Just the other day I was strolling down rue Bonaparte in the 6th arrondissement, a charming street that runs from the Luxembourg Gardens past Place Saint Sulpice to Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés and through a lovely residential and shopping neighborhood to the Seine. Here you’ll find shops for two of the most famous pâtisseries in Paris … and two of our favorites, too!
Just at the corner of rue Bonaparte and rue Jacob not far from the beautiful church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, you’ll find a lovely Ladurée shop. Often not as packed as the flaghip Ladurée shop on the Champs-Elysées, this is one of our neighborhood favorites to share with guests staying in the 6th arrondissement.
The holiday windows were colorful, festive and, above all, elegant – very much Ladurée! I loved the gold macarons that had been turned into Christmas trees mixed in with their tea tins and other products. What a lovely spot to stop for tea, oh so delicious pastries and their famous macarons while strolling through Saint-Germain!
Follow rue Bonaparte south of Boulevard Saint-Germain toward Place Saint Sulpice and you’ll find a small Pierre Hermé boutique. Here the Christmas windows with their brilliant red background stopped me in my tracks!
With the classic Pierre Hermé simplicity and elegance, the windows this year had white cut outs and featured the macarons and traditional bûche de Noël – elaborate desserts shaped like yule logs.
Take a peek at all the holiday cakes and desserts at Pierre Hermé this holiday season. Each one is more tempting than the next! If you’re not familiar with the tradition of making a bûche de Noël, you might enjoy reading about the delicious history of the yule log.
The holidays are such a festive time of year to stroll through the streets of Paris. And with tempting windows like these … there are plenty of spots to warm up with something sweet!
~ Paris Address Book ~
21 Rue Bonaparte, 75006
72 Rue Bonaparte, 75006