A New Generation of Èclairs in Paris

  • The concept éclair shop is located in the trendy Parisian neighborhood Marais.

    The concept éclair shop is located in the trendy Parisian neighborhood Marais.

  • L'Eclair de Génie creates modern versions of the pastry in flavors such as passion fruit, yuzu, caramelized pecans with Madagascar vanilla cream, and pistachio and orange.

    L'Eclair de Génie creates modern versions of the pastry in flavors such as passion fruit, yuzu, caramelized pecans with Madagascar vanilla cream, and pistachio and orange.

  • Rainbow-hued treats at L'éclair de Génie.

    Rainbow-hued treats at L'éclair de Génie.

  • L'Eclair de Génie is the product of former Fauchon executive pastry chef Christophe Adam.

    L'Eclair de Génie is the product of former Fauchon executive pastry chef Christophe Adam.

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Forget macaroons, cupcakes, and all the hoopla over cronuts—these days, it’s the humble éclair’s time to shine in the sugary spotlight. Leading the charge are the innovative torpedo-shaped confections from Paris’s L’Eclair de Génie (14 Rue Pavée; 33-1/4277-8511), a “concept” patisserie opened in the Marais by former Fauchon executive pastry chef Christophe Adam. The standard chocolate glazing and cream filling are gone, replaced by a rainbow of seasonally changing flavors that might include passion fruit, yuzu, caramelized pecans with Madagascar vanilla cream, or pistachio and orange. Come December, look for a special limited-time addition to the lineup: a chocolate-and-truffle éclair inspired by Coco Chanel’s little black dress. You might never find a more stylish treat. –Christi Hang

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2013 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Créme of the Crop”)

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