Paris is arguably the most celebrated capital of culinary excellence in the world, with a reputation for great gastronomy and exquisite haute cuisine. It’s also home to many of the finest pastry chefs on the planet and as a result has got a high concentration of top quality patisseries. Walk down almost any main street and you’ll come across shop windows laden with sweet treats, carefully laid out like expensive jewels and so pretty they’ll make your mouth water.
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From colourful rainbows of macaroons to glinting glazed fruit tarts, the delicious pastries produced all over this magical metropolis are simply to die for. So if you’re looking for an extra special sweet treat in the City of Lights, here are Paris’s best patisseries.
This French chocolatier and baker whose patisseries bear his name is something of legend of the pastry scene. Crowned the World’s Best Pastry Chef in 2016, it’s little wonder that his Pierre Hermé boutiques have become wildly popular among people seeking a decadent treat. With 11 boutiques across Paris, it’s easy to get your hands on his award winning creations.
Though he’s known primarily as a chocolatier, Jean-Paul Hévin’s five Parisien boutiques also produce fine pastries, often with a chocolate slant. Chocolate tartlets, chocolate macarons and multi layered layered chocolate cakes are all popular items on his menus and will have any chocoholic smiling from ear to ear.
Though there are plenty of strictly traditional boutiques around, there are also a growing number of highly innovative outlets embracing influences from all over the globe. Sadaharu Aoki’s unique brand of pastry fuses traditional Japanese ingredients with classical French techniques to come up with incredible inventions like green tea croissants and black sesame eclairs.
Locations: 35 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris, France
Though “The Patisserie of Dreams” is a lofty name to live up to, this collection of pink coloured, brightly lit shops certainly does. The concept behind the stores is to recreate the magic of the delicacies that people remember from their childhood. Stepping into La Pâtisserie des Rêves is a journey back in time, created by the taste, smell and appearance of their delicious sweets.
Angelina is an institution in Paris, with a history as rich as its confectionary that stretches back over 100 years. The tearoom is one of the best regarded in the city and has hosted many of France’s most famous names. Its classic offerings include the African Hot Chocolate and the Mont Blanc, its two trademark showpieces.
Location: 226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Fashioning itself as a non traditional pastry shop, Hugo & Victor have created what they call their own universe of “Haute Pâtisserie”. Their boutiques look more like jewellery shops than patisseries, with spaced out black and white cabinets exhibiting their modern take on classic French sweets.
Starting out as as a chocolatier to high end hotels and restaurants, Jacques Genin only relatively recently branched out by opening his eponymous store and tearoom. Aside from his award winning chocolates, perhaps the best loved item available is the delicate mille-feuille which is built to order.
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