Paris is the capital for many things: fashion, love and especially for food. My love affair with French food started at a very young age, started with the crash course on French cheese that my dad gave me at age 5.
Since I’m in the pastry business, I make it a point to try new places and visit patisseries for my comfort dessert fix every time I go to Paris. Sharing with you pastry shops I went to last year. (not ranked)
As I sit in the airport lounge in Manila, waiting for my delayed flight, I wonder about the new places I will discover this trip.
Until next time!
1. Laduree: a staple patisserie and tea house in Paris. I go here for my their classic macaron flavors: rose, lemon, and pistachio.
2. Pierre Herme: I enjoy going here for more innovative flavor combinations of macarons. What I look forward to are his special flavors which changes every season. September 2014, his autumn flavors were Candied Orange-Coffee-Orange, Orange and Carrot spiced with Cinnamon. He is known for his Olive Oil – Vanilla macaron and Ispahan macaron which is a combination of Rose, Lychee and Raspberry. I suggest you go to the branches where they have a kitchen to get the freshest pastries.
3. Jean Paul Hevin: He has a variety of single origin Chocolate Bars ranked by the percentage of cacao. I like to buy his 60 and 70 percent bars.
4. Chapon Chocolaterie.Their store in the 6th Arrondissement has a chocolate mousse bar. Best to go when you’re many to be able to share the numerous mousse flavors. I went with just my sister and after a few bites we we’re so full. Their beautiful pralines and truffles are packed in a vintage looking box that are great for presents.
5. Dalloyau: Best known for creating the Opera Cake. I usually go there for the tarte au citron which is my favorite dessert there. Prefect balance of sweet pastry crust topped with a tart lemon custard. I repeat Tart not the sweet version.
6. Patisserie des Reves by Contini which means Pastry of Dreams. The stores are very modern such as the desserts which are classic French recipes but with a modern twist. He has this Lemon meringue dessert that is just so yummy! Discovered it during my last trip, when we were shopping for desserts for my sister’s birthday.
7. Éclair de Genie by Christophe Adam is a pastry shop that just serves Eclairs. His flavor combinations are so intriguing, He also isn’t afraid of adding various topping on his eclairs which are traditionally just glazed with fondant. I enjoyed the hazelnut eclair.
8. Au Carabin Gourmand is boulangerie-patisserie beside my former college in the St. Germain des Pres area. I would go there and get my sweet fix during my lunch breaks. They had this fabulous Vanilla Éclair. It’s not one of those fancy pastry stores. It’s my comfort dessert; one bite transports me back to my college years.
9. Patisserie Sadaharu Aoki is a Japanese Pastry chef. He makes French pastries with Japanese flavors such as green tea, red bean and sesame paste. His cakes are structured similar to the Japanese way of minimalist design with perfect straight lines and few toppings.
10. Gerard Mulot is a chic pastry store where you can bump into French Celebs. Here desserts are so pretty and unlike Patisserie Sadaharu Aoki they are topped with various things for texture and color.
11. Raimo Glacier is the oldest ice cream stores in Paris. They won best ice cream of Paris in 2013. My sister and I got to try their ice cream and their flavored waffles.
12. Stohrer Confiserie is also an old pastry store in Paris, first opened its doors in 1730. They won the title of Best Chocolate Eclair in Paris in 2011, a title given by Le Figaro so naturally I had to go and try. Such a decadent dessert, delicious chocolate in every bite. Le Figaro just published their 2015 list, can’t wait to try the new number 1 on their list!
13. Angelina known for it’s Hot Chocolate. Was very excited to see that it was available in powdered form, so I grabbed that straight to have my cup of rich and delicious hot chocolate at home.