Calling all dessert addicts! We don’t know about you, but every now and then we love indulging our sweet tooth, and no one knows dessert better than the French! From crêpes at Crêperie Chez Suzette in Montreal to soufflé at La Grenouille in the Big Apple, check these five places to get the best French desserts outside of France.
Crêperie Chez Suzette – Montreal, Canada
Crêperie Chez Suzette is located in the heart of Old Montreal. Known for both its sweet and savoury crepes, there’s nowhere better for an authentic French crêpe experience in Canada. The eatery is located on historic Saint Paul Street (one of Old Montreal’s signature cobblestone roads). In the summer, it has a cozy outdoor patio that will make you feel like you’re at a café in Paris. That’s one of the reasons we love it — not only does Crêperie Chez Suzette taste the part, it looks the part, too. Moving on to the food, the menu is broken up into two sections: Main Course Crêpes and Dessert Crêpes. Dessert options include the classic French pancake topped with maple syrup, toffee cream, dark chocolate, Nutella, honey and almonds, vanilla custard, fruit, and more. The savoury crepes are equally decadent with options ranging from the Montrealaise stuffed with ham, Swiss cheese, and covered in béchamel sauce, to the La Parisienne stuffed with baked brie and fresh apples.
La Grenouille – New York City, USA
Image: Bon Appetit
From the over-the-top floral centrepieces to the top-notch French cuisine, La Grenouille (otherwise known as The Frog), is a must-visit for anyone after an authentic French dessert experience. Though La Grenouille offers a wide range of desserts, including crêpes, chocolate torte, and an apple walnut tart, it’s the soufflés that really stand out. Three different soufflés are on the menu year round: a white and dark chocolate soufflé, a passionfruit soufflé, and a pear williams soufflé. This classic French dessert is baked to perfection and perfect for sharing!
The Little Door – Los Angeles, USA
Image: The Little Door
Known for their fine wine, homemade pastries, and romantic setting, this Parisienne bistro located in Beverley Grove, Los Angeles boasts some of the best French cuisine in the entire city. Though the array of gourmet seafood dishes and roast duck might get you through the door, it’s the menu of specialty cakes that will keep you coming back. On the dessert menu is none other than the likes of croquembouche (pictured above), noire cake, opera cake, la queen, and strawberry fraisier. Be sure to stop by on an empty stomach, as we guarantee you’ll want a taste of everything on the dessert menu!
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon – Hong Kong
Image: L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Three Michelin stars and a prime location in Hong Kong’s prestigious shopping development The Landmark aren’t the only draws to this upscale restaurant. L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon is also known for its decadent French cuisine, most notably its desserts! The dessert menu includes a chocolate soufflé with mandarin sorbet, a mango perroquet in a white chocolate sphere with fondant and fruit, a pear tart with cinnamon mousse, and a personal favourite: a classic Mont Blanc with chestnut cream, chestnut ice cream, and cassis coulis. Did we mention you also have the option of ordering the entire dessert cart for $170? All we can say is, be sure to make your reservations in advance!
Felix – Sydney, Australia
Image: Smudge Eats
Felix is a Parisienne-style brasserie in the heart of Sydney. Though it has a full lunch and dinner menu, it’s the dessert offerings that have captured our heart. Known for its “luxe” French desserts, the sweets menu will instantly have you drooling with the likes of profiteroles with vanilla ice cream, salted caramel, and hot chocolate sauce, a passionfruit soufflé with coconut sorbet, an apple tart with crème fraîche and cinnamon ice cream, and a chocolate mousse with cherries, orange, pistachios, and bricelet — to name a few. Dine inside this upscale eatery or choose a table out on the terrasse — either way, the desserts at Felix will definitely hit the spot!