Paris’ original bakery welcomes guests to learn the secrets of macaron making
Hotel du Petit Moulin, Paris is going back to its baking roots this year. Set in the heart of Le Marais, in a 17th century building that was once Paris’ first bakery, the boutique hotel is inviting guests to take part in a macaron masterclass, in a new partnership with La Cuisine Paris - one of Paris’ finest cooking schools, just down the road from the hotel.
Hotel du Petit Moulin is no stranger to patisserie. The hotel is where Victor Hugo would come to buy his baguette from his home on the nearby Place des Vosges, while the 1900 shop frontage – now listed by French Heritage – is still so convincing that many passers-by pop their heads around the door in search of a fresh croissant or two.
An expert confectionaire will take guests through the history and secrets of Paris’ most iconic and stylish sweet treat, and guests will bake their very own creations - learning a recipe to replicate at home. The two-hour workshop will focus on the technique and creation of these elegant pastries, using the Italian Meringue method and creating two types of Macaron fillings. From producing the batter, to piping, and finally assembling the beautiful macarons in a box to take home!
While there is no longer a bakery here, what awaits behind the door is a true couture hotel designed throughout by Christian Lacroix. Each of the 17 rooms – of all shapes and sizes in line with the 17th century quirks of the building – is individually designed, each telling a different story of Le Marais, Paris’ oldest quartier. Some rooms are bright and daring, others antiquated and more rustic; yet all wonderfully theatrical and playful, and unquestionably the work of Lacroix.
Set on the banks of the Seine, a short stroll from Hotel du Petit Moulin, La Cuisine Paris is all about the delights of French food, encouraging its guests to learn, cook and eat. With plenty of sweet treats to fuel the weekend, guests can spend the rest of their stay discovering the foodie delights of Le Marais. The hotel will be on hand to recommend a series of unmissable spots for more macarons, chocolate, bread, cheese and more…
Macaron Making stays with Hotel du Petit Moulin are from €353 based on two sharing an overnight stay on a B&B basis with a two-hour macaron masterclass at La Cuisine Paris. Must be booked at least three weeks in advance; subject to availability