It’s always a thrill when you discover something new in Paris, even if it’s just new to you. And if it happens to be a new favorite treat, actually called ‘wonderfuls’ (merveilleux), then all the better. While roaming around Passy, I recently discovered Aux Merveilleux de Fred, a chain of tiny, oh-so-pretty patisseries, that has apparently been around for a while, originating in Lille.
Decorated with pretty chandeliers, the tiny pastry shops sell marvelous little meringues filled with cream and covered in sprinkles of chocolate, coffee, coconut, and other flavors. It sounds quite heavy and sweet, but I kid you not, it’s like biting into a tiny cloud, a puff of sweetness with a bit of crunch. I made the mistake of getting (just) one to go, taking it with me in a lovely little box and not tasting it until later in the day. Otherwise, I would have gone for one of the assortment boxes. And eaten them all.
The merveilleux sell like proverbial hotcakes, so there’s often a line. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to watch through the window while waiting and see how the busy bakers make these heavenly treats. My advice: don’t buy just one, you’re sure to regret it!
Fortunately, there are 7 different boutiques around Paris, so you’re never too far from these heavenly little treats!
You can find Aux Merveilleux de Fred:
In Le Marais: 24 Rue du Pont Louis Philippe, 75004
In the Quartier Latin: 2 Rue Monge, 75005
Between Invalides & the Eiffel Tower: 94 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007
Near Bastille & Gare de Lyon: 12 Place d’Aligre, 75012
In Beaugrenelle: 129 bis Rue Saint-Charles, 75015
In Passy: 29 Rue de l’Annonciation, 75016
In Batignolles: 7 Rue de Tocqueville, 75017