Best pastries and desserts in Paris

Laduree macarons

Our best desserts in Paris post is here! I’ve finally managed to go through our pictures from our quick Parisian Valentine’s weekend trip in February. You know, there’s been a lot going on since then… I’m sure loads of you already share our love for sweet treats. So it won’t come as a surprise that, once again, I bring you a food related post! May I interest you in the delicious French pastries in Paris that we indulged on? Let me tell you, French patisserie is waaaaay more than just your typical (yet delicious) croissants and pain au raisins. That’s a breakfast I’m definitely up to have every-single-day (if it was not for the amount of butter, anyway). In this case, however, we took advantage of the French capital and went in search of the crème de la crème of Parisian desserts.

So to sum up, here are a handful of my favourite spots for the best pastries in Paris (and other yummy treats) you should try.

1. Ladurée macarons

Leaving Paris without trying macarons is like going to Italy and not having pizza, or spaghetti, or gelato! These small, chewy round shells with a creamy filling in the middle have now become a symbol of Paris and French luxury patisseries.

Funnily enough, the traditional biscuit-like Macarons de Nancy actually originated in Italy. They were introduced in France by Queen Catherine de Medici’s Italian chef in the 16th century. However, a traditional Parisian-style macaron later developed in the 19th century. La Maison Ladurée joined two shells with a ganache cream and voila! So fresh, that a Ladurée macaron will melt in your mouth!

Laduree macarons box

Laduree, Champs Elysees, Paris inside

Ladurée macarons can be quite pricey, but certainly worth every penny, with a box of 6 Ladurée macarons price starting at €17.10. You can either go for one of their gift boxes or personalise your own Napoléon III style box. This I would personally recommend. Go wild and pick from 6 up to 54 macarons and choose the colour of the box. There’s light green, blue, pink or black!

The flavours, you ask? Traditional artisan macarons include salted caramel, blackcurrant violet and raspberry. Seasonal flavours are also introduced throughout the year, such as passion fruit, pecan and maple syrup. For Valentine’s Day, they have heart shaped macarons! My favourite is certainly the Marie Antoinette – a rose petal shell with a black tea filled cream. There’s a reason why Ladurée’s macarons are one of the most famous desserts in Paris!

Laduree bag

Laduree, Paris, Champs Elysees

Ladurée Champs Elysée75 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France

2. Choux à la creme at Odette Paris 

Choux pastries (or pâte à choux) are the foundation of many French patisserie recipes. The light buttery dough is used to make profiteroles, éclairs, beignets, Paris-Brest and Saint Honoré cake, just to name a few. If you’ve got the appetite for the best choux à la creme in ParisLa Maison Odette Paris should be top of your list.

Odette, Paris

Boites de choux at Odette, Paris

This gorgeous gourmet Parisian bakery welcomes you with rows of freshly made puff pastries, which in return are filled with delicious crème pâtissière. The options in Odette patisserie are endless; praline, passion fruit, berries, pistachio, lemon…even coffee! They are so tiny that you don’t even need to feel guilty about having more than a few. You can get a box with your favourite selection – or event better, enjoy your choux at one of the tables outside the bakery.

I would recommend doing so if you’ve got time; the area is full of charm and great for people watching. Odette Paris is located on the René Viviani-Montebello square (where the oldest tree in Paris is). Opposite you can find Saint Julie le Pauvre, the oldest church in Paris. And if this wasn’t enough to convince you, Notre Dame and the marvellous Shakespeare Company bookshop are just a short walk away.

All this makes choux à la creme from Odette patisserie one of our must try desserts in Paris.

Boites de choux box from Odette, Paris

Choux a la creme from Odette, Paris

Odette Paris | 77 Rue Galande, 75005 Paris, France

3. Chocolate at Maison Georges Larnicol

If you find yourself in Paris and fancy a chocolate treat, La Maison Georges Larnicol is choc-full of them (definitely pun intended). No? Okay…What if I told you there are giant chocolate sculptures inside? All edible, of course. Now, I’ve got your attention.

Georges Larnicol is a master chocolatier with a MOF title (aka Meilleur Ouvrier de France), which basically puts him among the best craftsmen in the country. He’s also known for his thorough chocolate sculptures. Apparently, he built a 3.5 metre long boat out of 1.2 tonnes of chocolate and sailed it around the city of Concarneau back in 2010!

Maison Georges Larnicol chocolate shop

Maison Georges Larnicol has a few shops around Paris (and the world for that matter), but the one we stumbled upon was in Montmartre, a stone’s throw from the Sacré-Coeur Basilica. Inside, you can find a wonderful selection of Breton pastries (such as kouigenttes and gâteaux bretons), biscuits, macarons, nougats and his famous chocolate. And I am not just talking about the sculptures. Rows and rows of bite-sized gourmet chocolate is waiting for you – and it’s perfect if you’re a fan of pick ‘n mix.

Go wild in La Maison Georges Larnicol and choose among the dark, white, milk chocolate and pralines or different flavours.

Maison Georges Larnicol chocolates

Maison Georges Larnicol chocolate box

Maison Georges Larnicol | 19 Rue de Steinkerque, 75018 Paris, France

4. La Cure Gourmande biscuits

There’s one particular spot that comes to mind when thinking of French butter cookies and that’s La Cure Gourmande. If you still have room for more sweet treats, then you’ll be happy to know it’s next door to Georges Larnicol’s shop. It also happens to have the most amazing bright yellow interior that transports you back to Victorian times. Now, I’m not a fan of butter cookies myself but I’ve been told by Sam (a shortbread lover himself) that they’re very tasty indeed. And even though they’re on our best desserts in Paris list, La Cure Gourmande biscuits are perfect with a cup of tea!

La Cure Gourmande, Paris

La Cure Gourmande biscuits

Butter cookies lover or not, I still very much enjoyed walking around the beautifully decorated confectionary and seeing all the different biscuit options. Sweet or salty, fruity or chocolatey – there’s a biscuit for everyone. And if you’d like to try something else there’s plenty of madeleines, cakes and other sweats galore (read: nougats, butter caramel and jellies!).

La Cure Gourmande biscuit bag

Biscuits at La Cure Gourmande | 8 Rue de Steinkerque, 75018 Paris, France

What are your favourite Parisian sweet treats? Are there any other desserts in Paris you’d recommend we try? If you’re planning a trip to Paris, hopefully this post has inspired you to try some of these delicious treats! As always, if you loved our post, please leave us a comment, pin some photos and show us some love on social media using the buttons below 🙂

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63 comments

  1. Graham Crosby

    Oh wow! It all looks amazing, but the chocolate at Maison George’s Larnicon and the biscuits look absolutely irrisistable!

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    1. blushrougette

      They were really tasty, I couldn’t recommend them enough!

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  2. Jodie | That Happy Reader

    Your photos and descriptions have me drooling!! I love Paris and they really excel in their pastries. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. blushrougette

      Hi Jodie – thanks for the comment! I agree, there’s nothing like a Parisian pastry.

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  3. Under flowery sky

    Awesome collection, I’m sure I’ll check some when I’ll be in Paris. These colourful cakes look so adorable. Odette is so cute.

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    1. blushrougette

      Odette is incredible, I would go back in a heartbeat! Thanks for commenting.

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  4. Britt K

    I loved reading through this! Honestly, eating a macaron in Paris is one of the items on my bucket list hahaha, so this whole post was definitely right up my alley. I mean, who travels and doesn’t explore the delicious goodies that are available? Right? We’ve been talking about making a trip to Paris when the travel restrictions are lifted, so I am making a list based on this post!

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    1. blushrougette

      Glad you liked this post, Britt! Hopefully you can travel to Paris soon – it’s worth it, even if it’s just for the pastries!

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  5. Kat T

    This all looks so beautiful!

    I can’t wait to visit Paris and try all these places

    x

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    1. blushrougette

      And they’re equally delicious! Thanks for the comment Kat x

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  6. Sarah Mark

    I loved reading this! I have only visited Paris once but would love to go back. There was a little bakery just down from our hotel and it had the most wonderful Macarons I wish I could remember its name. Maison Georges Larnicol sounds incredible I will need to add this to my list for when I next visit Paris.

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks so much Sarah! There’s always time for macarons in my agenda. If you remember the name of that bakery let me know! x

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  7. Jenny in Neverland

    Oh my goodness! I’ve just started watching Emily in Paris. Now I’ve stumbled across this post. I think it’s a sign, hehe! These all look absolutely out of the world!

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    1. blushrougette

      Paris is always a good idea! Thanks for the comment, Jenny x

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  8. Brie

    Oh Goshh I’m a real SUCKER for desserts and those chocolates and macaroons look absolutely DELISH *screams with joy* I suppose if I ever visit Paris, I’d be spending my entire budget on desserts and come back twice my size😂😂❤❤ This post made me irrationally happy 😀

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    1. blushrougette

      Awe thanks for the lovely comment, Brie! I absolutely love sweet treats too, so imagine how happy I was to find so many delicious bits in Paris! I hope you do get to visit Paris soon and enjoy them all x

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  9. Irelandandelsewhere

    Great post, now we want to visit Paris and try these amazing desserts. We were saying the ither day we haven’t tried Macarons before – they look so good! Butter biscuits also, anything with butter is good!

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    1. blushrougette

      Thank you! I’m glad this post has made you want to go to Paris – the desserts only make the city sweeter! x

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  10. claire

    Oh my goodness! I just want to lose myself in all of these, they look absolutely stunning. Macarons are one of my all time favourite things. That shop is my idea of heaven x

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    1. blushrougette

      I agree, I’m always up for macarons!

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  11. PRIYANKA JOSHI

    Wow all the pics of dessert you shared looked amazingly tasty. Would love to try them.

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks Priyanka! Definitely add them to your list x

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  12. Della

    This post has made me very hungry!! I now want to go back to Paris and eat all of those treats xx

    http://www.dellalovesnutella.co.uk

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    1. blushrougette

      Trust me, I was feeling the same when I was writing this post! x

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  13. Johana

    These look so delicious! I’ve tried macaroons once but I would love to go try those in Paris! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks Johana! Oh there’s nothing sweeter than macarons in Paris – you should definitely try them! x

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  14. Rosie Ireland

    WOW I want them all! We tried macarons from Ladurée when we were in Paris a few summers ago and they were amazing! Oh I love this post!

    Rosie

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    1. blushrougette

      That’s so sweet, thanks Rosie! We loved Ladurée too – so much that we went back at least a couple of times more! x

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  15. Bianca Monro Leer

    This was such a beautiful post, Gratsiela! The photos you took are stunning, and each dessert seems better than the last! 😍

    The Ladurée macarons take the cake for me, but I’d love to try the tempting chocolate truffles from Maison Georges Larnicol!

    I also really like the sound of the Choux à la Cremé at Odette Paris!

    Bianca xx | http://www.missmonro.com

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    1. blushrougette

      Thank you Bianca, this is incredibly lovely! Trust me, the chocolate truffles and the choux pastry will be more than enough x

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  16. Alisa Russell

    This all looks so yummy. Hopefully, I’ll get to go to Paris one day. Thanks for posting!

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks for stopping by, Alisa! Food always makes a trip better! x

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  17. Patty Gordon

    I love that food in Paris seems to be more of an art form than just something to stuff in our mouths. This has rubbed off on my 10 year old daughter. She loves macaroons and says that she wants to go to Paris just to eat them where they originated from. We get some from a local place here on occasion but I think it’s so cute that its on her bucket list because of a simple food!

    Loved looking at the pictures and reading all about Paris through a “foodie’s” eyes.

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    1. blushrougette

      Awe, that’s so cute Patty! I’m so happy that your daughter has a bucket list at such a young age – adventurous kids are the best. I really hope you can both visit Paris soon and get to try as many of these treats as you can! x

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  18. Under flowery sky

    Wow love this places, I saved it when I’ll go in Paris soon.
    Odette is so charming..

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    1. blushrougette

      That’s amazing, thank you!

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  19. Kelly

    Oh my gosh, every single one of these desserts look absolutely delicious. I love macarons so if I ever visit Paris I’ll definitely have to get an authentic Parisian Macaron! x

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    1. blushrougette

      Macarons in Paris only makes the experience better. Thanks for the comment, Kelly x

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  20. Serena

    I love Ladurée macarons so I’ll be sure to visit the shop when I next visit Paris! Thanks for the recommendations!

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks for the lovely comment, Serena!

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  21. Shirsha

    Your roundup is making me wish I was in Paris right at this moment! 💛
    Not the biggest fan of French food per se, but French desserts are something else. 🙂

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    1. blushrougette

      That’s exactly the purpose of this post haha! Thanks for stopping by Shirsha x

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  22. Taylor

    Wow what a list! My sweet tooth is kicking in! Lovely photos as well!

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    1. blushrougette

      Thank you Taylor! Glad you’ve liked these sweet treats as much as us! x

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  23. Chrissy

    Oooh, I love French pastries! They’re all so delicious. I’ve only tried Ladurée out of this list but it was an unforgettable experience. x

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    1. blushrougette

      Ladurée are amazing, aren’t they? They do sell them in London but I feel like they taste much better in Paris! x

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  24. Rebekah Charles

    Yum yum and yummy! Wonderful post. I love pastries and macaroons are my ultimate favorite dessert snack. There is a laduree in NY where I live, will definitely be going there now! It may not compare to the one in Paris, but I’m excited to try.

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks Rebekah! Yes please, try the ones in NY too! They’re a few places in London than sell them too so we’re quite lucky in that sense! x

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  25. Lee

    I can eat cake for breakfast right… OMG find just a macaron… I am drooling

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks for the comment, Lee. I don’t think I could eat cake for breakfast but definitely can’t resist it as a dessert!

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  26. Charlotte

    I visited Paris in 2016 and this has made me want to go again! Such gorgeous photos. I have such a sweet tooth and these places look perfect!!

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks Charlotte! Glad you liked this post – hopefully it has inspired a little trip over to Paris to try these goodies soon! x

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  27. Karalee Shotola

    I would absolutely love to visit France and especially Paris one day & these pastries look delicious!!!

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    1. blushrougette

      Glad you liked this post, Karalee! Hopefully you can get to visit Paris soon yourself and try them all!

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  28. Grislean

    Omg I absolutely love this post!! It makes me miss Paris. Also, a reminder that I need to go back again. LaDuree I loved, but I tried a more local macaroon spot that my French teacher took me to. I don’t remember the name but it was nearby the love lock bridge by Notre Dame. The macarons were filled with fruit fillings and they were made fresh. I need this list for sure for when I go back lol Thank you for sharing!

    Grislean | gemlesschosen.com

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    1. blushrougette

      Awe thanks Grislean! Oh I absolutely adore macarons; if you happen to remember the name of that local bakery you mention, please let me know! I love finding new spots x

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  29. Bri Cruz

    my sweet tooth is aching to visit these places, oh my goodness! I’ve never been crazy about actually eating macaroons but they really are so pleasing to look at.
    Thanks for sharing this lovely post, I may have to sneak down to the kitchen for a little afternoon snack now although nothing would quite compare to these places!

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks so much for the lovely comment Bri! I’m glad this post has inspired a little snack too!

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  30. Tabitha Serrano

    Pinned!!!! How can I choose which one to go to!!! I will have to set aside parts of my days when I visit Paris to go to each of these!

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks Tabitha! You can certainly include these in your itinerary when visiting other major landmarks in Paris; there’s a Ladurée shop at the Champs Elysées, Odette is near the Shakespeare and Company bookshop, and both Maison Georges Larnicol and La Cure Gourmande are a stone’s throw from the Sacré-Coeur Basilica!

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  31. Joseph

    Jeez!

    I want to try them all at every place mentioned!

    Such a delicious post!

    Joseph

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks Joseph! Glad you liked it 🙂

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  32. Molly @ Transatlantic Notes

    I’ve never been to Paris (yet — who knows?!) but the idea of being able to go out and try some fresh, French pastries and desserts is something I think everyone should do! All of the items you’ve shared here just look and sound amazing!

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