29 Mouthwatering French Desserts You Should Never Ever Miss in Paris

29 Mouthwatering French Desserts You Should Never Ever Miss in Paris

Have you ever wondered what Paris actually tastes like? Sweet. French didn’t spend centuries perfecting the art of pastry for nothing and they know what they’re doing when it comes to a dessert. From wonders filled with crème pâtissière to fruit tarts to sweet pastries, every item is mouthwatering and delicious. Since we can’t all take a trip to France, fix yourself a strong cup of coffee alongside one of these sweet treats and you’ll be pretty close.

1. Eclair au chocolat

Something magical happens when you combine choux pastry and chocolate cream filling. It’s both delicious and comforting.

Where to try: L’Éclair de génie

Find a recipe here.

Eclair au chocolat

2. Paris-Brest

This wheel of choux pastry filled with mouthwatering hazelnut praline cream is so good, that it might make you cry.

Where to try: Jacques Genin

The recipe is here.


3. Macarons

These light-as-a-feather confections are one of the most mouthwatering gifts France has offered to the world.

Taste them at Pierre Hermé or find a recipe here.


4. Mont-Blanc

Because you just can’t go wrong with the meringue and chestnut cream combination. This is THE cake to eat with coffee.

Where to try: Angelina Tea House 

Here is a perfect recipe.


5. Croissants

Because a life without croissants isn’t a life worth living.

Where to try: Laurent Duchêne

Click here for a recipe.


6. Ispahan

The star of Pierre Hermé’s. The sweetness of lychees, tartness of raspberries and lingering aroma of rose is so good, it might make you cry.

Or you can try making it yourself! Here is the recipe.


7. Tarte Tatin

This gorgeous caramelized upside-down apple tart is simply the queen of apple.

Where to try: Benoît Castel

Find a great recipe here.

Tarte Tatin

8. Opera Cake

Layers of almond sponge, coffee buttercream and chocolate ganache. Another French classic to make your taste buds sing.

Where to try: Dalloyau

Here is the recipe.

Opera Cake

9. Clafoutis

Traditionally made with cherries, this flan-like textured dessert is one of the easiest French treats you can make at home. Almost too cute to eat. Almost.

Where to try: Maison Mulot

Recipe here and here.


10. Chocolate Profiteroles

Featherlight choux pastry filled with gorgeous cream and drizzled with loads of chocolate. Food orgasm guaranteed.

Where to try: Le Relais de L’Entrecote

Click here for the recipe.

Chocolate Profiteroles

11. Gâteau Saint Honoré

Cream puffs, pastry cream and whipped cream combined for a mind-blowing result. Out of heaven and into your heart.

Where to try: Ladurée

Find a recipe here.

Gateau Saint Honore

12. French Lemon Tart

This bright citrus tart is a classic that never lets you down. When life gives you a lemon cake, eat it. Eat all of it.

Where to try: La Pâtisserie Cyril Lignac

Here is a great recipe from David Lebovitz.

French Lemon Tart

13. Mille-Feuille

This classic French treat uniting layers of puff pastry and custard is airy, crispy, flaky, and decadent in all the right places. A true classic that never lets you down.

Where to try: Pierre Hermé

A great recipe for this fantastic dessert is here.


14. Choux à la Crème

The first time I tasted Choux à la crème I heard angels sing. You’ll have a hard time finding anything more comforting than this light pastry shell with a thick, rich custard creme.

Where to try: Odette

Here is the recipe.

Choux a la Creme

15. Religieuses au Chocolat

These mini-towers of choux pastry glory-filled crème pâtissière, mostly commonly chocolate or mocha, are simply too good to exist.

Where to try: Pâtisserie Christophe Michalak

Check the recipe here.

Religieuses au Chocolat

16. Baba au Rhum

Rhum for a dessert? Now that’s the spirit.

Where to try: Stohrer

A fantastic recipe from Martha Stewart is here.

Baba au Rhum

17. Chocolate Soufflé

Great on its own or served with warm chocolate sauce. Chocolate with more chocolate. Could it get any better?

Where to try: Comice

A perfect recipe here from The Kitchn.

Chocolate Souffle

18. Croquembouche

This spectacular-looking creation is made by piling choux pastry balls into a cone and binding them with threads of caramel. The queen of all cakes.

Where to try: Angelina

Find a recipe here.


19. Tarte Tropézienne

It’s basically a giant cream bun. Do you really need more convincing?

If you want to make it yourself, find a recipe here.

Tarte Tropezienne

20. Canelé

This amazing specialty from Bordeaux is a magical treat with a rich custardy interior enclosed by a thin caramelized shell. Coffee’s best friend.

Where to try: Aux Deux Canelés

The technique for a perfect canelé is here.


21. Chocolate Mousse

Something magical happens when you combine chocolate, eggs and cream.

Where to try: Chocolat Chapon

Recipe here and here.

Chocolate Mousse

22. Crêpes Suzette

Retro classic of pancakes in a boozy orange sauce traditionally served flambé. Everyday should end with a Crêpes Suzette.

Where to try: Breizh Café

Here is the recipe.

Crepes Suzette

23. Crème Brûlée

Crème Brulee’s seductiveness lies in the contrast between the subtle caramelized topping and the smooth, creamy custard base. Crack right into the sweetness of heaven!

Where to try: Le Potager du Père Thierry

Click here for a recipe.

Creme Brulee

24. Flan Parisien

You could think of it as the “not-so-distant” cousin of the delicious Portuguese egg custard tart. It’s hard to find a bakery in Paris that doesn’t sell this popular treat.

Where to try: La Pâtisserie Cyril Lignac

Check this great recipe.

Flan Parisien

25. Chouquettes

These little puffs of choux pastry, sprinkled with pearl sugar, are crisp, airy, and simply irresistible.

Where to try: Les Choupettes de Chouchou

Here is the recipe.


26. Palmiers

The French bakery classic, done right. Although it’s simply puff pastry with sugar, the way the flaky, buttery layers practically melt on the tongue is magical.

Where to try: Le Boulanger de La Tour

Recipe from The Kitchn is here.


27. Île flottante (floating island)

This meringue floating on a vanilla custard is the classic dessert French grandmas make for their grandchildren.

Where to try: Aux Lyonnais

Find a recipe here.

Ile flottante Ffloating island

28. French Fig Tart

Everyday should end with a piece of French fig tart. It’s both comforting and flavorful.

Where to try: Sébastien Gaudard

Click here for a recipe.

French Fig Tart

29. Madeleines

Those shell-like-shaped cookies served as Proust’s muse in his famous Remembrance of Things Past. They are simple, straightforward, and, you guessed it, comforting.

Where to try: Blé Sucré

To make it yourself find a recipe here.