Why Paris is sweet on exotic Algerian pastries

How to stay ahead of the confectionery curve

Image: Gregoire Kalt

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.

Image: Gregoire Kalt
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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.

Image: Gregoire Kalt
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All pastries are €1.70 each.

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