the work. Becuase of this the bakers were focused on certain things and unable to show the tour parts of the bakery. Our guide was great and did the best she could to fill in the gaps, but had we come on another day I think we could have had a better experience.
Reviewed by Juststerling, June 2012
It was informative, fun and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The boulanger and translator were lovely and we were spoilt with all the tasty treats we got to take home. I would definitely do this again and would highly recommend it.
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