The Epiphany, originally a religious celebration, is now an opportunity for the best pastry chefs to showcase their art and celebrate the traditional Parisian “Galette des Rois”. Called King Cake, Kings’ Cake, or Three Kings’ Cake, it is declined in many delicious ways throughout France but the authentic version in Paris is a puffed pastry with an almond filling called “frangipane”… and a hidden “fève” (a small trinket usually made of porcelain).
Today, January 6, is the day to eat your “galette” – here are my favorite ones in 2020:
Top Parisian pastry chef Pierre Hermé offers no less than four different types of galettes this year and has joined forces, for the first time, with Parisian jeweler Messika to design a unique and precious “fève” – will you be the lucky one who finds it?
Le Fouquet’s on the Champs-Élysées is celebrating its 120th anniversary with a red almond icing on the galette created by Nicolas Paciello – a tribute to the iconic café and restaurant’s red awnings… Available upon reservation till January 12.
At Hôtel La Réserve, the traditional shape of the galette has been set aside to favor the three kings’ symbol, the royal crown (La Couronne Royale).
Le Ritz Paris‘s pastry chef François Perret suggests you come and enjoy his mouth-watering galette at Le Bar Vendôme before January 12…
At Hôtel le Burgundy, you’ll find one of the most perfectly-shaped and elegant-looking galettes with its caramelized almonds, made by Pascal Hainigue:
Famous pastry chef Yann Couvreur has created a hazelnut version of the traditional galette des rois – you can pick it up at his boutiques located Rue des Rosiers and Avenue Parmentier, at his Galeries Lafayette corner, and even online:
My favorite grocery store in Paris, La Grande Épicerie, also offer three different scrumptious galettes you can pick up any time till the end of January at their left or right bank locations.
As you can see, today might be the official Epiphany day but you still have plenty of time to enjoy this wonderful French tradition in our beautiful city… And this list is only a small sample of the countless luxurious “galettes des rois” you can find here!