City Guide: Paris

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By Katie Mascaro

Pain de Sucre

Precious pastries and buttery breads at this contemporary patisserie are next door to one of Paris best coffeehouses.

Nathalie Robert and Didier Mathray trained with master chef Pierre Gagnaire before opening these two neighboring shops—one specializing in multigrain breads and savory prepared gourmet items, and the other featuring pastries and sweets so beautiful that they glitter like precious jewels in the shop window. Come here for very contemporary riffs on classic French pastries: a Baba au Rhum topped with a tiny flask of rum ensures that the texture and alcohol level will be perfect upon serving, the almond-paste Galette des Rois (King’s cake) for Epiphany is served-up in variations such as apricot and pistachio, and everyone swoons for the pastel square Guimauves (marshmallows). The savory boutique serves up and extra buttery croissant and Pain au Chocolat. A few spots are available outside, if you can score one.

Must try:
Baba au Rhum
Pastisserie / Jewel-Like Baked Goods
Reservations: N/A
Hours: Thu-Mon 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sundays 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Location: 3rd Arrondissement
Address: 14, rue Rambuteau
Phone: 01 45 74 68 92
  • Metro: Rambuteau
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