Slideshow: 10 Must-Try Sweets in Paris

Stohrer
Stohrer
These Puits d'amours from Stohrer translate to "wells of love," and I can't think of a better name. Chubby puff pastry rounds are filled with a cool and satisfyingly rich vanilla bean cream. A pour of caramel over the top for a bit of sweet crunch proves that simple is indeed best.

Stohrer: 51 Rue Montorgueil, 2nd Arr. (map); 01 42 33 38 20

Ladurée
Ladurée
Macarons are the draw—buy them by the dozen and save for an afternoon snack. But while you're at Ladurée, indulge in the housemade ice creams topped with a single macaron shell. I'm partial to the silky salted caramel with a bits of caramel shards folded into the center.

Ladurée: 21 Rue Bonaparte, 6th Arr. (map); 01 44 07 64 87

Poilâne
Poilâne
Come early in the morning for a still-warm tarte aux pommes, a glorious affair of juicy apple slices tucked into a golden puff pastry shell. Don't forget to pick up a few crunchy punitions (single-bite crunchy and buttery sable cookies) on your way out.

Poilâne: 8 Rue du Cherche-Midi, 6th Arr. (map); 01 45 48 42 59

Jacques Genin
Jacques Genin
Mille-Feuille comes "a la minute!" at the gorgeous Jacques Genin in the 3rd Arr. Alternating layers of a ridiculously fresh, crisp puff pastry meets pipes of smoky caramel cream. Mark this down as the best mille-feuille I've had in Paris, and don't dare leave without a handful of silky soft and buttery housemade caramels.

Jacques Genin: 133 Rue de Turenne, 3rd Arr. (map); 01 45 77 29 01

Berthillon
Berthillon
The scoops are small at Berthillon, so there's no excuse for not trying at least three flavors in a sitting. Consider a scoop each of summer sweet rhubarb (pictured), a full-bodied and creamy dark chocolate, and puckery-sweet lime sorbet.

Berthillon: 29-31 rue saint Louis en L'ile, 4th Arr. (map); 01 43 54 31 61

Sadaharu Aoki
Sadaharu Aoki
Sadaharu Aoki's "Zen" features a black sesame pâte sucrée base and layers on white sesame cream, and a matcha macaron shell sandwiched with cognac-spiked white chocolate cream. The intense flavors come together in remarkable harmony.

Sadaharu Aoki: 35 Rue de Vaugirard, 6th Arr. (map); 01 45 44 48 90

Au Panetier
Au Panetier
Financiers at this homey boulangerie in the 2nd Arrondissement are round, rich, and slightly domed. Choose between caramel, currant, or my favorite, a dark chocolate with a center of cherry preserves. Almond-rich, dense and butter-moist.

Au Panetier: 10 Place des Petits Pères, 2nd Arr. (map); 01 42 60 90 23

Fauchon
Fauchon
Despite the parade of pastries Fauchon has to offer, I'm constantly drawn back to the classic madeleines in a rainbow of flavors. The pure vanilla version is great, but so is the honey one and others with strawberries and blueberries (pictured).

Fauchon: 26 Place de la Madeleine, 8th Arr. (map); 01 70 39 38 00