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Patisseries

Looking to find out which patisseries, people on this board recommend. I have done my research and have come up with the following list:

Du Pain et Des Idees

La Bonbonniere de Buci

Gerard Mulot

Laduree (I know it is touristic, but feel I must at least take some back to our hotel)

What is the opinion about, Sadaharu Aoki?

Also, does anyone know, where in Paris, I may purchase the book "The Patisseries of Paris"?

Thank you so much. I have not been back to Paris since the mid 80s and am very excited.

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  1. "Du Pain et Des Idees"

    Great

    "La Bonbonniere de Buci"

    Mainly photogenic.

    "Gerard Mulot"

    Great

    "Laduree (I know it is touristic, but feel I must at least take some back to our hotel)"

    Photogenic.

    1. "Du Pain et Des Idees"

      Great

      "La Bonbonniere de Buci … Laduree"

      Mainly photogenic.
      Denise Acabo and A La Mère de Famille have much better stuff.

      "Gerard Mulot"

      Great

      1. I would add Le Pain de Sucre in the 3rd, Carl Marletti in the 5th and Hugo & Victor in the 7th.

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        1. re: Nancy S.

          And Christian Constant in the 6th.

          (It is le Pain de Sucre, I'm pointing that out because this "du" keeps coming back.)

          1. re: Ptipois

            Thanks for the correction! I've edited my post.

        2. The Patisseries in Paris is still in print, therefore, try WH Smith on r. Rivoli. If not, Libraire Gourmande on r Dante; or the nearby La Librairie des Gourmets (some books in English) on r. Monge. The big FNAC in Forum des Halles might carry it.

          1. Sadaharu Aoki is good but quirky. Japanese ingredients make their way into the flavour profiles such as wasabi and matcha. Love it or hate it but interesting to try if you're into something different.

            Carl Marletti is the bee's knees.

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            1. re: mrbitterpants

              May I point you to Souphie's most excellent google map of patisseries and boulangeries with great notes. A fantastic reference: http://maps.google.fr/maps/ms?ie=UTF8...

            2. If you go to Du Pains and Des Idees go early in the day for stuff, especially their 'batard' size bread as they sometimes run out early. Had some Mulot mini-tarts yesterday, neat thing was the crust varied greatly on all the different tarts.

              1. Du pain et des idées- why for pastry? Maybe for the Pain des Amis, but that's about it.

                Aoki-- never understood the appeal.

                Mulot rocks.

                Would definitely add Pichard, Des Gateaux et du Pain, Marletti, La Patisserie des Reves, Jaques Génin, Lenôtre (yes there are many branches), Le Moulin de la Vierge.

                Les patisseries de Paris is available on Amazon for 12€. But if it's important for you to find it in a bookshop, try La Librairie Gourmande on rue Montmartre. Or any Fnac or Virgin Megastore.

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                1. re: souphie

                  Thank you Souphie!

                  I had read about Du Pain in the NY Times and it appeared to have some delicious items, I do want to go there for bread!

                  I have read several articles, American and British, and Aoki seems to come up often. I do have limited time this go around (we live 7 hours away), so I want to visit the best! I have read about Genin in the NY Times and plan to visit this shop for many reasons! Especially the caramels!

                  Marlettis website is amazing! Thank you for the other recommendations as well!

                2. It's not quite so centrally located but is right around the corner of a metro stop:

                  Boulangerie Vandermeeersch.

                  It's been highly praised by a number of food experts including David Lebovitz on his blog and we've booked our hotel across the street just to be near this bakery.

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                  1. Personally my favorite patisserie in Paris is Sadaharu Aoki right now. They are kind of pricey though. 10.5E for one tablette of chocolate for example. I like him because his items aren't super sweet and show a lot of subtlety in flavors. A lot of Japanese influence in the flavors. Macarons are a well made as well. Try the jams too. He has several locations in Paris now.

                    Laduree is good, but some of the macarons I find to be too sweet. I like their pistachio flavor the most.

                    I don't like Le Notre that much, but it's worth trying if one has never been there.

                        1. re: Ptipois

                          Shame, I do think it's worth going, they've got some very nice cakes.
                          My list would be Patisserie des Reves, Marletti, Ble Sucre and Patisserie de l'Eglise. I find the last two to be superior to Mulot, but they are slightly out of the way. Chocolates at Jean Charles Rochoux and Patrick Roger.

                          Aoki does some nice things, but his selection hasn't changed much. He makes a variation of the tarte au citron with yuzu. His stuff is worth trying but it wouldn't blow your mind.

                          Bonbonniere de Buci is gone I think, maybe someone else can confirm? The last time I was in the area - about a month ago, I saw a cafe/tea room instead.

                          Pouchkine offers an alternative to French pastries and cakes. Ingredients, texture and composition are different. I liked their Napoleon, but not the other 3 I tried.

                      1. sweetteach - This is kind of related... When you visit the patisseries, if possible, could you please take pictures of the amazing antique handpainted tile ceilings found almost exclusively in the great old bakeries of France?

                        These rare ceilings were beautifully handpainted by artisans of the time, on tiles, often glass tiles, and were primarily made for patisseries, although some may be found elsewhere, like restaurants, hotels or bars. The surviving ceilings are now officially a French national treasure and the government has barred their removal from France. Before the law protecting the ceilings was enacted, a small number were sold and exported, (will attempt to attach pix) but really you are going to the world's most exclusive "gallery" of these amazing, extremely rare, precious art pieces - the wonderful old patisseries of France. This Chowhound would dearly love any pictures you can share, if you can and would.

                        Thank you, and Bon Voyage!