Mad About Paris, Much more than a guide
Photo: © Adam, Paris Pâtisserie, MAP
People often ask me, where to get the best sweet treats in Paris. This is not an easy question to answer. It all depends on what you want. Looking for the best macarons in town? Then Ladurée is THE address. Pierre Hermé is another king when it comes to patisserie. But there are some hidden gems, some lesser known confectioners, which are definitely worth a detour.
Take Pain de Sucre. If you’re a sweet person, you shouldn’t miss this patisserie on Rue Rambuteau. It’s just a three minute walk from Centre Pompidou.
Nathalie Robert and Didier Mathray opened their bakery and confectioner’s in 2004 after Didier had spent more than 12 years as chef patissier of Pierre Gagnaire, one of the Parisian triple star chefs. Nathalie was trained, amongst others, at “La Mère Brazier” in Lyon, a famous restaurant.
You get the impression that they form an open-minded couple, looking for new sweet experiences, wanting to advance French patisserie. Their cakes already look different: more sober than classical French pastry sometimes with a Japanese touch.
And then the taste: it’s delicious, it’s mind-blowing, it will open doors you never dreamed existed. Take “Etat de choc” a kind of Sacher biscuit chocolate cream something, which literally leads you into a state of choc. There is a delicious lemon cake, too. My favourite though is Champcella, a pastry on an almond short-crust base topped with a lime crème, caramelized apple skin with rosemary and rosemary mousse. It’s just divine.
I’m not a marshmallow kind of girl, but David Leibovitz, an authority when it comes to sweets, is big fan of their marshmallows. He calls it “the perfect confection”, loves them all, but admits that the chocolate ones are really tops in his book: “They are the best of both worlds: chewy, sticky marshmallows with just the right amount of sturdiness so they’re not overly-gooey, with a sophisticated blast of deep-chocolate flavour provided by the richest cocoa powder which ensures they’re not overly-sweet. The taste of chocolate doesn’t play a backseat to the marshmallow, but melds beautifully with it.”
There is nothing more to add. Just one last word: Enjoy!Pain de Sucre