After glowing stints at Fauchon and Le Bon Marché, pastry chef and author Sébastien Gaudard opened his own pâtisserie on rue des Martyrs, just south of Pigalle, 9 months ago; the speed of his ascent into the annals of traditional pastry-making left him and his team of 14 stunned. But it's no surprise he achieved such wild success so quickly - he doesn't just revisit pastry classics, he brings them back to life giving new vigor to everything from the Paris-Brest and Mont Blanc to Tarte au Citron, macarons and divine chocolates.
His shop feels like an old school candy store with jars full of French bonbons and cases full of indulgent desserts. It's a stunning pastry shop with stellar sweets well worth the detour for those staying (or living, like myself) on the other side of the city.
In the summer, try a carton of their homemade ice cream.