Posts Tagged ‘patisseries’

Paris Secrets: Le Cupcake Français

Pâtisserie is not the biggest of Paris secrets. It’s more a showcase of beautiful art that’s visible every day, all over the city. Few locals indulge themselves in pastries at the rate of visitors, but they keep an eye on […]

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Macarons in Paris: Happy Birthday, Ladurée!

Parisians love few things more than a birthday, but one of those things is the Ladurée macaron. This year they can celebrate these passions together, since 2012 marks Ladurée’s sesquicentennial. It’s also the year their famous biscuit reaches the age of 60. All types of macarons in Paris have their story. But that of the Ladurée macaron is especially Parisian.

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Tutti Frutti at Café Pouchkine

Top 10 Pastry Shops in Paris

What are the best pastry shops in Paris? Ask most people—or read any Parisian guidebook—and you’ll hear some variation of the following list: Pierre Hermé, Ladurée, Stohrer, Gérard Mulot and Blé Sucré. When I first took an interest in Parisian pastry, and kept coming across those same names, 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.

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Purely Paris: Jams Better Than the Best Patisseries

Lise Bienaimé runs La Chambre aux Confitures, a closet-sized boutique whose name she translates as “the boudoir of jams.” Lise’s own last name means “beloved,”

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Purely Paris: Fantastic Cakes at a Paris Patisserie

At Chez Bogato, the name says it all (“Bogato” is pronounced like beaux gâteaux, meaning “handsome cakes”). Everything in this charming Paris patisserie adds to its main draw—which is some of the most creative cakes in town. You’ll see cooking tools, toys, recipe books and gifts, both for cooks and everyone in their families. The irresistible draw, however, is a range of treats that are miniversions of the shop’s grandest offerings.

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Shopping, Sweets and Sights

When I first moved here, Paris had the three s’s: shopping, sweets and sights. After six years, nothing has changed.

My favorite kind of shopping in Paris is vintage. It’s affordable and, most important, it’s fun! One of the best neighborhoods for thrifting is the Marais. It’s full of little shops like Coiffeur and Noir Kennedy, which are two of my favorites.

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