Dalloyau Luxembourg is located across the street at the exit of Luxembourg garden, and faces a nice fountain. The tea room upstairs is overlooking the Luxembourg garden. Quite a simple setting, but , fine French pastries…. and a long history …
A bit of History :
Dalloyau’s history dates back to 1682 and the Versailles Court (the official patisserie of Louis XIV)
Charles Dalloyau’s baking skills were first noticed by King Louis XIV.
In 1682, Louis XIV once tasted Dalloyau’s breads during a reception. Since then, Louis XIV hired Charles Dalloyau. Over 4 générations, the Dalloyau brothers all work at the Court. Then, they were ennobled.
In 1763, The Dalloyaus were at the service of Marie-Antoinette and the grande bourgeoisie.
In 1802, After the French Revolution, Jean-Baptiste Dalloyau, descendant of Charles, founded in 1802, « Dalloyau, house of gastronomy ». and offers to the bourgeoisie, cooked meals to have a party at home. He settles in Paris, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, the current address of Dalloyau’s main Paris shop.
Which pastries ?
Opera Cake : created by Dalloyau in 1955
- This pastry was invented in 1955 by Dalloyau. It’s Dalloyau’s most famous cake. Cyriaque Gavillon wanted to create a new cake shape with visible layers and for which only one bite could give the whole cake’s taste. His wife, compared it to the stage of the Opera Garnier in Paris and called it « the Opera ». It revolutionized the world of pastry making, used to round shaped and lots of decorations.
- It is a rectangular cake, composed of 3 thin layers of almond sponge cake, soaked in coffee syrup alternating, between layers of coffee cream and topped with chocolate ganache.
Others pastries :
- The Echiquier, a very good chocolate cake.
- The Macarons : chocolate, rasberry, cognac/champagne, bergamot tea, nougat-cherry, strawberry-apricot, orange-speculoos, caramel, vanilla and many other flavors
- The Religieuse (= the nun’s pastry): Two cream puffs, one larger than the other, filled with crème pâtissière mostly commonly chocolate or mocha
- Mille-feuille vanille
- Croissants, Pains au chocolat…
- Lemon tart
- Ondes de choc
- Le Dalloyau : a praline cake with silky smooth praline cream and delicate almond meringue. An exterior layer of crushed caramelized hazelnuts which gives a perfect constrasting texture.
- Apple tarts …. And many others
- Drinks :
- Good chocolat chaud. Extremely rich.
- Light meals as well : quiches, Croque madame, scrambled eggs, chicken salad…
- A good selection of chocolates
- Marrons glacés : a candied chestnut confection
My advice and other details:
- Probably among the best macarons. You may like the Dalloyau’s macarons as much as the Ladurée’s or the Hermé’s macarons (or maybe better…)
During your visit to Jardin du Luxembourg, take a break and have a tea and a pastry in “Dalloyau Luxembourg” ‘s tea room with a view over the Luxembourg Garden.
- If possible, avoid the rush hour (tea time (around 4 or 5 pm), or you may have to wait long to get a free table.
- You can have a light lunch too
- The prices are a bit high, but it’s probably worth it.
- If you like the chestnut taste, try a Marron Glacé. This is really great.
*Addresses : (tea rooms and shops). Dalloyau has 44 shops all over the world, among which, four Dalloyau boutiques in Paris*.
- Luxembourg : Salon de thé and Coffee shop : 2 place Edmond Rostand – Paris 6 – Luxembourg, Cluny Sorbonne, Odéon ou SaintMichel – Bus 38 – 9am to 7.30 pm
- Faubourg : 101 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré – Paris 8 – Line 9 – Metro Saint Philippe du Roule – 10am to 6pm
- Convention : 69, rue de la Convention – Paris 15 – Metro Boucicaut – 10am to 7pm
- Bastille : 5 boulevard Beaumarchais – Paris 4 – Metro Bastille – 10am to 7pm
Website : www.dalloyau.com