Where can you find the best patisseries in Paris?

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 3:54 PM

Paris is a city known for several things: fashion, beautiful architecture, a rich history and its amazing patisseries. When I go on city breaks, I always make sure I find cheap hotel deals in destinations which are known for their culinary delights. Not only is this because I'm a bit of a foodie, but getting affordable accommodation means I have more cash left over to eat at all the places I want to!

One of my dreams is to go on a patisserie tour around Paris. I've visited the French capital in the past, but did all the usual tourist things, such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Louvre. If I get the chance to visit again, the five patisseries below will certainly be on my list of cake shops to visit.

Sadaharu Aoki

Now, I'm starting with somewhere a little bit unusual, as this patisserie combines French and Japanese creations. While you will find all of the pastries you would expect from a Parisian bakery, Sadaharu Aoki combines traditional flavours with Far Eastern ones such as black sesame and green tea.

I've heard they taste amazing, and also look fantastic. It has a number of branches, including at 56 boulevard du Port-Royal and 25 rue Perignon.

Jean-Paul Hevin

I'm a massive chocoholic and Jean-Paul Hevin is known as the ultimate artisan at the top of his game. I definitely would love to try one of his famous chocolate tarts, although perhaps with a coffee rather than a hot chocolate, as that might be a little bit too much sugar!

As well as pastries, Hevin is a master of chocolates, so I could be tempted to snap up a box or two to take home - if they last that long, that is!

Carl Marletti

Writing this top five list is certainly making me hungry, especially after checking out the website of Carl Marletti. This patisserie at 51 rue Censier makes my shortlist for several reasons, although his custard slices (millefueille) and éclairs stand out.

Some of Marletti's mouth-watering flavours include pistachio, vanilla, chocolate-passion and caramel. The difficult decision will be deciding which one to go for.

Pain de Sucre

Another famous patisserie that I'll hope to get to next time I stay in a cheap hotel in Paris is Pain de Sucre. This can be found at 14 rue Rambuteau, and while it looks small from the outside, this doesn't mean it's any less interesting than its larger rivals.

The baba au rhum comes with a syringe of rum if you feel as though your cake needs to be a bit boozier, while you won't be able to take your eyes away from the enchanting display of tarts, breads and marshmallows.

Pierre Herme

One of the first desserts that springs to mind when I think of Paris is colourful macaroons, and locals and tourists in the know buy theirs at the renowned Pierre Herme. Luckily, the patisserie chain is located in a few different places, so you should be able to find one.

Buy a box of colourful macaroons so you can try different flavours as you walk around some of Paris's top attractions. You'll find stores at the Galeries Lafayette, 185 rue de Vaugirard, 4 rue Cambon and 39 avenue de l'Opera.

Hopefully this top five has given you a good idea of where to hunt down sweet treats next time you're in Paris!
 

Where can you find the best views in Jersey?

Where can you find the best views in Jersey?

It is no wonder so many holidaymakers choose to go walking in Jersey - the views you are rewarded with here are spectacular. Best of all, you can see many of them in one trip by following the well-marked paths that form a network over the island.

Paris is home to a variety of markets

A guide to some of Paris's best markets

We all know Paris is something of a shopper's paradise but if you want a retail therapy experience with a difference, make sure you check out some of the city's markets. They're incredibly varied, selling everything from art and jewellery to food and flowers.

Top places to shop in Paris

Top places to shop in Paris

Anyone who watched the TV show Sex and the City will know there are plenty of fancy places to shop in Paris - indeed, Sarah Jessica Parker's character Carrie Bradshaw spends most of her time in the city indulging in retail therapy. If you want to follow her lead, read our guide.

Discover quirky museums in Paris

Our top picks for the weird and wonderful museums of Paris

If you are planning a short break in Paris, you are bound to want to visit at least one of the museums for which the city is famous. However, there are numerous quirky establishments for you to explore if you fancy something a little different.

Where can I spend a weekend in Turkey?

Where can I spend a weekend in Turkey?

Turkey is not somewhere that immediately springs to mind when choosing a destination for a weekend away, although this really needn't be the case. Located just four short hours from the UK by plane, this fascinating country - which straddles the divide between Europe and Asia - offers wonderful weather, great beaches and a rich culture.

Enjoy a beer at a traditional London pub

What makes a traditional London pub and where can I find one?

If you're hoping to stay in cheap London hotels in order to visit to some of the city's historic pubs, you'll need to think carefully about where you go. After all, you don't want to end up in a tourist trap rather than being able to experience the real thing.

The annual Slow Fish festival in Liguria

Fifth annual Slow Fish Festival excites foodies

For those Brits who like to combine food and travel the fifth Slow Fish Festival held in the region of Liguria in North West Italy is the perfect destination for a quick getaway. As with many parts of Italy, great food is a priority, but Liguria differs as its position in Italy is quite unique.

Costa Teguise is a terrific short break destination

What can you do on a weekend break in Costa Teguise?

If you want to go on an overseas holiday but aren't sure where to go, it's worth visiting Lanzarote. Not only is the Spanish island just a few hours' flight from the UK - ideal if you've only got enough free time to go away for a long weekend - but it also benefits from warm weather and has terrific attractions. Costa Teguise is a particularly good destination for a short break, here's a look at why.

Coffee with a local in Amsterdam

Amsterdam

This week IdealShortBreaks.co.uk is in Amsterdam drinking strong black coffee with local Machteld Ligtvoet, who gives us tips on some of his favourite local haunts – including where you can go to find one of the best views of the city.

Top five alternative Christmas markets

Alternative Christmas markets

Forget the likes of Germany and Eastern European favourites, Budapest, Krakow and Prague this year and why not head to some alternative Christmas market destinations for something a little different this festive season?