Last Updated on 26th October 2020 by Sophie Nadeau
A smorgasbord of carb-filled delights awaits those who visit Paris, and on a wider scale of course, France. From buttery croissants to crumbling tarts, and fluffy as a cloud baguettes, there’s no shortge of boulangeries (the French word for bakeries) in the French capital. Here’s your ultimate guide to the best bakeries in Paris!
Truth be told, stop on almost any street corner and you’ll likely spy at least a handful of bakeries within eyesight. Paris boasts a staggering 30,000 bakeries (though, of course, some serve better quality fare than others) and even has its very own bread festival, which is typically held on an annual basis and celebrates the very crème de la crème of French baking.
Poilâne, 38 Rue Debelleyme, 75003 Paris, France
What to buy: Pain Poilâne – a delicious sourdough which pairs well with any savoury spread
If there’s one bakery in Paris that you should make it your mission to visit above all others, make it Poilâne, a brand which can be found at several locations dotted across the city. I personally recommend visiting the location in Le Marais as this will allow you to visit plenty of other iconic attractions nearby and thus saving you time during your trip to Paris.
The most famous offering from Poilâne is the Poilâne bread which is named for the late baker, though there are plenty of other sweet and savoury options for sale in the store. Particularly special patisseries for sale include tarte aux pommes and a variety of seasonal delights depending on the time of the year.
Du Pain et des Idées, 34 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris, France
What to buy: ‘Escargot’ – a Vienoisserie which comes in all sorts of delectable flavour combinations (I personally loved the pistachio rendition)
Just a short walk away from Canal Saint Martin (the chic waterway that dominates the 10th district of the city), Du Pain et des Idées ((literally translated into English as ‘Bread and Ideas’)) is so successful that it doesn’t even open on weekends!
The Parisian bakery was founded by Christophe Vasseur (who formerly worked in fashion) close to two decades ago as an artisan boulangerie serving up traditional breadstuffs with some unique twists. Be sure to visit earlier in the day if you want your pick of the best sweets and baked goods. When things sell out, they’re typically gone for the day!
Circus Bakery, 63 Rue Galande, 75005 Paris, France
What to buy: Cinnamon buns
Located along a little cobbled lane in the Latin Quarter of the city, an area so-called because during the Middle Ages students of the nearby Sorbonne University would converse with one another solely in Latin, Circus Bakery has been in business for a good few years now and is perhaps most famous for its delicious cinnamon buns.
For those who prefer savoury flavoured breadstuffs to sweet, the main offering from Circus is a crusty sourdough loaf. And if you’re looking for something a little smaller, then there are always several seeded rolls for sale. Lin, sesame, pumpkin, sunflower, and poppy seeds are all to be found within the baked goods. I also love the lattés served up at this Paris bakery, though it’s worth noting that all of the goods are on the pricier side of things.
Stohrer, 51 Rue Montorgueil, 75002 Paris, France
What to buy: Baba au Rhum- an alcoholic soaked sponge which finds its origins in France in Lorraine, to the eastern side of the country. The delicious sweet is actually said to have been originally created in its current store by Nicolas Stohrer, the founder of this Parisian bakery.
Illustrious, beautiful, and something of an insitution when it comes to Paris bakeries, Stohrer is the oldest still-in-operation boulangerie in the entirety of the capital, having been in business since 1730 when it was founded by Louis XV’s pastry chef. Of all the bakeries in Paris, Stohrer may well be the most famous.
The scent of freshly baked pastries is ever wafting out of a certain doorway along Rue Montorgueil, one of the best semi-pedestrianised shopping streets Paris has to offer (No. 51 to be precise). While the pastry shop itself is home to all manner of finely sliced sandwiches, intricately created desserts, and local specialities (the window display is almost always filled with traiteur (take out) goods), nearby you’ll find several cheese shops, fish vendors, and vegetable sellers.
Liberté, 40 Rue Saint-André des Arts, 75006 Paris, France
What to buy: The rose praliné brioche
Recently opened at a location in the 6th arrondissement of the city, Liberté is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the stomach (everything sold in this Parisian boulangerie is simply Instagram pretty) and there is even seating directly outside where you can enjoy your purchases surrounded by beautiful Parisian architecture while watching the world go by.
Despite rave reviews I was not entirely sold on their traditional baguette. Depending on where you are in Paris, the French bread can be priced from anywhere from 90 centimes to €1,50. My local boulangerie sells baguettes at €1,10 and that of Liberté is priced at €1,20. With this being said, I absolutely adored the brioche praline roses and would highly recommend it to anyone wandering around the 6th arrondissement of the city.
Boneshaker Doughnuts, 77 Rue d’Aboukir, 75002 Paris, France
What to buy: Doughnuts (the clue is in the name!) Be sure to check out the special/ guest doughnut which changes with the seasons.
More of an American-style offering as opposed to a traditional French bakery (there are no savoury products to be found here!) Boneshaker Doughnuts more than merits its place on the list for serving up the very best doughtnuts
Situated in the ever-so-chic second arrondissement of the city, not far from rue du Nil and the illustrious semi-pedestrianised rue Montorgueil, Boneshaker Doughnuts sells brownies, coffees, and cookies (as well as donuts, of course!)