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[Paris] Jacques Genin (3)

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Jacques Genin

Add: 33 rue de Turenne 75003 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 77 29 01
Hours: Tue-Sun 11am~7pm (8pm on Sat, closed on Mon)
Price: [pastries] €6.50~13 [drinks] €4.50~11.00
Tasted on: Nov 2013

If it seems like I go to Jacques Genin all the time, that’s because it’s true. I’ve already talked about this chocolatier/pâtisserie/salon de thé here and there, but I just couldn’t resist putting up yet more photos of this place…

I mean, just look at this chocolat chaud traditionnel (€7). So rich that it seems to ooze out of the pot rather than flow from it. And no, it’s not too sweet or too thick. For me, it’s perfect.

And the Paris-Brest (€8), with its gorgeous hazelnut praline cream piped generously between two rings of choux pastry. Just divine.

I also tried Genin’s Saint-Honoré (€8) for the first time on this visit. What it is: three petit choux filled with vanilla pastry cream and glazed with crunchy caramel, lined with more vanilla pastry cream and chantilly cream, all sitting on top of a piece of puff pastry. Excellently done in all aspects – the choux, the pastry cream, the caramel, the chantilly, the puff pastry – but as I’m generally not a fan of pastry cream, this isn’t one of my favorites.

One piece of advice: come early, let’s say around 2pm, to avoid the wait. On this particular visit we arrived at 5pm on a Saturday and waited more than one hour for a table – crazy, I know – I wouldn’t have put up with it if not for my friends who were only in town for the weekend. Lesson learned: never ever go to Jacques Genin that late again.

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December 13th, 2013 at 10:33 pm

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  1. PLEASE NOTE: We just went today…hoping to get a bite of the Paris-Brest…but the tea room was closed during the holidays. They we selling only chocolates and tarte au citron for emporter/take out only. And taking pre-orders for whole cakes/desserts.


    14 Dec 13 at 4:43 PM

  2. Thanks for the note! I guess we will have to wait till after the holidays to visit the tea salon again. What a dreadful idea.


    15 Dec 13 at 4:48 PM

  3. Thanks for your awesome blog posts! It’s nice to live vicariously through your posts.

    A borderline dumb question, I will be headed to Paris in mid Jan., alone, and need to have some Jacques Genin Chocolat Chaud and Paris Brest! Is it easy getting a table for one? Would they turn their noses down at me and have me suffer through an icy “A table for one, Madame?” while the rest of the line whispers and points? What are my chances of making it there solo?


    29 Dec 13 at 4:33 AM

  4. Hi Liyen, I’ve never tried but I’m sure they will not turn you down because you go solo! Just get in the line (or get there early to avoid the line) and you will be fine :)


    30 Dec 13 at 9:26 PM

  5. Bonjour! I’m going to be in Paris for just a few days but I sooo want to try every pastry there is! Would they hate me if I ordered 4 pastries to have in the shop (but then just take a few bites) and then have them all packed for take-away (so I can finish them later at my own time)?

    Mini a

    25 Aug 14 at 9:20 AM

  6. Hi Mini a, I’m not sure if they will let you do take-away because Jacques Genin stopped his take-away service for quite a while already (I’m not even sure if they have take-out boxes for pastries), so perhaps it’s best you ask before you order :)


    25 Aug 14 at 6:34 PM

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