There are what feels like a million Patisserie’s in Paris. All offering candy coloured jewels in the windows to tempt you in. After a few visits you realise the gap between the good and the average of these establishments is the size of the Seine.
So I went forth to find a new and interesting Patisserie. Obviously I love Laduree and Pierre Herme, they are both experts and never let you down, but after all the instagrams and take away boxes we all know them well, so what else is there to find I wondered…
I found Sadaharu Aoki, born in Tokyo but trained both there and in Paris. He combines flavours in the wonderful east meets west way only a person who spans the two can. If your a fan of the matcha latte or sesame snap this is the place for you. I personally love his flavours and the textures are just as delightful. Not a sugary, bland item in sight, everything is crammed with flavour. He has catered to the fashion industry for a while, sending treats to delight Kenzo, Chanel, Dior, Yohji Yamamoto and Ungaro. So make sure to visit next time your in Paris!
Photos by Pete Navey and Me.