WARNING: Paris is a dangerous place for anyone with a sweet tooth. Never before in my life have I ever constantly craved sweets like I have since moving to France this year. I figure, since i’m only here for a year, there’s no real harm in indulging in the temptations, so here are some of my favorite sweets around Paris!
First, you cannot go to Paris without trying a macaron. Not only are these sweet treats everywhere in paris, but the city contains some of the best artisan macaron in the world. Luckily for us at Parsons Paris, we’re located right around the corner from one of my favorite macaron shops, the famous Pierre Hermé. Honestly, I’ll admit, this cookie never really appealed to me before I moved to Paris, but after trying one of Pierre Hermé’s rose flavored cookies, i’ll never go back. There’s is just something so fun about eating a fresh macaron, the texture is unlike another sweet I’ve had, and pierre hermé does it exactly right! The flavors are endless, sweet, savory, you name it– they have it. Not to mention, they’re a beautiful little treat. They also have all sorts of chocolates, confiture, and other delicious treats! Visit Pierre Hermé at 39 Avenue de l’Opéra, 75002 Paris.
Another famous macaron can be found at Maison Ladurée. Though ladurée is world renowned for it’s cookies, I recommend visiting the restaurant at Champs Elysées for the experience. A friend and I went there amidst a [window] shopping spree as to take break for a while, and have a cup of coffee. Though the beverages are a bit pricey, it was totally worth the experience to just sit, chat and have our afternoon café et chocolat chaud inside the gilded salon á Ladurée. It’s part of Parisienne culture to order a coffee and sit pretty much as long as you want, the wait staff may ask you if you would like something else, but don’t feel obligated to order more, they’re not trying to rush you either they’re just being hospitable. Visit Ladurée at 75 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris.
If it’s really hot chocolate you’re looking for, I recommend Angelina’s. La Maison Angelina, is THE place for a traditional hot chocolate. In fact, it’s so well known that people go there specifically for their “chocolate chaud.” The atmosphere is very french, super romantic and classical as it has been around since 1903. This place is large part of Paris’ café history, and cannot be missed on your next visit to Paris. Visit Angelina’s at 226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris.
Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for, the crepe. One of the biggest stereotypes of Paris might be the image of a parisienne walking down the boulevards with a baguette in one hand and a crepe in the other— let me tell you it could not be more true. Haha okay maybe not exactly true, but crepes and baguettes are two of the most accessible treats in Paris. Street crepes are available year round, and are the perfect treat for a cold evening. Again, the choices vary between sweet or savory- personally I prefer a savory crepe myself, but wont turn down a nutella crepe if offered. And though the street crepe joints do come in handy, there are plenty of places to have sit down gourmet crepes as well. If you ever end up on rue du Montparnasse, you’ll quickly be overcome by the number of crepe restaurants that line the street, but be sure not to miss one of my favorites Creperie Josselin. This cozy place has also been around for quite a while, and they sure do know how to make a mean crepe. If you like sausage I recommend getting one of their sausage crepes, they wont disappoint. Order a pint of cider along side and you’ll have had a proper Josselin experience, 67 Rue du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris.
As this is Paris, the list of my favorite desserts could on and on forever. Be sure to follow my “Sights to See Around Paris” posts as I’ll continue to share more of my favorite spots around the city soon! À bientot!