A soft choux pastry, a chocolate cream and an icing… discover or rediscover one of the French people’s favorite pastries: the eclair. To help you choose among the numerous brands in the capital, here are the best shops and pastry shops where you can taste the best eclairs in Paris.
The traditional eclairs
Carl Marletti is a former Pastry Chef at the Grand Hôtel Intercontinental and a lover of pastries combining flavors and textures, crustiness and softness, and he also knows how to put himself in customers’ shoes.
Go to his pastry shop (French website) and discover many pastries such as his chocolate eclair, voted among the best chocolate eclairs in France. You can also taste other flavors such as pistachio, vanilla and salted butter caramel.
Location of the Carl Marletti shop:
- 51 Rue Censier, 75005 Paris
Lenôtre (French website) brings together several Pastry Chefs. The shop offers several culinary workshops from 3 to 4 hours, including a workshop to learn how to make eclairs and cream puffs.
In the shop, discover their chocolate eclair from three origins: Sao Tome, Tanzania and Ghana. Purists will be seduced by this chocolate eclair.
Here are some locations of Lenôtre Paris:
- 22 Avenue de la Porte de Vincennes, 75012 Paris
- 48 Rue Victor Hugo, 75016 Paris
- 10 Rue Saint-Antoine, 75004 Paris
Price: between €4.90 and €8.00
Maison Jean-Paul Hévin
The baker Jean-Paul Hévin was promoted Pastry Chef at 24 years old and was awarded the title of French craftsperson of the year in 1986. He is one of the defenders of chocolate “culture” in France.
The eclair is one of the great classics of the Maison Jean-Paul Hévin. So you can discover his eclair with a strong chocolate taste.
Here are some locations of Jean-Paul Hévin shops:
- 231 Rue Saint-Honoré, côté cour, 75001 Paris
- 3 Rue Vavin, 75006 Paris
- 41 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris
- 35 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris
Maison Pradier: it is 150 years of tradition. The shop respects the seasonality of products and the traditional savoir-faire. They own many restaurants offering snacking formulas, as well as pastries including the eclair.
Maison Pradier won the prize for the best chocolate eclair in Paris in 2015. So do not hesitate to taste their chocolate eclair.
Here are some locations of Maison Pradier:
- 49-51 Avenue Pierre Mendes France, 75013 Paris
- 18 Rue de Dunkerque, 75010 Paris
- 107-109 Rue Saint-Lazare, 75009 Paris
- 1 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75016 Paris
Price: about €3.90 and €4.90
Stohrer, founded in 1730 by the baker of King Louis XV, is the oldest pastry shop in Paris. Discover the best of classic French pastries such as rum babas, cream puffs and, especially, their eclairs.
Taste the traditional eclairs of Pastry Chef Jeffrey Cagnes: chocolate, caramel, coffee or pistachio eclairs.
Here are some locations of Stohrer shops:
- 35 Rue Cler, 75007 Paris
- 60 Avenue des Champs Élysées, 75008 Paris
- 23 Rue Lepic, 75018 Paris
The revised eclairs
Jacques Genin (French website), a chocolate worker and self-taught taste expert, works in his workshop in Paris. He prefers handicraft and works in a small workshop.
Go to one of the two Jacques Genin tea shops and discover his chocolate eclair. It is simple and gourmet with its light caramel-flavored icing.
Here are the two locations of Jacques Genin shops:
- 27 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris
- 133 Rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris
Price: About €6,00 – €7,00
La Maison du Chocolat
La Maison du Chocolat brings together about thirty pastry makers. Only the finest cocoas are used. The artisans give priority to the taste over the cocoa percentage.
The artisans of La Maison du Chocolat have revised the eclair, and they offer several flavors: tonka bean, dark chocolate, caramel, coffee and blackberry-raspberry.
Here are some locations of La Maison du Chocolat:
- 225 Rue du Faubourd Saint-Honoré (première boutique créée)
- 8 Boulevard de la Madeleine, 75009 Paris
Sébastien Gaudard – Pâtisserie des Martyrs
Sébastien Gaudard, baker and son of a baker, has taken over the Pâtisserie des Martyrs (French website). Creator of the Darjeeling tart, he also brings traditional specialties such as cream puffs and eclairs back into fashion.
Taste his chocolate Duchesse, the ancestor of the eclair.
Here is the location of the Pâtisserie des Martyrs – Sébastien Gaudard:
- 22 Rue des Martyrs, 75009 Paris
Price: About €4.50
Pastry Chef Yann Couvreur quickly got known among gastronomes. His signature pastry, the Vanilla Millefeuille, was awarded the title of “Dessert of the Year” in 2014. His first pastry shop (French website) opened at the end of 2015.
Yann Couvreur also revised the chocolate eclair. Discover his Baileys chocolate eclair, which is distinguished through its original geometric shape as this eclair is cubic.
Discover some pastry shops Yann Couvreur:
- 25 Rue Legendre, 75017 Paris
- 23bis Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris
- 35 Boulevard Haussmann, Galeries Lafayette, 75009 Paris
- 137 Avenue Parmentier, 75010 Paris
Price: About €6,00
The colored eclairs
Fauchon Paris; 130 years of culinary art. They offer several categories of products: wine products, pastry, tea, sweets, etc. The brand has several emblematic products such as macaroons, or sugar-coated chestnuts, as well as eclairs.
The eclair has been the emblematic pastry of Fauchon Paris since 2003. They offer several flavors such as the traditional chocolate and salted butter caramel ones, and they also offer unusual eclairs such as the unlimited strawberry and pepper eclair.
Here are some locations of Fauchon Paris:
- 40 boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris
- 11 Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris
Price: About €6,00 – €7,00
L’éclair de Génie
In 2012, the creator Christophe Adam opened its pastry shop L’éclair de Génie (French website), dedicated to his signature pastry, the eclair. He offers unique and avant-gardist products, with original colors.
Indeed, the pastry shop offers several variations of the eclair. You can choose among many flavors. Go to one of the three shops and enjoy yourself by tasting a classic chocolate eclair or a fruity eclair.
Here are the three locations of L’éclair de Génie:
- 122 Rue Montmartre, 75002 Paris
- 14 Rue Pavée, 75004 Paris
- Galeries Lafayette Gourmet, 75009 Paris
Price: About €5,00 – €6,00
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