Parisian pastries have come a long way since the humble croissant. These progressive patisseries are where innovation and tradition collide to create truly heavenly confections. When you’re next in Paris, here are eight of the best French pastries to seek out.

1) Pierre Hermé’s Envie

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From the godfather of modern pastry making, Pierre Hermé’s much-loved Envie is a work of art in itself. A tempting blend of tender biscuit with almonds, zingy blackcurrant compote balanced with vanilla mascarpone cream and violet, it’s almost too pretty to eat.
72 rue Bonaparte 75006 Paris

2) l’Éclaire de Génie’s No.177 Caramel Butter Éclair

Madcap eclairs with wild flavours are what L’Éclaire de Génie do best. The sweetness of caramel in salted butter combined with unctuous Mascarpone and sprinkled with gilded powder, make this one a winner.
Various locations across Paris

3) Bontemps’ Le Fleur

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This pretty little pastry shop serves up Belle Époque style alongside gorgeous treats. Their signature, petal-resembling Le Fleur shortbreads come stuffed with fruity cream and are available in a variety of seasonal flavours.
57 rue de Bretagne 75003 Paris

4) Boulangerie Bo’s Sevilla

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Japan meets France at Boulangerie Bo. Inspired by his years in Tokyo, owner Olivier Haustraete has injected a distinctly Eastern flavour into his Sevilla – gorgeous rainbow layers of matcha, raspberry, praline, kinako flour and topped with undulating waves of rich cream.
85bis Rue de Charenton 75012 Paris

5) Angelina’s Mont Blanc

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The Mont Blanc is the iconic pastry that brought fame to this heritage baking house back in 1903. The pretty globular meringue filled with light chantilly is piled high with noodles of chestnut cream. They’re legendary in Paris, and no visit would be complete without sampling one yourself.
Various locations across Paris

6) Des Gâteaux et du Pain’s Lipstick Caramel Salt Flower

Shiny as polished glass, Des Gâteaux et du Pain’s Lipstick Caramel Salt Flower is one sophisticated treat. Encased in crispy brown toffee, it stars almond cream, vanilla mousseline, creamy caramel flower of salt and whipped cream. Deliciously decadent.
63 Boulevard Pasteur, 75015 Paris

7) La Pâtisserie des RêvesGrand Cru Vanille

Translating to The Patisserie of Dreams, their creations certainly are the things dream are made of. Delivering an intense hit of vanilla, this layered bake features crunchy duja vanilla, vanilla sponge, creamy black vanilla filling, white chocolate and vanilla mousse.
Various locations across Paris

8) Carl Marletti’s Red Fruit Tart

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Simple yet utterly scrumptious, Carl Marletti’s red fruit tart is a lesson in understated style. Sweet almond paste with raspberries, strawberries and currants pile neatly atop a crunchy pastry base.
51 Rue Censier, 75005 Paris

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