Creamy, sweet, and oh-so-delicious, for those with a sweet tooth, a visit to She’s Cake while in the French capital is an absolute must. After all, they claim to sell the ‘best cheesecake in Paris’! Located at two locations across the French capital, the bakery’s name is a clever take on the word ‘cheesecake,’ and as you can imagine, this is exactly what they sell and specialise in!
I was actually first introduced to this dessert store by my friend Caro of The Parisienne Diaries on a warm and sunny afternoon in late spring. After spending several hours wandering around Le Marais snapping photos of the cobbled lanes and exploring the independent stores to be found there, we were in search of a small snack. Luckily, She’s Cake fit the bill perfectly.
A quick history of She’s Cake
Step inside the shop created by Séphora Saada at any given moment and you can expect to find a wide array of cheesecake flavours. As well as the usual suspects like blueberry and vanilla, more unusual tastes on offer include orange blossom, Oreo cookies, a lychee/ rose/ raspberry concoction, cappuccino, and plenty more incredible and surprising flavours.
When pastry chef Séphora created her business, she had in mind to not only create a delicious tasting cheesecake product but also envisioned that it would be a fashion-inspired masterpiece. The resulting food certainly doesn’t disappoint and is a yummy blend of glamour meets years worth of flavour-pairing experience.
How to visit She’s Cake in Paris
While most of the desserts are sweet, there are a few savoury options on offer too. Of course, when it comes to cheesecakes, the biggest complaint most people have is how heavy the mixture and consistency of the sweet treat is. Well, I’m delighted to report that She’s Cake cakes are light and dreamy!
Unlike many shop-bought cheesecakes, these desserts come in generous one-sized portions, though are plenty large enough to share between two. Truth be told, if you want to make the most of sampling the delicious cheesecakes, take some friends along and each order a different flavour… I know that’s what we did!
Cheesecakes are priced between €4 and €6 but I think the size and quality of the cakes make them well worth the spend! It’s also worth noting that while you can always opt to buy your dessert in a takeaway box, both She’s Cake Paris locations (Addresses; 20 Avenue Ledru-Rollin, 75012 Paris and 37 Rue du Roi de Sicile, 75004 Paris) also function as tearooms.
What this means is that you can enjoy some tea alongside your cake, or even make a meal of your visit. For example, there are several different lunchtime weekday and weekend formulas. These include combinations such as a starter of the day, savoury cheesecake, salad, grilled vegetables, and a glass of wine for just under €16.
Places to visit in Le Marais
While the 12th is a wonderful arrondissement to explore, I highly recommend heading to the She’s Cake location in Le Marais if you’re only in the city for a limited amount of time. So-called thanks to its status as marshy swampland prior to the Middle Ages, during the 19th-century the area largely escaped the Hausmann renovations which and so remain a true glimpse of Paris of the past.
Follow in the footsteps of Nicolas Flamel: Yes! Nicolas Flamel was a real person, and he lived in Paris during the Middle Ages! Today, you can follow in the footsteps of the bookseller and scholar by visiting his former residence and seeing the adjacent streets named for Flamel and his wife Pernelle.
Take yourself on a free and self-guided walking tour of Le Marais: For those who are wishing to experience Le Marais like a local, exploring the area on foot is a great way to start. This free tour of Le Marais encompasses plenty of the district’s main attractions, as well as some lesser-known hidden gems.
Visit a medieval mansion turned public library: Of all the beautiful places to explore in Le Marais, Bibliothèque Forney is certainly one of my favourites. Located close to the banks of the River Seine, this stunning structure was once the mansion for the Archbishopric of Sens. Today, the building functions as a public library, with a particular focus on the decorative arts.