I love pastries and sweets, in fact, some might say that I have a bit of an addiction and there is nowhere better than Paris to indulge. My recent trip to Paris saw me indulging in the various pastries on offer. I ate my body weight in macarons, re-discovered my love for choux and amazed at my ability to sniff out anything sweet.
I have curated some of my best discoveries below for you.
In my opinion, Pierre Herme makes the best macarons in Paris. He dabbles in a wider and different range of flavours and is much better than the more famous LaDuree.
Pierre Herme is also a master chocolatier and his creations are works of art. They look almost too pretty to eat, almost.
Tip: Try the chocolate macaron. My favorite macaron, it is unlike any other I have eaten, with the perfect combination of chocolate ganache and caramelised nuts sandwiched between two discs of praline croquant.
18 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004 Paris/ Metro Hotel de Ville or Pont Marie
Angelina makes one of the best hot chocolates in Paris. It is a delightful sensory experience with warm thick chocolate and cream.
One of my favorite memories of Paris is walking into Angelina’s for a hot chocolate on a cold spring day.
Angelina almost makes some very good pastries and is renowned for their Mont Blanc.
226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris/Metro Tuileries
L’eclair de Genie
Being from Mauritius, I grew up on Eclairs and to my dismay, when I moved to Australia, I could not find a decent eclair anywhere. So I was ecstatic to be finally able to have some proper eclairs. Christophe Adam’s eclairs blew my mind. I thought that I have had some of the best eclair, only for him to show me a whole different dimension.
They are some of the best eclairs in Paris.
This one is a bit of a cliche but for a very good reason. There is something quite magical about walking on the Pont St Louis with a Berthillon ice cream while staring at the Notre Dame.
Berthillon is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so make sure to plan around that. If you however like us had no choice but to go to Notre Dame on these days, then you can find the famous Berthillon ice cream at a couple of resellers around the corner. The only resellers of berthillon are on Ile st louis. It is the same product even though not from the famous shop.
This is a good way to avoid the queues at this very famous shop.
29-31 Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île, 75004 Paris/Metro Pont Marie
Hugo & Victor
I almost did not enter this shop, because the exterior of the shop is so fancy. The interior does not disappoint, it is even fancier than the exterior with cases of beautifully displayed chocolates.
The chocolates were amazing and some of the best i have ever had.
They are pricier than the average chocolate but well worth it for the experience.
7 Rue Gomboust, 75001 Paris/ Metro Pyramides
If you have read my perfect day in Paris, you will know that I always start my day with a baguette and a croissant which I forage from my local boulangerie.
In the search of exquisitely crafted pastries, it is easy to forget the cornerstones of French Pastries, the humble croissant. You cannot go wrong at most of the Boulangeries in Paris for a baguette and croissants.
Eric Kayser, however, is a master boulanger, with a stable of 17 stores spread around the city. You will find some of the best breads and croissants here as well as some of the best pastries in Paris.
What is your favorite pastry shop in Paris? Let me know in the comments below.