Listed at the top of many France bucket lists is to hunt for the best patisseries and chocolate shops in Paris. Pastel macarons, chocolate eclairs, flaky croissants, dainty cakes, delicious choux creations… you name it, Paris has it!
So… in aid of giving you a few places to scout out during your next trip to Paris, we’ve asked a handful of travel bloggers to share their recommendations of where to go, what to buy and extra tips while you’re there.
Prior warning: Don’t read this if you’re hungry…
6 Patisseries & Chocolate Shops in Paris You Must Visit!
1. Maison Georges Larnicol
If you’ve ever seen a chocolaterie with a model sized replica of Notre Dame, completely made from chocolate, then you may already be familiar with Maison Georges Larnicol.
I was delighted to discover that this particular chocolate shop in Paris was a part of a food tour through the lovely Montmartre area, and I quickly discovered why it’s kept under wraps.
Firstly, if it’s a stop on a food tour, then it’s a must visit, but the treats will have you returning during your stay in Paris.
Patrons can indulge in solid white, milk, and dark chocolates, handmade Parisian macarons, pastries, pralines, and anything else your sweet tooth desires.
If you’re into plain treats like me, I’d try a plain chocolate square to get a feel for the base flavors. It’s the best I’ve ever had.
However, I recommend stepping out of your comfort zone during a visit and trying something that you’ve never had.
I mean, how often will you get the chance to indulge in chocolate in a Parisian chocolaterie?
Recommended by Monique from Wanderlust My Way.
Most people think of Ladurée as simply the colorful purveyor of delicious macarons that they are mainly known for. But this pastry shop is more than meets the eye.
The Ladurée business was born in the heart of Paris in 1862, the same year the first stone was laid for the Garnier Opera House, transforming the area into a hotspot for local high society.
This Parisian café and pastry shop gave birth to one of the first tea rooms in town. The ”salon de thé” was a gathering place for women then and a gathering place for locals and tourists alike today.
Not only is Ladurée credited with creating the first tea salon in Paris, but also with the invention of the modern-day macaron. It was created by Pierre Defontaines when he decided to put two macaron cookies together with a filling, bringing to life Ladurée’s most famous confection.
While macarons are a must when visiting Paris, and especially Ladurée, don’t skip over the other pastries at this charming shop.
One of my favorites is the millefeuille (pronounced “meal-foy”), literally meaning “a thousand leaves”. It’s a decadent dessert consisting of layers of puff pastry, cream, icing, and heaven!
You can find eight Ladurée shops in Paris but the original shop is located at 16-18 Rue Royale.
Recommended by Vanessa from Wanderlust Crew — check out her guide to Paris food for more inspiration!
3. Eric Kayser Boulangerie
Locals in Paris know that the place to go for amazing breads and pastries is Eric Kayser Boulangerie.
Best known for their delicious breads, the pastries offered there are also over the top good and so beautifully decorated that it takes your breath away when you see these gorgeous cakes and other pastries for sale.
With many locations to choose from in Paris, the breads at Eric Kayser win so many accolades and competitions, but the desserts are also amazing to look at and try.
There are over 28 outlets in Paris with over 200 stores worldwide. But go to his flagship first outlet at Rue 8 Monge, which became a big success the minute they opened their doors for the public to visit and try all these delicious breads and desserts.
Recommended by Noel from Travel Photo Discovery — while you’re visiting Paris check out his post on visiting Eric Kayser and spending a perfect day in Paris for more inspiration.
4. Café Pouchkine
Simply stepping through the door of Café Pouchkine is a delight for the senses. The light is dazzling, the sweet smell of sugar intoxicating, and the beautiful pastries lined up behind the glass counter are a feast for the eyes.
This is a place that feels utterly Parisian, from its decor to its sweets, and is a must see for any Paris traveller with a serious sweet tooth.
Though Café Pouchkine makes sweets and treats to suit every taste, they are particularly well known for their macarons, which are normally touted along with famous spots like Ladurée as some of the best macarons in Paris.
I loved the intensity of the flavors of their macarons – with the raspberry being a standout among the fruit flavors and the caramel being the undisputed winner overall.
These days, Café Pouchkine is popular enough to sustain multiple locations in Paris. But we visited the charming spot on Boulevard Houssmann and could not have been happier with it.
Recommended by Kate from Our Escape Clause — take a look at her one day in Paris guide for more tips!
5. VG Pâtisserie
What do you think of when you think of Parisian food? Do you picture baguettes, macarons, croissants and other colourful pastries?
Sadly, most of the above used to be off-limits to vegans with the French’s heavy helping of butter and coeliacs couldn’t have any of the crusty bread or flaky pastries.
VG Pâtisserie offers vegans and coeliacs the chance to taste the many quintessential French treats.
The counter inside VG Pâtisserie displays a huge variety of brightly coloured cakes, tarts and treats. Each delicacy is a piece of art. Much care has been taken to create these breathtaking masterpieces.
Unsurprisingly, VG Pâtisserie can boast an impressive Instagram following. But what’s even more impressive is that each masterpiece tastes just as good as it looks.
After taking a bite of the rhubarb tart, an explosion of flavours erupted on my tongue. The sharp rhubarb flavour was paired perfectly with the sweet gluten-free pastry.
We had both entered French vegan heaven. This was one of the best vegan restaurants in Paris! We also tried the very flaky croissant. It was perfectly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
For traditional vegan and gluten-free pastries, you must visit VG Pâtisserie during your trip to Paris.
Recommended by Anna from My Travel Scrapbook — for more great vegan food in Paris, scout out some of these places from her vegan restaurants guide!
6. La Cure Gourmande
Intrigued at first by the bright yellow storefront, I peeked inside the windows and found that I had unexpectedly stumbled across an artisan chocolate shop. I had found my own piece of chocolate heaven in Paris!
I decided to have a wander around inside and I’m so pleased I did as I was met by heavenly smells and the most beautiful chocolates, candies and biscuits I’ve ever seen. Each chocolate was different from the one next to it, showcasing their handmade quality. I just love it when my desserts and sweet temptations look just as good as they taste!
It was like being a kid again – counting out my change to see how many sweets, chocolates and boxes I could purchase. I must say the prices were also rather good for what they were!
I was in Paris for the first weekend of December and so it was the perfect time to find some chocolate Christmas gifts for my friends and family back home.
The talented experts at La Cure Gourmande focus on three core elements to ensure you enjoy their luxurious chocolates to the fullest: gluttony, emotion and pleasure. The team behind this growing chain of artisan chocolate shops want their customers to forget their worries and simply partake in the excellence and exquisite taste of their handmade sweets and chocolates.
The sweets, biscuits and chocolates are all designed and made in France. But what really sets them apart is that their boxes and tins are designed exclusively by their own in-house artists and designers. The retro look and feel of the packaging feels like you’ve stepped back in time to a bygone era – one of new discoveries, wonder and simplicity.
La Cure Gourmande can be found throughout France and other countries such as Austria and Canada to name just a couple. But in my view, buying the chocolates in Paris is best as you will be getting them at their freshest in the country where they were made. What could be better?
If I ever return to Paris, I will most certainly go back to this very special chocolate shop and take my husband along with me.
Recommended by Justine from Wanderers of the World.
Over to you now… have you found a patisserie or chocolate shop in Paris that you love? Let us know in the comments below…
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