Uh oh. David Lebovitz has just come out with an iPhone app. Guess what it is: “Paris Pastry.”
Does anyone really need a guide to 300 pastry, chocolate, ice cream and candy shops in Paris?
Lebovitz is the former Chez Panisse pastry chef and author ("Ready for Dessert," "The Sweet Life in Paris" and "The Perfect Scoop") who lives in Paris, writes a popular blog subtitled "Living the Sweet Life in Paris," and in his spare time does “delicious research around Paris, scoping out the best bakeries, chocolate shops, and confectioners in the sweetest city in the world.” He’s also a contributor to the fab Paris website Paris by Mouth.
I know some people are going to grouse that the app costs more than 99 cents, as in $4.99, but I consider it a bargain to have the curated results of all that research on your iPhone as you walk around Paris. Don’t have an iPhone? "Paris Pastry" will be released as an ebook in December.
But an app is ever so much more handy. Search by district or by category (Hot
chocolate? Candy? Ice cream?) View a map and make strides for everything close by. Lebovitz also lists his top 25 pastry and chocolate addresses in Paris.
Each entry has address, phone, website, hours, closest Metro stop, and link to a map. Plus, you can work up an appetite viewing photos of each shop’s specialties, helpful when the display cases are jammed with dozens upon dozens of sweets and you don’t know where to start.
He’ll be updating the app as he finds new places he’d like to include. Plus, you can follow along on Facebook or Twitter for the latest news.
Paris Pastry, available at the iTunes App Store, $4.99.
-- S. Irene Virbila
Photos: Screen shots from Paris Pastry app by David Lebovitz