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.

Where Paris - - Dining - By San­dra Iskan­der

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

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