Paris, France. Arguably one of the most popular and sought-after destinations for travellers both near and far, the City of Lights will surely captivate you. With its magnificent architecture and its abundance of art and culture on every corner, it’s no wonder Paris has remained a favourite for millions of people around the world.
Yes, Paris will charm you with its beautiful landscape, exceptional museums, and incredible architecture. But if you are a foodie at heart, Paris is sure to wow you with its wide range of delicious foods. Although most notably known for their croissants and baguettes, the multiple Michelin-starred restaurants scattered throughout the city prove there’s more to Paris than its baked goods.
But if you are someone who prefers sweet over savoury dishes, then you are absolutely going to fall in love with Parisian bakeries. The French have truly perfected the art decadent desserts and divine pastry concoctions. Whether it’s pain au chocolat, crème brûlée, or mille feuille, there is nothing quite like French pastries.
The next time you find yourself in Paris, you’re going to want to make the most of your visit by visiting the best bakeries in Paris. There is so much to do in Paris: visiting museums, viewing the architecture, eating at top-rated French restaurants, and exploring the city.
With so many things to do, you are going to want to fuel your body with a quick and delicious breakfast that is sure to leave you satisfied. Don’t waste your time at overcrowded, tourist-filled mediocre bakeries!
Here is our list of where you can get the most authentic pastries in Paris!
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La Gambette à Pain
86 Av. Gambetta
First on our list is La Gambette à Pain, a boulangerie known for baking some of the best bread loaves in the city. They work with carefully selected organic flours to produce high-quality baguettes.
While their main focus is bread, this bakery also makes delicious pastries, notably the pain au chocolat and flan. On select days, the shop sells experimental special bread, such as matcha, white chocolate, and black charcoal.
If you think a baguette is just a baguette, a visit to La Gambette will teach you a thing or two.
210 Rue des Pyrénées
The ideal place to grab breakfast on the go, Maison Landemaine is a patisserie serving phenomenal pastries and bread. Their wide selection of cakes, pastries, and bread will keep you coming back for more.
Note-worthy items include almond croissants, traditional baguettes, mille feuille, eclairs, and apple Chausson. They also offer a variety of lunch sandwiches to fuel your sightseeing. A neighbourhood staple, Maison Landemaine offers pastries bursting with flavour at affordable prices in various locations around Paris.
La Maison d’Isabelle
47ter Bd Saint-Germain
Located a few streets away from Notre Dame you will find a small bakery with award-winning pastries. The smell of fresh croissants is bound to lead hordes of pedestrians inside.
With so many desserts to choose from, you are sure to leave with a bag full of goodies. From baguettes, croissants, apple tarts, chocolate eclairs, and fresh baked baguettes, La Maison d’Isabelle is a favourite of locals and tourists alike.
Besides their classic butter croissant, we definitely recommend you try their pan au raison and the kougn-amann!
14 Rue Ternaux
Since 2014, Chambelland has been serving up happiness in the form of gluten-free pastries. Those with gluten-intolerances are able to enjoy all the yummy pastries they previously could not.
By building their own mill to produce their own flour from fresh ingredients like millet and buckwheat, the owners of Chamelland are committed to creating delectable treats for all people.
Not only limited to bread, but this bakery also serves a great selection of pound cakes, tarts, tartlets, cookies, and more! Enjoy a croissant outside while you people-watch in the charming Oberkampf neighbourhood.
2 rue Wurtz Paris13ème
Known as one of the best bakers in Paris, Laurent Duchêne owns two bakeries in Paris. Whichever one you visit, be sure to try their melt-in-your-mouth chocolate croissants and some of the best macarons in the city.
This master pastry chef delivers incredible classic French pastries, cakes, and other desserts. You can’t go wrong with any of his bread, artisanal chocolates, macarons, and even savoury dishes.
There’s a reason Duchêne has earned the title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France, an award for his outstanding culinary achievements.
9 Rue de Bachaumont
This charming little patisserie is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Known best for their pink praline brioche loaf, Pralus serves up French desserts that balance sweetness with unique flavours.
Aside from their delicious candied nut bread, Pralus offers classic french pastries like macarons, croissants, eclairs, and delicious tarts.
Be sure to snap a pic of your pink brioche before taking a bite into the crispy exterior. There’s no doubt it will be devoured in a few minutes.
rue Caulaincourt, Montmartre district
Next on our list may seem unassuming from the outside, but walk through the doors of Gontran Cherrier and be greeted by its sleek design and colourful decor. Emphasizing the “creative baker” this pastry shop serves up unexpected items like paprika buns and squid-ink rolls.
Bite down on a flaky buttery croissant and sip on a warm coffee as you enjoy a beautiful morning in Paris. The bakeries use only the highest quality ingredients to produce drool-worthy treats at any time of day.
20 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud
Boulangerie Utopie lives up to its name, as this bakery serves up breads of top tier quality at insanely affordable prices. You know this place is legit by the number of locals that come here, but trust us when we say that the wait is worth it.
While offering traditional French pastries, Utopie also puts their own spin on baked goods, such as their matcha bread and charcoal baguette. Be sure to try their apple turnovers and black sesame roll.
The counter staff here are friendly and helpful, so don’t be embarrassed by your limited knowledge of the French language.
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