Forget about macarons, soooo 2013! This year it’s all about the éclair, which is making a serious comeback. The éclair is actually a classic dough pastry with a flavored creamy filling and a colored topping, but at L’Eclair de Genie every éclair is a small piece of art. The very talented pastry chef Christopher Adam opened this shop after working at Fauchon for 10 years, a big name in éclairs in France.
Even though the éclairs are nice to look at, it’s even better to take a bite! With flavors like caramel beurre salé, passion-framboise, or chocolat grand cru you can probably imagine why. Admitted they don’t come cheap at almost € 5 per piece (which is basically 3 to 4 good bites but SO worth it), we couldn’t settle for 1 and went for 2: the passion-framboise and praliné noisette. For a little while we were in éclair heaven. We’re hooked!!
As there is always a big line in front of the shop, I wouldn’t recommend going there on a Saturday afternoon when Parisians are queuing up to get their sweet fix. However as the store is located in the heart of the Marais and open 7 days a week, you can easily combine it with a Sunday Marais shopping spree. Just around the corner you can score a good bargain in the Sandro stock store, see (and buy) some YellowKorner photography or have lunch at Chez Janou.
L’Eclair de Genie
14 Rue Pavée, 75004
Open: Monday to Friday 11:00-19:00, Saturday and Sunday 10:00-19:30
Metro: Line 1 to Saint-Paul