Pastry chef brings a piece of Paris to Texas with À La Sweet cafe in Highland Village

One of À La Sweet's specialty desserts is the macaron, a delicate French pastry. (Kaushiki Roy/Community Impact Newspaper)

One of À La Sweet's specialty desserts is the macaron, a delicate French pastry. (Kaushiki Roy/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Macarons ($4.60 for two and $2.30 for each additional one) are on display at À La Sweet. (Kaushiki Roy/Community Impact Newspaper)
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À La Sweet offers French pastries, such as macarons, creme brulee, French cannele and cake truffles. (Kaushiki Roy/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Cafe owner Taylar Lee opened her business in 2019. (Kaushiki Roy/Community Impact Newspaper)
With fairy lights twinkling on the ceiling, stylishly mismatched furniture and a plethora of colorful macarons lining the front counter, À La Sweet is exactly what owner Taylar Lee said she wanted it to feel like: a mini-vacation in Paris.

À La Sweet is a French-themed cafe that opened in Highland Village in 2019. It offers French pastries, such as macarons, creme brulee, French cannele and cake truffles made in house. In addition, it serves a variety of coffee and tea as well as rolled ice cream.

Lee grew up in Flower Mound before attending school in New York City to become a pastry chef. She has lived in various places around the world, including Russia, Korea, South Africa and France.

“I originally wanted to become a chocolatier when I was in school,” Lee said. “But as I went on to try different desserts, I knew I couldn’t just stick to one thing.”

While living and working in France, Lee said she developed a love for baking macarons, authentic French desserts made with almond flour, food coloring and butter cream.

“I’ve always loved to make things with my hands, and making macarons is such a delicate process. But they turn out so beautiful,” she said.

Lee originally moved back to Texas due to a decline in her parents’ health. It was a split-second decision, she said, that led her to open the shop.

“It was a hard decision, but I took a leap of faith, and here we are,” she said.

Lee said she wanted to incorporate not only her cultural experiences but also her heritage in her cafe and its menu.

“I try to infuse my Asian heritage and European travel within my desserts and drinks so that my customers can experience various cultures when they come into the shop,” she said.

À La Sweet is located at 3090 Justin Road, Ste. 305, Highland Village. 469-771-3085. Hours: Mon. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., closed Tuesdays, Wed.-Thu. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


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