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So while most tourist guides will try to convince you that Ladurée macaroons are Paris’s signature dessert, that is only because they have yet to discover the magic of the French “choux” made fresh every day in the Marais by the patisserie Popelini.
Popelini has perfected the difficult dough and unctuous cream that make the most melt in your mouth cream puffs. Specialized in the fabrication of this pastry alone, Popelini creates cream puffs of all flavors such as pistachio, coffee, hazelnut, violet, rose, and bourbon vanilla.
It all got started when owner Lauren Koumetz decided to branch out and expand upon the classic vanilla cream puff. Mastering the complicated recipe was a task in itself, but Popelini’s pastry chef Alice Barday managed to do so and went beyond by creating exquisite cream flavors and icing.
Packaged in cute colorful boxes, Popelini’s cream puffs are truly delectable and well, très chou!
29, rue Debelleyme,
Tel: 01 44 61 31 44
Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 7:30pm
Tucked away on tiny sides streets in Paris’s Marais district, or inhabiting unassuming street corners, the art of French pastry remains as elusive to local Parisians as it does to visiting tourists. A truly delectable millefeuille, with its layers of finely whipped cream and pastry, or the perfect macaroon, with its velvety innards and delicate crunchy outer shell, will not be found at just any run of the mill boulangerie.
However satisfying your sweet tooth with some of the most elegant, creative, delicious, and inspiring desserts in the City of Lights has just gotten easier. “Sweet Paris,” or “Paris tout Sucre,” is the first iPhone application guide to hit the Apple App store, presenting the most exquisite patisseries and chocolatiers in Paris. Created by web developer Peter Luebken, Sweet Paris was conceived after Luebken moved to Paris and was taken by the gorgeous yet mouth-watering displays of small patisseries in his local arrondissement.
“One of the first things I learned after moving to Paris is that people are really passionate about food. As a sweet lover myself, it took a lot of trying to find the shops in my neighborhood which are above average and really exceptional. As I couldn’t find an app facilitating the search, I started collecting information on the best patisseries/chocolatiers first for my arrondissement, and then for all of Paris – and I have to say it was one of the sweetest undertaking ever.”
Search “Sweet Paris” in Apple’s App Store to download it.