There’s no excuse not doing a dessert tour around Paris! It’s the right city to stroll around for mouth-watering pastries. But if you are tired of mainstream chain stores that became too cliché, what about some top quality pastry shops that only Parisians know?
For the caramel addicts : Karamel
These are avant-garde desserts that are absolutely going to satisfy your crave for a rich caramel taste. Karamel is becoming the heated topic among locals on where to get the best pâtisserie. The pastry chef Nicolas Haelewyn has developped his career with the worldly famed Ladurée, and is now ready to experiment his creativity on making bold desserts that have a character. Don’t forget to bring some personalised caramel bars home as souvenirs!
Must-try: La Bûche Karahuète, Fruit Défendu de Karamel
Address: 67 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007
For the eye-candy : Bontemps Pâtisserie
If you look for something that is Instagram-worthy, these stunning cakes from Bontemps are definitely going to help you gain “likes” on social medias! The desserts here are beautiful inside-out: refreshing, light, and photogenic! Look at how elegant they are…let’s have a piece, take plenty cake-portraits, and dream a little dream of the City of Love!
Must-try: Tarte Aurore, Tarte Marguerite, Tarte Mont-Blanc
Address: 57 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris
For the exotic-lovers : Pâtisserie Tomo
This delicate Franco-Japanese dessert shop is amazing for those who are adventurous! They turn the traditional Japanese pastry, Dorayaki, into pieces of fushioned modern art with a French touch, and they look surprisingly great! Take a bite and experience the merge of the East and the West between your tastebuds.
Must-try : Dorayaki Paris-Tokyo, Grilled chestnuts, Mochis
Address：11 rue Chabanais, 75002
For the classic foodies : Lafayette Gourmet
Overwhelmed with options and hard to pick just one dessert shop? Go to Galeries Lafayette! At Lafayette Gourmet, you will find great names of typical French pastry shops such as Angelina, L’éclair de Génie, Alain Ducasse Chocolate, you name it. Now you don’t have to worry about whether to choose from chocolates or a fancy-looking macaron!
Must-try: Mont Blanc from Angelina, Caramel Beurre Salé éclair from L’éclair de Génie, Chopped Pistache Chocolate bar from Alain Ducasse Chocolate
Address: 35 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009
For the prestigious : Lenôtre
Created by the well-celebrated French dessert-maker, Gaston Lenôtre, this pastry shop is one of the favourites of many locals. Lenôtre holds a fetish for fresh ingredients, and insists on creating lightness and fresher flavours for their desserts. They are also stubborn in making pastries with the the best butter! In 1971, the pastry school, l’Ecole Lenôtre was established, training many of the best-known professional pâtissiers in gastronomy.
Must try: Millefeuille vanille, Volute, Opéra
Address: 36 Avenue de la Motte-Picquet, 75007
For the stylish: Casse-Noisette
The founder of Casse-Noisette, Jeffrey Cagnes, inherited the passion for French pastries from his mother, who was awarded the best pastry-maker in France (Meilleur Ouvrier de France Pâtissier). His expertise is turning the traditional patries into a stylish art piece that celebrate the classics in the pastry world. Come to this temple of French dessert and traverse from the gourmandise past to the creative present, it’s just two steps away from Opéra Garnier.
Must-try: Ma Bûche Pavlova, Religieuse à l’Ancienne, Puits d’Amour, Baba au rhum
Address: 35, avenue de l’Opéra, 75002
Bonus : Pastry Buffet at Le Loir dans la Théière
Lastly, if you fancy having desserts in a cosy tea room, this is the place to go. It is super popular among locals who love hanging around Marais, be prepared for some queues! It has a pastry bar where you can take your pick, and the heart-warming atmosphere inside will keep you from wanting to leave (thus the long queue outside…). Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with your homies here and dig in!
Must-try: Lemon Meringue Pie, Chocolate tart
Address: 3, Rue des Rosiers, 75004