7 of the best desserts in Paris
From the jewel-like pâtisserie made by renowned names such as Angelina, Pierre Hermé and Carl Marletti to chocolate boutiques such as Patrick Roger, we guide you to best desserts in Paris and the most appealing places to sample them. Whether you are looking for the best macarons, top chocolates or luscious éclairs, these are some of the top spots for sweet treats in the French capital
Éclairs at L’Éclair de Génie
The rows and rows of brightly coloured éclairs in the window of L’Éclair de Génie make it almost impossible to walk past this tea room without stopping. There are plenty of places that offer top éclairs in the city, but few are as vibrant and inventive as this pâtisserie. Here master baker Christophe Adams has revisited the traditional éclair and updated it with exciting flavours such as his signature salted butter and combinations like passion fruit and raspberry, vanilla and pecan, and raspberry and pistachio.
L’Éclair de Génie, 14 rue de Pavée, 75004 Paris, +33 (0)1 4277 8511
Ispahan at Pierre Hermé
Pierre Hermé is renowned as the Picasso of pâtisserie and many dessert enthusiasts make a pilgrimage to his Paris boutiques to sample his innovative and perfectly crafted confections. The stores offer a great range of mouth-watering cakes, tarts and pastries but it is the macarons that are the biggest draw. The Ispahan macaron has become known as Pierre Hermé’s signature pastry; a combination of rose-petal cream flavoured with lychees and fresh raspberries, it offers the perfect mix of sweet and sharp flavours.
Pierre Hermé, 18 rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004 Paris, +33 (0)1 4354 4777
Mont-Blanc at Angelina
Angelina is one of the most popular tea rooms in the city and is a favourite meeting place for gourmets. The pâtisserie menu features classic confections, from millefeuilles to Saint Honoré cakes and macarons. The signature creation is the Mont-Blanc, first produced in 1903 and made with meringue, whipped cream and chestnut cream vermicelli. Those looking to indulge seriously could opt for a portion sized for sharing.
Angelina, 226 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, +33 (0)1 4260 8200
Lily Valley at Carl Marletti
Tucked away in the fifth arrondissement, the Carl Marletti boutique is a hidden gem. This innovative patisserie reflects a great love of flavours and textures as well as Carl Marletti’s passion for travel. Out of all the beautiful and tempting desserts on offer here, the Lily Valley is the most striking. The flaky pastry reinvents the classic Saint Honoré cake, swapping traditional flavours for violet which subtly infuses almost every bit of this confection, from the crème Chantilly to the sugar garnish. With its stunning purple colour it is one of the prettiest desserts in Paris.
Carl Marletti, 51 rue Censier, 75005 Paris, +33 (0)1 4331 6812
Paris-Brest at La Pâtisserie des Rêves
With its bright and colourful décor, La Pâtisserie des Rêves reinvigorates the world of classic French pâtisserie. Inspired by the love of cakes and by warm memories associated with treats, the tea room is a vibrant and entertaining space with glass cases suspended from the ceiling, each containing delicate desserts. The Paris-Brest is a must-buy. This dessert made of choux pastry and praline cream was named the best pastry in the city by Le Figaro newspaper.
La Pâtisserie des Rêves, 93 rue du Bac, 75007 Paris, +33 (0)1 4284 0082
Macarons at Gérard Mulot
Parisians consider Gérard Mulot one of the best pâtissiers in the city, and his sweet creations offer a unique range of flavours and textures. Be sure to try the macarons at one of his three Parisian boutiques. Classic flavours include salted butter caramel, raspberry, pistachio and passion fruit. For a special gift opt for the seasonal flavours, such as cherry, banana and mint for spring and summer.
Gérard Mulot, 76 rue de Seine, 75006 Paris, +33 (0)1 4326 8577
Chocolates at Patrick Roger
Those looking for edible souvenirs to take back from Paris should make a beeline for one of Patrick Roger’s six boutiques in the capital. These have become the ultimate places to indulge in pralines, truffles and other chocolate treats. Expect imaginative and playful takes on the traditional contents of a chocolate box, with flavours such as lime and caramel, lemon and thyme and Szechuan pepper.
Patrick Roger, 2 place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris, +33 (0)1 4265 2447