We like them round and plump, don’t you?

Here’s the new craze that’s taking over Paris and soon to explode, like fireworks, onto the world’s stage: Tiny, round, “chou à la crème,” sweet and savory delicacies. We know them as cream puffs, but still, they leave us speechless.

The greatest pastry chefs have put their hands to the test to offer their version of these little balls of wonders. Ducasse, Conticini, Michalak and, of course, Popelini, who restored glory to the cream puff - first creating the Italian pastry for Catherine de Medicis.

The big names in the pastry world are all in agreement (for once) about the secret of success, and here it is: "crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside." After the surge of stores devoted to macaroons, boutiques exclusively in honor of the cream puff are growing all over the capital, and we’re not mad at all.

We understand it’s impossible to not want to know more, so we’re going entrust you with our favorite places to go for a taste of these mini cream puffs. We already know you’ll fall head over heels for these small gems.

  • Popelini (44 Rue des Martyrs, Paris 9th), Lauren Koumetz and Alice Barday were the trailblazers with this first shop and its old-fashion cases. There is also, like in a restaurant, a "chou du jour."
  • Gâteaux Thoumieux (58 Rue Saint Dominique, Paris 7th), Jean-François Piège and Ludovic Chaussard revisit the Paris-Brest with the Chou-Chou melting in the middle. A cream puff within a creme puff, that’s 69 grams of pure delight.
  • Choux d'Enfer (Intersection of Rue Jean Rey and Quai Branly, Paris 15th) Alain Ducasse and Christophe Michalak have created a cream-puff kiosk. The puff is straight out of the oven and garnished at the last minute, sweet but also salty like the gougères (stuffed with Comté cheese) with Espelette pepper, small mouthfuls of happiness.
  • La Maison du Chou (7 Place de Furstenberg, Paris 7th), Manuel Martinez, a “meilleurs ouvriers de France” (winner of craftsmen competition in France), has chosen one of the prettiest squares in Paris to pamper us with just 3 little puffs (natural, chocolate and coffee). It’s often the simple things in life that are best.
  • La Pâtisserie des Rêves (111, Rue de Longchamp, Paris 16th), Philippe Conticini, the author of "Sensations Choux," puts our self-control to the test with his ultra-fresh cream puffs filled by an icing bag at the last second. But quickly, you have to choose your flavor.

Go on, go crazy and have the last (cream) puff!

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