hugo and victor opened up a few months back in late march and i’ve finally had a chance to pop over an check it out. it’s a slick and luxurious place, where pastries, exquisitely decorated, are placed behind what looks like hermetically sealed glass cases. it’s a jewel of a store, elevating pastry to high art. that said, it’s also a place that is as quiet as a museum, lacks lines and a sense of accessibility. if it weren’t for the quality of its product, i’d worry more about its long-term viability. i’m sure it’s only a matter of time before the pastry obsessed crowd at pierre herme wanders over to h&v.
i did ask if i could take pictures of the pastries inside the store, however, the staff denied my request. fortunately, my friend S managed to snap quite a few on a separate trip and is letting me post them. there are more divine shots at the store’s website. i’d add that the store has a few core flavors (chocolate, caramel and vanilla) that are always available and a few seasonal flavors that change. when we were there, the seasonal flavors were cherry, raspberry, strawberry, blueberry and currants.
hubby and i left the store with a bag filled with macarons, fruit jellies and financiers. after eating the financiers on the plane ride home, we kinda wish we had bought like a dozen of those things. definitely the finest financiers that i have ever tasted. the texture is at once dense but also moist. i’m guessing that there’s a higher egg to flour mixture than in the typical financier recipe. they came in a 4 flavors: chocolate, orange, plain and cherry.
Hugo & Victor
40 Boulevard Raspail
Paris (Saint Germain area, near Le Bon Marche)