Planning a trip to Paris but don't have the time or cash for a cooking class? Stop by the BHV
(short for Le Bazar de l'Hotel de Ville, just across the street from city hall) on a Saturday for free cooking demonstrations from students at the l’Ecole Supérieure de Cuisine Française or visiting chefs (classes usually start at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.). Then take a spin around this venerable department store, a Paris institution since 1856, and a one-stop destination for all your kitchen-related shopping needs...
From copper pots to Jacquard (and Jacquard knock-off) linens, they have a whole floor devoted to the kitchen, with plenty of reasonably priced French kitchen accessories like linen-lined breadbaskets plus smart gadgets and kitchen utensils to stuff in your suitcase. There's a big cookbook section on the first floor. And if you're looking for wine gadgets or wine cellar accouterments, don't miss the basement, a French answer to Home Depot.
More info about the BHV here.
- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from Paris. She can be reached at kristin @ apartmenttherapy . com