In case you haven’t already guessed, one of the perks of living in Paris is the unlimited access to French pastries. Until you’ve experienced it, though, it’s just not possible to imagine how incredible the sweets are here. Macaron from Ladurée, a rose and raspberry tarte from Pierre Hermé, Opéra from Dalloyau- never mind the hundreds of “unknown” neighborhood patisseries peppered throughout the city. I spent my first few months years here literally eating my way from arrondissement to arrondissement. I have to say, though, that even though I adore the refined complexities of a delicious millefeuille just as much as the next girl, sometimes I get a hankering for an old-fashioned American cupcake. You know what I mean- a big, sweet, insanely decorated, in-yo’-face cupcake, preferably wolfed down with a cold glass of milk. I used to have to curb these cravings until I was back in the U.S., but slowly but surely, cupcake joints are popping up around Paris:
39, Rue de Montreuil,
(Their tagline says it all, “Champagne, Cupcakes and Rock’n’Roll”)
cupcakes and co.
25, rue de la forge royale
(website apparently coming soon)
23 rue Rambuteau, Paris
And for the real purists, or if you prefer to DIY your C-A-K-E, take a look at:
Little Miss Cupcake. She’s the reining American queen of cupcakes in Paris, and has some great recipes on her blog.