10 pâtisseries in Paris by Carmela Agosta
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Pastry chef and owner of Casa San Luis Pastries and Crisp on 28th, finalist in the baking edition of the Clash of the Toque-en Ones, lover of all things sweet and scrumptious and having lived in Paris during her student years, Carmela is the definitive authority for the best pastries in Paris. From luscious artisanal chocolates to all kinds of lovingly stuffed choux confections, make sure you’ve got a macaron or an eclair on stand by because reading this post will most definitely make your sweet tooth ache!
Love and Light, Stephanie
Paris is the capital for many things: fashion, love and especially for food. My love affair with food started at a very young age, started with the crash course on French cheese that my dad gave me at age 5. I go back to France for cheese, bread and pastry! Here is a list of pastry shops I go back to whenever I visit Paris, all favorites and in no particular ranking order.
1. Ladurée: a staple patisserie and tea house in Paris. For classic French desserts this is where you go. I go here for the macaron flavors: rose, lemon, and pistachio.
Where? Lauderée Royale, 16-18 rue Royale 75008 Paris, Tél: +33 (0)1 42 60 21 79; 75, avenue des Champs Elysées 75008 Paris, Tél: +33 (0)1 40 75 08 75; Château de Versailles 78000 Versailles, Tél: +33 (0)1 30 83 04 02. Link: www.laduree.com
2. Pierre Hermé: I enjoy going here for more innovative flavor combinations of macarons. What I look forward to are his special flavors which changes every season. This September 2014, his autumn flavors are Candied Orange-Coffee-Orange, Orange and Carrot spiced with Cinnamon. He is known for his Olive Oil – Vanilla with bursts of Olives macaron and Ispahan macaron which is Rose- Lychee-Raspberry. I suggest you go to the branches that have a kitchen to get the freshest goods.
Where? Galeries Lafayette – Espace Chaussures et Souliers & Espace Créateurs, 40 boulevard Haussmann 75009 Paris, Tel: +33(0)1 43 54 47 77; 39 avenue de l’Opéra 75002 Paris, Tel: +33(0)1 43 54 47 77; 37 avenue Hoche 75008 Paris, Tel: +33(0)1 42 99 88 00. Link: www.pierreherme.com
3. Jean Paul Hévin: 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.
Where? 41 rue de Bretagne 75003 Paris, Tel: +33(0)1 44 61 94 43; 231 rue Saint Honoré 75001 Paris, Tel: +33 (0)1 55 35 35 96; 3 rue Vavin 75006 Paris, Tel : +33 (0)1 43 54 09 85. Link: www.jeanpaulhevin.com
4. Chapon: Chocolate store with a chocolate mousse bar. Best to go when you’re many to be able to share the numerous mousse flavors. Their beautiful pralines and truffles are packed in a vintage looking box that are great for presents.
Where? 69, rue du Bac 75007 Paris, Tél: +33(0)1 42 22 95 98; 52, avenue Mozart 75016 Paris, Tél: +33(0)1 42 24 05 05; 31 bis, avenue de la Résistance 77500 Chelles, Tel: +3(0)1 60 08 55 05. Link: www.chocolat-chapon.com
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.
Where? 5, boulevard Beaumarchais 75004 Paris; 35, boulevard Haussmann 75009 Paris; Les Terrasses du Port – 9 quai du Lazaret 13002 Marseille. Link: www.dalloyau.com
6. Pâtisserie des Rêves by Conticini which means Pastry of Dreams. The stores are not traditional visually very modern such as the desserts which are classic French recipes but with a modern twist.
Where? 93 rue du Bac, Tel: +33(0)1 42 84 00 82; 19 rue Poncelet, Tel: +33(0)1 42 67 71 79; 111 rue de Longchamp, Tel: +33(0)1 47 04 00 24. Link: lapatisseriedesreves.com
7. Éclair de Genie by Christophe Adam is a pastry shop that just serves Eclairs. His flavor combinations are so intriguing and he isn’t afraid of adding various topping on his eclairs which are traditionally just glazed with fondant.
Where? 14 rue Pavée 75004 Paris, Tél: +33(0)1 42 77 85 11; 32 rue Notre Dame des Victoires 75002 Paris, Tél: +33(0)1 84 79 23 40; 35 Boulevard Haussmann 75009 Paris. Link: leclairdegenie.com
8. Au Carabin Gourmand is boulangerie-patisserie beside my former college in the St. Germain des Pres area. I would go and get my dessert there during my lunch break. 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 days.
Where? 36 Rue des Saints-Pères 75007 Paris, Tel: +33(0)1 42 22 38 06.
9. Pâtisserie 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.
Where? 56 boulevard de Port Royal Paris 75005. Link: www.sadaharuaoki.com
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.
Where? 76 Rue de Seine 75006 Paris, Tel: +33(0)1 43 26 85 77. Link: www.gerard-mulot.com
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