If you go to Paris and don’t binge on pastries, have you really visited Paris? Among the City of Lights’ most delectable assets are its wonderful bakeries and pastry shops. Every neighbourhood has its own boulangerie for your morning croissant and there are so many patisseries that it can get overwhelming. We’ve rounded up some of the best Paris bakeries and pastry shops for you to try in this list.
This small artisanal bakery in the heart of the 10th arrondissement is one of the most popular spots with Parisians and visitors alike. Au pain et des idées’ baked goods are certainly delicious and worth crossing the city for. The croissants and breads are great but the “escargots”, puff pastry rolls studded with pistachios and chocolate, are definite musts.
If you’re an éclair fan, then this is definitely a must visit. The rows of colourful éclairs are a beautiful sight to behold. The delicate choux pastries are stuffed with dozens of exquisite flavours from lemon curd to pistachio and raspberries to hazelnut praline. L’Éclair de génie has several shops across Paris.
Just like L’éclair de génie, Odette specializes in choux à la crème. The tiny store holds dozens of rows of the bite-sized pastry filled with a multitude of flavours and decorated with colourful circles to differentiate them. Try the pistachio or classic vanilla choux. Odette has the best view of Notre Dame Cathedral from their storefront seating area or their second floor salon.
Yann Couvreur is one of Paris’ best pastry chefs and his creations look like striking and elegant jewels. The seasonal desserts are as beautiful as they are delicious, his rectangular éclairs are famous and his Merveille praline, an airy confection made of layers of light chocolate mousse, hazelnut praline with fleur de sel, meringue and a dark chocolate icing with hazelnut and chocolate shards is an absolute delight.
Des gâteaux et du pain is possibly the best pastry shop and bakery in Paris. Their baked goods are incredible and include chaussons, brioches and croissants that have been voted the best in Paris. Their pastry case is absolutely gorgeous. The seasonal desserts are always a winner and their baba au rhum is the dessert to try.
The world-famous star pastry chef Christophe Michalak has several shops across Paris. Classic and seasonal creations are on display as well as several other confections such as chocolates, sweet spreads, jams and cookies.
La patisserie des rêves’ circular installation featuring several cake stands with glass domes sheltering lovely creations has been a great Instagram sensation. Their revisited Paris Brest is a must with its crisp chou pastry, its airy praline cream and its dense and intense praline center.
Iconic Ladurée was founded in 1862 and has been making macarons since the middle of the 19th century. The aqua-coloured store attracts hordes of pastry lovers drawn by the sophisticated and elegant almond flavoured confections. With several stores across Paris, you can find an entire collection of pastries, chocolates and more at each Ladurée, although the timeless macaron is certainly what they are most famous for.
Located in the Marais, Maison Aleph is a charming little Middle-Eastern pastry shop specializing in the creation of “nests”, a contemporary version of the ubiquitous baklava. The flavours are all exquisite and include creative combinations such as hazelnut praline and liquorice or yogurt and Damascus rose.
A trip to Paris is not complete without a visit to its most refined pastry shops, the elegant world of Pierre Hermé. With several shops across the city, it shouldn’t be much of a detour to taste some of the pastry chef’s signature creations, such as the most famous Ispahan macaron with rose, raspberry and litchi.
For a pastry high-end experience, nothing beats chef Cédric Golet’s pastry shop at the elegant Meurice hotel. The fine dining establishment is an awe-inspiring and memorable experience. Every piece of pastry is treated like an art installation and designed, sculpted and decorated with the meticulousness of a piece of jewelry.
Voted the best croissants in Paris in 2018, La maison d’Isabelle’s confections are truly what a croissant should be: crispy and light on the outside, moist and soft on the inside and oh-so-buttery all around. Made by hand using organic flour and high-quality, high-fat butter, the croissants and pains au chocolat are not to be missed, especially since the bakery has a very high turnover and the chances of getting a warm, just baked croissant are pretty high.
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