Bakeries, boulangeries, patisseries, are the heart and soul of life in Paris. The city that is world famous for its baguettes and croissants keeps bakeries at the center of daily life. You’ll see the Parisians going to their local bakery daily for a fresh baguette, ripping off the end and eating it on the way home, of course. But where Paris really shines is in its specialty off-beat bakeries, the ones where the pastries that come out are practically works of art. Here are our favorites, so go out and treat yourself on this cold and rainy November day.
Your Parisian friends have been doing you a major disservice if they haven’t introduced you to the little bites of heaven from Aux Merveilleux de Fred. The crunchiest meringue coupled with the lightest crème yields this delicate and delicious masterpiece. With locations all over Paris, we recommend picking up a box of 6 (to try all the flavours, of course!).
Although a more classic and well-know French pastry, odds are you haven’t had them this good. L’Eclair de Génie has not only perfected the texture of the dough and the fluffiness of the cream, they’ve turned eclairs into a beautiful piece of art. Here you’ll find eclairs with golden chocolate powder, salted caramel rice crispy nuggets, and glittering lemon fondant. They’re almost too pretty to eat… almost!
This should be on every pastry-lovers bucket list. Serving only choux à la crème, this tiny shop in Saint Germain des Près has been beckoning customers since 2012 with its hand filled to order chou, so they’re never soggy! They actually became so popular that just one year after opening the owner opened another one on the Île Saint Louis. Next time you have guests over, head over to the Île Saint Louis or Saint Germain des Près and pick up a box of choux, sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
It’s the end of the day, you’ve been touring museums all afternoon, and the kids are starting to get cranky, head straight here. La Pâtisserie des Rêves, which translates to “the patisserie of dreams” is a pastry shop designed for kids, and will make you feel like a kid again. Every type of pastry you could want, masterfully created, with a presentation that would make Willy Wonka proud. Christmas trees made of chou, mini raspberry tarts, Paris-Brest, all the classics revisited to cater to your kid’s sweet tooth. For an extra special trip, book a pasty-making class for the kids and watch their eyes sparkle with gourmandise.
Last but not least, Helmut Newcake is the spot for our celiac or gluten-intolerant followers. Everyone who has to avoid gluten shares the same grievances, that Paris does not do a great job of catering to this allergy. And to suffer in the city of bread and pastries seems like cruel and unusual punishment. Enter Helmut Newcake in all its glory. Here you’ll find all your classic favorites, eclairs, baguettes, cannelés, all perfectly delicious and gluten free.