Seldom has there been such a commotion surrounding a pâtisserie as the one that engulfs this one. Such furore is owed chiefly to the name that sits emboldened above its awnings: Sebastien Gaudard. Dubbed the ‘little prince of pastry’ after his exploits in Bon Marché’s Délicabar, Gaudard has skyrocketed to full-on celebrity-style prominence in the Parisian pastry-making scene (no mean feat, of course). All the hype should be starting to make sense right about now however.
Does Pâtisserie des Martyrs live up to it? Hell yes it does. The pale-blue hued interior, presided over by hanging glass lamps, is chock-full of display cabinets. And that’s where your eyes should be wandering, because they’re holding a sweet payload of pastry. From filled-to-bursting eclairs through mille-feuille and fruit-topped cakes to classic tarte citron, the quality of everything on offer is exceptional. For those not in the market for something so full-on, there’s also a selection of chocolates and boiled sweets (all produced on-site) that afford a smaller taste of the action.