5 to-Die-for Parisian Sweetshops
In a city that can be explored a thousand different ways, none is sweeter than going patisserie by patisserie.
EAT IT A year of exhaustive edible R & D paid off with a line of classics that includes a Paris-Brest—a ring of choux pastry garnished with praline cream that reveals pockets of liquid praline ($7).
FIND IT 7th arr. (Métro rue du Bac), 93 rue du Bac, 011-33/1-42-84-00-82; 16th arr.
(Métro rue de la Pompe), 111 rue de Longchamp, 011-33/1-47-04-00-24; lapatisseriedesreves.com
Fabrice Le Bourdat worked as a pastry chef in chic palace hotels like the Bristol before opening Blé Sucré ("sweet wheat") in a village-like area near the Bastille. His is a perfected version of the neighborhood pastry shop: The decor is neat but not flashy (a simple slate-gray façade and pale pink painted walls), the prices are reasonable, and his line of confections includes a wide range of flawlessly executed staples from vanilla mille-feuilles to coffee éclairs. Outside, the area hums with people heading to and from nearby Gare du Lyon, a five- minute walk south.
EAT IT The tarte tatin on a thick Breton sablé ($4.25), or butter cookie, and the baba au rhum with whipped cream ($4.75) are two particularly delicious highlights.
FIND IT 12th arr. (Métro Ledru-Rollin), 7 rue Antoine Vollon, 011-33/1-43-40-77-73
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