It is a global truth that Paris is home to some of the best baked goods this side of heaven. With Parisians marching the streets with their starchy soldiers (baguettes) in hand, a trip to France would not be complete without several trips to the local bakery.
As a curious and almost always hungry globetrotter, I make no attempts at hiding the fact that even though I live in Paris, I still adore visiting several of these carb-laden establishments when I spend my weekend in the city.
Here are two of my favourite baked goods that you can get at most Parisian bakeries, and this specific bakery can be found not far from Paris’ most famous landmark, the Eiffel Tower in the 7th arrondissement. The shop windows greet sweet fanatics with displays made of pure chocolate, cleverly reproducing one of the world’s most well recognized sights, La Dame de Fer, the city’s very own Iron Lady.
Hiding behind the chocolatey masterpieces lies every type of pastry you could imagine, from beautifully coloured macaroons, to freshly baked pain au chocolates and creamy eclairs.
We like to share a sweet and a savoury option when we are out on our Saturday strolls, with two of the go-to choices being chocolate eclairs and a classic quiche lorraine. Try starting with the latter so that you can tingle and tease your salivating taste buds with the savoury blend of smoked ham lardons and creamy cheese. The quiche is delicate, extremely crumbly (but not in a falling to bits manner), buttery and rich, and is the perfect base for the creamy, fluffy, and slightly salty (those lardons are essential) and altogether exquisite filling. Every time I take a bite of a good quiche lorraine, I revel in the simplicity of this classic pie, a reminder that complex does not always equate to better.
And then it’s onto dessert.
The chocolate eclair has a crunchy exterior which gives way to a molten lava like cream centre inviting you to almost gasp at what oozes out in front of you. You should devour the sweet pastry as if it were your last, and promise yourself that this is only the beginning of many romantic rendezvouses with this particular patisserie.
Stay tuned for more of my Parisian escapades in upcoming posts.