L'Eclair de génie

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Eclairs come in a stupendous range of seasonal flavours at this deservedly popular Marais bakery.

Finally, a shop that lives up to its own hyperbolic name: the ‘genius éclair’ really does reinvent the classic French patisserie to great effect. The Marais-based baker has been specialising in éclairs since 2012 thanks to a former cooking TV show finalist, Christophe Adam, who trained with Fauchon before getting stuck in to choux pastry full time. Today, Adam spends his time filing éclairs with everything from mascarpone cream flavoured with Andulasian wild strawberries to passion fruit and fresh raspberries.

Assuming you can’t fit all the éclairs into your mouth at the same time (it’s tempting), try and let the prices hold you back; from €5 to €7 per piece, a box can add up quite quickly. But you’ll need to return often, as Adam reinvents his recipes for each season. For summer, try frozen éclair popsicles. Or for Epiphany, the éclair des rois with frangipane and a toy inside, sold in boxes of four. But the most popular flavours, according to the staff, are available year round: passion fruit and strawberry, or salted butter caramel.

The well-known bakery is popular with tourists and locals year round. The understated, industrial design is perfectly offset by the flamboyant trays of pastries ­– which are even slated for export to Japan and the US. Genius, indeed.

By: Justine Reix/EH

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Venue name: L'Eclair de génie
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Address: 14 rue Pavée
4e
Paris

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-7.30pm
Transport: Metro: Saint-Paul
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tastemaker

L'Éclair de Génie bakes some of the most stunning éclairs I've seen! On my trip to Paris two years ago, my family and I had the chance to try their beautiful creations as a cheeky afternoon snack. We bought the following two éclairs to share between us:


1. Chocolate & Raspberry - The choux pastry and the icing on top were both a vibrant red, which made it fun to eat while the crème pâtissière filling was chocolate, which made for a good contrast. Both flavours were distinct and blended well together. I was surprised that I enjoyed this one because I'm not normally a fan of chocolate with berries (other than blueberries and strawberries). 


2. Dark Chocolate - Much like the other flavour, the textures and flavours in this éclair were spot on. It was a rich chocolate flavour coming through with each bite but not overpowering nor sickly. I liked that even though these were desserts, they were not too sweet. This made it enjoyable to consume and to indulge in! 


Would definitely recommend a trip to any of their outlets while you're in Paris, as you will not be disappointed. Although they do look fancy and modern, the flavours and baking skills are still true to the traditional version! 

tastemaker

L'Eclair de Génie is a perfect example of what the difference between pastries from France and pastries from the rest of the world is; pastries in France are small pieces of art. 


I'm not an eclair person myself and would normally classify an eclair in the category of pastries that are not for me, as they are very rich and heavy - what I would normally call "too much". When I did my research on must-try foods in Paris though, eclairs kept showing up so I had to give them a try. 


L'Eclair de Génie  are, according to many, the best and they didn't let me down either. Their patisseries are like galleries and their eclairs are so pretty and flavourful. 


Eclairs are still not a dessert for me but I can definitely recommend L'Eclair de Génie to everyone!