The sheer choice of patisseries and boulangeries across Paris can be overwhelming. This is, after all, the home of cake. From the humble and traditional to the fancy and upmarket, Paris has it all.
At the very end of Rue Mouffetard is a shop towards the higher end of the scale. Carl Marletti is a master patissiere who has been on the scene in Paris learning his craft since 1988. After years working for some of the best patisseries and for the best patissiers, Carl has his own place.
What location could be better? Right at the base of one of the most famous market streets in the entire city. We had a great time wandering the classic Saint Germain streets before descending Rue Mouffetard straight to the shop.
You could be entering a jewellers or high end fashion boutique, such is the glamour. The cakes are all laid out in the glass cabinets like jewels on show. The slight criticism, if there was one at this stage, is that the shop is very tight for space. Customers queuing up inadvertently block the displays so it can be hard to spot exactly what takes your fancy.
Choosing a cake is the next hardest part of the Carl Marletti experience. Such artistry is mesmerizing to the eye, it takes the focus off the fact that you actually have to pick something. In the end we opted for a beautiful rose cake and a chocolate delice.
For just €5 per cake, this isn’t a bad deal at all. Beautifully wrapped up like a Gucci gift box, your experience is almost complete. We headed over to the adjacent park to sit on a bench. An elderly French couple on the bench opposite spotted our purchases and commented “Les gâteaux sont cher!” translation: “Those cakes are expensive!” well, appearances can be deceptive.
They really do taste like an expensive piece of edible art. The rose cake combined a soft sponge, vanilla cream scented with rose water and a sublime white chocolate flocage finish on the outside. Easily one of the finest cakes that I have ever sank my teeth into in Paris. How would the chocolate delice stand up against that?
I had no business doubting the consistency of Carl Marletti. The chocolate delice was heavenly. A biscuity texture on the base leading into a soft brownie. Then came the velvety chocolate cremeux. Topping it off, a silky, rich ganache topping and a crispy chocolate tuile. Hello chocolate heaven.
The surprising revelation about Carl Marletti is that his pastries are not heavy. In fact, quite the opposite. How he manages to include ingredients and techniques that should really put one on their backside prior to eating, is ingenious. Add into that the unbelievable prices and you have every reason to collect a reward for the stroll down Rue Mouffetard.
Opening Times: Tuesday-Saturday 1000-2000, Sunday 1000-1330
Nearest Metro: Les Gobelins