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

Eclair au Chocolat

Photo by Julice Boulangere

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

Find a recipe here.

# 2. Paris-Brest

Paris Brest

Photo by Jenny Dang

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

Recipe is here.

# 3. Macarons


Photo by Francine Fariñas

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

Mont Blanc

Photo by @s879h

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

Here is a perfect recipe.

# 5. Croissants


Photo by Tara Milhem

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

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

Tarte Tatin

Photo by @silmaryl

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

Find a great recipe here.

# 8. Opera Cake

Opera Cake

Photo by @atelier_702

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

Here is the recipe.

# 9. Clafoutis


Photo by Inge van den Hout

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.

Recipe here and here.

# 10. Chocolate Profiteroles

Chocolate Profiteroles

Photo by @kolorkitchen

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

Click here for the recipe.

# 11. Gâteau Saint Honoré

Saint Honore

Photo by Stephanie Brunel

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

Find a recipe here.

# 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.

Here is a great recipe from David Lebovitz.

# 13. Mille-Feuille

Mille Feuille

Photo by @dilutedcoke

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.

A great recipe for this fantastic dessert is here.

# 14. Choux à la Crème

Choux a la Creme

Photo by @chouxmuch

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.

Here is the recipe.

# 15. Religieuses au Chocolat

Religieuses au Chocolat

Photo by Stohrer La plus ancienne Pâtisserie de Paris

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

Check the recipe here.

# 16. Baba au Rhum

Baba au Rhum

Photo by Justin Iso

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

A fantastic recipe from Martha Stewart is here.

# 17. Chocolate Soufflé

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

A perfect recipe here from The Kitchn.

# 18. Croquembouche


Photo by Dolcettini Patisserie

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.

Find a recipe here.

# 19. Tarte Tropézienne

Tarte Tropezienne

Photo by La Tarte Tropézienne Fabricant

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

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

# 20. Canelé


Photo by @lou_mg_

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

The technique for a perfect canelé is here.

# 21. Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

Photo by Elly Withofs

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

Recipe here and here.

# 22. Crêpes Suzette

Crepes Suzette

Photo by @billa_at

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

Here is the recipe.

# 23. Crème Brûlée

Creme Brulee

Photo by Yvett Berber

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

Click here for a recipe.

# 24. Flan Parisien

Flan Parisien

Photo by @lidiadelao on Instagram

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.

Check this great recipe.

# 25. Chouquettes


Photo by Ines bothorel

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

Here is the recipe.

# 26. Palmiers


Photo by @trenevska.m

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.

Recipe from The Kitchn is here.

# 27. Île flottante (floating island)

Ile Flottante

Photo by Goûpil Le Bistro

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

Find a recipe here.

# 28. French Fig Tart

Fig Tart

Photo by Redpath Sugar

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

Click here for a recipe.

# 29. Madeleines


Photo by Peter Kim

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.

To make it yourself find a recipe here.