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Paris Must-try Desserts/Baked Goods, Chocolates, Candies, etc.

I have read already many posts by David Lebovitz and some by other blogs about top-sweets in Paris--however, I am looking for some of the sweets favored by people on Chowhound. So if you have any 'must-try' places please let me know--I am staying in the Latin Quarter but intend to venture around (despite that I was told the Metro is too dangerous--Pssh, must get around somehow!). Thank you for your suggestions!

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  1. The métro is dangerous ??!! But, in any case, buses are better. Vélib bikes (almost free) are the best.

    Everyone defines the Latin Quarter differently. If you mean the 5th, try Carl Marletti on the rue Censier across from St Médard church and, for nougats, les Petites Merveilles de Damas on the rue Monge near the Arènes de Lutèce. And speaking of marvelous, Aux Merveilleux de Fred on rue Monge @ bd St Germain.

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    1. re: Parnassien

      I do not have a sweet tooth. When I was invited to a recent lemon-tart testing, I tended to give a high rating to all pies that did not taste so sweet. Maybe this is one of those anti-recommendations that show up on the France board sometimes, in that whatever I recommend, you may want to run the other way. :)
      Among the usual and unusual suspects, may I recommend:
      - Aurore Capucine: Her fruit tartelettes use fruits and … flowers. The taste of the plants comes through on very true notes. On the other hand, they do not taste too sugary. To me these are all positive points. I would eat the tartelettes within 4 hours. 6 maximum. The very good crust&interior contrast does not survive long hours.
      - Boulangerie-Pâtisserie Hubert (31 rue de Maubeuge). Hubert was the partner of the fabled Seurre of rue de Martyrs. After M. Seurre retired, Hubert looked for a non-bank-breaking lease in the 9th and had trouble finding one. At last, eureka. We tried his croissants and galette des rois earlier in the year and liked it very much.
      - for traditional pâtisserie, I am won over by Sébastien Gaudard. Again not too sweet, which allows the true tastes of the ingredients to come through. And always good contrast between crunchy crust and light-creamy interior.
      They are all in the 9th, an arrondissement with ace boulangerie-pâtisserie fengshui.

    2. 1st; the metro _is_ _safe_ and is the easiest way to move around the city (other than walking); just have to use common sense if you are not used to public transport).

      For candies, I always go for either the "Fraises Tagada" or more often "Carambar"

      For patisseries, the "new" Gateau Thoumieux (58, rue Saint-Dominique, 7th ) looks very nice.

      Other than that, I will leave other to answer as I'm not a "sweet" kind of guy.

      1. The Pierre Herme Croissant Ispahan is a must!

        1. We're in Paris and just got off the metro 1/2 hour ago. Perfectly safe!!! And the best way to get around...For pastries-Carl Marletti in the 5 th and for chocolate, the growing empire of Patrick Roger.also Patrice Chapon on the rue de Bac in the 7th. For myself, I would skip la maison du chocolat ,kind of meh from my point of view..

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          1. re: pammi

            Maison d Chocolate's powdered unsweetened cocoa is still unequaled by anyone in my experience.

            1. re: pammi

              I love Patrick Roger's stuff too.

            2. A few more thoughts-great caramels and gauffres from Meert on the rue Elzevir. Palais de Bonbons on the rue Monge ( combines well with a visit to Carl Marletti as they are near one another ). Or,If you don't want to dash all over town,just go to the rue des martyrs in the 9 th-that street has it all. Pay special attention to delmontel,a pastry store on that street

              1. "I was told the Metro is too dangerous"
                If the person who warns you also gives you restaurant recommendations, don't follow them.

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                1. re: Parigi

                  Ha, my older parents are aghast that (even as an adult) I am venturing alone and to ease their minds I promised to call their old travel-agent who stated: "NO using the metro"--so indeed, I will not be using said travel-agent for anything.

                  1. re: GraceW

                    Have a wonderful time and put your lock on your diary.

                    FWIW, it's my guess that your folks and their travel agent would heartily endorse your visiting San Francisco, my town. I personally feel that SF is much more dangerous than Paris. Enjoy your visit!

                    1. re: mangeur

                      Agree - a Sunday afternoon food cart hunt to Oakland was very enlightening.

                2. Top sweets:

                  L'Eclair de génie for éclairs
                  Carl Marletti
                  Tarte au citron at Le Pain de Sucre
                  Jacques Genin for anything that's at hand
                  Carette for very well-made, classic pastries.

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                  1. re: Ptipois

                    I'd add to this excellent list -- the chou caramel at Des Gateaux et du a Pain, the tarte tatin at Patisserie des Reves and the tarte aux fraises de bois at Pain de Sucre.

                    1. re: Ptipois

                      "L'Eclair de génie for éclairs"

                      I thought you guys might enjoy this, I certainly did :
                      http://www.lemonde.fr/style/video/201...

                      1. re: Rio Yeti

                        Wow: that looks crazy decedent and makes me realize that I am not sure I can eat all these sweet things by myself...

                        1. re: GraceW

                          "decedent"
                          ?

                          Btw, for "Chocolates, Candies" and jams and pâtes de fruits, my one-stop place is A La Mère de Famille (rue Fbg Montmartre, practically next door to the fabled sumptuous Covered Passage Verdeau). Especially the pâtes de fruits. I don't eat them anywhere else.

                      2. Patrick Roger's chocolate -- just get the bars.

                        Personally I love Maison du Chocolat's chocolat and coffee macarons.

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                        1. re: ChefJune

                          Yes! And stock up and bring bars home! You will be a rockstar with your friends.

                        2. You are probably not far from Aux Merveilleux de Fred on Rue Monge, around the corner from Maulbert-Mutuality.

                          They specialize in one type of pastry, a wonderful light meringue filled with whipped cream and topped with crispy flavored bits - my favorite being coffee. Divine.

                          http://www.auxmerveilleux.com/

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                          1. re: noixdecoco

                            Learning about this easy-to-get-to branch of Fred may not be an entirely good thing. We will definitely affect their rate-of-sale.

                            1. re: mangeur

                              Tell me about it. I'm trying hard to forget they're in my neighborhood now.

                          2. Having just posted this link on another thread - have it ready to go - a personal search

                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/890155

                            I reached all by métro!

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                            1. re: estufarian

                              And here's one more for you, and very much in your neighborhood-Franck Kestener 7 rue Gay-Lussac in the 5th. He is a M-O-F and his chocolates show it. Every piece is perfect and pleasing..

                            2. The saint honore and dragee creations from patisserie des reves, were without a doubt the most amazing tasty items i've had in Paris. With all due respect to many great patisseries in the city, at least what i tried till now, for me Phillip Concitini is in a league of his own. If it was for my next visit, i think i would have preffered to go every day until i finish trying everything at des reves with a visit to eclair de genie to try the current collection.
                              For chocolates, both Patrick Roger and Pascal Legac were the best i tried.

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                              1. re: oferl

                                These are both in St Germain en Laye (Patrick Roger is seemingly everywhere now, not so Pascal LeGac). The best day to go there is Sunday morning,take the RER A !!! (Train) to the end of the line.walk down a 2 block food lined street and then you are in the food land that is St. Germain. My favorite Sunday . So much better than Sunday at Richard Lenoir market. I always start with a pastry from Gontrain Cherrier, who has a bakery at the beginning of the Sunday market. Then stroll down to Pascal LeGac then the market in the town square. bring a tote bag to carry everything home on the train ( a 20minute ride) or if you want,there's a chateau next to the RER station and you can have a picnic.not touristy and you have the added pleasure of some great clothing stores there too. For me this is the perfect way to spendSunday, they you still have the afternoon back in Paris to see some art in the Grand Palais,or at a museum. Heaven..

                                1. re: oferl

                                  Thank you--I will definitely go to La Patisserie de Reyes.. the website is enough to win me over. I really want to try a Paris-Brest even though the concept--with the items in the glass containers--does make me apprehensive about trying to order (especially without a word of French, besides: Bonjoir, Pardon, Non!, and Merci).