February 18, 2018

Five of the Best Sweet Treats to Try in Paris

Sweet Treats in Paris France

Sweet Treats in Paris by Canon s3

When strolling along famous Paris streets like the Champs-Elysées and Rue Royale, your nose will be assaulted by delicious odors wafting from some of the greatest bakers, confectioners and chocolatiers in France.

Don’t be tempted by imitators – when in Paris, go for the original and best creators of world-famous sweet treats. See the top five places to satisfy your sweet tooth and your sense of occasion below…

1)  for bonbons: l’Etoile d’Or

Bernachon chocolates Paris by Ricardo

Bernachon chocolates Paris by Ricardo

Denise Acabo’s knowledge of chocolate is the stuff of local legend and though the French may passionately debate about which type is their favourite, everyone agrees that the perfect delivery system for her chocolate masterpieces are her heavenly bonbons.

Although retired now, Denise’s enthusiasm for making the most delicious sweet treats in Paris still rules her shop, and those seeking the ultimate chocolate experience continue to make a beeline to her door despite all the competition this epicurean city has to offer.  Many chocoholics confess that l’Etoile d’Or is their first stop when they get to Paris to get their bonbon fix and last stop before they leave Paris so they can stock up!

Where: 30 Rue Pierre Fontaine

2)  for hot chocolate: Angelina Cafe

glorious angelina's hot chocolate Paris France

Glorious Angelina's Hot Chocolate by Ingrid

Even though it’s known as a tea salon, that is not what put the quaint little Angelina’s Cafe near the Jardin de Tuileries on the list of “must taste” treats in Paris – it is, undoubtedly, the hot chocolate.

You may wonder what is so special about this hot chocolate, but when it arrives at your marble top table on a gleaming silver tray with a separate cream decanter sporting a silver spoon, you’ll start get the picture. Chocolat L’Africain (African chocolate) is what made Angelina’s Café famous, which is why the recipe is still a closely guarded secret that you have to come all the way to Paris to try for yourself.

Even though the cafe offers delicious pastries to nibble as well as breakfast and lunch delights, true aficionados want nothing to interfere with the experience of savouring what many consider the most satisfying hot chocolate in the world.

Where:  226 Rue de Rivoli

3)  for a glazed croissant: Pierre Hermé

Pierre Hermé Croissant Paris France

Pierre Hermé Croissant by Michal

Often compared to a religious experience, the glazed croissants made by Pierre Hermé are described in decidedly ecstatic terms by visitors who have tasted the perfect blend of flaky pastry wrapped around a pate of rose essence covered with a delicate confectioner’s sugar glaze.

Almost too pretty to eat, the infamous glazed rose croissant with its crowning touch of candied rose petals is such a work of art that it is often photographed thoroughly by delighted visitors before it is cheerfully devoured.

But it gets even better, there are lots variations with subtle hints of almonds, raspberries and, of course, chocolate – giving the rose croissant experience the potential to take your taste buds to you to the realm of the profound.

Where:  185 Rue de Vaugirard and 72 Rue Bonaparte

4)  for ice cream: Berthillon

Berthillon ice cream Paris France

Berthillon Ice Cream by Maki

If you’re wrestling with the concept of “healthy ice cream”, head for the little island in the middle of the Seine where the Berthillon (don’t pronounce the “h”) Ice Cream Shop can be found and you will understand it makes perfect sense.

Known as the luxury ice cream of Paris, this sweet treat is not mass produced but only made locally for patrons who walk in the door. Using top-quality organic milk, eggs and cream is just the first step, adding in the right blend of unexpected fresh fruits like apples, oranges, pears and even grapes is their secret to concocting what are unanimously considered the most delicious ice creams and sorbets in all Paris – and that’s saying something.

Even if your taste is more to the plain vanilla variety, you’ll find your dream ice cream waiting in this deceptively ordinary atmosphere. The selection of rich flavours, creamy textures and delicious ice cream dishes have a magical quality that is so spellbinding it keeps you coming back for more, but to avoid disappointment don’t show up on Monday or Tuesday when the shop is closed – even ice cream wizards have to rest!

Where:  29-31 Île Saint-Louis

5)  for macaroons: Ladurée

Ladurée Paris France

Ladurée by Leo

The epitome of the restaurant for ladies who lunch, the famous Ladurée macaroons are what sets this little café chain apart from all the others.

Described by some as what happens when Willy Wonka meets Marie-Antoinette, this delicious decadence is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palette. Presented in a rainbow of colours that coordinate with the filling’s taste, these one-of-a-kind macaroons are crisp on the outside, smooth on the inside and bursting with flavour.

Ladurée macaroons are not, however, served fresh from the oven but sit patiently for two days so the creamy ganache filling sandwiched between two crispy cakes can achieve the optimum blend of texture and flavour – they’ve obviously got this down to an art.

Sweet-tooths beware, they have positioned their shops within walking distance of each other in the heart of Paris because they know once you’ve tried their macaroons, you’ll be drawn back for more like a moth to a flame.

Where:  75 Avenue des Champs-Elysées, 13 Rue Lincoln, 6 Rue Royale and 64 Boulevard Haussmann

About the Author: Lela Lake writes for AnyTrip.com, the Paris budget travel specialists. Check out AnyTrip’s collection of cheap Paris hotels, or check out their Love Paris competition for the chance to win one of four trips to Paris (until 30/09/11).


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  14. Great article and I would agree that these five treats look definitely worth trying! While visiting Paris, I found the cuisine delicious and the pastries heavenly!

  15. Hi Debbie,

    I found you through StumbleUpon.

    I am French and and Freelance Writer. I have a blog called France Travel and Food, and my favorite French fine pastry is the macaron. I am from Lyon, but I lived 5 years in Paris for 5 years when I was studying Drama and featured in a few plays before I moved to New York. There I used to buy 5-6 giant macarons each Sunday at avenue de la Grande Armee right behind the Arc de Triomphe.

    Thank you for these nice memories which came back to mind 🙂

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  16. Jenna says:

    Yum! I love the delicious treats in Paris–this just made me really hungry! 🙂
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  17. Clayton says:

    Who cares if the ice cream is healthy. Go nuts and eat it all. Might as well try all the awesome desserts you can while you’re on vacation
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  18. Joni says:

    All good stuff, have had most of these except the glazed croissants. Yum!
    Just FYI, even as you leave Paris at CDG airport in Duty Free, there is a La Duree. I buy 4 every trip, 2 caramel `a la fleur de sel and 2 petale de rose. Love the fleur d’oranger as well. You can taste the smell of the flowers. Amazing!
    Ah Paris…..my second home!

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Good tip! I had my first caramel macroon last summer in Wiesbaden Germany. I was in heaven at first bit!

  19. I can’t wait to get my hands on those the next time I go to Paris> Incredible!!!!!! Just when I thought I could calm down my sugar cravings I have to see this! Ahhh!
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  20. audreyisms says:

    i love your travel blog, lots of really cool pictures. Europe, one day I will make it there! keep posting more goodies please =D xoxo

  21. Claire says:

    i must say this after hearing so much hype prior to visiting Paris: there is so much false hype surrounding Laduree macaroons. they are nothing special. at all. i was left flat after eating them. in fact, we didn’t even finish the box we bought, because they were that unspectacular. and i am a sweets lover. it’s more a pretentious thing than anything else. people like to say they had the macaroons at Laduree. Angelina’s, on the other hand, is amazing.
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  23. Andrew says:

    I have seen so many people talk about macarons, but I have never had one. The rest of the stuff looks really tasty as well. What seems to be missing are the waffles. I love the smell of the sugary waffle stands around Paris. It is one of the few smells I remember from my very first trip to Paris years ago.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Waffles are a good choice too! I run early in the morning and the smell of breakfast cooking mingles in the morning air.

  24. limoo says:

    Thanks for this Sweet Treats :))

  25. Becka says:

    WOW Yummy and delicious..:)

  26. White Rabbit says:

    Can we please call these sweets by the correct name! It’s MACARON not MACAROON. A macaroon is not the same dessert as a macaron.

  27. Elise Walsh says:

    Oh my goodness these treats look so amazing. My mouth is already watering- I need that hot chocolate. Those macaroons look insane!
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  28. Dayna says:

    Some of these look absolutely incredible – especially the macaroons.
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  29. Jim says:

    We thought the macarons from Ladurée were pretty ho-hum – tasty but overly chewy.

    Now, the ones from Jean-Paul Hevin’s little shop in Les Galeries Lafayette were so good they could make angels weep.

    But, to each his own.

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Ooh I haven’t had Jean-Paul Hevin’s macaroons but will the next time I”m in the lovely city! Laduree macaroons are good but no where near good enough to “make angels weep”!

  30. I’ll take the ice cream, please! Seriously, though Debbie, they all look delicious.
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  31. Claudia says:

    Those macaroons look so good!!! I’m so jealous! I’ve only eaten macaroons once in my life, but that was enough to get me hooked! I think they were from some bakery in Beverly Hills.
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  32. Denise says:

    I WANT THAT HOT CHOCHOLATE!!!!! Switzerland is world-famous for chocolate but the hot version usually comes in a packet and is awful!
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  33. Sophie says:

    Those macaroos look wicked! Nom nom…
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  34. Allen says:

    Hey Debbie, thanks for the advice. Since I love treats I’ll definitily go back to Paris for l’Etoile d’Or. I just love it when someone puts their heart and soul in some food, it never turns out bad that way.
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  35. jenjenk says:

    mmmm…that hot chocolate looks amazing!! bummed i didn’t know about it when I went this past may! 🙁
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  36. Ayngelina says:

    I think I may be the only person who doesn’t swoon over macaroons, but that croissant is to die for.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      My husband loves macaroons but I am really indifferent to them! I’d rather have a buttery croissant or that amazing hot chocolate. . . or both!

  37. Andrea says:

    Mmmmm – Pierre Herme and Berthillon are two of my absolute favourites! Great list =)
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  38. Sherry says:

    This is a wonderfully informative post with beautiful photos, Debbie. I really appreciate it a lot, especially with so many places to choose from, its hard to find the best. I hope to make it to all of them someday, particularly Ladurée for their macaroons.
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  39. I am so hungry from reading this! I have a HUGE sweet tooth and all of these look delicious. Not a huge fan of food when I travel but you can always get me to try desserts!
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  40. Oh I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed Ladurée when I was in Paris just this June. Simply… Amazing!
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  41. Laurel says:

    Sigh, yet another reason I need to go to Paris – for the amazing food!
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  42. I sampled all the goodies mentioned on the post and I will vote for the hot chocolate at Angelina’s… and a side order of macarons, one of each color please!

  43. Ooh, I just gave up sugar this week and it’s been so hard. I’m sure by the time I make it to Paris I won’t still be on this diet, so I will have to indulge in these 🙂
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  44. laurarel says:

    Those are all mouth watering subjects. I like to taste that croissant if it really suites my palate. But honestly, you got a great post.Burp! (excuse me)
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  45. Arti says:

    The chocolates invite me there, looks irresistable!!!
    After seeing those pics, I will need to indulge myself today!
    Have a fabulous day:)
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  46. Laduree is also in London at Harrods thankfully! Otherwise eurostar would be getting a lot more of my money 😀
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  47. Angelina’s Hot Chocolate is the best on the planet!
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  48. Barbara says:

    All I can say is — YUM!
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