If there’s one place in the world to satisfy a sweet tooth, it has to be Paris. Truffles and tarts, madelines and marzipan, chocolate and choux buns, the sugar addict has it all and more in Paris. Here are a few that I discovered and fell in love with.
Patrick Roger: Milleur Ouvrier de France (MOF), Chocolatier. What that basically means is that he has been awarded the highest status possible for a skill. The MOF award for pastry chefs only takes place every 4 years and is a gruelling 2-3 day test of skills after which only about 5 or 6 get the award. So it goes without saying, anyone who has it is amongst the best you can find anywhere. A chocolate baboon sitting in the window welcomes you to a long counter with more varieties of chocolates than one could taste in a day. Along with the usual bite sized ganaches and truffles, there are single chocolate art works in individual boxes. The one I had looked like a venus fly trap of sorts and was marzipan, cruncy hazelnut, dark chocolate and peanut. Absolutely heaven!
Fauchon: More than just a patisserie, Fauchon is also a cafe serving crepes, canapes, salads, cold meats and fish. We, however, didn’t make it past the pastry cabinet with a stunning array of pastries, cakes, tarts and all their beautiful brethren. My only complaint against these fine ambassadors of sugar was that they’re a bit big – you can’t have that many of them! They also have a bakery where the bread was selling non-stop and people were queuing up for some fresh baked goodness.
Pierre Herme: The king and lord master superior of macaroons! With a couple of boutiques in Paris and now also in London, these macaroons are the only thing you should be eating and also the only macaroons you should ever eat – splurge and get a box with as many varieties as possible. The more unusual ones include Asparagus & Hazelnut, Pea & Mint along with some insanely good Apricot, Jasmine and Pistachio.
Angelina: We went to the one in Chateau Versailles as it’s a cafe that serves really good food – especially the sandwiches (slightly warm and toasty!). After eating they bring around the dessert platter and every thing tastes as good as it looks – some even taste better than they look. Luckily, there’s a few Angelina’s dotted around and when you have a 4 page menu dedicated to cakes and pastries, who wouldn’t be in heaven?