Classic French Desserts to Have in Paris

December 29, 2015,

A visit to Paris is only complete once you’ve treated yourself to at least one of these classic French desserts.

Choux à la Crème by Odette Paris / Image via Odette Paris FB                                                                                                                       Image by Odette Paris
Choux à la Crème

Choux à la crème are French pastry puffs with cream filling – a simple yet classic French dessert. At pastry shop Odette Paris, you can choose from any of their nine delicious flavours including: caramel, coffee and lemon. If you happen to be spending the holiday season in Paris, you can try their limited edition Chou au Champagne!

Pain au Chocolat
If you’re going to indulge in a pain au chocolat, do it in Paris. Better yet, have it for breakfast – you’re in Paris, after all. In some parts of France (and in French Canada), they are called “chocolatines”. A pain au chocolat/chocolatine has the same flaky texture as a croissant but is square-shaped and stuffed with pieces of dark chocolate. Delicious! You can find them at most bakeries and pastry shops throughout the city.

L'Éclair de Genie by @souk_and_pix // Via @souk_and_pix IG                                                                                                                        Image by @souk_and_pix

Another cream filled dessert, éclairs are the fancier, icing covered sibling of the choux à la crème. Some pastry shops, like Gilles Marchal in Montmartre, stick to classic chocolate while others, like L’Éclair de Génie, are experimenting with unique flavours like passion fruit.

A thin version of the pancake, enjoy a crêpe at one of the city’s many crêperies. Try it sweet with chocolate spread and fruit or savoury with fresh vegetables and vinaigrette. Either way, Paris does crêpes best. You can get vegan crêpes at Crêpe de la Joie.

Ah, le macaron – perhaps the best-known and most sought-after dessert in Paris. Macarons are meringue cookies filled with ganache and can be found in an array of flavours. Where can you get these little guys? The long-standing favourite of locals and tourists is Ladurée. Of course, there are a number of macaron shops throughout the city. And good news – you can now have vegan macarons in Paris at Gentle Gourmet Café!

Which French desserts have you had in Paris?
What are your favourite classic French desserts? 
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  • Reply Jessie D. December 29, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    I had creme brule while in Paris. Rich baked cream with caramelized sugar top. Absolutely divine!

    • Reply Ilena C. December 31, 2015 at 2:32 am


    • Reply Happiest When Exploring December 31, 2015 at 9:21 pm

      Yumm… didn’t have one myself while there.. next time;)

  • Reply Ilena C. December 29, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    “A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.”
    – Thomas Jefferson

    This quote you chose for your subscribers’ by email is wonderful…so true! He could have added ‘deliciousness’ too. Thanks! ❤️

    • Reply Happiest When Exploring December 31, 2015 at 9:21 pm

      Thank you! <3

  • Reply Celia December 29, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    I LOVE THIS POST!!!!!! I had all of them, expect Choux à la crème. Maracoons are my favourite, chocolatine are simply mouthwatering and the crêpes are soooo good. Croissants on the other hand, in the morning, isn’t an aweful idea either :p

    • Reply Happiest When Exploring December 31, 2015 at 9:21 pm

      Hehe thank you! I knew you would… Paris is one of your favs, after all!!!! Mmm croissant…

  • Reply Ilena C. June 25, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    I reread this post and wow! I think I will take a walk to Froment de sève and have ‘un café au lait et éclair’

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