It seems like Fou de Patisserie is the hot spot nowadays if you're a voyager in Paris in search of a sweet treat. The concept is simple: gather one or two of the best pastries from Paris' top patisseries and sell them in one store at one price point. One stop pastry shop.
Head over to the shop on the famed Rue de Montorgeuil and if you're lucky enough to snag a table out front, do so for the people watching on this pedestrian street. If not, the nearest park isn't far. And if you can stand the wait, walk over to the Seine before you take a bite.
The good people at Fou de Patisserie will patiently wait while you make a decision and box up your pastries of choice rather masterfully. The offerings change fairly frequently, so it's worth ducking in every now and again if you get the chance.
The storefront is small, but just the right size for 3 or 4 patrons to browse. They even have a selection of gourmet ice creams in the freezer case outside the door.
This strawberry beauty from Un Dimanche a Paris consists of a crunchy cookie base, strawberry pate de fruit and a light cream. It's finished with fraises de bois and was a delightful combination. To the right you see Karamel's lemon tart. It's a deep shell filled with lemon curd, caramel and hazelnuts. Refreshing and rich all at once. And check out that pillowy meringue.
On a beautiful day in Paris with visitors from Washington, D.C., I got to try these four lovely compositions. A raspberry and vanilla pastry from Angelina, Cyril Lignac's gray beauty, L'Equinoxe, a "club sandwich" strawberry cake from Hugo&Victor, and Un Dimanche a Paris' milk chocolate, hazelnut, and caramel bar.
A long case shows off the pastries while pristine refrigerators keep the ones meant for eating fresh.
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If you've ever visited, I'd love to hear about what you tried in the comments!
Foud de Patisserie
45 Rue Montorgeuil
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