Pierre Hermé, Paris
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Dubbed the "Picasso of Pastries," Pierre Hermé has a virtual kingdom of dessert-related entreprises, including three boutiques in Paris, a sideline in cookbooks, and a school of "haute pâtisserie." His radical approach to dessert and chocolate-making arrives in "collections" of new sweets every so often. Concoctions feature wondrous pairings like rose and lychee, but he also creates "classiques," rigorous reworkings of traditional French products. He has two Left Bank shops: The original, on Rue Bonaparte, is like a minimalist jewel box; the other is bright and Pop-minimalist (185 Rue de Vaugirard, 75015; 33-1-47-83-89-96). At Macarons & Chocolats, opened in 2009, a couple of dozen variations on the theme range from the best-selling passion fruit and chocolate macarons—a bite of heaven at about $2.70 each—to tribal mask–shaped chocolates originally created for the Quai Branly museum.
Rue Bonaparte shop open Mondays through Fridays 10 am to 7 pm, Saturdays 10 am to 7:30 pm, and Sundays 10 am to 7 pm.
Macarons & Chocolats open daily 10 am to 7 pm.
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