A Spoonful of the Sweet Life: 7 Must-Try Paris Bakeries

For many globe-trotters who enjoy tasting while traveling, the city of Paris is synonymous with tremendous food offerings and unique culinary experiences—as well as exceptional breads, sweets and pastries of all kinds. From legendary French delights—such as croissants, macaroons and Éclairs—to new twists on the beloved classics, these bakeries will certainly add some memorable flavors to your next vacation in the City of Light.

1. Carl Marletti

This award-winning pastry chef’s bakery draws dessert enthusiasts from across the globe to try a bite of his inventive, delectable offerings accented with gorgeous culinary precision. Simply walking into the shop offers an aesthetically impressive experience as these pastries are known for their artful flair. A few favorites, available in a variety of flavors, include: madeleines, macaroons, eclairs, and his world-famous tarte au citron, or lemon tart.

2. Pierre Herme

Known for their exceptional quality, this renowned shop whips up everything from baguettes and croissants to pain au chocolate and more. Neighborhood mainstay Pierre Herme is considered by many aficionados to be one of the best patisseries and chocolatiers in the city, so it’s no surprise that sweet-loving tourists make it a point to stop here while visiting Paris.

Several best-sellers include: macaroons in an array of unique and unexpected flavors, homemade chocolate truffles and plenty of other distinctive confections.

3. Tuileries Bar

Situated in Westin Paris - Vendôme hotel, Tuileries Bar features delightful creations by Ken Thomas, the property’s head pastry chef. His colorfully artful checkered cakes are served by the slice and feature flavors that change with the seasons. The bar’s desserts also include macaroons, and gourmet ice cream and sorbet in flavors such as hazelnut, pear and fig.

4. L'Éclair de Génie

If your mouth waters by the mere thought of those rich, fluffy pastries overflowing with abundant cream, L'Éclair de Génie is not to be missed.

Featuring a rainbow of colors and unique textures, this innovative bakery draws devoted fans who adore this legendary French pastry. The variety of Éclairs frequently change with the seasons and are offered in variety of flavors, including: framboise, chocolat gran cru, vanilla pecan nut and many more.  

4. Eric Kayser Artisan Boulanger

This bakeshop is usually busy with locals purchasing baguettes and other delights. Fragrant aromas of oven-baked breads, cakes and delicate pastries greet guests upon arrival.

They also offers a generous selection of fresh gourmet sandwiches made with their fluffy, crusty loaves. So the next time you want to feel oh-so-Parisian, take a detour to Eric Kayser and pick up your bread for dinner!

5. Foucade

Great news—even if you have dietary restrictions, you can still enjoy pastries in Paris!

Foucade puts a spin on tradition and offers a vast selection of delicious house-made croissants and other pastries that are gluten-free, GMO-free and low in sugar. Many of their products don’t include dairy, such as their popular La Citronnée, which combines lime cream, almond powder, lemon, yuzu and basil. Another pastry, Le Soyeux, features soy milk, pure vanilla and cardamom.

6. La Scene

It’s no surprise that this iconic Michelin-starred restaurant offers an incredible dessert selection to complement its award-winning menu.

Expert pastry chef Nicolas Paciello creates elegant, swoon-worthy, post-dinner delights that combine exceptional ingredients and sophisticated flavors. So sit back and enjoy your final course…because after a wonderful dinner at this establishment, it’s impossible to skip dessert!

7. La Table Du 8

A stylish experience, this upscale establishment offers a sophisticated, contemporary ambiance. This dining destination includes seasonal, sustainable menu that is popular with locals as well as visitors. You can expect to find a selection of pastries that include fig tart with pistachio ice cream, Cuban chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream, and honey and rosemary roasted pineapple.

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