Make your visits to the boulangerie more memorable and delicious by following these tips for ordering bread in Paris.
When I moved to Paris in 2015, I began making frequent trips to my neighborhood boulangerie just like Parisians do. On the first few visits, I found the frenetic pace and the choices overwhelming. I would wait in line trying to read all the little signs. When I got to the front, I’d often point frantically to something, too flustered to articulate anything in French beyond “Je
Travelproper tip: Always say “Bonjour” when you enter any bakery (or boutique) in Paris and make eye contact with the salesperson. And say “Merci, au revoir” when you leave. It’s considered common courtesy.
Know your baguettes.
Not all baguettes in France are created equal. The slender loaf you see behind the counter labeled “baguette” is often made using inexpensive ingredients. This is why you always want to ask for the bakery’s baguette “tradition.” Bakers must follow strict standards when crafting baguette tradition. It has to be made the traditional way and bakers can only use four ingredients including flour, yeast, salt
Specify how you like your bread cooked.
While bakeries in Paris prefer to move people through the line quickly, Parisians are particular. You should never be afraid to ask for exactly what you want. If you like your bread nice and crispy ask for
Get the right amount.
When you see a beautiful large round
Know the names for bread made with whole wheat.
If you want bread made using whole wheat flour, order pain
Go where locals go.
For an authentic experience and the city’s best loaves go to bakeries frequented by locals. Some good options include Au Petit Versailles du Marais in the 4th arrondissement, Du Pain et des Idées and Liberté in the 10th, Boulangerie Gontran Cherrier in Montmartre and Boulangerie Maison M’seddi in the 13th. The baker there won Paris’s Best Baguette competition in 2018.