Sunday, March 30, 2014

HOTSPOTS: A Few Sweet Spots in Paris

Paris is notorious for pastries and sweets.  You can go almost anywhere for a great pain au chocolat, eclair, or crepe...these are some of my recent and favorite destinations:
  • Pierre Herme - named after its founder, the macarons here are the creamiest, most luscious macarons you will find in Paris. Flavors include Olive Oil and Vanilla, and Chocolate, Fresh Ginger & Candied Ginger.Pierre Hermes is located in several locations: department stores and Versailles included.  FYI - the Ispahan was created by Pierre Hermes while he worked at Laduree
  • Laduree - While the retail locations abroad may lead you to think otherwise, the famous Paris patisserie definitely deserves a visit. Specifically, the location on Champs Elysees.  Here's the trick: don't stand in line for the retail store, go off to the right for the restaurant.  Let them know you are there for dessert, and you will get seated in their beautiful snack room downstairs (vs. upstairs for dinner). You can order macarons to go, pastries, their rich hot chocolate, and of course, the Ispahan.  I'm not sure the macarons here are the best I've had, but do visit for the ambiance if nothing else!
  • Fauchon - go here for one thing...eclairs! Fauchon fashions the most beautiful eclairs one can imagine.  If eclairs aren't your cup of tea, try their Paris Brest.  The pastry, which was created in 1891 to commemorate the Paris-Brest bike race, is supposed to be particularly good here.
  • CafĂ© du TrocadĂ©ro - go here for three things: fresh crepes,  hot chocolate, and a perfect view of the Eiffel Tower (at night of course).

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