5 of Paris’s best patisseries

5 of Paris’s best patisseries

The scent of pastries filling the air is as Parisian as garlicky escargots, tailored blazers and Chanel No 5. Here’s where to find the sweetest treats in town


1. Stohrer

There aren’t many places in this world that can boast celebrating their 287th anniversary. Drumroll then, please, for… Stohrer (stohrer.fr). Located on a charming pedestrian corner at 51 Rue Montorgueil, the great Polish patissier – founded by Nicolas Stohrer, official baker to King Stanislaus of Poland – happens to be the birthplace of the most famous pastry in Paris: the Babà au rhum, which takes its name from a tale of the Arabian Nights. Other famous confections found here are chocolate pyramids, chocolate éclairs, the tarte aux framboises and the famous Puits d'amour, small round cakes sprinkled with sugar and filled with caramelised cream or jam.


2. Ladurée

Luxury French baker Ladurée (laduree.com) has been tempting the sweet-toothed brigade since 1862, mainly with its double-decker macarons – 15,000 of which are sold every day. Yes, that’s just short of 5.5 million macarons a year. Aside from the six stores in Paris, one in Versailles and a further three locations at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Ladurée also operates in 54 cities worldwide, with branches from Dublin to Dubai. Share a box of pastel-coloured macarons on the banks of the Seine at Rue Bonaparte, or squeeze yourself onto the terrace along the Champs Élysées, and wash your guilty pleasure down with an invigorating cup of black Marie-Antoinette tea.


3. Odette

Who in their right minds would turn down the opportunity to visit a shop dedicated to choux à la crème? Not just any cream puff, mind; the ones crafted at Odette (odette-paris.com) are so light and airy that they seem to miraculously dissolve the instant they reach the lips. Which must surely mean that they’ll barely touch the hips – a good reason to order more. You’ll find this naughty little haven at 77 Rue Galande in the Latin Quarter.


4. Angelina

Angelina (angelina-paris.fr), a famous tea house founded in 1903 by the Austrian confectioner Antoine Rumpelmayer, is worth visiting purely for its extraordinary interior, which looks more like a grand old château than a patisserie. But it is the chocolat chaud that ensures you settle in for the afternoon. A sinfully sensational hot chocolate, so thick that the spoon just about stands up in it, you may need to cancel your dinner reservations after a visit here. But it will be worth it.


5. La Pâtisserie des Rêves

For an update on the classics, La Pâtisserie des Rêves (lapatisseriedesreves.com) conjures dreamy concoctions that all your best childhood memories are based upon. In what appears to be an amalgamation of Charlie’s chocolate factory and Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, patisseries hang from the ceiling in glass domes, displayed as the works of art that they most certainly are.


Want more?

If you prefer your pastries with an exotic twist, then head to Port Royal’s Saduharu Aoki (sadaharuaoki.com) for inspiring treats created from Japanese ingredients like sesame, matcha tea and even wasabi – ingeniously disguised in classic French pastry.


Source: Condé Nast Traveller Middle East


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