Welcome to My Paris! Join me for a visit to many of my favourite pâtisseries, chocolate shops and tea salons, and some restaurants and museums.  Don’t forget that there are not just the well-known tourist spots but plenty of lesser-known Parisian jewels to discover at all times of year.

Planning a visit to Paris? Join me as of Spring or my lovely colleagues for a chocolate-pastry walk around Saint Germain-des-Prés (some reviews below) or choose from any other Context Paris tour in the City of Light.

If you can’t make it to Paris, then grab a copy of Teatime in Paris and join my sweet pastry walk and talk while making the recipes in the book.

My Paris

Saint Honore Paris pastry

Saint Honoré Paris: A Pastry Party and a New Healthy Menu

May 20, 2017/by Jill Colonna
pistachio ice cream Il Gelato del Marchese

Lebey 2017 Paris: New Gastronomic Sensations

April 12, 2017/by Jill Colonna
chocolate Fashion log by Hevin

Jean-Paul Hévin: New French Touch Chocolate Collection 2016-2017

December 6, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Pascal Caffet new festive pastry collection Noel 2016

Pascal Caffet’s New Festive Pastry Collection on Praline

November 26, 2016/by Jill Colonna
christophe Appert, Head Pastry Chef Angelina new yule log

Angelina’s New Yule Log & Festive Collection 2016

November 20, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Easiest nougatine recipe

Easiest Nougatine Recipe

November 15, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Christophe Roussel dessertsj

Christophe Roussel Pastry Competition: La Baule 2016

November 9, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Chocolate pastry tour Saint Germain en Laye

Saint-Germain-en-Laye Chocolate Pastry Tour

October 20, 2016/by Jill Colonna
St Germain chateau and park

Saint-Germain-en-Laye: Paris Day Trips

October 2, 2016/by Jill Colonna
luxury italian ice cream parlour Paris

Teatime in Paris: Luxury Italian Ice Cream by Il Gelato Del Marchese

July 12, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Tuileries Gardens Paris history and new cafe terrace

Paris Tuileries Gardens: Summer Amusements and a New Terrace Café

July 1, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Angelina Rue du Bac Sucre Event Paris

Bac Sucré 2016: 2nd Fruity Edition on Paris Pastry Street

June 15, 2016/by Jill Colonna
All pastries are very much reduced in sugar, allowing each ingredient to shine. A particular personal favorite to give you an example is La Rustique – crunchy base of chestnut flour and brown rice, sweet potato and cinnamon purée and topped with baked apple. I loved the different textures and although not powerful, the hint of sweet potato is a clever touch. At 145 calories, it’s apparently 64% less than its traditional pastry, with 40% less sugar and has 97% more Magnesium and 44% more vitamin C! No gluten, no egg, no nuts and no soya. If you’re a real dark chocolate fan, then try the (also dairy-free) powerful l’Opérette, with a mixture of 70%, 85% and 100% raw cocoa for the most deliciously healthy protein boost.

Foucade: A Healthy 100% Gluten-Free Patisserie in Paris

June 9, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Tea at Jacquemart Andre museum cafe rooibos

An African Teatime in Paris

May 13, 2016/by Jill Colonna
New macaron flavours at Pascal Caffet MOF France

Paris Macaron Week at Pascal Caffet – 18-24 April

April 17, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Teatime at Les Bulles de Paris hotel

A Champagne Teatime in Paris

April 1, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Kalimero easter egg Georges Larnicol chocolate Paris

Easter Chocolate Displays in Paris

March 21, 2016/by Jill Colonna
macarons at Dalloyau patisserie Paris

Complete Guide to Macaron Day Paris 2016

March 10, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Chocolate windows in Paris for Saint Valentines

Valentine Chocolates in Paris

February 9, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Circus Bento Teatime Thierry Marx Camelia Paris

Circus Teatime in Paris – Homage to the New French Film “Chocolat”

February 2, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Galette 2016 Carette Paris

Best Galettes des Rois in Paris for 2016

January 6, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Yule logs buches de noel Christmas 2015 from La patisserie des reves

Festive Paris Magic at the Patisserie des Rêves – 2015 Yule Logs

December 6, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Lunch vegan afternoon teatime Shangri-La Palace Paris

A Perfect Lunch, Vegan Teatime & History of the Shangri-La Palace, Paris

November 26, 2015/by Jill Colonna
New Angelina Paris pastries

Teatime in Paris at Angelina – New Autumn-Winter Patisserie Collection 2015-2016

November 1, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Chapon Paris Chocolate Mousse Recipe pure cacao

Pure 100% Cacao Chocolate Mousse Recipe by Patrice Chapon

October 13, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Autumn leaved vines in Montmartre, Paris

Wine Festival Montmartre Paris 7-11 October 2015

October 3, 2015/by Jill Colonna
choux chantilly patisserie des reves

Latest Chantilly Choux and Pastries from La Pâtisserie des Rêves

October 1, 2015/by Jill Colonna
best orangettes Paris

Discovering the Best Orangettes, Rue de Miromesnil Paris

September 15, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Saint Honore pastry Teatime in Paris Walking Tour

The Teatime in Paris Pastry Walking Tour!

September 10, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Rue du Bac Metro - Paris Pastry Street

First Bac Sucré Event on Paris Pastry Street

June 17, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Rue du Bac street sign in Paris

Le Bac Sucré – 16-21 June, Rue du Bac Paris

June 14, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Pascal Caffet, Meilleur Ouvrier de France Pâtisserie Paris

Pascal Caffet in Paris

June 8, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Thoumieux Patisserie Rue St Dominique

Thoumieux Pâtisserie Paris, Where “Everything’s Better”

May 29, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Le Notre macarons Paris

Lenôtre Tea Salon, Cour de Senteurs Versailles

May 8, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Pasteis de nata Comme à Lisbonne in Paris

Comme à Lisbonne, Paris

April 28, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Bambou patisserie from Sadaharu Aoki Paris

Matcha Do About Green Tea at Sadaharu Aoki Paris

April 19, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Lemon meringue choux puff by MOF pastry chef Philippe Urraca

Profiterole Chérie Tea Salon in the Marais

April 14, 2015/by Jill Colonna
pastries from la Patisserie des Reves, Paris

Falling for La Pâtisserie des Rêves, Paris

March 8, 2015/by Jill Colonna
La Patisserie des Reves in Paris

A Pompidou Walk to La Pâtisserie des Rêves in Paris

February 13, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Camelia restaurant Thierry Marx Paris

Camélia Restaurant in Paris by Thierry Marx

January 19, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Sugar cone cutters gourmet chocolate museum Paris

Paris Gourmet Chocolate Museum – Choco Story

November 16, 2014/by Jill Colonna
chocolate and macaron candy dress salon du chocolat Paris 2014

20th Salon du Chocolat Paris

October 30, 2014/by Jill Colonna
cheeky dish of beef and lemongrass

Les Enfants Rouges Restaurant & Wine Bar, Paris

June 10, 2014/by Jill Colonna
Rue Saint Dominique Eiffel Tower view Paris

Date Night in Paris: Brasserie Thoumieux

April 29, 2014/by Jill Colonna
chocolate fish poissons d'avril easter windows Paris

All Eyes on Chocolate Easter Windows in Paris

April 9, 2014/by Jill Colonna
macaron day loot in Paris

Jour du Macaron – Macaron Day 20 March 2014

March 19, 2014/by Jill Colonna

Bonbons! The Best French Sweet Shop in Paris

February 19, 2014/by Jill Colonna

A Chocolate Easter Walk in Paris

March 28, 2013/by Jill Colonna

Patrick Roger’s Chocolate Cake for Easter

March 22, 2013/by Jill Colonna

A Fruity Weekend at the King’s Vegetable Garden in Versailles

October 11, 2012/by Jill Colonna

Giverny and Inspiration from Monet’s Gardens

August 23, 2012/by Jill Colonna

The Best Handbags from Paris Pâtisseries

July 29, 2012/by Jill Colonna
christophe Roussel Macarons and chocolate Montmartre Paris

Christophe Roussel Macarons at Montmartre Paris

June 6, 2012/by Jill Colonna

What are Your Best Macarons in Paris?

May 27, 2012/by Jill Colonna
macaron day Paris

Jour du Macaron – Macaron Day in Paris, 20 March 2012

March 22, 2012/by Jill Colonna

Guide to les Merveilleux de Fred in Paris & Giveaway Winners

January 9, 2012/by Jill Colonna

A Walk up French Bread Street or Chocolate Street?

November 10, 2011/by Jill Colonna

Going Macarons at the Paris Salon du Chocolat

October 21, 2011/by Jill Colonna

Macaroned on French Impressionists’ Island, Chatou and Macaron Pointillism

October 10, 2011/by Jill Colonna

Sweet Potato, Crab & Thai Herb Croquettes

August 26, 2011/by Jill Colonna
french poppy macarons by the Seine by Jill @ Mad About Macarons

French Poppies: A Macaron Impression

June 13, 2011/by Jill Colonna

If you go down to the woods today

May 9, 2011/by Jill Colonna

A Dose of Good Chocolate – A Taste of France

April 18, 2011/by Jill Colonna
Pain de sucre patisserie macarons Paris

Paris Pâtisseries and Perfect Macarons

April 11, 2011/by Jill Colonna

Couldn’t have asked for a more enthusiastic, engaging and knowledgeable docent than Jill Colonna! A carefully crafted story, likely akin to the careful planning required for successful baking. Jut the right amount of history to ground the tasty tour in French history. Despite pouring rain, none of us even noticed for the tour was so engaging. A real treat for anyone whom has ever enjoyed dessert (like everyone!). Photos from the tour sent back to friends evoked longing and likely travel plans for Paris.

Context clientOctober 2015

Jill was great and couldn’t have been more enthusiastic about Pastries and/or Paris. She also went above and beyond about pointing things out of any interest in Paris. I definitely would not hesitate to recommend her to friends.

Context Paris clientJune 2015

We took the chocolate and macaron tour with Jill throughout the St. Germain area and it was fantastic. Jill had such knowledge of even the history and how it affected how the shops came about. She was fantastic and is a “macaron expert”.

My two teenagers loved all the different taste testings and were pleased they got to pick out all of their favorite flavors to try and compare. Jill even came equipped with an excel spreadsheet voting form for the macarons!  I would recommend this tour to anyone who has a sweet tooth.

Trip Advisor

Our chocolate walk with Jill was a lot of fun. We instantly got along and she was very warm and friendly. She took us around a neighborhood we would not likely have spent time in and also was able to focus us in on some of the major chocolatiers and patisseries in the area. We all really enjoyed her enthusiasm and all the tasting was a lot of fun. I would highly recommend this tour if you are looking for a way to sample some of Paris’s finest treats and have fun learning a little something too.

Context clientSept 2014

Great tour, very informative and fun.

Context Paris clientChocolate and Pastry Walk

My France

Corsican Veal Pepper casserole

Corsican Veal Stew with Red Peppers

A warming easy casserole that's even better reheated next day and fabulous served with pasta (plus glass of red!).
January 27, 2017/by Jill Colonna
Christophe Roussel dessertsj

Christophe Roussel Pastry Competition: La Baule 2016

The exceptional annual amateur pastry competition of Christophe Roussel, La Baule.
November 9, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Fiadone Corsican Cheesecake

Fiadone Corsican Cheesecake

The laziest cheesecake on the planet! A Corsican family dessert typically served between November and June.
November 3, 2016/by Jill Colonna
Corsican fig jam

Corsican Fig Jam

The perfect partner to put out a Corsican cheese fire.
September 16, 2016/by Jill Colonna
French medieval town of Chinon Loire France

A Loire Break in Chinon at the Hotel Diderot

What to do in Chinon using the Hotel Diderot as a base in France's Loire Valley.
August 29, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Aubergine tomato and filo pastry tart Provence

An Avignon Summer Festival Morning and an Aubergine Tart

I love Avignon at any time of year. Come windy mistral weather…
July 23, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Joel Durand Chocolate Perfume maker Provence

Discovering the Chocolate Alphabet in St Rémy-de-Provence (Part 2)

Continuing our morning walk, you can really feel Vincent Van…
July 21, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Patisserie in St Remy de Provence

Best Pastries in St Rémy de Provence (Part 1)

Discovering pastries, history, and more shops in Van Gogh's Provence.
July 19, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Chickpea Spread or French poichichade - Hummous from Provence

A Taste of Provence with Chickpea Spread

This view is from my parents-in-law's house in the Luberon, the…
July 10, 2015/by Jill Colonna
pretty fountain in the village of Saignon, Provence, France

Keeping Cool in a Provence Village Heatwave

We're just back from Charles de Gaulle airport, dropping…
July 5, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Madagascan Vanilla on sale at the market in Provence

Confiture de Lait Recipe and How to Store Vanilla Beans

I have a confession to make. I'm glad it hasn't really snowed…
March 1, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Clos Vougeot Burgundy French vineyards in winter

Annual Burgundy French Wine Festival 2015

A taste of the annual Burgundy wine festival in January.
January 27, 2015/by Jill Colonna
Lake view from the top terrace of the Jardins du Leman restaurant Yvoire

A Lazy Gourmet Visit to Yvoire – one of France’s Prettiest Villages

Summer this year was all pretty much last-minute.  On return…
September 5, 2014/by Jill Colonna
macaron window display at Serge's in Le Touquay, Normandy, France

Le Touquet – where France meets England over Macarons

It's more likely to be in the Eurotunnel or over a football match.…
June 16, 2014/by Jill Colonna
Veules les Roses sea carnival Normandy

Normandy Summer Sea Festival, Veules-les-Roses

This week Paris has been drenched with April Showers in May.…
May 9, 2014/by Jill Colonna
best gites in Mersault Burgundy France

French Wine Festival of St-Vincent Tournante, Burgundy 2014

I should have split this long post up into episodes. Instead…
January 30, 2014/by Jill Colonna
Bathing huts at the beach in Normandy France

A New Year Kir Royal from Normandy

Happy, bubbly New Year to you! It's good to be back. Do you…
January 10, 2014/by Jill Colonna
best pastries and chocolates Sebastien Bouillet Lyon

A Gourmet Weekend in Lyon

Discovering why Lyon is the French Capital of Gastronomy.
December 4, 2013/by Jill Colonna

Mastering the Art of French Eating in Lyon: Chez Hugon

Mastering the art of avoiding pig's snout at Chez Hugon
November 21, 2013/by Jill Colonna

Silence on Remembrance Sunday

 
November 10, 2013/by Jill Colonna
harvesting in watercress beds

France’s Smallest River, Watercress Beds and Soup

A recipe for watercress soup and a visit to the watercress beds during harvesting in Normandy.
November 5, 2013/by Jill Colonna
beet horseradish macarons and Corsica

Corsica on the Rocks and Savoury Macarons

Wild waves were crashing on the rocks off the west coast of Corsica…
November 6, 2012/by Jill Colonna

Giverny and Inspiration from Monet’s Gardens

Why is it when you live so close to something truly amazing and…
August 23, 2012/by Jill Colonna
lime or linden blossom at azay le rideau loire castle

Mad About Lime Blossom Macarons in the Loire

Mon Dieu! I was so carried away with the MacTweets Fruity Challenge…
July 11, 2011/by Jill Colonna
Best restaurants in Loire France Auberge du 12 Siecle

Azay le Rideau Castle and l’Auberge du 12éme Siecle, Loire Valley

Welcome to a weekend away in the land of fairytale castles, vineyards,…
June 20, 2011/by Jill Colonna