Too many pretty little things in Paris and let’s make this entry a pictorial one, shall we?
Let’s start off with my penchant for macarons, Parisian macarons by Ladurée.
We purchased a box of so-called mini macarons of 12 pieces with 11 different flavours, yes, you can choose and pick whatever flavour you want. Favourite ones were caramel, pistachio and vanilla.
Another must-try shop in Paris would be Berthillon‘s ice-cream. And we happened to live straight across from the original shop, and unsurprisingly we had double cones almost everyday. The above consists of pistachio & hazelnut, rum raisins & hazelnut & vanilla as well as mango & peach.
You would think that were all the macarons above? More here from Pierre Hermé.
An afterthought after trying PH and Laduree ones.
PH macarons have more filling, and more exotic flavours as well as more refined (probably due to Pierre’s starting off his career in Tokyo). Ladurée‘s selection is more straightforward and you get what you see, still good macarons nonetheless.
~~Boulangerie et Pattiserie~~
There were three boulangerie & pattiserie shops near our apartment and naturally we indulged ourselves in their daily fresh produces for breakfast (almost) every morning.
Prices are reasonable too, tarts sold at €2.40 thereabout, baguette at €0.90 and other pastry products around€1 plus. Missing them terribly now.
~~Berthillon (sitting in)~~
On our last day, we thought sitting in at Berthillon‘s shop for the last treat of their ice-cream would be a good idea. Yes, we had ok sit-in-food at their shop but the menu is way overpriced.
The left was entitled Vacherin (only 2 scoops of ice-cream and the rest was whipped cream and some mini meringue) and the right is some sort of French toast breakfast with an ice-cream scoop. Together with an espresso-sized cup of Café Noisette (€2.40!), the bill came to €18.80. I am embarrassed to admit to have paid such obscene price.
My advice, just go to the next door for an ice-cream cone and leave as a happy kid.
~~La Cure Gourmand~~
Two more Paris based posts to come after this. Check back soon!
By the way, before I pen off. A list to share with you here. It was a pity that I couldn’t trace down all the chocolatier and pattiserie shops, and here’s a list that I want to tick off next time in Paris. Try them all out if you’re going there and let me know how they’re!
- Gerard Mulot – said to have the best macarons apart from Pierre Hermé.
- Pierre Marcolini – seems to be a Belgium chocolatier instead of Paris, however, the chocolate coated fresh marshmallows is a must.
- Patrick Roger – another great chocolatier, passed it by and seemed really exquisite.
- La Maison du Chocolat – a self-explanatory shop, just passed by, and the window display was so enticing.
- Debauve & Gallais – usedto be the chocolatier of King of France.
Enlighten me if you know more!