I had my misgivings about La Patisserie des Rêves (literally, the pastry shop of dreams). Widely hyped since its opening in 2009, Philippe Conticini's whimsical space breaks with traditional codes both in decor and dessert. I had seen photos of his immaculate creations enclosed in temperature-controlled glass domes suspended from the ceiling like protected jewels and I wasn't convinced I'd appreciate the experience. The shop initially felt impersonal but I was willing to give it a chance during a food tour with Context Travel. One bite of the tarte au citron- perfectly tart - and I joined the ranks of Conticini fanatics. While you'll be tempted by mostly everything tucked neatly into pristine bell jars, you shold head to the viennoiserie shelf and pick up a Kouign Aman, the best outside of Brittany.