L’Eclair de Genie
One of the favorite stops in Paris this year was L’Éclair de Genie. Éclairs are always a must-eat for me when in Paris. Most of the French bakeries in the US just don’t make them very well, either producing a pâte à choux that is too dry or a cream filling that tastes artificial. In Paris, you can find good éclairs at nearly every patisserie, but I’ve never seen éclairs quite as beautiful as the ones at L’Éclair De Genie.
We visited the booth inside Lafayette Gourmet. I wish we had time to visit one of the standalone boutiques, but we were in Paris for such a short time. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take too many photos, as the booth was consistently crowded.
The display of éclairs was breathtaking and it was very hard not to choose getting them all. I was trying to be discreet with my photo-taking as some of the other booths didn’t allow photos. I think it probably would have been okay here though because I’ve since read posts taking many photos of the display case.
The flavor selection does vary depending on the season, but there were still over a dozen to choose from.
In the end, we selected three to share: caramel au beurre salé, frambroisier, and fraise des bois.
The caramel buerre salé (salted butter caramel) is their best seller. It was smooth and creamy, with just the right hint of saltiness.
The frambroisier stole my heart. It was one of the most beautiful pastries I’ve ever purchased and it was really hard for me to take a bite and ruin the creation. This one was a little more complex than the other two, topped with fresh raspberries, crushed pistachios and a pistachio ganache. It was my favorite of the trio.
The wild strawberries with edible gold foil was probably my least favorite of the three. It was just a tad too tart.
Overall, we really enjoyed the éclairs here and it will become a must-stop for us if we get to visit Paris again. They also have shops in Tokyo too. We hope to work our way through the rest of the flavors next time. The éclair prices range from 5 to 7 euros, which is a tad pricey, but I think they were worth the splurge.
L’Éclair de Genie
Inside Lafayette Gourmet
35 Boulevard Haussmann