Where to Take a Cooking Class in Europe

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Home to pizza, paella, pastries, and more, Europe is a hot pot of regional specialties. Pick up a few classic recipes on your next visit to impress family and friends back home and enjoy a taste of vacation long after it's over. Here are the top European destinations for cooking classes.

France
From haute cuisine to rustic baking, France is known for its culinary heritage. While in the capital, choose a gourmet class for intimate insight into authentic French cooking, or head to a baking class for hands-on experience making macarons, pastries, or baguettes.

Italy
Fresh produce is central to Italian dishes, and each Italian region is known for its unique flavors and ingredients. Try your hand at Tuscan cooking in Florence, gain practical experience of Sicilian gastronomy on the island, or prepare classic dishes in the capital's rural suburbs for a taste of Roman tradition.

Spain
Shaped by historic traditions and local produce, Spain's Mediterranean fare is famed for its cured meats, seafood, and potato-based dishes. Learn to cook paella in its traditional home of Valencia, or pick up top tapas tips in Madrid or Barcelona.

Belgium 
As one of Europe's top confectionery producers, Belgium is the original home of soft-center pralines, as well as several internationally recognized chocolatiers. Travelers with a sweet tooth can gain hands-on experience creating personalized chocolate creations in Brussels.

Greece
Cooking is a central aspect of traditional Greek culture, with a long history of both Mediterranean and Ottoman influences. While in Athens, visit a traditional taverna to learn family recipes and prepare classic dishes such as eggplant pie and slow-roasted lamb.
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