La Tarte Tropézienne (Saint-Tropez)
And God created the Tropézienne…
You'll find this famous brioche dotted with pearl sugar and filled with the most luscious of pastry cream in both the Saint Germain des Prés and Louvre districts. Brigitte Bardot was one of its greatest fans!
This teahouse offers a range of Tropézienne tarts for small, medium, or large appetites. For a snack or even breakfast, you can opt for the Baby Trop', the size of a macaroon, or you can choose the largest size for a dinner party. Close your eyes and imagine yourself at one of Saint Tropez' most famous squares—the Place des Lices—whose name sounds like the French word for ‘delicacies'.
La Tarte Tropézienne –Saint Germain, 3 rue de Montfaucon,
Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and without interruption on weekends.
The canelé (Cap Ferret)
While the spelling may vary, the taste is the same!
Some write cannelé and some canelé, but whatever your choice, you'll love discovering this vanilla-flavoured pastry from the Bordeaux region that has a unique texture and just a touch of rum. The authentic canelé can be found in the boutique of a famous producer, Lemoine. Just the right texture and freshness guaranteed. Don't even try to resist!
Pâtisserie Lemoine, 74 rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris.
Open Monday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Gâteau Basque (Basque country)
For every taste.
When one thinks of Basque country, two things come to mind, surfers with bleached hair on the splendid beaches of the coast and the gateau Basque. While it may be a bit difficult to find a surfer literally out of his element in Paris, the golden crust of the best gateau Basque in the city can be found at Pariès. Dig into any one of four flavours: almond cream, chocolate, black cherry, or hazelnut.
Pariès Paris, 9bis rue Saint-Placide, 75006 Paris.
Open Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The Saint-Genix (Megève)
Long live pralines!
You can find this famous pure butter brioche stuffed with pieces of praline from Lyon, Megève, and Méribel—the code name is ‘Praluline'—in the Pralus boutiques of the 4th and 7th arrondissements. A specialty of the house since 1955, you may need to get up early on a Saturday to get your hands on one.
Boutique Pralus, 44 rue Cler, 75007 Paris / 33 rue Rambuteau, 75004 Paris.
Open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (rue Cler) and 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (rue Rambuteau).
Kouign Amann (Brittany)
Wanting it is one thing, making it another!
Are you missing the mists—and the butter—of Brittany? Head straight to the Gâteaux Thoumieux pastry shop. Wonderfully balanced between butter and sugar, chef Ludovic Chaussard's Kouign Amann is perfectly caramelised and crunchy on the outside and tender and chewy on the inside. It is, indeed, a ‘must-eat'!
Gâteaux Thoumieux, 58 rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris.
Open Monday to Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.