One thing Paris is deservedly famous for is its numerous boulangeries serving delicious patisseries. When Neil and I travel, our priority is usually trying to fit in as many sites and activities as possible. We prefer grabbing something to eat that’s quick, fast, and relatively inexpensive while en route to somewhere else. Paris is an ideal place to do this, because there are a lot of bakeries serving high-quality sandwiches, croissants, pastries, and other delicacies. Another thing we loved to do is to grab a loaf (or two) of still-hot-from-the-oven French bread and take it back to our apartment after a long day of site-seeing. Add some cheese, a tub of hummus, and a bottle of rosé for a perfect low-key dinner. (It’s maybe not the most nutritious, but after hours of walking in the 30+ C heat, who wants to cook and then wash up?).
A boulangerie in Montmartre.
Of course, it’s great to make reservations or plan your day/evening around a delicious hour-plus meal at a quality restaurant once in awhile. But that’s not what this post is about. I am going to share with you some of the delicious and colourful desserts we spotted (and occasionally sampled) around Paris. There is no lack of drool-worthy treats to be found. The hardest part is narrowing your choices down to what you can realistically enjoy without ending up in a sugar coma.
Like these pastel meringues. Can I try one in each colour?
How about meringue with almonds?
I have a hard time saying “no” to anything with fresh raspberries and strawberries. We found this counter of sweets at Au Petit Versailles du Marais .
But wait, what are these icing-sugar laden squares on the other side?
SO many raspberries!
This looks deliciously decadent as well.
I took a picture of this treat because it brought to mind someone I know. It looks delicious!
Fresh raspberries and cheesecake? Game over. The cheesecakes shown below are from Berko, an American-style cheesecake café.
Lemon-meringue cheesecake? Okay, twist my rubber arm.
Oh, but there’s also mini-cupcakes!
We were at Berko the day before July 4, hence the American flags. Surprisingly, there were lots of American flags to be found in Paris the week of July 4! I didn’t realize that the French were so fond of the United States—I guess it’s due to their involvement in the American Revolution, as Louis XVI provided funds to help the Americans keep fighting the British (the friend of my enemy is my friend). A French sculptor, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, also designed the Statue of Liberty (with help from another Frenchman, Gustav Eiffel).
Other desserts I have craved.
Who doesn’t love a tower of macarons? I could eat a whole row.
Best souvenir ever.
A terrible picture of a delicious dessert – you can get macarons in a larger size!
One day, we went to Le Loir Dans La Theiere (the Dormouse in the Teapot) for brunch. It had colourful Alice-in-Wonderland themed murals on the walls.
Cute image on the napkin.
But, most importantly (and famously), the restaurant had lemon-meringue pie with sky-high meringue.
I can’t even remember what our main course was. I’m sure it was delicious, but priorities.
For a slightly less decadent breakfast on another day we went to a vegan place, the Café Pinson. There we enjoyed a breakfast of petit madeleines with jam and chocolate sauce. The café itself is also really pretty!
The madeleines were divine.
There were actually a lot of vegan options near where we were staying, including vegan pizza and burgers. (Hank Pizza, shown below). There was also a lot of falafel on hand in the Jewish Quarter, which Neil really appreciated. Fresh falafel is his favourite!
Back to dessert. Amorino is the best place to get gelato. You can get different flavours scooped and shaped to look like a flower, topped with a macaron.
The picture of my rose petal-flavoured gelato is sadly out of focus, but it was still delicious.
The dessert below, my friends, is known as a praluline. It is a pure-butter sweet brioche bread filled with pralines, candied almonds, and hazelnuts.
You would also be as excited as I am, if you were about to eat a praluline.
After all that sugar, it’s time to move on to some flowers I saw at the Marché des Enfants Rouges. They present a feast for the eyes, if not the waistline. (Although the market had plenty of food options as well).
The market’s name translates as “Market of the Red Children” and calls back to its origins as an orphanage in which the children were dressed in red. A market was established in 1615, making it the oldest market in Paris.
This market had buckets of sweet peas! How lovely.
I’ll take them all.
We saw lots of flowers at a couple of gardens that we visited. I’ll include them in another post. For now, we’ll end with these colourful hot-air balloon ornaments. No room in my suitcase, but I’m sure they would have made a delightful addition to our garden!
Another thing that I really enjoyed was a self-serve wine bar! At the entrance, you are given a glass and a card. You put some money on that card. Then you’re free to go around the bar to different kiosks of wine. Choose your wine, tap your card, fill your glass! You can choose how much wine you want to have poured. It was a lot of fun!
Can we please get these set up everywhere?
Before we finish this post, here’s a funny thing we saw in a bakery… but be warned! It’s NSFW!
Magical baguettes. LOL!