Friday 23 May 2014

Taste of Paris: Café Pouchkine (75003)

Andrey Dellos opened the original Café Pushkin in Moscow in 1999, inspired by the song 'Nathalie’ by French singer Gilbert Bécaud

He then decided to export his concept of French/Russian pastry shops to Paris in 2000 in the Printemps department store. I haven’t visited Café Pouchkine in Printemps but I did recently make it to their take-away branch in the Marais district close to Place des Vosges which opened at end of 2013.

The pastries in Cafe Pouchkine are a mix of French classics with Russian ingredients and influences, they look like nowhere else. The portions aren't small and the prices are quite steep but these are not the kind of cakes you'd eat every day.

They have golden eclairs and religieuses... 

Mille-feuilles and St Honores as well as some Russian pastries I'm not familiar with.

They sell bigger cakes that look like works of art, definitely for special occasions.

As we visited before Easter they had a display of incredible Easter eggs and chocolate treats.

Cafe Pouchkine also makes their own baked goods and macarons. The lady was lovely and had a few samples of macarons available for us to taste.

And of course we bought a little something to enjoy in the park. Mr. FFID chose their 'Or Noir' (almond biscuit, dark chocolate and buckwheat mousse, caramelised pecans and vanilla mousse).

It looked very rich but was incredibly light and not too sweet, just perfection! I almost felt guilty when demolishing this beautiful cake.

We also shared a pistachio and strawberry macaron as well as a cheesecake macaron. They were big and perfect looking but the flavours weren't amazing, I prefer the ones from Pierre Hermé.

macaron, cafe pouchkine, paris

Don't you wish you could taste all the pastries on the pictures? I certainly do. If you're thinking of visiting Café  Pouchkine you'd probably check out the one in Printemps for the incredible setting and also I heard they make a mean hot chocolate.

Café Pouchkine
2 rue des Francs Bourgeois
75003 Paris