The greatest ideas are the simplest, said British author William Golding. We suspect the late literature Nobel prizewinner would have become an instant fan of the Les Choupettes de ChouChou in Montmartre.

The monothematic pastry shop only sells chouquettes, the ubiquitous bite sized choux pastries beloved by French children and adults alike, filled with feather light whipped cream and whimsically renamed “choupettes.”

HiP Paris Blog visits Les Choupettes

A mainstay of French boulangeries, the simple yet satisfying, chouquettes have long served as the afternoon snack for schoolchildren, who are often found dipping into a bag of these little puffs on their way from school.

The pastries are hollow and slightly eggy inside, with a crisp shell outside and a gratifyingly crunchy texture courtesy of a liberal sprinkling of pearl sugar.HiP Paris Blog visits Les Choupettes

“I used to stop at the baker’s every day after school,” says fashion stylist Sandra Schoukroun, the shop’s founder, recalling her childhood fondness for chouquettes. “I wanted to revisit them and make them more sophisticated by filling them with home-made chantilly cream.”

The choupettes are baked daily in the shop’s open-space kitchen using organic ingredients and are filled to order with feather-light, vanilla-scented whipped cream — not too buttery or sweet – to ensure they remain fresh and crisp.

HiP Paris Blog visits Les Choupettes

Prices start at €1,25 for a single choupette, but the tiny shop, on a cobbled street nestled between Abbesses and the Sacré-Coeur basilica, also offers boxes of 8, 16, and 40 choupettes to share – or enjoy solo for unrepentant sweet teeth. That’s because the only problem with these perfect, delicious treats is stopping….

Les Choupettes de ChouChou – 27 rue Durantin Paris 75018. Open Tuesday-Saturday 11am-8pm, Sunday 11am-5pm. Métro: Abbesses (ligne 12).

Related Links

  • Vogue France calls Les Choupettes a trend food.
  • While you’re in the neighbourhood, pick up some flowers at Muse
  • Looking for a different kind of sweet? Check out DonAntónia Pastelaria.

Written by Elena Berton for HiP Paris. All photos courtesy of Les Choupettes de ChouChou. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, Tuscany, Umbria or Liguria? Check out Haven In.


Elena Berton

Born in Italy, Elena Berton swapped her native Venice for life in the United States and England before making Paris her home, where she can indulge in cooking, lurking in boulangeries and walking around in high heels. She has written for Dow Jones Newswires, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal, Women’s Wear Daily, Time Out London, the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian.

One Comment

  1. Golding wasn’t a foolish man, but it was foolish for him to believe that the greatest ideas are the simplest ideas. Most of the greatest ideas are profoundly complex. His father could have told him that.

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