Have a half-hour to kill in Paris?Just a stone's throw from the Palais de l'Élysée, the modern and bright Atelier des Chefs (10 Rue de Penthièvre, Eighth Arr.; 33-1/53-30-05-82;; lunch for two $35) has created a midday class for foodies on the go who have little time to take—let alone make—a leisurely lunch. In this state-of-the-art kitchen, workshop-style cooking classes are taught by an international roster of chefs from notable Parisian restaurants, offering instructions for easy but sophisticated seasonal dishes, such as sautéed skate in a tangy caper sauce, in 30 minutes flat. The hands-on classes are taught only in French, but the lessons really boil down to following the chef's step-by-step demonstrations —so you won't go hungry if you can't remember the difference between hacher and émincer.

Atelier des Chefs

Atelier des Chefs provides one of those must-do-while-in-Paris bucket list experiences: instruction in the preparation of authentic French cuisine. A half-hour to four hours in length, group classes are offered in red and white kitchens with stainless steel tables. Courses run the gamut, from cocktails and traditional dinners to macarons. Prepared dishes may be eaten on site—with accompanying wine—or carried home, and all ingredients and tools are sold on-site (recipes are emailed to each participant). Entertaining and affordable, the school's lessons accommodate a wide range of skill sets and are offered in both English and French.