I'd discovered Café Pouchkine during my previous visit to Paris, but had decided to give it a miss as the small patisserie/café had been heaving with customers. However, on my last visit, on the day before the January sales started, things were relatively calm and I was able to sit down to enjoy a decadent morning coffee. The reputation of the café and its wares is obviously spreading; there was a group of Japanese tourists having a great time taking an amateur video of the cakes and the assistants whilst I was there.
I have bought equally elaborate and imaginative patisseries at other venues in Paris, but none quite as expensive at Café Pouchine. The cheapest cake seemed to be at 7 euros, but then renting space in Printemps on Boulevard Haussman must be extremely expensive. The assistants were exceedingly helpful and prepared to explain what each 'delight' consisted of. I opted for a Napoleon - a pastry 'tower' (presumably made around a cooking ring) filled with Chantilly and topped with red berries, at 7.50 euros, and a small café crème at 7 euros. The contrast between the crunchy, sweet pastry and the vanilla fluffy Chantilly was superb. It wasn't at all sickly, it wasn't however that easy to eat. A knife and fork were essential. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit there, the feast for the eyes, and trying to work out how each cake had been made.
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