Epiphany Cakes in Paris: The Best Galettes des Rois 2020

Epiphany Cakes in Paris: The Best Galettes des Rois 2020

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Galette Mogador by Pierre Hermé

Taking place on January 6, 2020, Epiphany is a holiday celebrating when the three kings arrived bearing gifts for the baby Jesus. In France, Epiphany– indeed the entire month of January– is warmed by the galette des rois (King’s Cake) tradition. The finder of the fève, the bean or porcelain figurine hidden inside the cake, is crowned King/Queen for the day/night and guaranteed good luck for the next 12 months. In Paris, the pastry chefs get wonderfully creative with their galettes des rois. Here are some of the ones we love this year.

The treasure by Joaillerie Messika inside Pierre Hermé’s galette

“Lucky Move” by Pierre Hermé and Joaillerie Messika, Paris

For the most sparkling Epiphany, Pierre Hermé got together with Valérie Messika of the jet-set jewelry brand. Here’s the ultimate “bean”, uniting two unique houses, celebrating a centuries-old tradition. Impressive! The fève is a sensual gold and diamond bracelet (worth €1980). There are 15 in the draw; participate when you buy golden Galettes Mogador (€35-€72 depending on size), Infiniment Amande (individual €6.90-€72), Brioche des Rois Infiniment Pralineé Noisette (8 servings €35) from 1-19 January 2020. Good luck! Let us know please.

Galette des Rois by Le Grand Vefour

Le Grand Vefour

For his glorious Galette Craquante Guy Martin mixes almond frangipane, fleur de sel, caramel, cashew nuts and cream of cashew nuts, made to order (6 guests). To reserve, Tel: 01 42 96 56 27 or email: [email protected] (€45). There’s sure to be a taste on the special New Year’s Eve menu (€750) at the most romantic restaurant in town, tucked into the stucco arcades of Palais Royal at 17, rue de Beaujolais.

Galette des rois by Hôtel Plaza Athénée. Photo: Studio des Fleurs

Hôtel Plaza Athénée

It’s the streusel/crumble effect that’s so delicious on Angelo Musa (World Pastry Champion and MOF) and Alexandre Dufeu’s candied orange, sweet white almond frangipane galette (€56). Order by telephone 01 53 67 65 97 and collect from January 2nd at La Galerie. The ice rink in La Cour Jardin, framed with twinkling Christmas trees, is a magical setting for an ice twirl. As part of the Plaza’s Festive Tea Time at La Galerie, sip soothing drinks matched exquisite cakes and complimentary entry to the rink for two children. Book Festive Tea Time – €60 per person. Until February 1st from Wednesday to Sunday 3pm-7pm.

Restaurant L’Escudella

Restaurant L’Escudella

Left bank based Jérome Laurent and Paul-Arthur Berlan are champions of terrines and delicious pâtés en croute. For Epiphany (until 15 January) the irresistible Pâté-tourte des rois is a royal treat (with a medieval charm tucked inside) of black truffles, duck and foie gras – to share, or not! From €42 (4/6 wannabe Kings) to €78 (8/10)

Galette des rois at Le Meurice. Photo: Pierre Monetta

Le Meurice

Cédric Grolet (who just launched his eponymous pastry palace, 35, avenue de L’Opera, 2nd) taps into the arty creativity of Studio Harow for the bean (a glinting golden shield). Grolet’s 100% cereal wheatsheaf crown is set with Swarovski crystals! Go to Instagram @cedricgrolet where all will be revealed. Available hot from the oven, by this talented bespoke pastry chef, from 3-12th January, 2020 and chez La Pâtisserie du Meurice par Cédric Grolet, from Tuesday-Sunday €52 (6/8 people) and Restaurant Le Dalí, €16 a crumbly, warm slice.

Galette des rois by Sébastien Gaudard

Sébastien Gaudard x Christine Phung

The chef and the designer (Léonard creative director) celebrate Epiphany showcasing their favorite, can’t-live-without daily objects (chewing gum, aspirin, key, pencil sharpener, pencil, button, a nut (as in nuts and blots, obvs). “It’s wacky and different,” they smile. Voted “Best Galette des Rois” by Figaroscope and L’Express, it’s yours – chocolate, almond cream, or almond cream & Martinique rum – from €24 (for 4) at 22 rue des Martyrs, 9th and 1, rue des Pyramides, 1st

Galette des rois by Maison Sève

Maison Sève

Order from the signature Galette Collection, find the fève buried in 20 of them, and win an Atelier Session with Mâitre Chocolatier Richard Sève. Choose from Red Praline, Frangipane Traditionelle, or Chocolate Frangipane (from €18-€59.90) + 3 feves €14 or a box of 15 €64.80. The fèves are collectors pieces, a tribute to objects exhibited at MUSCO (Musée du Chocolat de Lyon).

Galette des rois by The Peninsula Paris

The Peninsula, Paris

“Put this in the oven to melt the hazelnut nougatine,” advises Peninsula pastry chef Dominique Costa. There’s hints of fleur d’oranger – the topping’s crystalized hazelnuts (€52). Limited edition of 52 to order 48 hours in advance and collect from The Peninsula Boutique located in Gallery Kléber opposite the bar (open daily from 10h-21h). Tel: 01 58 12 67 72 or email: [email protected]

Galette des rois by Eric Kayser. Photo: Victor Bellot

Eric Kayser

“This year to twist the traditional recipe we’ve come up with version 2020 consisting of flaky pastry made with churned Poitou butter, cream of almonds with pistachio and raspberries, delicious and refreshing,” says Kayser. Available in all Kayser boutiques from 27th December – (€28 for 6 galet-o-philes) Choose your own fèves €25 for a 6-pack.

The galette des rois by The Ritz Paris

The Ritz

François Perret, with Ritz Chef Boulanger Stéphane Olliver invite you to the Ritz Chalet, Place Vendome, open daily until 5 January, 2020 from 3pm-8pm. Also available at Bar Vendôme. (€49 for 6) And, cherry on the galette, 3 marzipan and almond flaky pastry galettes contain golden fèves; 3 fortunate fev-o-philes will win a Ritz brunch for 2 (value €300). They just have to call 01 43 16 45 45 to claim their prize, before 31st January, 2020. It’s good until 30th June 2020.

Galette des rois by Lenôtre

Lenôtre

Filled with a soft almond, lemon, wheat, hazelnut and light chocolate cream, this brioche style “galette” conceals/reveals two beans: one classic, decorated with motifs illustrating the ingredients, plus a real bean – to respect the tradition of this fine festive moment (€30). “Gaston Lenôtre would approve, he loved working brioche,” recalls Guy Krenzer, Chef de la Création at Maison Lenôtre. Taste the collection from 2nd-19 January at the Galette Bar, 10 rue Saint Antoine, 4th available – and between these dates – at all Lenôtre boutiques or online.

Galette des rois by Hôtel Le Burgundy. Photo: Julie Limont

Hôtel Le Burgundy

“A salute to the forest”, says pastry chef Pascal Hainigue presenting a Galette des Rois of inverted puff pastry caramelized with brown sugar, almond frangipane cream lightly flavored with pine needles, praline almonds and toasted buckwheat. Forest flavors and crispy texture give this galette the perfect fireside vibe. Order from 3-11th January, 2020 (€48 6-8 kings/queens) or pop in to the Burgundy Bar Le Charles or the Restaurant Baudelaire and match with a cocktail/mocktail or flute of champagne.
6-8, rue Duphot, 1st. Tel: 01 42 60 34 12

Galette des rois by Philippe Conticini

Philippe Conticini

A good excuse (as if you needed one) to pop into Conticini’s new Passy boutique. Fragrant grilled almonds are the key to the “roi of the sweet treats” galette. The precious porcelain “super kings and queens” are designed with Degrenne “table art specialists.” Take them back to the boutique and claim your surprise prize – one very special bean holds the key to a unique experience with PC himself. From 2nd January, 2020. Single – feeds 2 – €12 – for 6- €36 – and 8 – €44. 42 rue de l’Annonciation, 16th

An homage to Notre Dame, galette des rois by the French Bastards

The French Bastards

Pastry cheffe Nina Métayer (formerly at Café Pouchkine) uses Charentes-Poitou AOP butter, frangipane almond cream and cinnamon for the galette inspired by Notre Dame de Paris and created in collaboration with pastryman Julien Abourmad, co-founder of The French Bastards (€40). Limited edition from January 4, 2020
The French Bastards Bakery
61 rue Oberkampf, 11th

Galette des rois by Yann Couvreur

Yann Couvreur

Rendezvous at 11am for daily street theatre when artisan Yann and his brigade reveal their daily bake. Look for this acorn-shaped frangipane and hazelenut beauty (4/5-€24)
23 bis rue de Rosiers, 4th

Need to know

French etiquette and history oblige: At the Elysée Palace, President Emmanuel Macron is served the traditional galette – without charms, beans or figurines! A palace spokesman would not confirm that Madame Macron has her own private galette.

Happy and delicious 2020!

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Born in Hampton, Middlesex, UK, Margaret Kemp is a lifestyle journalist, based between London, Paris and the world. Intensive cookery courses at The Cordon Bleu, London, a wedding gift from a very astute ex-husband, gave her the base that would take her travelling (leaving the astute one behind) in search of rare food and wine experiences, such as the vineyards of Thailand, 'gator hunting in South Florida, learning to make eye-watering spicy food in Kerala;pasta making in a tiny Tuscany trattoria. She has contributed to The Guardian, The Financial Times Weekend and FT. How To Spend It.com, The Spectator, Condé Nast Traveller, Food & Travel, and Luxos Magazine. She also advises as consultant to luxury hotels and restaurants. Over the years, Kemp has amassed a faithful following on BonjourParis. If she were a dish she'd be Alain Passard's Millefeuille “Caprice d'Enfant”, as a painting: Manet’s Dejeuner sur l’herbe !

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