Métro: Sentier (line 3), Etienne Marcel (Line 4)
Address: 51 rue Montorgueil, 75002 Paris
Hours: Everyday from 7:30 am to 8:30 pm
Cost: around 4,50 euros
As I try new things, I often think that this is my new favorite. That's exactly what happened when I went to Stohrer for the first time. But the thing is that ever since, no one has convinced me that they were better than Stohrer, at least when it comes to Religieuse au Chocolat (pictured above). This pastry is pretty much like a chocolate éclair but shaped differently and with a lot more goodness. The filling is rich in chocolate flavor yet not heavy to the taste. The cream is dense yet not pasty. Its flavor is so decadent that it almost feels like you're eating a piece of fancy chocolate. The puff pastry is perfect. I have never had better since and it is my reference for chocolate éclairs or religieuses.
Now, you're going to tell me that Stohrer does not sound very French! You'd be right! It all started in 1725 when Marie Leczynska came to France to wed King Louis XV. She brought with her Monsieur Stohrer, her pastry chef. It's been a huge success ever since. He opened shop rue Montorgueil soon after his arrival. The shop itself is worth a look as it was decorated by Paul Baudry around 1864.