I hope you packed your stretchy pants because in this post I am sharing the best Paris bakeries and patisseries for insanely delicious treats. Crusty warm baguettes, flaky croissants, decadent pastries… get ready to taste the best sweet and savory goodies Paris has to offer. It’s no secret that Paris is patisserie heaven and home to the best pasty shops in the world. A trip to the City of Lights wouldn’t be complete without trying a few drool-worthy sweets (or a dozen – no judgement here).
Paris is full of yummy boulangeries featuring classic pastries and crunchy baguettes. No matter where you are staying in Paris, there are so many things to do in each arrondissement you are likely to walk around and explore! Don’t be afraid to try a few neighborhood spots and sample their croissants, operas and eclairs. But in this post, I hand picked la creme de la creme of Paris bakeries. So don’t wait a second to plan your Paris dessert bucket list! Read on for the ultimate guide to the best bakeries in Paris, according to a Parisian (and a handy map to find them!).
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With an elegant high end design, this pastry shop looks like a “parfumerie”. Launched by a former chef from Laduree, this bakery is famous for the Kararoll, a croissant filled with sea salt caramel creme, and crunchy toppings.
Make sure you visit Yann Couvreur Patisserie in the morning: their most famous pastry, the made to order millesfeuilles sells out pretty fast since they only make 50 a day! This delicious pastry shop has a few other treats worth trying: their delicious lemon tart, iconic Paris Brest and unique Chocolate Tonka éclair.
Hugo & Victor
Hugo & Victor is a unique patisserie and chocolatier, with an incredibly unique interior. As you step into what feels like a high end jewelry store, the bright colored patisseries stand out against the stark black cases. . Every pastry is carefully designed and elegantly displayed. Hugo & Victor aims to use sugar very conservatively in their irresistible pastries and chocolates. The result is divine.
Angelina might be famous for its creamy and decadent hot chocolate, but the pastries are both gorgeous and insanely delicious. The fairytale tearoom at Angelina is definitely one of the most beautiful cafes in Paris, so if you can get a table it’s the perfect place to stop and enjoy some sweets after a long day of exploring the city.
Carl Marletti’s pastries are works or art: an explosion of colors, flavors and textures. The patisserie is sleek and simple from the inside (and rather easy to miss) but once you step foot inside the small shop, it’s a feast for your senses! Be prepared to dwell on what to try but whatever you choose you won’t be disappointed…
Though Famous for their macarons, Pierre Herme also sells some of the most unique and adventurous pastries in town. Always innovating with flavors, textures and colors, the pastries never disappoint. And don’t ever leave the store without grabbing a box of macarons for the road!
Sébastien Gaudard has one of the most charming tearooms in Paris. Looking straight out of a fairytale, this pastry shop also has some of the most delicious sweets in the city. The pastry style is simple but elegant and oh so Parisian.
Des Gateaux et du Pain
Des Gâteaux et Du Pain is a modern, sleek and elegant patisserie. The emphasis is a sexy and feminine twist on pastries, a fusion of traditional and contemporary flavors. Using only the most natural and high end ingredients, the unique creations are a masterpiece.
Pain de Sucre
Pain de Sucre is a bit of a hidden gem, but it has earned a spot among the best patisseries in Paris. The pastries are innovative, a fusion of sweet and savory flavors. Their macarons are downright delicious as well, and come in many fun flavors.
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Le Grenier a Pain
Le Grenier a Pain is one of the best bakeries in Paris thanks to their delicious signature baguette. With a rustic interior featuring open ovens filled with mini-viennoiseries and window displays full of yummy pastries, Le Grenier a Pain is well worth the detour.
Poilâne is famous for its signature bread, the “Pain Poilâne” or “miche de pain” : this loaf of bread has a thick crust and dense crumb and is the perfect addition to any cheese platter. If you are a bread lover, Poilâne should absolutely make your list. And if you are in the mood for some sweets (and in Paris, who isn’t?) Poilâne makes a divine apple tart that literally melts in your mouth.
Au Levain d’Antan
Au Levain d’Antan is an iconic French bakery located in the famous Montmartre neighborhood, which is home to some of the best Paris bakeries. With its cobalt blue facade and the fragrant smell of fresh baked baguettes, you won’t be able to miss the boulangerie!
Boulangerie Bo may not look pretentious but it is definitely not a traditional pastry shop. Fresh breads are the specialty here with truly unique flavors. Make sure you try their black baguette with squid ink and cumin, and their loaf of bread flavored with Jerusalem artichokes..
Du Pain et des Idees
Du Pain et des Idees is often cited as one of the best bakeries in Paris and it’s easy to see why: Du Pain et de Idees is absolutely gorgeous. While this bakery has only been around since 2002, a bakery has stood on this site for over one hundred years and it still looks like something from a bygone era. The bakery itself is quite small but enormous, gold-framed mirrors line the walls, giving the illusion of it being quite grand. Look up as you enter and you’ll see a beautiful tiled ceiling with a simple painting of the blue sky. And it’s not even the pretty facade that brings Parisians here.
Du Pain et des Idees sells some of the tastiest pastries in the city and the queues going out the door are proof of that! During peak hours it can be very busy but it’s 100% worth the wait. You simply must try one of the pistachio and chocolate escargots, which is simply divine. Be sure to get there earlier in the day to make sure the pastries and bread you want is still there as by the time evening rolls by, lots of the locals’ favorites are gone!
By Laura from What’s Hot?
Au petit Versailles du Marais
Au petit Versailles du Marais is a true hidden gem and one of the best bakeries in Paris. The traditional bakery is located at 27 rue Francois Miron and should not be missing in any Paris food guide. The beautiful interior is a remnant of long-gone times – ceiling frescos, golden ornaments and some of the most amazing pastries that you’ve ever seen. Each is a piece of art.
The bakery does not only provide you with yummy pastries, but the different kinds of bread are also equally good. However, if you are keen to take a break from your Paris adventures, just take a seat in the adjacent Tea House of “Au petit Versailles du Marais”. The fancy and classic old-fashioned interior gives you the impression to be invited to the court of the very King Louis – it’s not a coincidence that the bakery is called the little Versailles of the Marais!
The Tea house serves warm dishes and, of course, all the pastries from their bakery. I advise to try the Paris Brest – it’s the best I have ever tried!
Where to find it: 1 Rue Tiron, 75004 Paris, France
By Lena from Salut From Paris
Stohrer is perhaps Paris’ most famous patisserie; it’s certainly the city’s oldest, established in 1730. Stohrer is on the wonderful Rue Montorgueil, a road full of world class food shops. The patisserie is so important it’s listed as a historical site. The legend goes that Nicolas Stohrer learned his craft as pastry chef in the kitchens of the King of Poland who was in exile in the east of France. The king’s daughter married King Louis XV of France and brought her favourite patissier to Versailles. Five years later Stohrer opened his shop on Rue Montorgueil, where it remains today.
Not only are the cakes divine, but the shop itself is a sight to behold. It was designed by a student of Paul Baudry, who designed the ornate Opera Garnier – and this same lavish style is seen at this shop. For such a famous place, it’s surprisingly small. You can fit maybe six people inside at once. While it’s part tourist attraction, part national treasure, I found the staff surprisingly kind to those, like me, that take some time to make their order. Taking in the splendor of the enormous chandelier, murals and glass counters, not to mention the exquisite cakes themselves, takes some time!
By Clare from Epic Road Rides
La Boulangerie du Moulin de la Galette
La Boulangerie du Moulin de la Galette is a quaint Art Nouveau styled bakery filled with charm, nestled in the corner of a larger residential building. Pretty bakery goods come to the mind immediately when I think of Paris. We’ve all seen the photos and dreamed of visiting a pretty little café or bakery in Paris to sample the little works of art. Well we stumbled across one that dreams are made of on my first trip there when strolling around one morning in Montmartre. There we were sauntering along Rue Caulaincourt and the fragrant aroma of freshly baked bread caught our attention.
Funny enough we had just left the award winning Le Grenier a Pain where we’d been taken on a behind the scenes tour and given a lesson in how one carries a baguette. Our senses were awoken with that wondrous smell. Bread! And there we were, Boulangerie du Moulin de la Galette. We already had a baguette and croissants so had no intention of buying anything, but it was so pretty, we were enticed inside. That was until I looked in the glass vitrine full of viennoiseries, patisseries and entremets otherwise known as amazing looking pastries, cakes and hearty, rustic loaves. The eclairs, Mille-feuille, Paris-Brest, Baba au Rhum, Citron tart and Raspberry tarts almost had more charm than the décor.
The inside of the bakery is as stunning as the patisserie display: striking blue and white tiles on the wall, a butterfly themed tile frieze and the dream fresco painted ceiling, surrounded in ornate moulded cornices. But the pièce de résistance is undoubtedly the beautifully beaded crystal chandelier suspended from the centre of the ceiling.
What made the experience even more special is this shop is where Julia Childs bought her croissants in the movie Julie and Julia. This bakery was built in the beautiful era, La Belle Époque of 1900 and our stop at this sweet, unsuspecting old bakery was not only a pleasure to the eye, but also bought joy to our bellies.
By Lyn Baker from A Hole in My Shoe
La Patisserie des Rêves
It is literally “the pastry shop of your dreams” and one of the best bakeries in Paris. In this fairytale patisserie, desserts hang from the ceiling with glass domes and almost everything is pink. The packaging is impeccable: every dessert is wrapped gorgeously with a pretty pink box.
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Tout Autour du Pain
Tout Autour du Pain is one of the best bakeries in Paris and is famous for its buttery and flaky croissants. Tout Autour du Pain is an iconic Parisian boulangerie, and their croissants live up to the hype.
Blé Sucré used to be extremely famous for their buttery and light madeleines. While the madeleines are still pretty tasty their croissants and pains au chocolats are now the real showstoppers. This is hands down one of the best croissants in Paris!
Patisserie Cyril Lignac
Cyril Lignac is one of the most gifted patissier in Paris and his pastries are in a league of their own. But his croissants are phenomenal: the perfect crispy shell and a cloud like inside texture that literally melts in your mouth. Like I woke up in croissant heaven and never wanted to eat anything else.
La Maison d’Isabelle
La Maison d’Isabelle specializes in baked goods made with organic ingredients and their award winning croissants are definitely worth a try. The croissants and pains au chocolat are perfectly flaky, sweet and buttery. Keep a little room for a bite of their delicious baguettes.
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Les Petits Mitrons
Les Petits Mitrons is the most famous patisserie in Montmartre, where it has been run by the same family for more than 30 years. Montmartre is one of the nicest places to visit in Paris, a maze of narrow cobbled alleys, beautiful boutiques and charming cafés and bakeries. Les Petits Mitrons is a pastry shop so you can’t eat on the spot – you will have to ask for your food to be wrapped and you’ll need to take it away. This is a very common practice in France. Just order whatever you want and, if it is a nice day, eat it at the park!
Among the specialties of Les Petits Mitrons there are sweet and savory pies. The salmon and the leek quiches are by far the best. With regards to sweet pies, all the mixed fruit ones are to die for. The place has a quaint look like many of the restaurants and shops in Paris, which makes it all the more charming. It’s an absolute must!
The Smiths Bakery
The Smiths Bakery is an adorable bakery and cafe which serves yummy sandwiches and savory quiches. It’s a cute place to grab a bite at lunch time if you’re out and about in the area. The Quiche Lorraine is one of the best in the city, followed by the Flan!
Pain Pain is the perfect spot to grab a quick lunch. Adored by locals, it is often hailed as one of the best bakeries in Paris. The sweets are delicious but I usually come for their epic selection of quiches.
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L’Éclair de Génie
Eclairs have always been a staple of Parisian bakeries – you can find pretty delicious chocolate and coffee flavored éclairs all over the city. But L’Éclair de Génie stepped up the game with the first all-éclair boutique in Paris. The flavors are too die for and the éclairs are (almost} too pretty to eat. Just make sure you snap a picture of your colorful rainbow of eclairs for your Instagram feed before you take your first bite! L’Éclair de Génie is without a doubt one of the best bakeries in Paris.
Odette sells the best cream puffs in Paris, hands down. Light, creamy and airy, these little pockets of goodness come in many flavors and colors. They are also surprisingly affordable so you can splurge on a large selection. It doesn’t hurt that their iconic location across from Ile de la Cite is one of the cutest cafes in Paris.
Gilles Marchal is an artsy pastry shop where madeleines steal the show. Airy, delicate, moist… the madeleines come in many different flavors: lemon zest, honey, dark chocolate and filled with caramel. In the heart of Montmartre, this bakery is worth the detour.
It would be tough to list the best Paris bakeries without mentioning the iconic Laduree and their otherwordly macarons. I never leave Paris without a box full of them.
Jacques Genin makes amazing pastries but we come here for the caramels. Buttery, chewy, perfect soft caramels. They are made fresh daily and come in many flavors makes his caramels daily in various flavors.
Aux Merveilleux de Fred
Only in Paris will you find a bakery dedicated to meringues… and we’ve never been happier to stumble upon it. At Aux Merveilleux de Fred, it’s all about It’s all about the merveilleux: meringue pieces are dipped in whipped cream and rolled in various coatings: crystalized coffee, chocolate flakes and cookie crumbs. It’s unique and magical. You won’t regret making a stop.