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A Curated Guide to Paris Desserts

When in Paris, there is no better treat than a fresh croissant paired with un café. “Paris is a moveable feast” as Hemingway once said, so the occasional indulgence is almost a must. Last year, I traveled to Paris frequently for work and found myself revisiting many pâtisseries and bistros for French desserts. Some blew me away at first bite and some were simply classics. Here are three spots I personally adored in Paris, alongside some neighbourhood favourites for a post-feast stroll.

Du Pain et Des Idées

Every time I take a bite of the pistachio-stuffed chocolate escargot at Du Pain et Des Idées I’m reminded of why I love french pastries. Buttery, flakey and decadent–it doesn’t get better than this.  Du Pain et Des Idées is a must-visit in the 10th arrondissement and worthy of a “bread pilgrimage” according to Condé Nast Traveler,

A gorgeous rustic bakery with limited seating, open only on the weekdays

This legendary pistache-chocolat escargot pastry is a Paris icon for me and worth trekking to Du Pain et Des Idées for

Rows of fresh pain au chocolat and croissants, this is what bread-lovers’ dreams are made of

A sneak peek of the bakery’s legendary recipes (all in French!)

The charming old bench outside is the only seating available but it’s more than enough for people-watching as you scarf down your pastries

Waking up early to arrive, order, and devour a fresh escargot before grabbing an assortment of pastries for my colleagues was a delicious routine of mine. Note that Du Pain et Des Idées very recently added a coffee list to their menu. I can never resist a coffee with my croissants but be warned you’ll find much better options elsewhere. That being said, the pastry selection is more than impressive and the escargots are simply irresistible. Truly an icon of my Paris trips.

Sébastien Gaudard

Previously the pastry chef behind Fauchon, Sébastien Gaudard has a charming pâtisserie next to the Tuileries Garden. The shop is bright and airy, with a gorgeous display of decadent desserts on the first floor and tea salon on the second floor. Sébastien Gaudard has quite an extensive menu. Among them the Paris Brest stuffed with praline cream is a crowd-favourite and so is the Mont Blanc cake. Because I like to visit in the morning, I also gravitate towards the viennoiserie and pick out a Chausson aux Pommes as well.

Surprisingly, one of my favourites at Sebastien Gaudard is actually the Chausson aux Pommes, which is a French Apple Turnover that’s extra flakey and buttery

Stroll through the Tuileries Gardens afterwards–I love to sit by the fountain and people-watch before making my way to the Musée de l’Orangerie

Musée de l’Orangerie was designed with maximising natural light in mind

Visiting Giverny, where Monet painted his Nymphéas, is on the top of my list for my next trip back to France

Sébastien Gaudard is a lovely spot for classic French desserts in the 1st arrondissement and perhaps that’s also why you do pay dearly for it (~8 euros per cake!). That being said, the shop is tucked in the corner of the Tuileries Garden and therefore conveniently on the way to Musée de L’Orangerie. A sweet start to the day followed by a visit to the Tuileries Garden and surrounding museums is the perfect Paris itinerary.

Le Récamier

When done right, soufflés are fluffy as a cloud and just dreamy–pretty much what I captioned on my Instagram post after my first visit to Le Récamier. My Parisian roommate back in university days said that Le Récamier had some of “the best soufflés in Paris” (and Vogue apparently thinks so too). So when I finally had a spoonful of the chocolat noir soufflé with a glass of chardonnay, I was pretty thrilled that it exceeded my expectations and more.

Le Récamier, located on Rue Récamier, is a chic Parisian institution that’s beloved by locals and high-profile celebrities alike

Terrace seating was quite cozy under the heat lamps and even more lovely in the summertime

A DECADENT chocolate soufflé with a glass of chardonnay, simply perfect

There are quite a lot of savoury soufflé options as well–we ordered the famous Henry IV, a chicken gravy soufflé that was bursting at its seams a bit!

Visit the nearby Bon Marché afterwards to enjoy the seasonal displays and some shopping

The food hall in Bon Marché is possibly my favourite place to pick up gifts in Paris, just look at the assortment of jams and spices available! PC: La Grande Épicerie, Interstore Design Team

Personally, my favourite thing to gift is Marlette–an organic baking kit with a nice selection of traditional French recipes to choose from

As Le Récamier is in the luxurious 7th arrondisement, there’s also a lot of nearby shopping available. For gourmands, visit Le Bon Marché and its adjacent food hall, La Grand Épicerie, for some gourmet shopping. You can most likely pick up all the ingredients needed to whip up your own French dessert!

Thoughts

I kept the list short but hopefully sweet. I have a long list of places I loved in Paris and I can’t wait to share it with you guys. Anyways, I’ve been told a dessert a day may not be the secret to Parisian chic but sometimes… it’s simply too good to resist.

love,
eatprayjade x.

Du Pain et Des Idées
Address // 34 rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris
Website // www.dupainetdesidees.com 
Tel // +01 42 40 44 52

Sebastien Gaudard
Address // 1 rue des Pyramides, Sous Les Arcades, 75001 Paris
Website // www.sebastiengaudard.com
Tel // +01 71 18 24 70

Le Récamier
Address // 4 Rue Récamier, 75007 Paris
Website // www.lerecamier.com
Tel // +33 1 45 48 86 58 

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