I was in Paris last week, and let me tell you, I made sure I sampled as many carbs as the city could offer. Thank god for all of the walking we did, otherwise I would have put on some serious lbs! So this week, I’m detoxing and the pastry/bread withdrawal is real my friends! I can’t stop thinking about all of the delicious bites from my trip, and if I can’t actually relive them, I can at least share some of my favorites with you!
There’s a reason Angelina is one of the most popular patisseries in Paris—it’s legit. After landing and dropping off our bags at the AirBnB, Angelina was our first stop. There was a line when we got there, so we went over to scope out the patisserie case and by the time our table was ready, I had to check to make sure I wasn’t drooling.
Once we sat down, and realized that we couldn’t order the whole menu, we settled on the Mont Blanc (Meringue, whipped cream, chestnut cream vermicelli) and the Vienne (Macaroon biscuit, dark chocolate mousse, milk chocolate ganache, dark chocolate disk)…and of course a bottle of rosé!
I don’t know if my description could do these justice. The Mont Blanc at first taste was ok, but once I got a complete bite of all the layers it’s like the heavens opened up. The pastry cream on the bottom was phenomenal and surprisingly very light.
The Vienne on the other hand was intense and rich off the bat and more so with every bite. The mousse and ganache nearly sent me into a food coma, but it was so worth it!
The only regret I have leaving Angelina, was not ordering their hot chocolate. You might be thinking, “Why hot chocolate?”—but trust me. Check out their Instagram feed and you’ll understand what I’m talking about. I had such order-envy watching people around me who had the hot chocolate. It’s super rich and thick—almost like a liquid ganache being poured from a carafe into cups. Related—it would make a perfect Boomerang video for all you Instagramers.
Basically, if you’re in Paris and you like sweets, you have to go here. You can thank me later.
Angelina Paris | 226 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris | http://www.angelina-paris.fr
L’Eclair de Génie
The day of unending carbs, as I now like to refer to it as, continued as we made our way over to L’Eclair de Génie. If you type eclair and Paris into Google, this is the first thing to come up. With locations all over the city, we found ourselves at the one in the Marais. The shop was tiny—probably no bigger than 10’x10’—but it had everything we were looking for.
If you’re expecting your standard, run-of-the-mill eclair, you will definitely be surprised, but certainly not disappointed with these beauties. These are the Bentley of eclairs—pretty fancy. We settled on the salted caramel, the traditional and double chocolate. Guys, the salted caramel had edible gold leaf. That’s right EDIBLE GOLD LEAF. Despite the fanciness of these pastries, I was pleasantly surprised by the price— about €5 each.
The choux pastry on each of these was like a normal eclair, but the fillings were incredibly rich and dense, almost like a mousse consistency. I think if I hadn’t been in the mist of my food coma from Angelina, I would have enjoyed it way more. Nonetheless, I would say this is a must-try when in Paris. And with 9 locations throughout Paris, it’s a pretty easy one to check off.
L’Eclair de Génie | 14 rue Pavée, 75004 Paris | http://leclairdegenie.com
Every time I see a macaron I have to try it. So you can imagine how much restraint my wallet and waistline needed to show in Paris. I decided if I was going to go to town on some macarons, I wanted to hold out for the best. And the best are at Ladurée. Some people might tell you other places are better because Ladurée is “too big”, but I disagree. These are the real deal, guys.
When you walk into Ladurée, you have two options: sit down to eat in the tea room or take them to-go. With my plans for those macarons, it was best that I took them to-go, so I could potentially walk them off a bit.
Ladurée has an assembly line of sorts that is incredibly efficient. You first choose the quantity you want, and then the box or bag you want them in. I’m just going to choose to keep my quantity to myself.
From there, you can dive into the varieties you want to pick. While the classic flavors are amazing, my personal favorite was the coconut lime. When you bite into it, you get the fresh, light taste of the lime filling and then slowly get the taste of the rich coconut meringue. For me it was the perfect bite, but with almost a dozen flavors you can’t go wrong.
There are multiple locations, but for the classic experience, I suggest going to the Champs-Élysées shop. The beautiful baroque-style decor justifies the visit alone, and being on the Champs-Élysées means you’re only a few short blocks away from eating your macarons under the Arc de Triomphe!