Okay, I have a confession to make: I didn't come to France because I wanted to study luxury brand management @ ESSEC. No, the truth is I just wanted an excuse to come back and tour all of the best pâtisseries in Paris! Admittedly, Americans haven't quite mastered the art of desserts like the French have--something I miss dearly from my old life living in Europe.
Mission for the next three months: find the ultimate dessert in Paris. We all know I love the French macaron (especially if it's from Pierre Hermé!); however, I've decided to take on the new challenge to find something even better. If I'm lucky, 100 times better!
First stop on my 2012 Parisian Dessert Tour: La Pâtisserie des Rêves. This gorgeous little pastry shop has two locations in Paris (7e and 16e), though only the shop on 111 rue Longchamp actually has a little cafe where you can sit and enjoy their wonderful yummy creations. Inside you'll find a simply stunning display of all the gorgeous pastries on the menu!
As for the desserts themselves, I must confess I did find one that's giving the PH's macaron a run for its money--Le Paris-Brest! Words alone cannot describe how insanely delicious (and heavenly) this dessert tasted. For this reason, I shall just leave you to drool at my pictures below and pray that one day you may have the chance to come to Paris and taste it for yourself :-)
La Pâtisserie des Rêves | 16e arrondissement
I am in heaven...! | desserts on display @ La Pâtisserie des Rêves
Correction: I am in chocolate heaven...! | Le Grand Cru
My favorite dessert on the menu... I could eat only this for the rest of my life. | Le Paris-Brest
Pastries looked so delicious, it deserved a close-up... ;-) | desserts on display @ La Pâtisserie des Rêves
More sweets! | desserts on display @ La Pâtisserie des Rêves
"Qu'est-ce que cela nous dit?" | Sign translation: Rum baba as you like it
"Yum!" | desserts on display @ La Pâtisserie des Rêves
"ooooo la!" | desserts on display @ La Pâtisserie des Rêves
Why is it my favorite pieces of art always involve something sweet? | art on display @ La Pâtisserie des Rêves
contemporary art at its best: x-ray images of desserts on the menu! | art on display @ La Pâtisserie des Rêves
What better to drink with the delicious desserts than Rose Lemonade! (and coffee for Yasuyo!) | feasting @ La Pâtisserie des Rêves
Following our delightful indulgence at La Pâtisserie des Rêves, Yasuyo and I decided to take an evening stroll and explore my neighborhood. I must say, even at night, Paris is beautiful...
Leave it to the French to make even McDonald's look so elegant. | McDonald's near Trocodero