10 Parisian cakes & pastries

Mille-feuille, Paris-Brest, macarons, opera… just some of the delicious cakes and pastries you can enjoy in Paris!

A gourmet city renowned for its delicious recipes, Paris has some exquisite mouthwatering treats! Chouquettes, financiers and macarons make up a delectable landscape just waiting to be explored. To truly savour your stay, let yourself to be tempted by these irresistible cakes and pastries!


Saint-honoré (pâtisserie) © Kimberly Vardeman via Flickr

Named after the patron saint of bakers and pastry chefs, the Saint-Honoré consists of a round choux pastry base onto which are set several small choux pastries filled with butter cream. The centre of the cake is filled with Chantilly or Chiboust cream.

Chouquettes (sugar puffs)

Chouquette © Little Daan via Flickr

Soft and incredibly light, this delicacy dates back to the sixteenth century when choux pastry was invented by Catherine de Medici’s Italian pastry chef at the French court. Chouquettes are light, fluffy and sprinkled with crunchy pearl sugar. Devoured by the dozen, they are a favourite tea-time treat.

Opera cake

Opéra (pâtisserie) © Ralph Daily via Flickr

As smooth and symmetrical as the stage of the Opéra Garnier, this exquisite dessert has been a favourite with food-lovers since 1955. It may be a more recent invention than the other classic Parisian pastry-cakes, but it’s every bit as delicious: an almond sponge cake layered with coffee butter cream and ganache, and topped with a rich chocolate glaze which more than merits its gold leaf decoration.

Mille-feuille (vanilla cream slice)

Mille-feuille © Georges Seguin via Wikimedia Commons

Crisp and creamy, the mille-feuille is a treat no self-respecting Parisian can resist! Invented in 1867 in a pastry-shop in the 7th district, this inimitable cake is made of alternate layers of fine puff pastry and pastry cream. Those with a really sweet tooth will save the best part for last: the generous topping of chocolate-drizzled sugar icing.


Religieuse au chocolat © Fotolia

A small cream-filled choux pastry placed on top of a larger one, the two joined together by a ‘collar’ of butter cream and covered in chocolate or coffee icing, the religieuse is a favourite with Parisians of all ages. It was invented in 1856 at the famous Frascati café on the boulevard Montmartre.

Tarte Bourdaloue (French pear tart)

Tarte Bourdaloue © Traaf via Flickr

With its pastry base and frangipane filling, cream and delicious poached fruit, the tarte Bourdaloue is the queen of Parisian cakes. Invented in the rue Bourdaloue, between the Pigalle and Opéra districts, this famous French pear tart is enough to make even a reluctant gourmet’s mouth water.


Financiers © DR via Pixabay

In the stock exchange district in Paris, in about 1890, a pastry chef named Lasne adapted a traditional recipe and created the financier: a small cake made with butter and almond flour. Cream was not an ingredient, so you could eat it without getting sticky fingers – much to the delight of the busy bank-workers! Further reflecting its origins, the shape of these cakes is said to represent a gold bar.


Macarons  © Miwork via Flickr

These colourful, dainty little confections will simply melt in your mouth! They come in an infinite variety of flavours, from pistachio, chocolate or hazelnut to rose-water, Parma violet, red berries or citrus fruit. Some of the most famous houses, such as Ladurée, Pierre Hermé or Dalloyau have made it their speciality.


Paris Brest, Le Mesturet restaurant, Paris © DR

In the shape of a wheel, it’s named after a famous bicycle race! In the early twentieth century the Paris-Brest race inspired Louis Durand, a pastry chef based in the Paris region, to create what would become a mythical pastry-cake. With its delicious praline-flavoured cream filling, the Paris-Brest can be found in all the best Parisian pastry-shops.

Mocha cake

Moka © DR via Pixabay

It’s on Paris’s west bank, a stone’s throw from the Île de la Cité, that we find the first traces of the mochacake. A key feature of this rich desert is the swirled coffee cream decoration, achieved using an icing nozzle. Made of alternate layers of coffee cream and sponge cake, it is named after the port of Mocha in Yemen, from where coffee was exported to Europe by the shipload.

Lenôtre Victor Hugo

Gastronomy (caterers, confectioners, etc.)
48 avenue Victor Hugo, Paris, 75016

Everyday, all year round, the best of takeaway gastronomy is at Lenôtre: golden pastries, home-made chocolates, festive menus,......

Lafayette Maison & Gourmet

Gastronomy (caterers, confectioners, etc.) | Vins & alcools
35 boulevard Haussmann, Paris, 75009

To delight your tastebuds or shop for gourmet ingredients and treats, Le Gourmet presents dishes large and small, delicious......

Angelina Rivoli

Tea room
226 rue de Rivoli, Paris, 75001

In front of the Tuileries and founded in 1903, the Angelina tea room is a refined place where the most gourmet will meet. Since......

Ladurée Champs-Elysées

Restaurant original for its venue or entertainment
75 avenue des Champs Elysées, Paris, 75008

This establishment, located at 75 Avenue des Champs-Elysées, opened in September 1997 and recreates the sophisticated atmosphere......

Ladurée Royale

Restaurant original for its venue or entertainment
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......

Paris a Dream

Guided tours

Savour Paris by tasting French culinary specialities during a range of gastronomic activities. We offer three different gourmet......

Le Vrai Paris

Guided tours

My name is Guillaume Le Roux and I offer guided tours of classic and also unexpected districts, that incorporate both historical......


Gastronomy (caterers, confectioners, etc.)
6 rue de Mézières, Paris, 75006

Quality, nature, transparency, the best origins, flavours, choices, friendliness and pleasure are the key words at......

La route des gourmets

Incentive activities | Guided tours
  • Musée d'Orsay - Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Showcasing the heritage of French gastronomy, La Route des Gourmets offers French and foreign tourists services on the theme of......

Promenade des Sens

Incentive activities | Guided tours
  • Champs-Élysées

Enjoy these gourmet and historical walks around Paris with a series fun and informative tours designed by Marie-Bénédicte Pollet......

Promenade des Sens

Art de vivre
101 boulevard haussmann, Paris, 75008

A unique personal shopping in Paris, mixing must-see places with confidential addresses, workshop and concept-store. The real......

Le Mesturet

77 rue de Richelieu, Paris, 75002

The restaurant 'Le Mesturet' is a classic Parisian bistro, located in the centre of Paris between the Grands Boulevards and the......

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......


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

The Popelini pâtisserie specializes in a whole range of cream puffs, in several flavours: classic coffee, chocolate, or praline......

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,......