Lebanese Chefs have long gained an international reputation for excelling in pastry making, including French pastry and not only Lebanese desserts.
The Lebanese people do have an affinity for French desserts of all types and flavors. That is notable at every event and occasion and the countless French pastry shops across the country.
In and around Beirut, for instance, it’s impossible not to notice all the attractive French pastry shops. In every corner, there is at least one ready to pull you in and… make you forget that you are dieting.
Here are some of these delightful sweet places that are totally worth your visit:
A long-established pastry parlor and refined restaurant, La Cigale has been a pioneer in making mouthwatering delicacies. In addition to its well-known location in Zalka, La Cigale can be also found in Hamra.
Established in 1956, this traditional French pastry shop has gained quite a popularity for its desserts and viennoiseries. Known as a leading sweet artisan in Lebanon, Pâte à Choux can be found in Sodeco (Ashrafieh), Hazmieh, and Verdun.
If you’re craving unique fine pastries made with passion by an AUB Engineer graduate turned professional Pastry Chef in Paris and trained at Hotel Four Seasons Georges V, then you must visit Des Choux et Des Idées in Ashrafieh.
Samer Kobeissi doesn’t just make desserts in his friendly parlor, he pours his talents and passion into every piece he creates, like the heavenly Religieuse Caramel Beurre Salé or the Lipstick Cerise, which is a pâte sablé with almond creme, and kirsch. Worth the visit? Absolutely!
This sought-after dessert shop in Beirut takes pride in regularly experimenting with new recipes, combining flavors, aromas, textures, and even colors to produce fresh succulent desserts that are low in sugar. It even serves desserts and ice cream for people with diabetes.
La Goulee has branches in Achrafieh and Hazmieh, and could be also found in Zalka.
A pioneer in fine pastry since 1948, this Lebanese iconic artisan in premium pastry, chocolates, and even catering, has been a must-destination for lovers of fine pastries, most particularly since the 1980s. It has been featured in various world publications, such as Le Figaro and the Herald Tribune.
Noura can be found in Sioufi, Sassine (Ashrafieh), and Downtown Beirut. as well as in Zalka.
If you’ve ever wondered what a red velvet roll tastes like, then you must try the one at Curli-Q. This Ashrafieh pastry shop also has gluten-free viennoiseries to savor. A must-try: the Clémentine Pavlova!
Chocolatine by Rana Arayssi takes special pride in creating quality French cakes, tarts, and macarons, as well as croissants, with the finest ingredients.
This dessert parlor also offers Lebanese desserts in a creative way, harmonizing flavors and textures to create unique delights, like the Pistachio cake with Karabij, and the Sahlab ice cream with Ghazel El-Banet.