Sweets with Creative Flair

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Sweets with Creative Flair
Pastries and other sweet treats are a refined art form in Paris, and opportunities to indulge are numerous. At Le Meurice hotel, award-winning head pastry chef Cédric Grolet, a Fauchon alum, crafts intensely flavored pastries, such as a St. Honoré made with rich local honey and the Citron, which looks just like a lime and contains lemon marmalade, white chocolate mousse, and fresh mint. Enjoy his creations during teatime at Le Dali restaurant, where small pastries and sandwiches are served on silver trays and warm madeleines are brought straight to the table. Chocolate lovers should make a beeline for Angelina, a teahouse on rue du Rivoli famed for its rich hot chocolate (made from three kinds of African cocoa) and signature Mont Blanc pastry. Featuring meringue, whipped cream, and chestnut cream, it’s named for its resemblance to a snow-capped mountain. At Matamata Coffee, co-owner and trained barista Gérald Arek’s latte art—featuring a delicate heart and a rosetta leaf pattern—is worth appreciating before enjoying your perfectly frothy flat white along with homemade carrot cake.
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