Paris Pastry Shops – 10 Best
It’s no secret that Paris has some very talented pastry chefs. The French have high expectations and the profession is known for its rigorous training programmes and unsociable working hours.
In my 6 years living here, I have not yet managed to taste everything that the city has to offer. However, I have tested enough to compile this top ten list of French pastry shops, just in case you’re planning to be in Paris in the near future.
Perhaps most well-known for his slightly wacky macaron flavours (foie gras and fig anybody?) Pierre Hermé is the godfather of the pastry scene. Don’t go overboard on the macaron order, you’ll need to leave some room for the Ispahan tea cake, which is both aesthetically pleasing and a delight for the tastebuds.
(72 rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris. Opening times Monday – Sunday 10 am – 8 pm)
Des Gateaux et du Pain
Pastry chef Claire Damon is at the head of this pastry shop, and can only be described as a trailblazer for female pastry chefs in a male-dominated profession. The store on Rue du Bac is heaven for fans of minimalist design and the creations are presented as if on display in an art gallery. There is no wrong decision so be as adventurous as possible.
(63 boulevard Pasteur, 75015 Paris. Opening times Monday – Sunday 9 am – 6 pm but closed Tuesday)
La Pâtisserie des Rêves
The literal translation of this shop is « the pastry shop of dreams », so you can see why it made number 3 on this list. Philippe Conticini is one of the most respected pastry chefs in France. He shows no signs of slowing down as his Paris-Brest and Saint-Honoré have won
rave reviews. The location in the 16th arrondissement has a seating space, so you can simultaneously marvel at the beautiful interior whilst enjoying your sweet treat.
(111 rue du Longchamp, Paris 75016. Opening times Tuesday – Saturday 9 am – 8 pm and Sunday 9 am – 7 pm)
These colourful « choux » (pastry puffs) are as tasty as they are pretty. The owner, Frédéric Berthy quit the world of IT to work with the best pastry chefs and recreate his grandmother’s original choux recipe, after deciding that macarons were not his thing. It was a smart move as these sweet treats are oh so popular with the Paris crowd. Just get a box of 12 so that you can try all 9 flavours (and then some).
(77 rue Galande, 75005 Paris. Opening times: Monday – Sunday 10 am – 7:30 pm)
Fans of pastel colours will fall utterly in love with this adorable pastry shop, which has just as much substance as it does style. This is the place to go if you’re celebrating a special occasion or have visitors that you want to impress. My insider tip: go for the Mont Blanc.
(22 rue des Martyrs, 75009 Paris. Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 am – 8 pm)
Patisserie du Ciel
This small but elegant tea salon opened in July 2013, and offers both savory and sweet chiffon cakes. Originating from Japan, I’d advise you to try either the matcha cake or the yuzu cake. Then you just have to decide what drink will accompany your fluffy, photogenic cake: will it be champagne, tea or Japanese whisky??
(3 rue Monge, 75005 Paris. Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 11 am – 8 pm)
A Japanese pastry chef who has trained in both Japan and France, Sadaharu Aoki expertly injects Japanese elements into certain classic French desserts. It gets extra points for the beautiful presentation and packaging.
(35 rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris. Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday 10 am – 6 pm)
This trendy bakery is a more recent addition to the Parisian pastry scene. Benoit Castel, who spent 7 years working at La Grande Epicerie, has created a space where you can buy the main staples for every Parisian dinner party in one place: baguettes and dessert. I was impressed by the cheesecake and have had to avoid passing by ever since.
(39 rue des Vinaigriers, 75010 Paris. Opening hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 8:15 pm and Saturday 6:30 am – 8:15 pm)
Eclair du Génie
A guaranteed hit with tourists, Eclair du Génie has been brought to life by Christophe Adam who spent many years perfecting his craft at Fauchon. If you’re wandering around the Marais, one of these éclairs make for the perfect afternoon snack, guilt-free of course ! With a range of flavors, from salted caramel to apple, there is something for everyone. At the moment they even have ice cream éclairs.
(32 rue Notre Dame des Victoires, 75002 Paris. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 10 am – 7 pm)
If you have a gluten intolerance then Chambelland is an address you need to note down. Because French pastries should be an inclusive experience and not an exclusive one ! Nathaniel Doboin and Thomas Teffri-Chambelland have joined forces to offer a one-of-a-kind baking experience, and are proving themselves to be the gluten-free pioneers of Paris.
(14 rue Ternaux, 75011 Paris. Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 9 am – 8 pm)
Photos courtesy of the lovely Preeti Gill
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