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Mar 26, 2014 03:46 AM

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