Spe­cial­ity SHOPS

What­ever you are in the mood for, Paris sweet spe­cialty shops have you cov­ered, from meringues to eclairs, there is no sweet tooth left unat­tended.

Where Paris - - Dining - By San­dra Iskan­der

Vis­it­ing Paris means bit­ing into French pas­tries and noth­ing is more de­li­cious than Popelini’s creamy chou se­lec­tion. This sweet chou shop dis­plays a colour­ful counter of the creamy de­lights avail­able in dif­fer­ent flavours, with nine flavours mak­ing up the clas­sic col­lec­tion, which are al­ways avail­able, in­clud­ing the dark choco­late, salted caramel and pis­ta­chio. Popelini 29 rue De­bel­leyme (3rd), 01 44 61 31 44

The fa­mous French cake, the madeleine, has al­ways been a sta­ple treat for French chil­dren grow­ing up and now the re­cently opened Mamy Thérèse cel­e­brates the de­li­cious cake and brings us a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ently flavoured madeleines. The madeleine shop of­fers the tra­di­tional, plain ver­sion, as well as gourmet op­tions in­clud­ing a milk choco­late one with a heart of gooey pra­line. Mamy Thérèse 19 rue Saint-An­toine (4th)

An­other French clas­sic that gets the multi-flavours treat­ment is the éclair, and at Eclair de Génie the chou-based pas­try is cel­e­brated with a coun­ter­top full of dif­fer­ent flavoured cream-filled eclairs. You will find colour­ful and orig­i­nal op­tions in­clud­ing the yuzu and lemon éclair and the pis­ta­chio and fresh straw­ber­ries one, how­ever, if you are look­ing for a more tra­di­tional flavour do not go past the salted caramel éclair, a per­fectly sweet­ened caramel-flavoured mas­car­pone cream with just the right amount of a tang. Eclair de Génie 14 rue Pavée (4th), 01 42 77 85 11

The re­cently opened L’Ate­lier Ar­ti­san Crêpier spe­cialises in the fa­mous French crepe and you can­not be in Paris with­out en­joy­ing a crepe or two. At L’Ate­lier, crepes reign supreme with end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties of how you can en­joy them with savoury, sweet or even flam­béed op­tions are all on the menu. L’Ate­lier Ar­ti­san Crêpier 10 rue Ma­bil­lon (6th)

Even Hol­ly­wood star Scar­lett Jo­hans­son has got­ten in on the game and opened up Yummy Pop in Paris. Spe­cial­is­ing in pop­corn, the menu fea­tures dif­fer­ent flavoured ker­nels in­clud­ing maple syrup, choco­late and straw­ber­ries and straw­berry cream. Yummy Pop 35bis rue du Roi de Si­cile (4th), 09 86 79 07 77

It may not be a one- prod­uct, one-stop shop but Karamel is def­i­nitely an­other spe­cialty shop worth vis­it­ing es­pe­cially if you like caramel. Tak­ing a dif­fer­ent route to be­com­ing a spe­cialty shop, Karamel has de­cided to fo­cus on one flavour in­stead of one prod­uct and has cre­ated a menu of only caramel- flavoured treats such as choco­late, eclairs and caramel spread. Karamel 67 rue Saint- Do­minique (7th), 01 71 93 02 94

The meringue also gets its very own spe­cialty shop with the open­ing of La Meringaie with the sim­ple egg white and sugar cloud get­ting dressed up like a Pavlova. The shop of­fers up sea­sonal ver­sions as well as year- round treats like the Pélagie, which cov­ers the meringue base with lime- in­fused whipped cream and topped with pas­sion fruit and rasp­ber­ries. La Meringaie 21 rue de Le­vis (17th), 01 44 71 94 16

Les Bonnes Crèmes has joined the very pop­u­lar spe­cialty trend and has fo­cused on bring­ing dessert am­a­teurs the rich crème caramel, though in­stead of of­fer­ing only the sim­ple caramel-flavoured clas­sic, vis­i­tors will find new flavours in­clud­ing orange, lemon and cof­fee. More orig­i­nal op­tions make their way onto the sea­sonal menu with flavours in­clud­ing choco­late and gin­ger, and black se­same seeds and red beans. Les Bonnes Crèmes 13 rue Manuel (9th), 01 40 37 68 71

Popelini

Mamy Thérèse

La Meringaie

Yummy Pop

Karamel

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