When you enter the Dalloyau store on rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré in Paris, you know you have just step into one of France's oldest and most respected maison de gastronomie. Everything is there to please the palate and the eye, from fine chocolates, to incredible desserts, without forgetting a large selection of finger foods, starters and main courses.
Founded in 1802 by Jean-Baptiste Dalloyau, Dalloyau has over the centuries, catered many royalties and can truly be considered as an integral part of the French culinary history and patrimony. (Indeed, if you are a pastry lover, you will be pleased to learn that Dalloyau is the creator of the famous cake Opéra.) Many generations later, Dalloyau is still a family run business, which certainly makes all the difference. When many other maisons have fallen into corporate hands and by the same token, have also lost part of their identity, Dalloyau stays true to its origin by preparing gourmet food for the distinctive palate.
The Dalloyau store on rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré
The Gavillon family, descendant of a lineage of reputable pastry makers, are running Dalloyau since 1949 and have succeeded in turning a French establishment into an international pâtisserie icon with stores in Kuwait, Korea and Japan. To constantly address a clientele in search for novelty, especially its international clientele, Dalloyau known to master classical desserts, always develop new “twists” to its staple repertoire. For example, during this holiday period, Dalloyau was presenting a limited edition of a traditional dessert: the Yule log. Called La Diva, this masterpiece wrapped in a sheath of nougatine was fashionably far from the Christmas tradition.
We had the chance to visit Dalloyau in December when the store was delightfully decorated for the holidays. We bought a box of macarons that were presented in a beautiful box, very similar to jewel case. In terms of packaging, it is clear that Dalloyau is well above all the well-known pâtisserie shops we have visited. The respect and pride Dalloyau has for its products is more than evident. We have enjoyed some macarons “on the go” and they were delicious. We also brought a box back to the USA, and surprisingly, even after a week, we could still taste the amazing flavors.
On your next trip to Paris, a stop to Dalloyau will definitely be required if you want to taste a piece of true French gastronomy.
The beautiful Dalloyau's packaging
Box of 10 macarons (16,50€)
Pink macaron flavored with rose's essence
For more information
Dalloyau Faubourg St Honoré
101, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré
Tel: +33 (0)1 99 90 00
Open every day from 8.30am to 9pm
Open during the week from 8.30am to 7.30pm and from 9am to 7.00pm during the week-end
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