Where to find the best croissants, cookies, lemon tarts, eclairs and more in the city of pastries.
I often joke that I have a talent for sniffing bakeries out like a bloodhound, and nowhere is this skill put to the test more than in Paris. As I walk and run through the city, the whiff of butter and yeast stops me in my tracks, I just remembered how I found this thinking of you cookies. If I follow my nose down a narrow cobblestone street, I’m often delighted by what I find. These are my favorite bakeries in Paris.
Travelproper tip: If you don’t speak French, visiting a bakery in Paris can be intimidating. Here are my tips for ordering bread and pastries like a local.
If you want a baguette:
I’ve always liked this Marais bakery owned by award-winning French baker Christian
1 rue Tiron
+33 01 42 72 19 50
If you want a croissant:
This 12th arrondissement bakery makes the best croissant in the city and maybe anywhere. The golden
7 rue Antoine Vollon
+33 01 43 40 77 73
If you want a tart:
Just around the corner from Blé Sucré is another excellent bakery. Boulangerie Bo has one of the most beautiful bakery facades in Paris, but it is not just a pretty face. Bread and pastries, particularly creations featuring seasonal fruit like a rhubarb tart with yogurt and lime zest, are excellent.
85bis rue de Charenton
+33 01 43 07 75 21
If you want the world’s best bread:
This pretty bakery near Canal Saint Martin is renowned for its Pain des Amis, a signature loaf with a dark crust and nutty aroma, but everything from the l’escargot, a pastry that seems like a cross between a croissant and a palmier, to the pain au chocolate with banana is delicious. Almost everything is made with organic ingredients.
34 rue Yves Toudic
+33 01 42 40 44 52
If you want an eclair:
Salted caramel, yuzu, and pistachio strawberry are just a few of the éclair flavors you’ll find at this creative patisserie in the Marais.
14 rue Pavée
+33 01 42 77 85 11
If you want a macaron:
This beloved macaron makeover is well known the world over with locations in the US, China and Japan but visiting one of the candy-colored shops in Paris is still a treat. While the macarons are good, Ladurée’s croissant aux noix, a croissant filled with nuts and brown sugar, is what you really should be ordering. There are locations throughout the city, but my favorite is in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
34 Rue Bonaparte
+33 01 44 07 64 87
If you want chocolate bread:
Baker Benoît Castel has brought a new breed of boulangerie to Paris with his Liberté bakeries in the 10th, Menilmontant and Galleries Lafayette. Streamlined and modern, they feature open kitchens and architectural pastries like a lemon tart topped with teardrops of lemon curd. The chocolate bread made with cocoa powder and flecked with white chocolate pieces is addictive.
39 rue des Vinaigriers
+33 01 42 05 51 76
If you want white chocolate bread:
This petit boulangerie in the Marais is known for Schwarzbrot, a dense and nutty German-style loaf. For something sweeter try the white chocolate bread.
134 rue de Turenne
+33 01 42 78 04 72
If you want baba au rhum:
Patissier Sebastien Gaudard’s whimsical bakery in Pigalle sells pretty pastries like a lemon tart with a sugar cookie-like crust and a beloved baba au rhum.
22 rue des Martyrs
+33 01 71 18 24 70
Travelproper tip: When ordering bread at a bakery in Paris, specify what type of bread you’d like —
If you want something fruity:
I believe Cedric Grolet, the head pâtissier at Le Meurice hotel, is the best pastry chef in Paris. In 2018, he opened his own bakery on rue de Castiglione right around the corner from the hotel’s entrance. The gleaming white space is a fine showcase for his architectural and often colorful pastries. Never overly sweet, Grolet lets ingredients shine in pastries such as a wild strawberry tart filled with homemade strawberry jam and vanilla cream and a golden pastry shaped like
228 rue de Rivoli
+33 01 44 58 10 10