Dessert Lovers Guide to Paris

Trying new foods is reason enough to travel to Europe. I often get drawn to new destinations because of food alone. Every country is full of delicious local recipes calling my name and Paris is one of the top destinations for foodies. When thinking of how to plan a luxury trip to Paris, don’t forget to include time to enjoy some of the delicious desserts in the City of Lights.

Paris is sweet on the eye, sweet on the romance, and sweet on the palate. It is a sugar lovers' dream, and the only problem you'll have when it comes to the delectable French desserts is which one to choose. To help you navigate that delectable last course, I've broken down the top 10 must-try desserts for your visit to France. And if you have to eat more than one a day to get through them? Well, c'est la vie!

10 Sweet Treats to Eat While Visiting Paris

The Tartes Aux Fruits

The tartes aux fruits are prepared with fresh fruit inside a buttery pastry. The fruit sits atop a heavenly Chantilly cream. You can enjoy these tartes in both miniature and pie sizes.

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The Paris Brest

This pastry was created to celebrate the Paris to Brest bicycle ride in 1891. Naturally, it's circular and contains praline flavored crème and choux pastry.

The Éclair

The éclair is a popular dessert in Paris. The long French choux pastry can be filled with either a rich custard or pastry cream and topped with a sweet fondant. By definition, the term éclair means lightning in French. Go figure! One of the best places to try these famous sweet treats is at the oldest patisserie in Paris, Stohrer, that's been in business since 1730.

Macarons

Macarons are undeniably delectable. There are so many flavors to choose from. The base ingredients include meringue and almonds. Be sure to not confuse it with coconut macaroons, in which the English added the -oon to the word in the 16th century. Head over to Ladurée to sample some of the best macarons in Paris - get a box of them, but make sure you try the vanilla ones. 

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The Tarte Au Citron

Tarte Au Citron, also known as the lemon tart, are also very popular. Donning a pastry crust and delicious lemon filling. The filling, however, is not made with fruit. The cream is a mixture containing lemon juice, lemon zest, and of course, eggs and sugar.

The Tarte Tatin

Named after the hotel that serves the dessert (Hotel Tatin), the tarte Tatin is a unique upside-down pastry. Its ingredients include caramelized fruit prepared with sugar and butter. It pairs famously with a bit of tart crème Fraiche.

The Mille-Feuille

Tarte Au Citron, also known as the lemon tart, are also very popular. Donning a pastry crust and delicious lemon filling. The filling, however, is not made with fruit. The cream is a mixture containing lemon juice, lemon zest, and of course, eggs and sugar.

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The Choux à La Crème

These cream puffs are created using puff pastry as well. They swell while cooking and are hollow. The oozing center can be either whipped cream or custard. Interestingly enough, once you add chocolate as your topping, it then becomes a profiterole. There are various toppings you can add to this pastry, from ice cream to fruit and even spun caramel.

The Petits Four

Translated, petit four means small oven, and are also known as mignardises. The fours are little bite-sized pastries that can also be savory if you choose. The sweet option includes a sugary glaze atop a crispy biscuit. These pastries are perfect for tea parties.

Croissant

This buttery, flaky wonder is a signature French pastry. There are so many ways to top it; you can use fruit, chocolate, fondant, or a compote of your choosing.  Stop by Du Pain et des Idées for one of the best croissants in the world. You will not be disappointed.

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When you are ready to devour the delectable treats of Paris, let me plan the perfect trip for you. Go ahead, start eating your way through Europe one country at a time.

If you are a true foodie, check out more food you can try while traveling in Europe. 


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