I need to make a confession (Marilyn)….I’m not a big fan of sweets and I can go weeks or months without having dessert (unlike Ludmilla lol), but I have to tell you…if I lived in Paris, I might change my tune. I ate more cakes, tarts, candies, chocolates….than I have eaten in the last year and I’m not kidding you! But I couldn’t help it!! I became addicted and I’m actually missing those treats as I write this post!! At every corner, store, restaurant, boulangerie you can find them…they are everywhere and they are all AMAZING!!!!
Let’s start with that famous Parisian dessert, the macaroon.
I repeatedly told Ludmilla, I don’t like them, never have, never will…I am now eating my words…literally lol! I had the most delicious, interesting beautiful and tender macaroons! The array of flavors, colors and fillings…I have become a fan. Chocolate, pistachio, lemon, raspberry,…and the fillings….passionfruit, salted caramel, chocolate ganache….OMG!! We tried MANY different places for this petite taste sensation..Pierre Hermé and Ladurée among the most famous.
I couldn’t even tell you which was the best because they were all so wonderful! You must try these when you’re in Paris..you won’t be disappointed. At Ladurée we went in the middle of the afternoon to have tea and cappuccino with macaroons. I would suggest the pistachio, vanilla and rose macaroons. They are perfectly sweet with the right amount of crispness! Amazing! The place is beautiful and sophisticated. Eating there took us to a different place! It’s worth the wait for a table there!
Another favorite, the famous gelato from Amorino. Founded in Paris by two Italians in 2002, you can find these shops all over the city. The authentic Italian ice-cream is all natural with nothing artificial. The best part besides it’s deliciousness? How they form every gelato into beautiful rose petal-like cones (here)…It’s almost too beautiful to eat!
Although we knew of certain places we definitely wanted to visit for our sweet tooth, we actually stumbled upon great surprises just walking around the city. Along the Seine, we came upon a mobile food truck that served focaccia with Nutella…of course I just had to try it even though Ludmilla was skeptical….and it was sooooo gooood!!!!!!
As we walked through neighborhoods we looked in every store window, cafe and storefront and if we saw something that looked amazing, we stopped, had a coffee and sampled some sweet treats. In the Latin Quarter at Eric Kayser we came upon some caramel tarts and a caramel “bomb” filled with cake…look at how beautiful!! This place is amazing!!
Now stop everything and listen to me (actually “read me” lol) it’s not a French pastry… however it’s amazing and you MUST try Pastel de Belém at Comme à Lisbonne. A Portuguese pastry that I loved and I couldn’t wait for Marilyn to try. There’s a little, very little store that basically sells only pastel de Belém, coffee and chocolate with a port shot . It’s always fresh and warm because thy can’t keep up with the line of people waiting to buy it.
Near Saint-Germain des-Prés we went to the Maison Georges Larnicol bakery where we bought a variety of chocolates and a specialty dessert from Brittany, kouign-amann. A delicious pastry of butter, flour and sugar. We bought 3 different kinds..chocolate, salted caramel and almonds. This was one of my favorite desserts!! So, write on your list Kouign-amann you MUST try it.
Paul is another place you will find in different places in Paris that carry very delicious sweets!
Debauve & Gallais is one of the most famous chocolatiers in Paris and has been trading for over 200 years. We visited the store in St. Germain, which is not far from the Seine if you are in the area. The window displays were lovely and mouthwatering. Their chocolates there are different percentages of cacao (45%, 60%, 72%, 85% and 99%)… A very interesting experience! We bought a chocolate praline “golf ball” for our white husband… he deserves it!! He watched our kids while we were gone! Thanks white hubby!
So when it comes to eating dessert in Paris…wander the neighborhoods, look in the windows, try something that looks different or unusual.
Sit down with a coffee or tea, adore the amazing work in front of you and savor every bite. Whether you love dessert or are a fair weather fan….you will fall in LOVE with the variety, beauty and deliciousness of the pastries and desserts available in Paris.
They are once in a lifetime treats that you definitely need to sample every chance you get! All the places we went with photos and videos are on our Instagram!
Beijos e Tchau!