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Quite good tour. It turned out just to be the two of us and the guide actually works for the bakery. Excellent products.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
Very interesting. Best croissant in Paris. So yummy. Had trouble finding the bakery so we arrived late. Address wasn't provided until day before.
Very enjoyable. Excellent translator. Learned the importance of the neighborhood bakery in France.
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!
I had a great time. Very informative. Great tour guide. Wonderful bakery!
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.
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.
Loved this tour! The guide was wonderful and the owner obviously enjoyed sharing his expertise with us. The breads we were given at the end of the tour were delicious.
Enjoyed the trip. Informative and interesting. Able to ask plenty of questions and plenty of pleasant banter.
Interesting for people who don't have these kinds of bakeries where they live. Being from Honolulu, our bakeries are very different. We received samples of different kinds of bread, and desserts. We each were given whole loaves of French bread to take with us. It was fun.
The bakery was just a few blocks from our hotel.It was very small, and the baker himself spoke no English so another man translated his information as well as for the questions from the group. The presentation was well worth the time and cost. We learned how bread is baked and ended up with a delicious baquette and croissant. It's a fun and fairly short behind-the-scenes to enjoy in Paris..
It was enjoyable , a simple demonstration on the bread mixing facilities, and the finished bread was awesome . My session had a quite a crowd .. So movements in the small kitchen was a bit of a challenge
What a lovely experience. The Baker was so friendly, especially with the kids, and our guide was really informative and gave us great directions afterwards. We landed up buying loads of treats and even bought a copy of his book which I am really enjoying. Highly recommended.
good behind the scenes. Met the boss and had the chance for children to join in
Short but truely enjoyable behind the scenes look at a French bakery. Got access to the bakers and got to sample the product.
It was fun going into the backroom of a French bakery. It also allowed us to get to a part of Paris we had not been to. It is on a nice market street. The other folks on the tour were fun to be with. We had some good laughs and learned a little about the different pastries and breads.
Definitely worth doing, interesting and enjoyable to see how things are made. Probably wouldn't do it again unless numbers are limited as11 people is too many for the bakery kitchen in full working mode, for everyone to see and hear properly.
Update to Viator information required... after the kitchen tour we enjoyed samples of cakes and bread, rather than the take-away baguette and croissant.