Top 10 Paris Pastry Shops

When I first took an interest in Parisian pastry, I kept coming across those same names (Ladurée, Stohrer, Blé Sucré). It seemed odd. In a city renowned for its work in pastry, and jammed with countless world-class chefs of every stripe. There had to be more than five patisseries worth visiting.

What conventional wisdom and guidebooks haven’t accounted for is the explosion of high-end pastry shops in the last several years. Having now downed hundreds of pastries from scores of Paris’s finest shops, I can confidently say there are more than five worth visiting—and that at least three of the most hyped are well worth skipping. Here’s my list of the Top 10 Best Pastry Shops in Paris, complete with suggestions of great picks at each!

1. A preteen runaway, Jacques Genin grew to helm pastry and chocolate operations for La Maison du Chocolat before branching off on his own. After years of privately furnishing his ultraluxe caramels and chocolates to France’s finest hotels, restaurants and cafés, he opened his eponymous shop in December 2008. Few argue that he’s now Paris’s No. 1 master of the classics.

Top Picks: Chocolate éclair, lemon tarte, baba au rhum, flan, caramel éclair, raspberry tart, chocolate tart and of course as many caramels, pâtes de fruits and chocolates as you can carry home.

2. The former head pastry chef at the Michelin three-star Guy Savoy, Hugues Pouget went on to become the 2003 Champion de France du Dessert before teaming up with childhood friend Sylvain Blanc to open Hugo & Victor in 2010. Their pastries’ aesthetics range from the simple to the architecturally sublime —all served up in a shop that looks like a hybrid between Cartier and Dior. Seasonal flavors for the pastries are matched with champagnes and fine wines, as selected by H&V’s sommelier, Frédéric Béal.

Top Picks: Mango macaron, Hugo Vanille, raspberry-pistachio macaron tart, Victor Verveine, Victor Pistache, Hugo Passion, Earl Grey chocolate tart, wild blueberry macaron and combawa lime macaron.

Pouchkine’s head chef, Emmanuel Ryon, is one of the most decorated pastry chefs in history, holding titles such as Pastry World Champion, French Dessert Champion and MOF Glacier (France’s highest honor in ice sculpture, ice cream and frozen desserts). The pieces he creates are more ornate than anything you’ve likely seen. The flavors, too, are a wildly unique fusion of French and Eastern European sensibilities.

Top Picks: Tutti Frutti, Napoléon, Or Noir, strawberry/pistachio-heart macaron, vanilla croissant, Roulé Pavot, Feijoa and Moskito.


2 Responses to “Top 10 Paris Pastry Shops”

  1. Comment by angela sanjines | 01/20/13 at 3:59 pm

    Thank you for your blog. I started reading it today because my family and I are planning of visiting Paris at the end of march taking advantage of spring break here in the USA. I was wondering what is there to do during Easter and if you can recommend restaurants, coffee shops, sights that must be seen and any thing that would come to your mind. We have been in Paris before and we absolutely fell in love and everytime we have the opportunity to got back we do it.

    Best wishes,

  2. Comment by Laurie | 01/20/13 at 7:55 pm

    Click on the “restaurants” category for reviews of new and classic restaurants. “Attractions” and “Must see” for places to visit!

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