As if spending time in Paris weren’t sweet enough, here are my suggestions for the top five places to score a delectably unforgettable sweet treat in the City of Lights.
Macarons at Ladurée
Ladurée bakery was founded in 1862 by Louis Ernest Ladurée, a miller from southwestern France. Ladurée’s wife, Jeanne Souchard, had the great idea to combine the concept of the Parisian café and the pastry shop, resulting in the (not ubiquitous) Parisian salon de thé (tea salon). Today, Ladurée is best known for it’s delicious macarons (a whipped cream filling sandwiched between two airy cookies). You won’t believe the array of flavors (like blackcurrant violet, caramel with salted butter, orange blossom and black licorice) of Ladurée’s delightful macarons.
Gelato at Gelati d’Alberto
Located on rue Mouffetard (a street I’ve affectionately dubbed “foodie paradise”), Gelati d’Alberto is known for its delicious (and beautiful) gelato. Indugle in several scoops of decadent gelato in the shape of a flower atop a huge sugar cone, and take a leisurely stroll past the other purveyors of tasty treats on Rue Mouffetard.
Hot Chocolate at Angelina
Angelina is a tearoom on the Rue de Rivoli that has received lots of attention over the years for it’s “Chocolat à l’Africain,” quite possible the best hot chocolate you will ever taste. There are seven locations throughout Paris, so be sure to stop by one of them during your time there.
The “Longchamp” at Jean-Paul Hévin
Jean-Paul Hévin is known for its mouthwatering chocolates that are as beautiful as they are delicious. They also serve lovely pastries, including their signature treat, the “Longchamp,” a pastry made with chocolate praline, hazelnut biscuit, meringue, chocolate and almonds.
Le Triollo at Pâtisserie de l’Église
Located in the 20th arrondissement is one of Paris’s most famous pastry shops, Laurent Demoncy’s Pâtisserie de l’Église. Trust me and get Le Triollo, a mountainous pastry made of almond crème, pistachio, figs and mulberries— it’s decadent, delicious, and unforgettable— much like a trip to Paris.
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