Here is the "sweets" post as I am obsessed with desserts and baked goods in general.
I've done a lot more exploration here in the past four or five forays to Paris because getting sweets is a lot less expensive than eating out. I've done very little eating out in Paris because of the cost. This time, I'm saving as much as I can so I can treat myself to one or two nice meals out.
Here are some of the bakeries/patisseries I've already visited: Laduree (loved their macarons, esp pistachio and salted butter caramel and chocolat noir; loved their pistachio chocolate croissant), Pierre Herme (liked Laduree macarons better, didn't try the tarts, good canele), Gerard Mulot (croissant too bready, great tarts and cerisai though), Jean Millet, Eric Kayser baguettes and bread, Poilane, and a few others I forgot. I will also let you know that my favorite frangipane croissant and pain au chocolat in the US is at Tartine Bakery in SF.
I haven't tried any ice cream there.
ICE CREAM/GELATO (we have Grom and L'Arte del Gelato)
Le BAR a glaces on place du marche st. catherine (is it still open??)
La Patisserie des Reves (Paris-Brest or St. Honore?)
Jacques Genin (millefeuille is "best" in Paris? Or Chez Josephine's? I'm on a mission to find the most delicious millefeuille - I love them)
Du Pain et des Idees (baguette)
Mamie Tevennec (crepes)
Breizh Cafe (buckwheat crepes - both savory and sweet)
Seurre - almond croissant
Aoki - (Black Sesame Eclair)
Des Gateaux et du Pain
Hugo & Victor
Pascal Caffet (very interested in this - anyone been???)
Carl Marletti (also very interested in this - anyone been???)
Are there places that are really known for their stellar croissants? And I'm always searching for pain au chocolat (or variations including pistachio or almond) - I will travel far for them. Any other amazing pastries I must try? This will be a big part of my eating schedule in Paris.
Baguettes? I really liked the Kayser, but am curious about others.
Thank you, thank you again!!