Un Dimanche á Paris

This little upscale cafe is hidden in an alleyway in the Saint Germain neighborhood. 

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Aside from its beautiful patisseries, it is known for its Hot Chocolate. 

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Verdict: While the patisseries and hot chocolate didn't really wow me, it is a very pleasant atmosphere for a leisurely afternoon tea. 

Un Dimanche á Paris
4 Cours du Commerce Saint-André, 75006 Paris
http://www.un-dimanche-a-paris.com

La Pâtisserie des Rêves

One of my favorite patisseries in Paris! There are multiple locations in the city. All of them have the same clean, modern decor.

I typically visit the St. Germain location on Rue du Bac, but on this particular occasion, we frequented the one in the 16th arrondissement, which has an attached tea salon. We stopped in after our visit to the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine (The Architecture Meseum by the Tracadéro, across the river from the Eiffel Tower).  It is no coincidence that this cafe is only a 10 minute walk from the museum.  When in Paris, I actively plan my outings around food stops :p  

Everything in this patisserie looks divine! I love how the futuristic clear glass dome covers make the desserts look like pieces of art...which they kinda are. 

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I was super excited when I saw that the Mont Blanc is back on the menu.  I have been meaning to try the Mont Blanc from this patisserie since last summer!  The Mont Blanc wasn't available then because the chestnuts were not in season. The fact that La Pâtisserie des Rêves only use fresh ingredients already puts them head and shoulders above Angelina and Bread & Roses, where I had no trouble getting the Mont Blanc in the summer.  

Not surprising, the Mont Blanc here is incredible. I like its chestnut to cream ratio; heavier on the chestnut paste with only a little bit of cream in the center.   

Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc

My friend decided on the éclair, which is a chocolate éclair wrapped in a hard chocolate shell. 

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La Pâtisserie des Rêves (multiple locations)
111 Rue de Longchamp (16e) 
93 Rue du Bac (7e)
http://www.lapatisseriedesreves.com

Hours: T - F 10am - 7pm; Sat & Sun 9am - 7pm (16e location)
Hours: T - S 9am - 8pm; Sun 9am - 6pm (7e location)

Cafe Pouchkine

A Parisian friend of mine introduced me to this cafe on the ground floor of Galleria Lafayette.  We met here for lunch, but really, we should have just gone straight to dessert.  

All the patisseries were just exquisite! I wanted them ALL!

Ultimately, I settled on the Gâteau Citron, which was a lemon meringue cake.  My friend got the Tarte caramel Sgouchonka, which was layers of caramel, chestnut honey, and Sgouchonka.  Both patisseries were delicious! 

Verdict: AAA.  This is now my favorite patisserie in Paris.  I can't wait to try every single one of the patisseries!

Hours: Mon - Sat 9:35am - 8pm. Thurs - until 8:45pm. Closed on Sunday.

Cafe Pouchkine
64 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008
http://www.cafe-pouchkine.fr

Debauve & Gallais

The oldest chocolatier in Paris!  This store front dates back to 1819!  

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Debauve & Gallais was the official chocolatier for the French Royal Family!  These chocolate coins were designed specifically for Marie-Antoinette.  

It was fun to check out this traditional chocolatier and learn about its history.

Debauve & Gallais

30 Rue des Saints-Pères, 75007
http://debauve-et-gallais.fr/en/

L'Atelier de l'Éclair

Time to check out THE other famous l'éclair shop in Paris. 

These eclairs almost look too good to eat….almost ;)    

There are even eclair-like savory sandwiches! Very cute.

It was hard to choose just one. I ended up getting the chocolate éclair because it was the shop's signature flavor. 

Verdict:  AA.  Good, but I still prefer the ones from L'éclair de Génie.
Hours: Everyday 11am - 8pm

L'Atelier de l'Éclair
16 Rue Bachaumont, 75002 Paris
http://www.latelierdeleclair.fr