I have a gem of a pastry shop for you today. It’s tucked just off of 4th street (Mission district) so you wouldn’t notice it unless you really went searching.
That being said, the yellow house is a bit of a giveaway that this isn’t your average spot.
I’ve been hearing about this shop for months now and finally, when Sunday morning seemed about as dreary as a Sunday morning could be, I figured it was time. Plus, I needed a few treats for the human guests at Sophie’s birthday party (more on that later).
We headed up the stairs, bundled up in our winter jackets and scarves and into the petite little house. The yellow paint was as bright and sunny as a summer day and beckoned for us to take a peek inside.
Upon entering, we were hounded by a swarm of French macarons. As many colours and varieties as you could imagine – all perfectly lined up like an army… just waiting to be plucked up and plopped into a box.
We made our way through the tiny shop, glaring at the delicious selection of cakes and pastries.
Our noses perked up as the smell of fresh croissants and pain au chocolats cooled on a nearby rack. It was a little overwhelming trying to make a choice, but then I realized that I wasn’t limited to visiting just this one time.
We settled on a torsade – a French pastry somewhat like a croissant but shaped differently. The buttery, flaky pastry wrapped itself around layer after layer of a chocolate-hazlenut spread. Yum yum.
After figuring out what we were going to eat for breakfast, I made a mental note of the hazelnut puff pastry and the lemon meringue tart. Next time.
We made our way back to the macaron selection and picked out a few each. Nanaimo, exotic, blood orange & chocolate, red velvet, mint chocolate, hazelnut, and lemon. With each bite you got a mouthful of soft meringue, and melt in your mouth ganache. The flavours were unreal and really mimicked the real thing. If I had to pick a favourite, I couldn’t. So I’ll pick three – nanaimo, lemon, and mint chocolate.
Seriously, some of the best macarons I’ve had in this city!
Plus, with the multi colour tops and bottoms and little decorations, how can they not brighten up your day?
We left with our bag of goodies, each individually wrapped up in paper bags. As always, it settled my craving for Paris for a little bit.
Stop by and pick up a few treats, bring them home, and indulge while you laze around for a weekend morning! Or, why not pick up a few and surprise your sweetheart?
They have pretty great hours if you ask me!
Check it out – Yann Haute Patisserie. Seriously exquisite!!