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Paris Brest in Paris

rosalita Dec 2, 2011 07:54 PM


On my last trip to Paris a few years ago I felt like I saw Paris Brest in every patisserie window, that is until I decided that it was time to eat one; then I couldn't find a single one. I am heading back next week and I am determined to eat at least one! I will be staying by the Pantheon so if anyone can recommend a place near there, that would be great! Otherwise we will plan to wander up to the Montmartre area, Rue Monge, probably the Marais so any recommendations in that area would also be appreciated.

Thank you in advance!

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    Nancy S. RE: rosalita Dec 3, 2011 07:06 AM

    Go to Jacques Genin in the 3rd.

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      souphie RE: Nancy S. Dec 3, 2011 07:20 AM

      Or La Pâtisserie des Rêves (6th, 16th), or Pichard (15th).

      Since you're close to Panthéon, try Bon on rue Saint Jaques, Marletti on rue Censier, Le Boulanger de Monge on rue Larrey (or rue Monge).

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        akated RE: Nancy S. Dec 6, 2011 12:21 AM

        seconded for jacques genin. beware the crazy queue though. i had to queue for an hour and a half for a table. maybe plan for takeout just in case the queue is too long.

        and while you are there, definitely get their chocolates (the cardamom / mint ones are heavenly; can't wait to taste the oolong and pu'er ones) and caramels!

        can't wait to be back in paris again. sigh.

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          Nancy S. RE: akated Dec 6, 2011 07:09 AM

          I think it depends on the day and hour. On my last several visits, there was no line at the counter and no wait for tables.

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            akated RE: Nancy S. Dec 6, 2011 04:58 PM

            ah. i was there around 5pm on a sat. guess that explains why.

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        rosalita RE: rosalita Dec 3, 2011 07:58 AM

        Thanks so much for the recommendations! Can't wait to check out all of these places :)

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          porkpa RE: rosalita Dec 4, 2011 01:17 AM

          Is the on at Pre Catalan huyge and soaked in booze? If so, I hated it.

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            sunshine842 RE: porkpa Dec 4, 2011 02:10 AM

            Paris Brest are not supposed to be soaked in booze. I think you might have gotten a hold of a Baba -- those are soaked in rum, and delicious if done well.

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              uhockey RE: porkpa Dec 4, 2011 05:48 AM

              No. It was large but there was not a drop of alcohol near it.


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              mrbitterpants RE: rosalita Dec 4, 2011 08:40 AM

              Try Carl Marletti in the 5th, especially since you're in the Rue Monge area anyway.

              1. Parnassien RE: rosalita Dec 4, 2011 11:37 PM

                le Figaro did a taste test last year so google "Figaro Paris Brest palmares" to see what you come up with. The winners are usually listed in a pdf link at the bottom of the article.

                It's a cool weather pastry so it does tend to be hard to find in the summer.

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                  xigua RE: Parnassien Dec 5, 2011 06:38 AM

                  here's the news article: http://www.lefigaro.fr/sortir-paris/2...
                  and the list: http://www.lefigaro.fr/assets/paris-b...

                  I just tried the Paris-Brest at L'Ecailler du Bistrot, which was excellent though the dense cream was quite rich so you'd want to share. I'm guessing Bistro Paul Bert would serve the same dessert.


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                    rosalita RE: xigua Dec 5, 2011 01:27 PM

                    Perfect! I am printing it out now and will bring it with me. Thanks again, all, for your advice!

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