As promised, here is a shortlist of my favourite pâtisseries in Paris. I’ve also included a chocolate shop and a croissant shop (I know they aren’t patisseries but they definitely deserve your attention).
Angelina is a patisserie that you should visit when you are in Paris. Its location makes it very easy to include it in your itinerary. It is along rue rivoli, just opposite the Jardin des Tuileries. If you are visiting the Lourve or shopping along rue Saint Honoré, you should definitely pay Angelina a visit.
There is a tea salon attached to the shop where you can opt to sit down and have a leisurely tea with the lovely pastries or you can do a quick take away like I did. I’ve been to Angelina on both my trips to visit. Angelina’s hot chocolate or chocolat chaud is one of the best that I had – it is rich, velvety smooth and very chocolatey (all in a good way) and you should probably share it so you have some room for the other sweets.
Angelina is also most known for its Mont blancs. The Mont blanc is superb. I love its delicate, crumbly sablé, with its chestnut mousse. Go early for that because it sells out by late afternoon. The Mont Blanc éclair is a good alternative if you can’t get your hands on the traditional Mont blanc.
For hot chocolate and mont blanc.
Address: 226 rue de Rivoli, 75001
Nearest transport: Tuileries (1)
Hours: Open every day, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Telephone: 01 42 60 82 0
2. Gérald Mulot
Known for his tarte aux fruits and tarts in general, but I, too, love all his pistachio and berry combinations. His macarons are known to be very good too so try it if you are around the area.
For tarts, pastries, cakes
Address: 76 rue de Seine, 75006
Nearest transport: Odéon (4,10)
Hours: Monday-Sunday 6:45am-8:00pm; Closed Wednesday
Telephone: 01 42 78 52 17
3. Sadaharu Aoiki
What is this Japanese doing in Paris? Sadaharu Aoiki started his first pastry store in Paris before opening up his patisserie in Tokyo. You can find Japanese flavours and inspiration combined with French techniques in his creations. You have to try his matcha (green tea) croissant (it is the best! buttery, flakey and green tea works!) and his matcha éclair, as well as his take on the gâteau Opéra, Bamboo. Other interesting cakes to try are the ones infused with yuzu (a Japanese citrus).
Address: 35 rue de Vaugirard, 75006
Nearest transport: Saint-Placide (4)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 10am-6pm; Closed Monday Telephone: 01 45 44 48 90
4. Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse
This shop is resulted when Chef Alain Ducasse couldn’t find a chocolate he was happy with to supply his restaurant. This is a bean-to-bar shop and a paradise for all chocolate lovers. Every bar is made with love and care. You would be hard pressed to leave without finding something you like here.
Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse
Address: 26 rue Saint-Benoît, 75006
Nearest transport: Saint-Germain-des-Prés (4) Hours: Open every day
Telephone: 01 45 48 87 89
5. L’Eclair de Génie
Love éclairs? This is probably the place to be where you have more than 20 flavours of éclairs to choose from. I had the praline pecan crunch and the passionfruit and raspberry one.
6. 134 RdT
If you are in the area, do stop by 134 RdT for a croissant. They are not awarded the runner up for best croissants in 2013 for nothing. It is a casual takeaway bakery. The croissant was cold when we had it so it is best if you can bring it back to toast it up. Imagine how that would taste!
Address: 134 rue de Turenne, 75003
Nearest transport: République (5, 8, 9, 11), Filles du Calvaire (8) Hours: Closed Saturday & Sunday
Telephone: 01 42 78 04 72
7. Pierre Hermé
How can I have left the Picasso of pastry out? It is so hard to pick a pastry when you have to choose just one. Try his assortment of macarons. I love them. Finally tried the white chocolate and olive macaron and I loved it. His tarte infiniment vanille is a beauty and a vanilla lover’s dream come true. It has the loveliest pâte sablée, a creamy, smooth white chocolate ganache with vanilla bean, vanilla bean mascarpone cream, vanilla sponge.
Pierre Hermé (near Le Chocolat du Alain Ducasse)
72 rue Bonaparte
+33 (0)1 43 54 47 77
Nearest transport: Saint-Germain des Prés (4), Saint-Sulpice Opens Mon to Sun, 10am to 7pm
Pierre Hermé (also the patisserie)
185 rue de Vaugirard (15th arrondisement
+33 (0)1 47 83 89 97
Nearest transport: Pasteur (6,12)
(There are a few other Pierre Hermé stores in Paris but note that some of them only sells macarons and chocolates like the one in Marais and Galleries Lafayette)