Haute couture patisserie

Paris delights the eyes and taste buds with the sweet creations of new ‘patisserie-jewellery’ confectioners.

Macarons Pierre Hermé © Yuichi Sakuraba

The ‘sweet food’ wave is the latest fashionable trend to sweep over Paris. These days, desserts have become real luxuries and some patisseries could almost be mistaken for high-end jewellers. There is such a buzz that all of Paris’s foodies rush to be the first to discover new patisserie creations. From macaroons to eclairs and profiteroles, let’s take a look at some of the French capital’s cult desserts!

The macaroon: the favourite one

The uncontested star of ‘sweet food’ is the macaroon. Round, delicious, beautiful and so glamorous, this little cake, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, is a dream for dessert lovers. It is so popular that there is even a ‘Jour du macaron’ (Macaroon Day) on 20 March.
If you love macaroons, don’t miss a visit to Pierre Hermé, macaroon-maker par excellence. A veritable alchemist of flavours, this avant-garde patissier continues to push the boundaries of flavour to create more and more inventive recipes. His star product: the Ispahan rose-flavoured macaroon.

Another mecca for these little cakes is Ladurée, whose macaroons were popularized by Sofia Coppola’s film Marie-Antoinette. Don’t miss the chocolate and salted caramel flavours. Ladurée also offers two new collections each year. At Acide Macaron, they believe that small is beautiful with mini sour tasting versions in unusual flavours: the Renata with green tea and jasmine, or the Guillaume, a subtle combination of poppy liqueur and coconut milk … and lots more flavours!

Macarons Ladurée, Paris © OTCP - Marc Bertrand
Acide Macaron, confiseries, Paris © TCaron

Choux pastry in all its forms

If you like choux pastry, you’re in the right place, as it comes in a million and one different ways: eclairs, Paris-Brest, profiteroles … You won’t know which choux to choose!

At L’Atelier de l’éclair, there is nothing but eclairs. But don’t be fooled – there’s no monotony here. There is any type of eclair you could think of: classic, cocktail, giant, sweet and even savoury, like the club ham and cheese eclair. L’Eclair de génie is a concept store also entirely dedicated to this French speciality. Of all the bestsellers, the most irresistible has to be the salted caramel eclair.

Profiterole paradise can be found at Profiterole Chérie. You can enjoy these delightful little balls of choux pastry with cream or ice cream in a very girly pink boutique. As for the flavours, there are too many to choose from: Paris-Brest, lemon meringue, chocolate … How could you resist? You’ll want to try them all!

Have you heard of the Chou-chou? It’s a bit of an oddity in the world of patisserie – a choux with a mini-choux inside. To try this delicious culinary creation, look no further than Gâteaux Thoumieux, Michelin-starred chef Jean-Francois Piège’s patisserie. And that’s not all, the head pastry chef Ludovic Chaussard offers many different cakes and pastries, each one more tempting than the last: Grand Cru chocolate éclair, Breton lemon shortbread biscuit, and their signature cake the Saint-Dominique, a sort of sugared bread … Hard to resist!
People come from around the world to the legendary tea room Angelina to taste the iconic Mont-Blanc: it has been famous for its mountain of chestnut cream with a meringue centre topped with homemade whipped cream since 1903!

L'Eclair de génie - La Fabrique, boutique, Paris © Vincent Bourdon
L'Atelier de l'éclair, éclairs sucrés, Paris © OTCP - DR

Sweet flavour from faraway places

If you want to taste something new, Paris is the ideal place to sample flavours from faraway places. All aboard for a world tour of sweet specialities. First stop: the USA. The essential American dessert is the cheesecake, a famous cake from New York made of cream cheese and crumbled biscuits. She’s Cake has made it their speciality and offers numerous flavours, from classic to more exotic varieties like wasabi cheesecake with the Japanese mustard, white chocolate ganache, fresh raspberries and lime zest. For a change, you can even try a savoury version: with goat’s cheese, salmon or camembert … Change of culinary scene guaranteed! The cookie, from Boston, is the USA’s star biscuit. Crispy and crunchy, it has it all! At Scoop Me a Cookie, you can choose from among twenty or so different varieties, from a mini version for a small bite to eat, to XXL format, ideal for when you’re really hungry!
On the other side of the globe, Japan also boasts plenty of delicious treats …

Back to Europe and the Italian Peninsula, known for the famous tiramisu, the hugely popular mascarpone dessert. For a little taste of the dolce vita, head to We are tiramisù, the city’s first tiramisu bar, and try out this speciality in a huge choice of flavours: amaretto, yuzu, saffron … Italy really does get everything right!

Finally, to end our flavour world tour, there are Café Pouchkine’s irresistible Slavic specialities. Don’t miss the bestselling Medovick, a typical Russian dessert made up of a honey-flavoured buckwheat biscuit topped with layers of Russian dulce de leche and thick crème fraiche.

Profiterole Chérie, Paris-Brest, Paris © Richard Sprang
Scoop me a cookie, cookie en forme de coeur, Paris © Aurore Sacuto & Marina Losa

Revisited classics

With shops selling only eclairs, macaroons or angel cakes, desserts are no exception to the single product trend and more and more patisseries are specializing in a single product. There is also the famous tarte tropézienne, based in Saint-Germain-des-Près. This regional speciality from the French Riviera is made of a soft brioche filled with two velvety creams and sprinkled with sugar. Often copied but never equalled! To taste the original version, head to the patisserie Tarte Tropézienne which offers several different types: filled with raspberries or strawberries, millefeuille or Saint-Honoré style. The Baby Trop’, a mini tarte tropézienne the size of a little macaroon, is a firm favourite. As for Mesdemoiselles Madeleines, they have bought this little shell-shaped cake from Lorraine up to date. It is part of French literary heritage thanks to Marcel Proust and his famous madeleine.

At Hugo & Victor, home to a myriad of different flavours, all the classics of traditional French patisserie are reinvented: millefeuilles, saint-honorés, religieuses … La Pâtisserie des rêves also revisits old classics like lemon tarts and eclairs, and each cake is displayed in a big glass dome. The cake not to miss: the Saint-Honoré created by Phillippe Conticini.

Celebrity chef Cyril Lignac has opened his own cake shop: La Pâtisserie Cyril Lignac. And what’s twice as good is that there are two shops in Paris. They have everything: classics, revisited classics and new creations. Highlights are the excellent rum baba with vanilla cream and the delicious Paris-Brest. Or for something a bit different, there is a dessert creation like no other: the Équinoxe, made with a light vanilla bourbon cream, salted caramel and crunchy speculoos praline, is eye-catching and aesthetically unique. Or why not drop into the Cake Shop at the Mandarin Oriental hotel and sample gastronomic cakes created by Pierre Mathieu in a charming setting. Not to be missed: the signature cake, the Mandarin.
Finally, if you want a completely different gastronomic experience, look no further than Dessance, the first dessert restaurant by Philippe Baranes. The chef Christophe Boucher (formerly of Ledoyen and Grand Véfour) creates real culinary gems, with unusual flavours and textures which combine to make a truly delicious treat. Don’t miss their signature dessert: the Norwegian omelette, pure indulgence made of meringue, salted caramel and crunchy cocoa.

La Pâtisserie des rêves, Paris © La Pâtisserie des rêves
Cake Shop, comptoir des pâtisseries au Mandarin Oriental, Paris © OTCP - DR

Ladurée Royale Adhérent

Restaurant original for its venue or entertainment | In a museum or monument
16 rue Royale, Paris, 75008

Ladurée Royale, the main house since 1862. This coffee shop was established in 1862, is decorated with wood panelling and......

Angelina Rivoli Adhérent

Tea room
226 rue de Rivoli, Paris, 75001

For more than a century, the Angelina tea room has been a landmark for gourmet Parisian cakes and pastries, etc. The decor, by......

Maison Pradier Adhérent

Restaurant original for its venue or entertainment | In a museum or monument
1 Place du Trocadéro, Paris, 75116

Maison Pradier, restaurants in Paris since 1859 is present to the National Palace of Chaillot with a panoramic view on the Eiffel......

Acide Macaron - Le restaurant à desserts

Gastronomy (caterers, confectioners, etc.)
24 rue des Moines, Paris, 75017

Created in 2009 by two enthusiasts, the star product at the Pâtisserie Acide Macaron is of course the macaroon in its modern......

Angelina Musée du Luxembourg

Tea room | In a museum or monument
19 rue de Vaugirard, Paris, 75006

For the first time on the Rive Gauche, rediscover the charm of this Parisian institution on a visit to the Musée du Luxembourg. A......

Angelina Rive Gauche

Gastronomy (caterers, confectioners, etc.)
108 rue du Bac, Paris, 75007

The famous house of Angelina has opened a new shop and patisserie, created by designer Bambi Sloan, on the elegant Rue du Bac. A......

Café Pouchkine - Printemps Mode

Tea room
64 boulevard Haussmann - Rez-de-chaussée du Printemps Mode, Paris, 75009

Café Pouchkine, a legend in Muscovite food, opened its first Parisian tea room in 2010, on the ground floor of Printemps. It......

Café Pouchkine - Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Tea room
155 boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris, 75006

Café Pouchkine, a legend in Muscovite food, opened a tea room in the district of Saint-Germain-des-Près in November 2014. It......

Cake shop - Comptoir des pâtisseries

Gastronomy (caterers, confectioners, etc.)
Mandarin Oriental Paris - 251 rue Saint-Honoré, Paris, 75001

The Mandarin Oriental palace situated in Rue Saint-Honoré, the patron saint of bakers, is reputed for the quality of its food,......

Dessance

Traditional French cuisine
74 rue des Archives, Paris, 75003

Dessance offer a unique concept in France: a gastronomic menu based off sweet flavours. The chef (mentored by Ledoyen and the......

Gâteaux Thoumieux

Gastronomy (caterers, confectioners, etc.)
58 rue Saint-Dominique, Paris, 75007

The pâtisserie chef Ludovic Chaussard is in charge of the Gâteaux Thoumieux pâtisserie. In decor ressembling childhood, we......

Hugo et Victor - Rive gauche

Gastronomy (caterers, confectioners, etc.)
40 boulevard Raspail, Paris, 75007

Hugo & Victor offer haute-couture chocolates and mouthwatering patisserie by mail order or in one of their 3 shops in Paris.......

La Pâtisserie Cyril Lignac (Chaillot)

Gastronomy (caterers, confectioners, etc.)
2 rue de Chaillot, Paris, 75016

Chef Cyril Lignac, teamed with pastry chef Benoît Couvrand, offers a range of bread, pastries and cakes in his shop on the lively......

La Pâtisserie Cyril Lignac (Paul Bert)

Gastronomy (caterers, confectioners, etc.)
24 rue Paul Bert, Paris, 75011

Chef Cyril Lignac, teamed with pastry chef Benoît Couvrand, offers a range of bread, pastries and cakes in his shop on the lively......

La Pâtisserie des rêves

Gastronomy (caterers, confectioners, etc.)
93 rue du Bac, Paris, 75007

'Treat yourself” is the motto of La Pâtisserie des rêves. Head cake and pastry maker Philippe Conticini has a perfect knowledge......

La Tarte Tropézienne

Gastronomy (caterers, confectioners, etc.)
3 rue Montfaucon, Paris, 75006

Created by Alexandra Micka in 1955, La Tarte Tropézienne now has its first shop in Paris on rue de Montfaucon, in the 6th......

L'atelier de l'éclair

Tea room
16 rue Bachaumont, Paris, 75002

Nestled on a quiet and charming street in the dynamic Montorgueil district, find yourself in éclair paradise! In surroundings......

L'éclair de génie - La Fabrique

Gastronomy (caterers, confectioners, etc.)
32 rue Notre-Dame des Victoires, Paris, 75002

The pastry chef Christophe Adam has reinvented a dessert favoured by the French, not to mention his work with chocolate truffles.......

Mesdemoiselles madeleines

Gastronomy (caterers, confectioners, etc.)
37 rue des Martyrs, Paris, 75009

The little cakes in the form of Saint-Jacques shells, created by Marcel Proust, are the stars of this SoPi (South Pigalle)......

Pierre Hermé (Bonaparte)

Gastronomy (caterers, confectioners, etc.)
72 rue Bonaparte, Paris, 75006

Vogue magazine once called him “the Picasso of pastry”. Pierre Hermé learned his trade at Fauchon, then took his skill and talent......

Pierre Hermé (Vaugirard)

Gastronomy (caterers, confectioners, etc.)
185 rue de Vaugirard, Paris, 75015

His creations are called Ispahan, Plénitude, Montebello, 2,000 Feuilles ... Motivated solely by creating treats for the eyes and......

Profiterole Chérie

Gastronomy (caterers, confectioners, etc.)
17 rue Debelleyme, Paris, 75003

It's in the ultra-trendy Haut Marais that you'll find this address, first opened in December 2014. The pastry chef star Philippe......

Scoop me a cookie

Gastronomy (caterers, confectioners, etc.)
72 rue Legendre, Paris, 75017

After its shop in Ménilmotant, Scoop me a cookie has opened a second shop in the district of Batignolles. Originating from the......

She's cake by Séphora Saada

Gastronomy (caterers, confectioners, etc.)
20 avenue Ledru-Rollin, Paris, 75012

Séphora Saada, pastry chef, revisits a classic of American gastronomy: the cheesecake. Her suprising and conceptual creations,......

We are tiramisu

Gastronomy (caterers, confectioners, etc.)
10 rue Bayen, Paris, 75017

The most famous of Italian desserts is the specialty at We are tiramisu! The first tiramisu bar in the capital is close to the......