There really is no way to come as far as Paris and not visit the most famous pastry shop in France; Pierre Hermé named after the man himself. His unique combination of macarons flavours are famous worldwide. We went to his Bonaparte boutique after visiting Roland Garros in the morning and later Poilâne.
Cakes and pastries!
The only picture I managed to take in the boutique before being stopped by the salesperson. Didn’t know photography is forbidden. Why are they so strict in this sense?
Guess what’s inside this box?
Ispahan @ €6.90. It’s one of Pierre Hermé signature item! Ispahan is made up of rose macaron biscuit, rose petal cream, whole raspberries and lychees.
Having tasted Ladurée’s eclair ispahan, I can rightly said that Pierre Hermé’s ispahan has more oomphh but by not much. The lychees and its flavour is more apparent here.
Here’s how the Ispahan looks inside. Sorry it’s a bit gooey but the taste is my oh my heavenly.
We wanted to buy only 2 macarons but ended up with 2 more!
The flavours are clockwise from top:
1. Éden – peach, apricot and saffron
2. Mosaïc – pistachio, Ceylon cinnamon and Morello cherries
3. Plénitude – chocolate and caramel
4. Infiniment rose – rose and rose petals
My favorite is mosaïc and infiniment rose.
Cross-section of the macarons. If you look at the top right macaron, you can see hole in the shell. Ahh even top pastry shop like this will still yield imperfect macaron. So don’t worry if yours has air hole in them. Hehe
Between macarons from Fauchon and Ladurée, they are almost the same standard but compared those to Pierre Hermé, gotta say Pierre Hermé’s macarons is a step above the rest. His macarons is so so moist and heavenly. Seriously I’m blown away. As for the thick ganache I’ve no preference actually. It’s good to get a thick one, made the price you paid worthwhile perhaps?
Do visit all the 3 pâtisserie; Fauchon, Ladurée and Pierre Hermé when in Paris and you be the judge of their macarons.
All photos by TZ-7.
72 Rue Bonaparte
01 43 54 47 77
185 Rue de Vaugirard
01 47 83 89 96
The are many more Pierre Hermé branches.
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