Today we went on a self-guided pastry tour of Paris.
We were loaded up with recommendations and suggestions, a map, and some good appetites. 🙂 Many of these pastry shops are close together, so you can walk the route and see the neighborhood at the same time. This was a really fun thing to do, and I highly recommend it.
We started at Paul, because it is literally directly across the street from our hotel.
The pastries were beautifully branded – we hoped they tasted delicious as well.
We decided on the millefeuille, which was 3.8 euros.
It was very nicely boxed.
On to the next: La Patisserie des Reves (The Pastry Shop of Dreams)
The pastries were all arranged just so under glass cloches.
This time we chose the Paris-Brest. It cost 5.8 euros.
Again, the packaging was almost too beautiful to open.
But of course we did anyway.
Luckily for me, there is another amazing pastry shop across the street – literally steps away. This one is called Angelina.
Angelina is famous for its chocolat Africain, extremely rich hot chocolate that is presented on a silver platter with a gorgeous dollop of French whipped cream.
Since we were strictly pastries this time around, we ordered the closest thing on the menu: Le Choc Africain, which is a rich, dense “cake” made of dark chocolate mousse.
Gorgeous box as usual. (Angelina, I should have asked for an empty one for you – I didn’t think of it until later. Guess you’ll have to make a trip to Paris! 😉 )
The pastry inside looked just as beautiful.
Next we walked over to La Tarte Tropezienne.
While the box was beautiful,
And the tarte looked divine…
the actual taste wasn’t amazing. In fact, I would give it a 6.5 out of 10.
At this point, we were a little burnt out on wandering the streets in search of pastries, so we decided to sample one more pastry before closing up shop. I’m so glad we did, because the last one we tasted was absolutely the BEST.
We went to Georges Larnicol. The first thing we noticed is the heavenly smell inside the shop. It smells the way you would imagine Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory would smell.
We decided to get a kouignette.
We got a salted butter one, and it was insanely good. Heavy, and a little crunchy on the outside, it just melted in your mouth once you took a bite.
It was so good that we immediately ran back inside to get more…and we’re already planning our return trip(s) while we are in town. We’re going every day. These things are that good. Needless to say, I would give them a perfect 10 out of 10. In my opinion, they are the best pastry in Paris…at least the best pastry I’ve ever had here!
What is your favorite pastry in Paris? And if you haven’t been to Paris, what is your favorite pastry in the States? I’m always on the lookout for a delicious dessert. 🙂