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 aux 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!
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!
Ladurée Champs Elysée | 75 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 Paris, La Maison Odette Paris should be top of your list.
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.
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 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 | 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!
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!).
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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