What is an Éclair?
An eclair is an elongated pastry made from choux paste (light pastry dough), filled with pastry cream or custard, and topped with fondant icing. On average the French eat 2 million eclairs a day, and the most popular éclair is probably the chocolate eclair. The eclair originated during the nineteenth century in Belgium where it was called “pain à la Duchesse”.
Where to eat an Eclair in Paris
1. L'Eclair de Génie
L’Éclair de Génie opened its first pastry shop in Paris in December 2012, and now has over 20 shops around the world, including Japan, Hong Kong, Italy, Russia, and Canada. The shop has over 250 flavors and is continually trying out new ones. Their best seller is the classic éclair au chocolat (Chocolate), and some other classics to look out for are, caramel beurre salé (salted caramel), praliné noisette (hazelnut praline), and citron yuzu (lemon yuzu).