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Parisian Patisseries

Patisseries are a French institution. The Parisian patisseries are the cutting edge of dessert gastronomy. The most famous sweet pastry is the humble croissant. You are not short of choices and it is not hard to find a delicious fresh croissant around the French capital, but to avoid driving in to the busy centre of Paris, you can head to artisan baker Gontran Cherrier’s shop in the 17th arrondissement. There are also plenty of other delicious breads to try to start your sweet treat trail around Paris!

Macarons attract the most interest and scrutiny, with criteria of a firm exterior and a melt in the middle buttercream and ganache. You can go on your own hunt to find your perfect macaroon, but a good place to start is Pierre Hermé’s patisseries. Hermé is famous for his macarons, with classic and innovative flavours to delight those with a sweet-tooth. The patisserie on Avenue Charles de Gaulle is pleasantly located less than a 10 minute drive to the fabulous Palace of Versailles.

You can skirt around the southwest of Paris and head to Fontainbleau, where pastry chef and mentee of Hermé, Frédéric Cassel, has set up shop. With seasonal changes and constant refining, sit down with a classic Mille-Feuille. Delicately made with layers of puff pastry and pastry crème, it is a sweet vanilla treat to enjoy.

Delicious French Macaroons

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