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Chefs' Favorite Hot Spots

Chef Enrique Olvera at La Nicolasa, a grocery next to Nicos, one of his favorite places in Mexico City.

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Oven-Baked Snacks: One of Marx’s most beloved Parisian bakeries is Du Pain et des Idées (bread for two $7). “The owner, Christophe Vasseur, has delicious rolls, brioches, viennoiseries, and pain des amis—a flat bread with thick crust and a nutty taste.” A new favorite: La Pâtisserie des Rêves (pastries for two $17). Located on a residential street on the Left Bank, the shop displays pastries under beautiful glass bells. “The Paris-Brest is divine, but I particularly like the éclair au chocolat, topped with a bittersweet glaze. Philippe Conticini, the chef of this shop, is a true pastry magician.”

Chocolate: Marx’s most enthusiastic recommendation of all? The decadent creations at Patrick Roger (chocolate for two $18). There are seven locations in Paris, but Marx frequents the one closest to his office. “Patrick Roger always offers exactly what I am looking for,” he says. “Excellence, imagination, and creativity.” Original bonbons include chocolate with thyme and lemon, caramel with vinegar and grape, and caramel with verbena and yuzu. “Anyone who knows me knows how much I love chocolate.”

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