New Angelina Boutique in the 7th

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Time-honored Angelina, purveyor of fine pastries and divine chocolat chaud, recently opened a boutique on rue de Bac, in the 7th.

Angelina pastry chefs created a new delight for the shop’s opening and named it “Babylone” after the nearby rue Babylone. A round, almond biscuit is topped with vanilla mousse, and covered with raspberry. At the center is a dollop of intense strawberry confit.

The shop sells the usual sweet wonders as well: macarons, St Honoré, Paris-Brest, and the Mont Blanc, made with chestnut cream, and the maison’s best seller for 110 years.

Decor is inspired by the Angelina tea salon on rue de Rivoli, but there are no seats. The boutique is take-out only.

Fortunately, there are park benches nearby.

New Ladurée Chocolate Shop

Just when we thought master chocolatiers (Jean Paul Hévin, Jean Charles Rocheaux, Franck Kestener, Jacques Génin) had had the last words about fine chocolate in Paris, Ladurée has entered the fray.

The renowned pâtisserie, known for its macarons, has opened Les Marquis de Ladurée, near the Tuilerie Gardens, to complement their pastries and round out their chocolate offerings.

The shop is a study in opulence, with intricately moulded ceilings, a crystal chandelier, pressed tin walls and exquisite displays. Mirrored cases illuminate towers of chocolate macarons and eclairs sprinkled with gold leaf.

Elegant lamps define perfect stacks of exotic ganaches, precisely arranged rows of truffles, and subtly perfumed cameos that bear the marquis’ likeness.

Chestnut, verveine, rose, Manjari grand cru…these aromes are just the beginning. If you are a Ladurée fan, or interested in the delicate pleasures of fine chocolate, this boutique is for you.

14 rue de Castiglione, 1st, Métro: Tuileries