A Sweet BREAK
Bikini season may be dawning but when in Paris there is no excuse for not tasting some of the best desserts in the world.
1 Superstar pastry chef Cédric Grolet is known for his crafty skills in creating mouth-watering desserts that are shaped to look like the pastry’s key ingredient, a lemon shaped lemon tart or a hazelnut shaped praline delight are only some of his creations that have awarded him the best pastry chef title by Gault & Millau. Now Le Meurice hotel is giving visitors a chance to take-away Grolet’s award-winning dessert from the newly inaugurated La Pâtisserie du Meurice par Cédric Grolet. The pastry shop is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 12pm but you need to get there quick as the desserts sell like hot cakes and the shop closes its doors once it has sold out. 6 rue de Castiglione (1st), 01 44 58 10 10
2 He made his name at the Plaza Athénée and now you can devour Christophe Michalak’s sweet desserts at his hipster coffee shop where you can enjoy coffee or the smooth hot chocolate with one of the chef’s pastries. The hardest thing here is choosing which dessert to succumb to with too many mouth-watering options to choose from including the Paris Brest, the raspberry pavlova and the dessert that was his signature creation at the Plaza, the salted caramel religieuse. 60 Fbg Poissonnière (10th), 01 42 46 10 45
3 He is known for his trademark square, which shapes his chocolates and now chocolatier Pierre Marcolini has embraced the cube and has introduced the Désirs collection. Marcolini’s first foray into pastries sees a collection of 11 Désirs cubes, each mixing different flavours and textures, creating a sweet explosion of happiness on the taste buds. The Désir Noisette mixes milk chocolate, Chantilly cream and a heart of crème brûlée while the Désir Agrumes hides a heart of citrus in a dark chocolate cube. 3 rue Scribe (9th), 01 44 71 03 74
4 If you are discovering the neighbourhood of Saint- Germain, make sure you stop at the Gérard Mulot bakery. Besides finding freshly baked baguettes you will also be treating your eyes and your sweet tooth to a countertop filled with traditional French pastries including éclairs, millefeuilles and fruit tarts. 76 rue de Seine (6th), 01 43 26 85 77
5 A chocoholic’s dream has been realised in the form of La Chocolaterie Cyril Lignac. French chef Cyril Lignac has embraced chocolate in all its forms and created a dessert menu that only features chocolate. There are chocolate cookies, chocolate tarts, brownies, éclairs and even hot chocolate to wash it all down with. And if you are still looking for a chocolate hit, the chef has his own line of chocolate blocks that are available in the chocolaterie. 34 rue du Dragon (6th), 01 55 87 21 40