12 of Paris's Best Places to Eat, Drink, and Stay
The world's most visited city isn't resting on reputation. Paris's strongholds of culture and gastronomy continue to evolve. Top chefs are opening casual new wine bars, and pastry wizards are folding exotic ingredients into their dough. Parisbymouth.com writer Meg Zimbeck takes us on a tour.

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Paris Treats, Classic and Avant-Garde

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Shops and bakeries are introducing spruced-up versions of classic Parisian foods. Here are the best addresses to try traditional and eclectic takes on three iconic French treats.

The Classic: The flaky pastries from Poilâne are made with rich French butter and fired in a wood-burning oven. 8 Rue du Cherche-Midi, 33/(0) 14-548-4259, poilane.com

The Twist: Sadaharu Aoki sweetens his pastry layers with green tea powder. The black sesame éclair is also delicious. 35 Rue de Vaugirard, 33/(0) 14-544-4890, sadaharuaoki.com

The Classic: Sébastien Mauvieux, who supplies President François Hollande with his daily bread, won the honors for best baguette in Paris at this year’s Grand Prix. 159 Rue Ordener, 33/(0) 14-262-7670

The Twist: Baker Gontran Cherrier uses squid ink to turn his baguette black before rolling it in sesame seeds. 22 Rue Caulaincourt, 33/(0) 14-606- 8266, gontrancherrierboulanger.com

The Classic: Ladurée has lured cookie enthusiasts since 1862 with traditional flavors such as chocolate and salted butter caramel.
16 Rue Royale, 33/(0) 14-260-2179, laduree.fr

The Twist: Pierre Hermé surprises customers by sneaking asparagus and foie gras flavors into his creations. 72 Rue Bonaparte, 33/(0) 14-354-4777, pierreherme.com

Illustration by Michael Hoeweler. This appeared in the October 2012 issue.

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by Meg Zimbeck
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