Skip to main content
1-800-590-1161Help & contactEarn free travel
BlogGlobal cuisineEating French pastries on tour
Global cuisine

Eating French pastries on tour

May 06, 2015 by Laura Barber

Beautiful French pastries

Now that my time in France is drawing to a close, I’ve been reflecting on all of the amazing food I’ve had the chance to try here. By far, my favorite has been the wonderful pastries. Here are my four favorite sweets—I recommend trying them if you ever make it to France!

Canale French pastry


Hailing from the Bordeaux region, canelés are little vanilla and rum confections that resemble miniature bundt cakes. With a doughy consistency reminiscent of custard and contrasted by a light, subtle flavor, these were very good.

Make it at home: Canalé recipe

Classic French croissant


This one needs no introduction. The iconic French pastry, these flaky, buttery crescents are so much better in France and one of my favorite breakfast foods. I ate one for breakfast every day.

Make it at home: Classic French croissants

Pain au chocolat

Pain au chocolat

Rectangularly shaped, pain au chocolat is exactly like a croissant but with a chocolate twist. Two veins of dark chocolate run down the center of the buttery pastry, making this an indulgent choice.

Make it at home: Pain au chocolat recipe & video

Strawberry tart

Tarte aux fraises

In addition to being delicious, this is the most spectacular-looking confection on the list. With a pie-like base filled with sweet cream and topped with perfectly arranged strawberries, this refreshing sweet would be perfect as a summertime dessert. (However, I ate mine for lunch.)

Make it at home: Strawberry tart

What’s your favorite French pastry? Tell us on Facebook!

Dining tips
About the author | Laura Barber
It all began on a school trip to London in 7th grade. Since that first jaunt across the pond, Laura has been hooked on all things travel (and British for that matter). When she's not at work using her words to help people find their own adventures, she can be found running 5ks, refining her cribbage game, or rewatching The Office for the 100th time.

Try these Pastries on tour in France

Paris: The City Experience
7 days | 10 days with Normandy & Paris extension

4.8 out of 5 stars

View tour
View tour