Tokyo-born patisserie maestro Sadaharu Aoki combines traditional French technical savoir-faire with Japanese ingredients in his four Parisian boutiques for an innovative twist on classic gallic cakes. Perfectly executed eclairs are laced with black sesame or green tea, and eastern flavours such adzuki beans and yuzu feature alongside French staples such as creme patissière and puff pastry in his delicious creations. There is a strong sense of a modern Japanese esthetic, with cakes designed with pared down minimal forms, bold colours and playful decorative touches, all set against the neutral backdrop of a sleek and shiny monochrome boutique. The stores are take-away only, but the rue Vaugirard branch is just a two minute walk away from the Jardin de Luxembourg - a great setting for an impromptu sugar-loaded picnic, weather permitting of course.
Patisserie Sadaharu Aoki, 35 rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris
Open: Tues-Sat, 11am-7pm. Sun, 10am-6pm
For more on extraordinary patisseries in Paris, see The Innovative Patisseries of Paris.
All photos copyright Kim Laidlaw Adrey 2012