Carl Marletti. In patisserie, precision, taste and presentation are key, and Carl Marletti is past master at creating beautiful delicacies for greedy aesthetes. He made his mark at the Grand Hôtel Intercontinental, then opened his own boutique at the end of 2007. His creations (around €5 a piece) are exquisite and brightly coloured, often classic pastries lifted by floral notes – like the ‘Lily Valley’, a violet-scented St. Honoré cake – in honour of his partner, a florist.
His lemon tart, was named the best in Paris in 2010 and is worth a visit in itself, as are his speciality vanilla millefeuilles. You can also order big cakes (Paris-Brest for four €22, Marie-Antoinette for 10 €65), including the signature dessert, the Marletti (dacquoise biscuit with coconut, vanilla cream and red fruits).