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Pierre Hermé Pâtisserie
72 Rue Bonaparte, Paris, France, 75006
Named the World's Best Pastry Chef in 2016, nominated for several James Beard Awards, and made a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, Pierre Hermé is a maestro of all things sweet. Following an apprenticeship with the influential pastry chef Gaston Lenôtre, the patissier opened his eponymous Tokyo location in 1998, followed by his inaugural Paris shop in 2001 (today, Pierre Hermé locations can be found as far afield as South Korea, Morocco, and Qatar). Renowned for their unconventional flavors and ingredients and supplemented by new releases each season, Hermé’s desserts are beloved by Parisians and international visitors alike.
Given that Pierre Hermé locations are found throughout the city, it’s simple to venture in independently and purchase whichever treats catch your eye.
Things to Know Before You Go
Don’t miss the chance to try the Ispahan: A large rose macaron featuring raspberries, lychees, and rose cream, it is Hermé’s most famous creation.
Pierre Hermé’s macarons are considered among the best in the city, and their unconventional flavors range from jasmine to caviar.
The shop is staffed by multilingual associates, so non-French speakers should have no difficulty learning more about the treats on offer.
How to Get There
Pierre Hermé’s flagship location is found on Rue Bonaparte, in the heart of the elegant Saint-Germain-des-Près area in the 6th arrondissement. It can be reached by Metro: Take line 4 to Saint-Sulpice station. Alternatively, use bus line 70, 84, 87, or 96 or travel on foot, by Vélib’ bike, or by taxi.
When to Get There
The Pierre Hermé flagship is open daily. On weekdays it opens from 10am to 7pm, and on weekends from 10am to 8pm.
While Pierre Hermé’s shop on Rue Bonaparte is the pastry shop’s first Paris flagship, it also maintains a similarly grand boutique on Rue de Vaugirard in the 15th arrondissement. Other smaller locations are scattered around the city, including an outlet in the Galeries Lafayette.