Paris and bakeries are basically synonymous. Does one even go to Paris and not have at least one chocolate croissant and a colorful macaron? As far as I’m concerned, you can stay your butt home if you’re not into Parisian treats. I mean that.
So, let’s take a quick walking tour of the best damn bakeries in Paris, by arrondissement (districts, of which there are 20), and what you should try at each bakery.
And don’t forget to pack some pants that have an elastic waistband y’all.
1. Arnaud Larher, 6th
This guy, Mr. Larher has been in the baking game for awhile and has earned several top distinctions along the way including being elected as one of France’s top pastry chefs in 2007. Since then, he’s opened several shops in Paris -- one in the 6th arrondissement and two in the Montmartre neighborhood.
It seems these shops are favorites in the areas among locals. His pastry shops offer a wide variety, from classic French pastries to ice cream and stunning chocolates.
If you’re looking to try an iconic French macarons, this might be just the place.
Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00AM – 7:30PM, Sunday: 10:00AM - 1:00PM, Closed Mondays
Vanilla macaron with chocolate cream filling infused with Bourbon-flavored vanilla
Rose-raspberry macaron with ganache filling
53 rue Caulaincourt
2. Le Moulin de la Vierge, 7th
Make a quick pit-stop in this classically decorated black and gold patisserie for some well-deserved treats. Walking the expansive city and hustling through metro stops works up an appetite that only Parisian goodies can satiate.
In addition to picture-perfect treats afternoon treats, a stop in here for a quick breakfast before heading out for a day of exploring is the perfect opportunity to experience a typical breakfast.
Just a few blocks from the Esplanade des Invalides Park, you can grab some pastries and plop down in the park to enjoy wide views of the Seine River and beautiful Parisian architecture.
Since Le Moulin de la Vierge is located in the fancy part of town, the goodies and coffee will be more expensive.
Monday - Sunday: 7:30AM - 8:30PM, Closed Wednesdays
64 Rue Saint-Dominique
3. Du Pain et des Idees, 10th
Not only is this a standout bakery because of the fresh, delicious treats pouring out of it daily, the bakery itself is historically significant AND really beautiful. Including the original, hand-painted glass ceiling and gorgeous mirror, the bakery is a work of art itself.
The man behind the bakery, Christophe Vasseur poked around the flea markets for antique decor to really take his customers back in time. You’ll find yourself truly transported to the old Parisian bakeries. In fact, the patisserie offers high quality goods made in house that are exceptionally traditional and only made from natural, fresh products.
Christophe Vasseur spent only two weeks in training to become a baker in Paris, but he found the training to focus on more modern and flashy baked goods, rather than the traditional French recipes he had a passion for. So he opened up his very own shop.
In fact, the bakery prides itself on following the seasons -- using only fruit and produce that is in season to make different products. For example, from the months of October through May, you can find Caramelized Apple Pies.
Here, you won’t find machines, bread makers, or massive mixers. Everything is made from local markets and by hand, everyday.
This bakery has become somewhat of an institution of fine Parisian baking in the heart of the 10th arrondissement.
Monday - Friday: 6:45AM - 8PM, Closed Saturday + Sunday
If you happen to be there on a Friday, you’ll find a speciality called Le Rabelais. This is a brioche bread with exotic spices such as turmeric and saffron and completed with walnuts and honey chestnuts.
On any other day, try a snail pastry (escargots, in French). Think delicious buttery crescent dough delicately rolled into a snail swirl and topped with a variety of saliva-inducing flavors. We recommend the dark chocolate chip with pistachio and fresh pastry cream.
34 Rue Yves Toudic
Jacques Bonsergent or Republique
4. Boulangerie Utopie, 11th
This little place has no seating area, so be prepared to grab and go and enjoy elsewhere. It has even received such prestigious awards like “Best Bakery in Paris” in 2016, which is a pretty spectacular feat.
The two guys in charge at Boulangerie Utopie are putting out some unique, picture perfect treats including a Charcoal Baguette with a semi-glossy, rich black color. Their breads are almost too beautiful to eat with perfect golden brown finishes and of course, perfectly crunchy on the outside and soft and squishy on the inside.
If you really want to prepare for a trip to Paris and get your taste buds ready to try this place, check out Boulangerie Utopie on Instagram -- amazing photos of all of their treats on a daily basis!
On the weekends, they do some specials -- always something imaginative and delicious! A few recipes they’ve pulled out on the weekends are; Brioche buns with green tea and strawberries, cherry snail rolls, and gorgeous bread loaves made with Rosé and candied grapefruit!
Everyday from 7:00AM - 8:00PM, Closed Mondays
Pop in on the weekend for surprise breads, fruit pies, and pastries!
During the week try this:
Sesame tart or Frangipane à la Vanille
20 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud
5. Blé Sucré, 12th
This patisserie has a modern flair with a bit of a twist on French classics. There are some cozy teeny-tiny seats outside, so grab something tasty to sit outside -- if you can grab a spot -- and watch the world go by.
The head pastry chef, Fabrice le Bourdat, formerly worked in the iconic Le Bristol Hotel at their 3-Michelin starred restaurant. So, the guy knows how to do some serious, world-class baking.
Here you’ll find beautiful, sugar dusted fruit pastries, sandwiches on crispy baguettes and vibrant, colorful glazes behind the glass.
Everyday 7:30AM - 7:30PM, Sunday 7:30AM - 1:30PM, Closed Mondays
Espresso and….quiche, madeleines, pain au chocolate
The Madeleines here have earned a “Best Madeleine Ever” from many people, including Parisians!
Square Trousseau, 7 rue Antoine Vollon
6. Boulangerie bo, 12th
Everything is made in-house here and they have rave-reviews from locals and visitors alike. It is perfectly picturesque on the outside, but once you walk through the doors, you’ll greeted with lovely interior decorations as well as tasty smells.
While they of course have the usual pastries and treats, they also serve Parisian lunches to drool over -- crusty and crunchy baguettes with thick slices of fresh cheese and perfectly flavored salami. This is an ideal place for any time of day.
If you’re lucky, you can get a seat at one of a very limited amount of tables and chairs outside the beautiful store-front.
The warm interior is a pale green-blue color and the glass case chock-full of all their goodies is a little overwhelming because everything looks so wonderful!
The pastry chef behind these creations. Olivier Haustraete worked in Japan for a few years and that influence can be seen in the ingredients and modern twist on Parisian classics. Some of the treats here feature Japanese flair using ingredients like bean paste and you’ll be sure to find unique, colorful goodies here.
Everyday, 7AM - 8PM, Closed Wednesdays
Kamut bread, raspberry pie, chocolate brioche, fig tart
85 Rue de Charenton
7. Gontran Cherrier, 18th
Mr. Cherrier has spent his lifetime studying, traveling and tasting food from all over the world. As an extensive traveler, he's gathered unique flavors and ways to bake from; Morocco, Italy, China, Romania and just about every corner of the world.
He was also raised in a family that baked frequently -- and naturally these generations-old recipes were handed down. Since he opened his boulangerie in Paris, he has also opened two more in Singapore and Tokyo -- bringing his flair for French baking everywhere. As a result of his extensive travels, his baked goods often feature unique ingredients.
His location in the 18th arrondissement is close to many locals markets and he follows the seasonal products as he churns out delicious goodies.
Monday - Saturday: 7:30am - 8:00PM, Sunday: 8:00am - 7:30pm, Closed on Wednesdays
Rustic butter croissants and kouign amann, lemon + poppy seed cake
22 Rue Caulaincourt
Lamarck -- Caulaincourt
8. Pastry Gilles Marchal, 18th
Gilles Marchal was born in the Lorraine region of France and at the ripe old age of 14 he began his apprenticeship at a bakery in Lorraine. As his skills grew, he worked as a sous-chef at some of the most iconic hotels in Paris such as: Le Bristol, and Le Crillon.
After winning Pastry Chef of the Year in 2004, he opened up his own patisserie in Montmartre, where his goodies can be found today.
Gilles Marchal is known in Paris, and the world for his madeleines. This particular treat originates from where he was born in Lorraine, and he grew up learning to make these the proper way. Marchal prides himself on these in particular and makes sure that the patisserie is pumping out enough of these too ensure that they're arriving to the customer fresh and still warm from the ovens! Additionally, these madeleines are prepared in a variety of flavors, some are staples while others rotate and change with what is available and fresh during that season.
Tuesday - Saturday: 8:00am - 8:00pm, Sunday: 8:00am - 7:00pm, Closed Mondays
Madeleines or the coffee eclair
9 Rue Ravignan
9. Pain Pain, 18th
Everything here is entirely homemade -- in fact, they use fresh products from France and can tell you exactly where their flour and butter come from. Pain Pain is located in the Montmartre neighborhood and was voted as having the best baguette in Paris in 2012. Of allllll the bakeries that make amazing baguettes, this little shop sure produces some wonderful things.
The location is ideal as you can grab some treats and either walk around the Montmartre neighborhood, or head over to the Sacré-Cœur and catch some sweeping views over all of Paris.
This teeny-tiny bakery is trendy and has a few little tables outside. Beyond just baked treats here, you can find thick, hefty slices of fresh quiche and sandwiches on fresh baguettes.
Tuesday - Sunday: 7:30am - 8:00pm, Closed Mondays
Cinnamon slipper, Pistachio-chocolate roll, or a pear + grapefruit tart
88 Rue des Martyrs
And there you have it! While there are just about 1,100 bakeries in Paris (this excludes the grocery stores that also sell baguettes and baked goods) here are nine that will make you dream of visiting Paris long after you've left.
Have you been to any of these patisseries, or do you think there's one that's not on this list that should be?
Let us know in the comments!
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