The best pastries to treat yourself during the festive season
As the festive season approaches, discover our top of the best yule logs so that you can take the time to choose the one that will make your guests’ taste buds go wild. And while you’re waiting for Christmas to arrive, comfort yourself during the winter evenings with the best traditional pastries. Logs, macaroons, Baba au rhum, lemon tarts, operas, eclairs and even the inevitable croissants and pains au chocolat… Take a look at our favourites and let yourself be tempted!
2021 Yule logs from the great pastry chefs in Paris Region
Creamy Yule logs, melt-in-the-mouth macaroons, delicious mousses… In Paris and its region, pastry continues to reinvent itself for the festive season. Here is our selection of original creations from star pastry chefs, to make your winter a sweet and gourmet interlude. Don’t forget to order in advance.
Maison Lenôtre - all schuss
The Parisian luxury brand has been delighting gourmets around the world for 70 years. At the end of 2021, the Maison Lenôtre’s signature yule log takes you on a trip to the Mont Sainte-Victoire to enjoy the snowy or icy side of the slopes. A creation with a taste of tangerine, hazelnut and chocolate that recalls Provence.
Dalloyau - childhood memories
A favourite caterer at the court of the Palace of Versailles, Dalloyau has been delighting Parisians for 300 years. Jeremy Del Val, pastry chef and French Dessert Champion, sublimates each sweet dessert to end your meal in style. For Christmas 2021, he takes you back to childhood with his candy in the shape of a fairground lollipop coated with white chocolate. Melt with pleasure with a double vanilla mousse, a pear heart and a pecan biscuit.
Christophe Adam at Barrière - sweet collaboration
A great specialist of the éclair, renowned thanks to his boutique l’Éclair de génie, Christophe Adam signs for the first time the yule log of the Barrière group for the end of year celebrations. Like snow-covered mountains, dotted with chocolate trees, the Monts et Merveilles yule log is like a ball of sweetness with maple syrup, pecan praline and dulcey chocolate. A gourmet creation to be found in all the Barrière hotels in Paris and its region.
Christophe Michalak - Pop culture
Discover the must-have sweet creations of the French pastry rock star. For Christmas 2021, Christophe Michalak proposes a signature yule log “Fleur de Pistache”. In the shape of a Christmas tree and with flavours of pistachio, praline and coconut, it will make a sensation on your festive table.
Philippe Conticini - Sweet émotions
In his Parisian shop Gâteaux d’émotions, in the heart of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, the great Philippe Conticini draws inspiration from his many travels to create pastries and desserts according to the season. This winter, the chef is betting on a note of freshness to end your festive meal. Soft and crunchy at the same time, the flavours of dulce, yuzu and kumquat bring sweetness and pep to his yule log. And for Galeries Lafayette Gourmet, Philippe Conticini has created an exclusive black forest yule log.
Pierre Hermé - Celestial Fairy
Pierre Hermé is one of France’s greatest pastry chefs and is known the world over for his macaroons with their subtle and multiple flavours. For the end of year celebrations, the iconic chef will treat you to precious yule logs, one with Iranian pistachio and praline and the second with macaroon biscuits, flavoured with a delicate rose. Nuances of taste for a subtle delight!
Jeffrey Cagnes - modern tradition
For all the gourmets, here are the yule logs of the famous pastry chef from Stohrer who decided at the beginning of the year to open his first shop in the Batignolles district. For the end of the year celebrations, Jeffrey Cagnes is putting two yule logs in the spotlight. Lemon or chocolate, they are creamy and crispy and will satisfy everyone’s taste, so why should you choose?
The best bakeries and patisseries in the Paris Region
Winter is making you crave for sweetness and comfort? The Paris Region’s bakeries and pastry shops will be delighted to treat you while you wait for the yule logs and chocolates. Croissants, babas, macaroons and tarts with a wide range of flavours are guaranteed to make your stomach tingle!
Fou de pâtisseries
Pierre Hermé, Cyril Lignac, Pierre Marcolini, Carl Marletti, Hugo & Victor… the greatest pastry chefs from the Fou de Pâtisserie shops on Rue Montorgueil or Rue des Martyrs, will tempt you with an array of sweet delights. Go on, treat yourself – why not!
Savour the flavour of the golden cakes and inimitable pastries of Cédric Grolet, the talented chef of Le Meurice rated the world’s best pastry chef, at his two Parisian shops. A real treat for the taste buds!
Du pain et des idées
A stone’s throw from the Canal Saint-Martin lies Du pain et Des Idées, an authentic Parisian bakery dating back to 1889. Between gold mouldings and imposing bevelled mirrors, Christophe Vasseur adds to the splendour of the establishment with his classic pistachio escargot and generous orange blossom brioche, which attract food-lovers from all over the world.
At the authentic Rue Montorgueil street market, call in at the oldest patisserie in Paris. Louis XV’s pastry chef, Stohrer, gave his name to this place, which for many years was the workshop where the desserts of the royal court were made. Surrounded by gilding, sparkling chandeliers and murals by Paul Baudry, also responsible for the décor of the Opéra Garnier, ask for the incredible Rum Baba, invented here.
L’éclair de Génie
Christophe Adam presents a collection of éclairs that are as beautiful as they are delicious, to be enjoyed at any time of the day. Discover the varied flavours of these delicious elongated filled choux pastries at the shop in the Marais district. You can also find the selection of the week and gift boxes in the L’Eclair de Génie online shop.
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- Copyright image: Jeffrey Cagnes