Apr 21

12 French Sweets You Must Try Before You Die

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Today, Elena of Elana’s Travelgram is going to share with us 12 most delicious and amazingly looking pastries you would not resist when visiting France. She describes herself as a 20-something Ukrainian girl who often gets lost in different corners of the world. She is currently living an expat life in France.

Do you know how France actually tastes like? Sweet. It’s a heaven for all the foodies and sweet-toothed. With gorgeous boulangeries and patisseries nearly at every corner you simply can’t miss trying the next sweet delights. Let’s see what top 12 french sweets you simple can’t afford to miss when in France:

#1 Chausson aux pommes.

сhausson aux pommes

These small buns made of puff pastry filled with rich-flavored apple mash inside may not look special, yet they taste magnificent! It’s one of the most traditional French baking that was originally made in 1580 at a tiny city of Saint-Calais, Northern France. When the severe epidemic of plague killed nearly 2/3 of the city’s population, it is told that one lady made a huge apple pie that reminded of a slipper (chausson) to feed all the starving who were forced to stay in town and it helped to prevent further spreading of the disease. In 1992 Saint Calais community established La confrérie du Chausson aux Pomme – a brotherhood of bakers and locals who organize a parade and a festive each first Sunday of September with lots of chaussons aux pommes and other traditional dishes made and served to everyone.

#2 Le Merveilleux.


Photo credit: Vincci


The name of the desert “Marvel” totally corresponds to its taste. A floating meringue desert filled with floral cream and chocolate or vanilla light cream and generously sprinkled with chocolate feathers or crunchy cookie crumbs. They filling and decorations may differ from Boulangerie to Boulangeries.

#3 Saint-Honoré Cake.


Photo credit: CityofAnnie


Did you know there’s a special saint who patronizes all bakers and pastry chefs? That’s Saint Honorewhom you should thank for each magnificent desert you taste J. This cake’s traditionally made with crème cheboust for filling and whipped cream for decoration. The best thing about this cake are these small balls dipped in caramelized brown sugar and filled with lots of cream.

#4 Ice Cream.

ice cream

Though, it’s Italy who’s well-known for its amazing gelato, the French crème glacée is none the worse! Starting from standard flavors like lemon, strawberry or mango, you can as well taste something as gourmet (or weird) as goat-cheese, pine, rosemary, carrot or even beet. Check out Terre Adelice in Vieux Lyon for best ice cream experience!

#5 Patted’ours.


Photo credit: Yumelise


This small bun made of crunchy puff pastry and liquid chocolate filling that is very similar to Nutella and is called bear’s paw for its cute shape.

#6 Mango tart.

Mango Tarte

Photo credit: Phreddie


An amazing crunchy basket topped with caramelized or jelly covered mango pieces. In Paris, you should definitely grab few at at La Pâtisserie des Rêves.

#7 Marie Antoinette desert.

Marie Antoinette desert

Photo credit: Carl Marletti


I fell in love with the visual appearance of this one at first and the taste has proven to be even better! It’s made of two meringue macaron calves filled with light vanilla or rose cream, fresh raspberries and a few blueberries on top for decoration.

#8 Coussin de Lyon.

Coussin de Lyon

Photo credit: JaHoVil


Lyon’s local sweet specialty. A candy made of greenish marzipan filled with chocolate ganache and a few drops of curacao. For the first time this sweet was made in 1960 by a local chocolatier Mr. Voisin, who was inspired by the shape of a cushion used in the medieval ceremony for caring a 7 pound wax candle and a crown to the Fourvière hill.

#9 Paris-Brest.


An amazing cake sandwich filled with thick praline-flavored cream and covered with feather-like peanut slices. It was first made in 1910 as a commemoration of the famous bike race Paris-Brest-Paris held in 1891, round-shaped, so that it resembled a wheel.

#10 Tarte Framboise.

Raspberry tart

Photo credit: Guillaume Angibert


Another totally fantastic treat that is hard to describe in words. Fresh raspberries on a bedding of jelly-like vanilla cream in a crusty basket.

#11 Chouquette.


Photo credit: M.D.


These are like tiny éclairs, traditionally made of yummy choux pastry without any filling and sprinkled with sugar pearls. Yet some patisseries offer chouquettes with mouse or custard fillings or additionally covered with chocolate.

#12 Brioche Praline Rose.

Brioche Praline Rose

Photo credit: M.D.


A traditional Brioche is made with lot’s eggs and butter that makes it dough taste so rich. This one’s made special by adding nuts, caramelized in rose syrup. Total yum!

You can also check out the full list of 23 French pastry you should try before you die written by Elena and follow her adventures on Bloglovin’.

 Which one of these delicious pastries would like like to dig in?

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76 Responses to “12 French Sweets You Must Try Before You Die”

  1. From santafetraveler:

    Those made my mouth water- and there are so many more great French desserts!

    Posted on April 21, 2014 at 1:03 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      I wish I was in France right now. My Easter breakfast would look a bit different I guess :).

      Posted on April 21, 2014 at 2:00 am #
  2. From Rachel M:

    You’ve whetted my appetite, everything is so enticing!

    Posted on April 21, 2014 at 6:55 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      I know! That was the aim of this post to make people crave more sweets LOL!

      Posted on April 22, 2014 at 12:44 am #
  3. From Franca:

    When it comes to pastry I cannot resist, no matter if it is sweet or savory I have to have some. I already tried some of these French delicious treats, but there are still some that I must taste.. I’m craving for some mango tart right now :)

    Posted on April 21, 2014 at 6:58 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Me too Franca. I guess we would be perfect match for travels :).

      Posted on April 22, 2014 at 12:45 am #
  4. From Sam:

    French patisseries are like art galleries, in my opinion. I can’t help but slowing down as I walk past places selling stuff like this, just to admire the handiwork and attention to detail!

    Posted on April 21, 2014 at 9:48 am #
    • From Elena:

      Yes, can’t agree more. The French chefs pay as much attention to the taste as to to the aesthetic appeal of the final product :)

      Posted on April 21, 2014 at 10:24 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      They are, indeed!

      Posted on April 22, 2014 at 12:45 am #
  5. From Katie:

    I’m a sucker for desserts – I’ve got a huge sweet tooth! These all seem delicious but Le Merveilleux might be on the top. A little but of chocolate and just screams French dessert to me. A friend is going to Paris in a few weeks so I’ll be sending her this!

    Posted on April 21, 2014 at 12:29 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Same here, Katie. I’m the biggest sweet lover on this planet, but I need to watch out my sugar intake :).

      Posted on April 22, 2014 at 12:46 am #
  6. From Emily:

    The first time we traveled through France we were poor University students and so the only thing we treated ourselves to were crepes. We’re headed back this summer and I cannot wait to sink my teeth into all the sweet and savoury treats!

    Posted on April 21, 2014 at 2:52 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      I actually never tried French crepes although I’ve already been to France. Hope to catch up next time!

      Posted on April 22, 2014 at 12:46 am #
  7. From Kristin W.:

    YUM! This just arrived in my inbox – it’s early morning in Manila and I’m so hungry! I need to go find some breakfast :-)

    Thanks for the fantastic, colorful photos and great descriptions!

    Happy, Safe Travels! :-)

    Posted on April 21, 2014 at 10:29 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Go grab some donuts. Manila is full of bakeries!

      Posted on April 22, 2014 at 12:47 am #
  8. From Rebecca:

    they all look pretty dam amazing! I opted for the chocolate eclair when I was there but I would happily taste test them all :)

    Posted on April 21, 2014 at 10:58 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      I actually would think twice before eating them – they just look way too PERFECT to me!

      Posted on April 22, 2014 at 12:47 am #
  9. From Brian Wellman:

    No pain au chocolat? It’s my favorite!

    Posted on April 22, 2014 at 2:26 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Not this time :P

      Posted on April 23, 2014 at 2:48 am #
  10. From Tim | UrbanDuniya:

    I read the longer version of this post on Elena’s personal site, and it makes some interesting reading! Agness, if your weakness is sushi, then mine is dessert!!!

    Posted on April 22, 2014 at 4:11 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      I’ve read it too and I loved it so I asked Elena to write the same one for me and she did !! :D Yes, my weakness is sushi, but I love desserts as well.

      Posted on April 23, 2014 at 2:48 am #
  11. From Stef:

    The sweets look all very tasty, but for now I’d love to have a Marie Antoinette desert here on my desk ;)

    Posted on April 22, 2014 at 7:28 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:


      Posted on April 23, 2014 at 2:46 am #
  12. From Jen Seligmann:

    Yum! Why make me choose just one, I’ll have one small bite of each please!!!

    Posted on April 22, 2014 at 9:19 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      HAHAHAHA You are so much like me!

      Posted on April 23, 2014 at 2:46 am #
  13. From Zara @ Backpack ME:

    Thumbs up for that Marie Antoinette tart. I had one in France last summer but I had no idea that was the name. SO, SO GOOD!! :D

    Posted on April 22, 2014 at 3:17 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      I will try it next time !!!!

      Posted on April 23, 2014 at 2:43 am #
  14. From Charlie:

    That Marie Antoinette desert is crazy looking! So are those bright blue things! I had no idea the French had such brightly coloured sweets.

    Posted on April 22, 2014 at 11:06 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      I love, it does look yummy!

      Posted on April 23, 2014 at 2:43 am #
  15. From Rebekah:

    God those all look amazing. Do you have Haolicakes where you are? Its a bakery chain here and I love it when I’m craving something sweet.

    Posted on April 23, 2014 at 7:31 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      I’m in China right now and we don’t have Haolicakes here, but they look so goooood!

      Posted on April 24, 2014 at 1:37 am #
  16. From Sofie:

    Such a tasty post!
    I’d love to try the Paris-Brest

    Posted on April 23, 2014 at 8:13 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Me too! :D

      Posted on April 24, 2014 at 1:35 am #
  17. From Heather:

    I’ll take one of each, please! And follow them up with a Nutella crepe :-)

    Posted on April 23, 2014 at 7:02 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Someone said Nutella crepe? Omomomomo!

      Posted on April 24, 2014 at 1:28 am #
  18. From Jess @UsedYorkCity:

    Honestly, my go-to French desserts are typically macaroons or pan au chocolats or nutella crepes…I can’t want to add all these to my palette!:-)

    Posted on April 24, 2014 at 10:41 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Omomomomomomom :-D!

      Posted on April 26, 2014 at 10:01 am #
  19. From Megan @ Mapping Megan:

    Just saying – that Le Merveilleux looks absolutely devine!! And now my mouth is watering! Time to get to France!!

    Posted on April 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Sure it is! Let’s go to France!!

      Posted on April 26, 2014 at 10:13 am #
  20. From Shing:

    I feel utterly seduced by them all! The appearance of the Marie Antoinette desert is pure beauty, and I imagine that describes the taste too!

    Posted on April 24, 2014 at 7:21 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      I love to look at the picture of the Marie Antoinette and imagine what it may taste like!

      Posted on April 26, 2014 at 10:14 am #
  21. From Jessica @ Independent Travel Cats:

    Love French pastries so much! I think my list would be a bit different, but there are just so many great ones out there!

    Posted on April 25, 2014 at 11:42 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      I would also add more goodies here :-)!

      Posted on April 26, 2014 at 10:23 am #
  22. From Marysia @ My Travel Affairs:

    Paris-Brest and Marie Antoinette for me please :)

    Posted on April 25, 2014 at 10:15 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      For me as well Marysia! Great choice by the way! ;-)

      Posted on April 26, 2014 at 10:27 am #
  23. From Beth:

    I will be trying a few of these while I’m in Paris this summer for sure! ;)

    Posted on April 26, 2014 at 6:26 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      I might be around there this summer as well :) so keep me posted! X

      Posted on April 26, 2014 at 10:29 am #
  24. From Charli:

    Holy cow!! I’ve been on a low sugar diet for almost a year now and I’m salivating, this is torture they all look so yummy!

    Posted on April 27, 2014 at 5:28 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Seriously? Poor you! :)

      Posted on April 28, 2014 at 2:36 am #
  25. From Becky Padmore:

    Oh wow they all look delicious but if I had to choose it probably would have to be Marie Antoinette desert, it looks so colourful!

    Posted on April 28, 2014 at 5:39 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Seems like everyone is obsessed with this one! :)

      Posted on April 29, 2014 at 1:51 am #
  26. From Shereen:

    Whoa reading this post definitely made me hungry. I would love to try #6 since I love mango and I would totally agree that the appearance of the Marie Antoinette desert is to die for alone. I wish we had some of these around where I am.

    Posted on April 29, 2014 at 7:53 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      I also love mango. My favourite dessert in Thailand was sticky rice with fresh mango on top. Simply yummy!

      Posted on April 30, 2014 at 12:47 am #
  27. From The Guy:

    Wonderful selection of indulgent eats. I especially like the name Marvel :-)

    This brings back memories of my last trip to Sacre Coeur in Paris. The ice cream shops in that area have some of the best ice creams I’ve ever known.

    Posted on April 30, 2014 at 10:43 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      I wish I could try these ice creams! :)

      Posted on May 2, 2014 at 3:25 am #
  28. From Aubrey:

    Oh my goodness, why did I read this right before lunch. I’m basically drooling over here, I want to try everything!

    Posted on April 30, 2014 at 4:29 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Hahahaha! You’re not the only one here, I’m afraid.

      Posted on May 2, 2014 at 3:23 am #
  29. From Casey @ A Cruising Couple:

    Considering we are in France right now, this is NOT going to be good for my waistline, but it is going to be oh so good for my soul! Thanks for sharing! Next week we go to Paris where I’m going to be taking a macaron making class, and I am so so so excited :)

    Posted on April 30, 2014 at 7:41 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Are you in France now? I’m so jealous. Keep eating and don’t worry about your waistline. Diet will start next year :).

      Posted on May 2, 2014 at 3:23 am #
  30. From Agness Walewinder:

    I’m glad to hear that! :) Bon voyage!

    Posted on May 2, 2014 at 3:22 am #
  31. From annie:

    i am drooling over every single one of these! i’ve only tried a few of them….bookmarking this for our next french trip!!

    Posted on May 5, 2014 at 11:11 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Same here Annie, same here!

      Posted on May 6, 2014 at 2:48 am #
  32. From Michelle:

    OMG all of these look so good!!! I have such a weak spot for sweets haha. I’ll have to get my hands on that Marie Antoinette pastry the next time i’m in France….I love macaroons!!

    Posted on May 5, 2014 at 11:16 am #
  33. From Ryan:

    By golly…foodgasms galore! All of these look incredibly scrumptious, thanks for the feature and I’ll be sure to look at for them when I go to France! Tarts ftw!

    Posted on May 6, 2014 at 6:40 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:


      Posted on May 7, 2014 at 2:09 am #
      • From Clariza:

        Wow! these sweets look so amazing! If im going to Europe this October, I really need to try some of these.

        Posted on May 14, 2014 at 7:27 am #
  34. From Sonja @ The {Happy} Travel Bug:

    Delish! I’m going to France next year and feel the need to try every one of those! ;)

    Posted on May 7, 2014 at 12:53 pm #
  35. From Ron | Active Planet Travels:

    Man those dishes look delicious…can’t wait to visit Europe and go on a foodie rage! lol

    Posted on May 7, 2014 at 11:04 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      8 weeks left for me Ron! :-)

      Posted on May 8, 2014 at 12:24 am #
  36. From Lesley Peterson:

    WONDERFUL photographs! That merveilleux really looks marvelous. Imagine there’s a saint in charge of all desserts. Only in France!

    Posted on May 8, 2014 at 8:15 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Can’t wait to visit France once again!

      Posted on May 9, 2014 at 12:51 am #
  37. From Sand In My Suitcase:

    What a great collection of delicacies! But a chocolate croissant is enough to put is into sweet heaven.

    Posted on May 11, 2014 at 4:38 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      My favourite one that’s for sure!

      Posted on May 12, 2014 at 1:25 am #
  38. From Milena Yordanova:

    They all look so yummy! I wish I was in France so I could try all of them. The bear’s paw is so cute.

    Posted on July 8, 2014 at 8:35 am #
  39. From Catherine:

    Oh my, these all sound amazing! Only tried two of the twelve so far, so still got a long way to go!

    Posted on March 10, 2015 at 8:25 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:


      Posted on March 11, 2015 at 6:25 pm #

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