Host: Paul and Claudia

Paris, France

USD
$32-$78 per person

Authentic Congolese meal in Belleville

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit
  • Street food tour

Meet Paul and Claudia

Paul, Claudia and their adorable infant son Elikya are a fun, energetic and wonderful family who live in the Belleville neighborhood of Paris. Claudia, originally born in Kinshasa in the Congo, grew up in Paris where her parents resettled when she was three. A professional actor, Claudia also enjoys writing (she is currently writing a graphic novel together with Paul) and drama (they often rent space to do improv and readings with friends). Paul's family was originally from Brittany and he grew up between nothern France and Brittany, in the summers, before studying international affairs and human rights at Sciences Po. While Claudia is Congolese, it is Paul (or "Papa Emile", as his Congolese family calls him) who does the cooking and learn Congolese cooking from Claudia's mother (Mama Betty).

What to expect

In-home meal: (1-4 guests) Step in to Paul and Claudia's home and be transported by their hospitality and generous, open spirit, making you feel instantly at home. Enjoy a delicious authentic Congolese meal, prepared by Paul, that might include dishes like fumbwa, an incredible rich, savory stew-like dish with peanuts and fumbwa, a leafy green endemic to the Congo. You will enjoy your dish with some traditional starch sides like fufu (made from potato starch and corn meal), kwanga (a cassava-based side) and fried plantains. For lovers of spicy food be sure to try your fumbwa with pili pili, a homemade hot chili sauce! Congolese food is traditionally eaten with your hands, and you can feel free to enjoy your meal eaten with either hands or forks. For dessert, step back in to France to enjoy sweet crêpes (Claudia's specialty) or an apple or berry crumble. Note that you will be eating your meal in their living room which they convert into a dining room on their beautiful mid-century dining table (which ingeniously converts from a coffee table). Claudia and Paul also have a wonderful infant son who will join you for the meal.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Learn to make fumbwa (a traditional Congolese stewed dish with peanuts and fumbwa, a leafy green endemic to Congo), fried plantains and fufu. Paul will teach you the dishes that he learned from Claudia's mom "Mama Betty" in their small kitchen in their one a half bedroom apartment. For dessert, learn how to make crêpes from Claudia, one of her signature dishes!

Market visit: (1-5 guests) Visit "Little Congo", just a couple of streets lined with Congolese and other African food vendors where the Congolese immigrant community come from all over Paris to get their ingredients. Be transported to another part of Paris that few travelers get to see, before returning home to cook together an authentic Congolese meal.

Notes: Please note that lunch time experiences are only available on the weekends. Also note that Paul and Claudia live in an apartment building with three flights of stairs to get to their door.

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Fumbwa (a peanut stew with leafy greens)
  • Fried plantains
  • Kwanga (cassava)
  • Mbika (almond paste bread)
  • Fufu (potato starch and corn meal side)
  • Crêpes
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Paul and Claudia

$32-$78 USD

per person
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Meet Paul and Claudia

Paul, Claudia and their adorable infant son Elikya are a fun, energetic and wonderful family who live in the Belleville neighborhood of Paris. Claudia, originally born in Kinshasa in the Congo, grew up in Paris where her parents resettled when she was three. A professional actor, Claudia also enjoys writing (she is currently writing a graphic novel together with Paul) and drama (they often rent space to do improv and readings with friends). Paul's family was originally from Brittany and he grew up between nothern France and Brittany, in the summers, before studying international affairs and human rights at Sciences Po. While Claudia is Congolese, it is Paul (or "Papa Emile", as his Congolese family calls him) who does the cooking and learn Congolese cooking from Claudia's mother (Mama Betty).

What to expect

In-home meal: (1-4 guests) Step in to Paul and Claudia's home and be transported by their hospitality and generous, open spirit, making you feel instantly at home. Enjoy a delicious authentic Congolese meal, prepared by Paul, that might include dishes like fumbwa, an incredible rich, savory stew-like dish with peanuts and fumbwa, a leafy green endemic to the Congo. You will enjoy your dish with some traditional starch sides like fufu (made from potato starch and corn meal), kwanga (a cassava-based side) and fried plantains. For lovers of spicy food be sure to try your fumbwa with pili pili, a homemade hot chili sauce! Congolese food is traditionally eaten with your hands, and you can feel free to enjoy your meal eaten with either hands or forks. For dessert, step back in to France to enjoy sweet crêpes (Claudia's specialty) or an apple or berry crumble. Note that you will be eating your meal in their living room which they convert into a dining room on their beautiful mid-century dining table (which ingeniously converts from a coffee table). Claudia and Paul also have a wonderful infant son who will join you for the meal.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Learn to make fumbwa (a traditional Congolese stewed dish with peanuts and fumbwa, a leafy green endemic to Congo), fried plantains and fufu. Paul will teach you the dishes that he learned from Claudia's mom "Mama Betty" in their small kitchen in their one a half bedroom apartment. For dessert, learn how to make crêpes from Claudia, one of her signature dishes!

Market visit: (1-5 guests) Visit "Little Congo", just a couple of streets lined with Congolese and other African food vendors where the Congolese immigrant community come from all over Paris to get their ingredients. Be transported to another part of Paris that few travelers get to see, before returning home to cook together an authentic Congolese meal.

Notes: Please note that lunch time experiences are only available on the weekends. Also note that Paul and Claudia live in an apartment building with three flights of stairs to get to their door.

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Fumbwa (a peanut stew with leafy greens)
  • Fried plantains
  • Kwanga (cassava)
  • Mbika (almond paste bread)
  • Fufu (potato starch and corn meal side)
  • Crêpes
Pricing
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$40 $32 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$56 $48 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$78 $62 Not offered
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-3:00pm 5:30pm-9:30pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-4:00pm 4:00pm-10:00pm
Host Contact
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  • Address and phone number will be provided upon booking confirmation