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10 pastry chefs to trust for crazy birthday cakes

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Whether they are more fond of savory or lovers of sweets, Paris is a paradise for gourmets. The City of Light is full of addresses where virtuosos of sweets evolve and it's a fact, you can't find such delicacies anywhere else in the world. To celebrate a birthday or just to please your loved ones during a family dinner, here are our favorite addresses to get your dose of sweetness.


Claire Damon

In its two pretty boutiques (St-Germain-des-Prés and Montparnasse) “ cakes and bread", Claire Damon offers a range of 10 cakes that change regularly, depending on the season. Very refined, his sublime creations are no less delicious.

Our favorites for a birthday : shahzadeh, pink grapefruit or strawberry and orange blossom tart.

cakes and bread, 89 Rue du Bac, 75007 Paris.


Yann Roofer

Trained in luxury restaurants and hotels, Yann Roofer opened its first pastry shop in 2016, avenue Parmentier in the 10th arrondissement. The following year, he opened a second, this time in the Marais. We go there to discover its universe but also for its praline Wonder, or its Madagascar vanilla mille-feuille, just delicious!

Our favorites for a birthday : the signature marbled cake with salted caramel ganache, the raspberry tarragon tart or the pistachio cake coated in chocolate.

Yann Roofer, 137 Avenue Parmentier, 75010 Paris and 23bis Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris.


Christophe Michalak

World Pastry Champion 2005, Christophe Michalak owns several boutiques in Paris and even runs her own Masterclass. Never in place, the former pastry chef of the Plaza Athénée brings an innovative and definitive touch to his creations. rock and roll.

Our favorites for celebrating a birthday : the chokopraliné fondant to share, the purple blackcurrant fig tart for those who love fruit and delicious hazelnut chocolate.

Christophe Michalak, 8 Rue du Vieux Colombier, 75006 Paris. 


Pierre Hermé

Of course, it is impossible to talk about pastry without mentioning the world-renowned pastry chef: Pierre Hermé. If the best pastry chef in the world in 2016 built his success around macaroons, he also has a huge offer of cakes and other delicacies. Since 2001, the master of sweets has continued to develop, opening stores all over the world (Paris, Japan, United Kingdom, Morocco…) and creations, according to the seasons and his inspiration.

Our favorites for a birthday : The Ispahan of course, but also the Infiniment vanilla and the 2000 Feuilles.

Pierre Hermé, 4 Rue Cambon, 75001 Paris.



Jean Paul Hevin

We stick the label of chocolate maker on his skin, but in reality, Jean Paul Hévin is also an outstanding pastry chef. Elected Meilleur Ouvrier de France pastry chef in 1986, he offers a range of “top-of-the-range” pastries around three different themes: revisited classics, original creations and travel cakes, highlighting a city.

Our favorites for a birthday : Raspberry (cocoa biscuit with almonds soaked in raspberry pulp, covered with a dark chocolate mousse and a raspberry jam glaze), the Mazeltov and the CDG travel cake.

Jean-Paul Hevin, 108 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris. 



Benoit Castel

In its Parisian boutiques, Benoit Castel offers a range of distinctive pastries symbolizing the rules of conduct and consumer ethics. All without coloring and with the best raw materials.

Our favorites for a birthday : the strawberry tart, the XXL tropézienne or even the lemon cake.

Benoit Castel, 72 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011 Paris.



Philippe Conticini

At Philippe Conticini, the flavors are frank, well worked. In his shop – opened in 2018 – there are many delicacies that shine by their sobriety. Special mention for the travel cakes (cake balls) and canelés.

Our favorites for a birthday : flan! The chocolate tart and the maxi millefeuille.

Philippe Conticini, 37 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris.



Hugues Pouget

Former pastry chef at Guy Savoy, Hugues Pouget created the brand Hugo & Victor with his partner Sylvain Blanc six years ago. In his shop, he highlights his craftsmanship combined with modern and traditional pastry techniques. Like Benoît Castel, he has developed his own natural dyes. Grapefruit tart, pavlova with red fruits and cakes of all kinds… Gourmets will necessarily find what they are looking for.

Our favorites for a birthday : the tart with fresh strawberries and lime zest, the one with red fruits or the reconstituted tart to vary the pleasures!

Hugo & Victor, 40 Boulevard Raspail, 75007 Paris.


Fiona Leluc

Originally, Fiona Leluc worked in finance, until the day she decided to quit everything to convert to pastry. A more than successful conversion since his pastry shop in the Marais, opened in 2015, is always full! Here, the choice is not infinite but very qualitative. It offers seasonal pies but also travel cakes, including a classic lemon cake.

Our favorites for a birthday : the Ode pear tart, the banana caramel flambé tart and the famous lemon cake!

Bontemps pastry shop, 57 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris.


Cyril Lignac

14 years after his participation in Yes sir ! Cyril Lignac has really imposed itself as a master, both in the Parisian gastronomic offer with its restaurants, and in pastry. With Benoît Couvrand, they have created a particularly gourmet pastry range, highlighting primary flavors such as chocolate, vanilla and caramel.

Our favorites for a birthday : Equinox of cours ! But also the raspberry tart and the delicious Paris Brest to share.

Cyril Lignac, 9 Rue Bayen, 75017 Paris.



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