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Why Paris is sweet on exotic Algerian pastries

How to stay ahead of the confectionery curve

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Why Paris is sweet on exotic Algerian pastries

Image: Gregoire Kalt

December 07 2009
Karen Wheeler

Many is the time that I’ve returned from a trip to Paris clutching a bag of fashionable bonbons – either salted macaroons or vanilla millefeuilles from Pierre Hermé or a pale green box of Ladurée macaroons. But for those who like to be ahead of the confectionery curve, the latest gift to offer the discerning dinner-party hostess – in Paris at least – is a box of exotic pastries from luxe Algerian patisserie La Bague de Kenza.

This upmarket patisserie started out with one shop in the bobo quartier of Oberkampf, but has recently opened other outlets around the city, including an in-store concession in the Printemps department store, close to the counters of tea company Mariage Frères and the chic chocolatier La Maison du Chocolat. It was here that I recently discovered its delicious baklava, almond cakes, lemon and vanilla almond cornets and orange and rose-scented pastries. Defying the reputation of Maghreb pastry as being either too sweet or too greasy, they are the best thing since… well, Ladurée macaroons.

All pastries are €1.70 each.