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Mar 25, 2007 10:10 AM

Paris - Pastries??

Hi All: Am leaving for Paris on a week long vacation and want to do a tour of the better boulangeries/pastry shops while I am there. Any suggestions/recommendations?? Thanks in advance!

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    1. might be more of a chocolate place, but pierre herme is a necessity. the macaroons (something i was not necessarily gung ho about before going there) are unbelievable.

      1. I love Laduree. Check out their website. There are, I believe, three locations (and long queues at each!).

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        1. re: Miffy2020

          Like many others, I thought the breads at Maison Kayser on rue Monge (5eme) and the pastries at Gerard Mulot (rue de Seine, 6eme) were fabulous and delicious. Next time, I'd love to try Aoki. Although I enjoyed the macaroons at Laduree, I wasn't blown away by them (probably a victim of over-high expectations!)

          Finally, although it's not a patisserie/boulanger, the ice creams at Berthillon really were out of this world delicious, especially the marrons glaces and armagnac with prunes!

        2. Check out Dorie Greenspan's book, Paris Sweets. Definitely Pierre Herme for the showpiece pastries. Laduree has good macaroons and croissants. Like most breakfast pastries, get them in the morning when they are fresh. Mulot has good fancy pastries and croissants but the bread and the other viennoise are just ok. Au Levain du Marais on r. de Turenne has great croissants, especially the almond; also good breads. The breads and financiers are excellent at Kayser in his rue Monge locations. I don't find them as good in his EK outlets or at Galerie Lafayette. Of course Poilane on r. du Cherche-Midi for his Pain Poilane, raisin bread and apple tart. Strohrer on r. Montorgueil for fraisier, kugelhopf and baba au rhum. Sacha Finkelsztajn on r. des Rosier for Jewish style pastries and breads.

          1. Jean Paul Hevin ,rue Fauborg Saint Honore, is the world's greatest chocolatier(arguably) and has a great lunch room on the top floor of his shop.Simply and absolutely sinful!!!