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The best Yule logs in Paris for 2023

Whether classic or unusual, standard or surprising, discover the best Yule logs for the 2023 festivities.

Every year, the great pastry and chocolate makers compete in originality and daring to offer Christmas logs to mark festive meals.

Aromas from childhood, audacious flavours with unexpected combinations, classic, traditional, or poetic, magical or eccentric … In 2023, the signature gourmet logs of Parisian master pastry chefs offer many a surprise.

Hôtel Shangri-La

Maxence Barbot, the head pastry chef at the Shangri-La Paris hotel, pays tribute to the forest and to winter memories with his 2023 log, Diamant Noir (black diamond). This amazing creation comprises a vanilla mousse infused with roasted and smoked walnuts, a vanilla caviar, a caramelized walnut caramel, a sponge cake and a walnut crumble.

Diamant Noir log: €118 for 8 people. Limited edition available to pre-order from 1 November and collect from 9 to 31 December 2023.

Hôtel Shangri-La - 10 avenue d'Iéna, Paris 16th
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Palace le Ritz Paris

Pâtissier du Ritz
François Perret, the pastry chef at the Ritz for more than 10 years, constantly pays tribute to the history of the legendary palace hotel on Place Vendôme. As a nod to the hotel’s Salon Proust, he has made madeleines his speciality. This year, for the 2023 festivities, he has created two versions of the Madeleine log, one made entirely of chocolate and the other one with passionfruit.

€95 for 6/8 people. Available to order from 27 November 2023, to be collected from Le Comptoir at the Ritz. Individual portions available to sample at the Comptoir or the Bar Vendôme at the Ritz Paris.

Palace le Ritz Paris - 15 place Vendôme, Paris 1st
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Hôtel Lutetia Rive Gauche

Nicolas Guercio, the head pastry chef at the Lutetia, has drawn inspiration from the legendary Left Bank hotel’s unofficial emblem to create his ‘Lulu Craquante, the Shar-Pei’ Christmas log. It takes the form of a sleeping dog made of chocolate, topped with a Christmas hat. But the actual log is the cushion on which the sculpture of the animal rests. A combination of chocolate, vanilla, lime and passionfruit flavours intrigue and delight the palate.

€130 for 6/8 people, limited edition to be reserved until 22 December and collected from the Lutetia on 23 and 24 December 2023.

Hôtel Lutetia Rive Gauche - 45 boulevard Raspail, Paris 6th
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Four Seasons Hotel Georges V

Michael Bartocetti, the head pastry chef of the Four Seasons Hotel Georges V, celebrates the fragility and the movement of a fir branch by transforming it into an exquisite Yule log. The shape is bold, topped with chocolate needles and praline-coated bites, while the flavours, though deceptively simple, are perfect: creamy 70% dark chocolate from Papua New Guinea, a praline made from lightly smoky toast, a Madagascar and Tahiti roasted vanilla sponge cake and a crunchy layer of toast and roasted coffee beans. It is an ode to the flavours of childhood that inspired the chef.

€135 for 8 people, available to pre-order and to collect from 21 to 31 December 2023. Individual servings are available during tea time at La Galerie.

Four Seasons Hotel Georges V - 31 avenue George V, Paris 8th
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Hôtel Cheval Blanc Paris

For the Cheval Blanc’s 2023 Yule log, head pastry chef Maxime Frédéric has unveiled a delicious creation that evokes a small child’s Christmas present: a little train. Having created a rocking horse last year, the team has now gone all out with the making of this year’s Chocomotive. The locomotive is made of chocolate and contains a tasty tablet, while the first carriage is stuffed with chocolate-covered caramelized hazelnuts and the last carriage is the heart of the log: a spicy dessert with a gingerbread sponge, candied orange, an orange-blossom-water caramel, cinnamon cream and a green cardamom mousse.

€220 for 6/8 people. Limited edition. Available to pre-order and collect from 20 to 25 December 2023.

Hôtel Cheval Blanc Paris - 8 quai du Louvre, Paris 1st

Hôtel The Peninsula Paris

Chef Anne Coruble at The Peninsula Paris, who recently won the Prix Lebey prize for the best dessert of 2022, has created a Snowdrop Yule log with a crunchy roasted hazelnut, a vanilla-hazelnut marble cake, a Creusois sponge cake, delicately smoky hazelnut cream, a cardamom reduction, stracciatella yogurt cream with Peruvian milk chocolate and a smoky praline with a hint of fleur de sel, topped with three chocolate petals.

€120 for 6 people. Available to order starting from 1 December 2023, 72 hours in advance, to be collected at the Le Lobby restaurant from 19 to 31 December.

Hôtel The Peninsula Paris - 19 avenue Kléber, Paris 16th
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Hôtel Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

Quentin Lechat, the head pastry chef at the Royal Monceau Raffles Paris, has tied up with jewellery brand Messika to create his Christmas 2023 log. The theme is vanilla: different forms and textures that make it the centrepiece of this dessert, dotted with caramel-topped cream puffs, similar to the legendary Saint-Honoré.

€110 for 8 people. Limited edition: 100 logs. Available to pre-order from 25 November to 23 December 2023. To be collected from 18 to 26 December.

Hôtel Royal Monceau Raffles Paris - 35-37 avenue Hoche, Paris 8th
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The famous tea room on Rue de Rivoli has three Yule log versions this Christmas: cranberry, passionfruit-caramel and triple chocolate. A real treat.

€69 for 6 people. Available from 1 December 2023.

Angelina Rivoli - 226 rue de Rivoli, Paris 1st
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Philippe Conticini

Flavour-rich creations from renowned pastry chefs will also appeal to gourmets’ palates. Philippe Conticini, for example, has created five delicious Yule logs this year: his signature almond, white truffle and hazelnut log, a rolled vanilla log, a chocolate and vanilla log, an exotic coconut log and a chestnut and cherry log, available exclusively at Galeries Lafayette.

From €58 to €98 for 6 people. Available to pre-order from 24 November 2023 and to collect from the shop from 16 December onwards, except for the chestnut and cherry log, which will be available exclusively at Galeries Lafayette from 1 December.

Jeffrey Cagnes

The pastry chef Jeffrey Cagnes, who worked for the venerable patisserie Maison Stohrer, always delights Parisians with his delicious, childhood-inspired creations. The 2023 Yule logs are no exception. The young chef is offering three versions of the famous dessert: a chocolate, praline and caramel log, a chestnut log and a fresh, exotic one. He has also come up with a Citrus log for the frozen food brand Picard: an exquisite blend of lemon, hazelnut and basil.

€45 for 6-8 people. Available to pre-order from 24 November. Available in the shop and pre-ordered logs available to collect from 16 December. Bûche Jeffrey Cagnes x Picard, €27,99. Available in all Picard shops throughout France from 4 December.


Le chef pâtissier de Ladurée
The head pastry chef at Ladurée, Julien Alvarez, has woven the image of the brand’s iconic macarons into a range of Yule logs to suit all tastes. The ‘trompe l’œil’ logs put macarons front and centre and are available in five flavours: vanilla-pecan, Ispahan, chocolate-hazelnut, pistachio, and mango-yuzu. The ‘exceptional’ log blends praline, hazelnut and buckwheat with a smooth yuzu-mandarin caramel and a vanilla Chantilly in a tall white chocolate structure. New macaron flavours (Christmas biscuits, spicy chocolate and nougat) round off the 2023 year-end festive treats at the famous patisserie.

€78 for a Yule log and €11 for a trompe l’œil mini-log. €300 for an ‘exceptional’ log. Available to order from 13 to 31 December 2023. Can be delivered in the Paris region.

Ladurée Champs-Elysées - 75 avenue des Champs Elysées, Paris 8th

Jean-Paul Hevin

As always, the artisan chocolatier and pastry chef Jean-Paul Hevin takes chocolate to new heights for Christmas 2023, with four creations. Chocolate mousse features with pear and vanilla in the ‘Sous le ciel de Paris’ (under Paris skies) Yule log, while the ‘Paris-Tour’ creation blends chocolate with pistachio gianduja and cardamom-flavoured caramelized cream. The ‘Sunset’ log has a hazelnut and almond combo alongside the chocolate with a piquant touch of sansho berries. And the ‘Réverbère’ frozen log leaves out the chocolate and gives pride of place to chestnuts, Morello cherries, candied chestnuts and Madagascar vanilla. There is something to suit all tastes!

‘Sunset’ and ‘Paris-Tour’ logs: €49, serves 6 people. ‘Réverbère’ log: €58, serves 9 people. Two versions of the ‘Sous le ciel de Paris’ log are available: with a pink chocolate shell for €122 (serves 6/8) and without the shell for €49 (serves 6).

Jean-Paul Hevin - 231 rue Saint-Honoré, Paris 1st
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Pastry chef Jérémy Del Val has put his own spin on Dalloyau’s Yule log and created a charlotte cake version for Christmas. Featuring pistachio, tropical fruit and Madagascar vanilla, this delicious Reine Charlotte will add an original touch to your festive table.

The Reine Charlotte yule log, €150 for 8/10 people. Available by order only.

Dalloyau Faubourg - 101 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris 8th

Mariage Frères - Christmas in Love collection

Mariage Frères, which specializes in the finest quality teas, has come up with two creations for its winter 2023 ‘Christmas in Love’ collection. The two Yule logs are based on two of the brand’s iconic teas, Marco Polo and Christmas tea. Blending the delicate flavours of tea leaves and unusual ingredients that go well with tea, they will add a sophisticated touch to the end of your meal.

€65 for 6 people. Available from 6 December 2023 onwards. To be sampled in the Mariage Frères tea rooms in Paris or purchased to take away.

La Maison du Chocolat

The Maison du Chocolat has created a ‘Noël Enneigé’ (white Christmas) log. Made up of fluffy chocolate mousse, pear fondant, creamy caramel and grilled sweetcorn praline, this mouthwatering confection will be enjoyed by people of all ages.

€120 for 6/8 people, to be ordered from 1 December 2023 and collected at the brand’s shops from 21 to 24 December.

La Maison du Chocolat - 225 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, Paris 8th
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