One of the many reasons to come to Paris or France, in general is their fantastic pastries and bread culture. It’s unparalleled compared to many cultures, even though parts of the U.S. is catching up but it’s not the same.
We visited one afternoon, La Pâtisserie Cyril Lignac, an elegant pâtisserie selling breads, chocolate, and pastries, is tucked into one compact shop. It has a line out the door of customers waiting patiently for Mr. Lignac’s beautiful pastries. We marveled at the sleek pastries but most notable is his signature cake called Equinoxe, a futuristic-looking creation with a speculoos crust, a light vanilla bourbon cream, and a salted-butter caramel center (seen at the top of the post but it’s the large size).
We picked up a few slices of chocolate marble cake, the Equinoxe, lemon tart, and baba au rhum and they were excellent especially they are not too sweet. The marble cake was incredibly fine crumbed and moist. The baba au rhum was boozy in the best way and lightened with whipped cream. The Equinoxe was a unique pastry that I really enjoyed with the subtle crispness of the spiced crust contrasting with the the creamy and light caramel filling. The lemon tart was a modern take on the classic – it’s minimalist in looks but it’s certainly lemony without being too acidic.