The day started at Sébastien Gaudard. Here we bought:
- La tarte au citron
- Le Paris-Brest
- Le Mussipontain
- Chocolate orange pastry, don’t know the name anymore… I think it was something like polonaise
Out of all, the tarte au citron was a winner! Yum yum yum. The Mussipontain is a speciality of the pastry shop. It was nice, but not my new favorite pastry. The Paris-Brest was good, the choux was not soggy (unlike the one from La pâtisserie des Rêves last time) and the hazelnut cream was delicious.
The chocolate orange pastry was nice, but from all chocolate pastry I had that day.. the least memorable one. The whole box above costed ~ €33.
After Sébastien Gaudard we walked towards Printemps where we stopped at Café Pouchkine. Here, my classmate bought Rose Pouchkine (~€8) Everything at this shop contains gold. The shop display is also gold.
We were not sure what we were eating when we tried this.. It tasted like candy. (not so positive) It had pistache cake, quark mousse, fruit compote but I’m unsure what kind of fruit lol.
After Café Pouchkine we made our way to the Mandarin Oriental hotel. We made a quick stop at Fauchon too, but didn’t purchase anything.
The hotel is super nice (well, it’s 5* so it better be). Here we bought two pastries to emporter. I love their packaging! I bet that’s €1 euro of the price you pay.
The restaurant of Mandarin Oriental serves the pastries in their modern restaurant Camélia. The executive chef of Camélia is Thierry Marx. The cool thing is that they have Le Cake Shop where you can buy the same pastries without having dinner there! So that’s what we did.
We bought Horizon: Sweet crust, banana biscuit, passion fruit cream and milk chocolate mousse. From all components I found the passion fruit cream the most present. Cost: €8.
We also bought the Mandarin, one of the specialities. This is a intense chocolate pastry! I love chocolate so this was great. It consists of 62% chocolate mousse, vanilla cream and some different textures of chocolate. Cost: €8
I really liked the Mandarin. The Saint-Honoré is also a speciality there, I will have to go back to try that one.
Before even staring our pastry tour, one of my classmates already went to Jean-Paul Hévin! He shared the goods with us. These were the Tonka and the Chocolat Framboise. Both were yummy, but the chocolate framboise was really good. I want to go to Jean-Paul Hévin to try more!
After this whole pastry tour, we went to the Japanese/Korean area which I didn’t even know existed. There is actually quite a lot! Next time I’ll eat some savory food there. We spotted takoyaki but it wasn’t open yet.
Sunday I went biking for the first time. I took the Velib and biked to Vandermeersch to discover that it was closed!! I don’t know why they were closed, the site said Monday and Tuesday closed.. I’ll try that kouglof some other time I guess.
Sébastien Gaudard – 22 Rue des Martyrs, 75009 Paris
Café Pouchkine – 64 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008 Paris (Inside Printemps)
Le Cake Shop of Mandarin Oriental Paris – 251 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris