31 rue Vieille du Temple, 75004

INSIDER TIP | The cones at this gelato chain photograph beautifully but take the shot from above or on an angle to show off those luscious ice cream flower petals. 


34 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010

INSIDER TIP | Christophe Vasseur is an award-winning baker known for his hearty, rustic loaves and classic pastries. If you walk with only one of his treats, make sure it's the escargot, a snail-shaped puff pastry filled with pistachio-chocolate, rhum raisin, praline, among others. The picnic table outside the shop is the perfect spot to show off your flaky goods. 

25 Rue Chanzy, 75011

INSIDER TIP | Cyril Lignac is best known for his La Patisserie bakeries and his restaurants across Paris but he's recently made the dive into chocolate at this casual 11th arrondissement cafe. Where most chocolate shops feel precious, this spot invites you to sit and stay awhile. Break into one of his candy bars, chocolate tablets or chocolate pastries or warm up with a decadent hot chocolate (ps. in summer, he offers a chilled version). 

various locations

INSIDER TIP | Whether you stack them or line them up like jewels, Pierre Herme's macarons are otherworldy in any form. His classic flavors are among the bestsellers -- chocolate, salted caramel, vanilla, etc. - but he is known for incorporating exotic flavors, even those of the savory variety, into his limited edition collections. Be adventurous and try them all! 


72 rue Bonaparte, 75006

INSIDER TIP | Summer berries only help to enhance the stunning pastries from Pierre Herme, called the Picasso of Pastry. Don't miss his signature Ispahan treats and the Infiniment Vanille collection, two must-haves for true pastry aficionados. Only 2 of Herme's locations carry the pastry offering: rue Bonaparte and rue Vaugirard. 

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INSIDER TIP |  Christophe Adam made an impact in the pastry industry when he was at the helm of the Fauchon kitchens, creating nearly 100 eclair recipes that elevated them to works of art. In his own shops, the eclair remains front and center with seasonal flavors and bright colors you can't help but be drawn to. One thing to note is that his eclairs are half the size of a regular eclair and are lighter and less sweet. 


22 rue Beranger, 75003

INSIDER TIP | This matcha cafe is rather spacious and great for meetings or long lunches with friends. Don't forgo the green tea desserts which are a nice introduction into the world of matcha. 

PHOTO TIP | Here, beautiful desserts are always displayed on the counter which make for interesting foreground elements when shooting the interior. 


39 rue des Vinaigriers, 75010

INSIDER TIP | Benoit Castel's bakery-patisserie is aptly named Liberte, as if to say we should have the freedom to give in to temptation at any point of the day. To guide us along, he offers delicious breads, perfectly flaky breakfast pastries and desserts like his famous tarte a la creme available all day long. 

22 rue Beranger, 75003

INSIDER TIP | Little secret about this Matcha cafe: they do more than matcha drinks ! They work with Coutume Cafe beans for excellent coffee and have a variety of savory and sweet snacks. 

PHOTO TIP | Don't overlook the matcha-based desserts which are equally as photogenic as the lattes and pop with extra features like these strawberries, especially when set against their white surface. Including the small green plants on each table enhances the image's rich texture. 

25 Place des Vosges, 75003

INSIDER TIP | Founded in 1927 on the Place du Trocadero, Carette is one of Paris's most loved cafes and tea salons. Not only do they have a beautiful selection of teas but cakes, pastries and even their own collection of macarons for the perfect Parisian tea time. Both locations are perfectly situated for long afternoons of people watching. 

15 Rue Sainte- Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004

INSIDER TIP | With a Meilleur Ouvrier de France behind the recipes at this Marais ice cream shop, you can be sure the scoops are better than average. Don't miss their smoked vanilla, coffee sorbet (among those shown above) and cherry-mint-cinnamon flavors. The tea salon in the back is open for those who want to try one of their classic ice cream-based desserts with tea or coffee. 

PHOTO TIP | What makes a better backdrop for ice cream than graphic wallpaper composed of waffle cones?

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INSIDER TIP | For over a century, Angelina has been a fixture of Parisian indulgence. Their Belle Epoque tea salon across from the Tuileries Gardens is always packed full but you can take your treats to go and dig in out in the park. The Mont Blanc, composed of meringue, chestnut cream and whipped cream, is their signature item typically served in a large mound but occasionally available as an eclair.