Haute couture patisserie

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

Macarons Pierre Hermé © Chau Doan

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.

Macaron l - La Durée  © Louis Beche Flickr DR

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!

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.

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!

Eclairs Noël

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 …

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.

At Hugo & Victor, home to a myriad of different flavours, all the classics of traditional French patisserie are reinvented: millefeuilles, saint-honorés, religieuses … 

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 Adrien Bozzolo in a charming setting. Not to be missed: the signature cake, the Saint-Honoré.

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......

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......

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 Bac

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......

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,......

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 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'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.......

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......

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.)
37 rue du Roi de Sicile, Paris, 75004

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