The best bakeries in Paris

With one on every corner, you will never go croissant-hungry, but if you’re looking for that extra-special baguette or croissant, here’s are the best bakeries in Paris.

1. Le Grenier à pain

Winner of the 2010 prize for Best Baguette in Paris, this prestigious bakery located in the heart of Montmartre is run by Michel Galloyer, a member of France’s  “Académie Culiniaire”. The decor is appealingly rustic, with the breads and cakes strikingly presented. The almond and apricot bread is sublime, and the chocolate tarts are second-to-none.

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Adress: 38, rue des Abbesses / 75018  Paris

Metro: Abbesses

Phone: 01 46 06 41 81

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2. Poilâne

This bakery was established by Pierre Poilane in 1932. Son Lionel continues to bake bread in the original wood-fired oven. Sourdough bread baked from stone-ground flour is a specialty here, as are exquisite butter cookies. 

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Adress: 8, rue du Cherche-Midi / 75006 Paris

Metro: Saint-Sulpice

Phone: 01 45 48 42 59

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3. Maison Kayser

Three generations of Kaysers have established a number of bakeries across Paris, where they sell their unique variety of bread, comprising a mix of milk, hazelnuts and honey. The pain céréales (multigrain loaf) has a notably light and fluffy texture, and the raisin baguette makes for a perfect breakfast treat. Gourmet ready-made sandwiches and salads are a lunchtime feature at this Latin Quarter bakery.

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Adress: 14, rue Monge / 75005 Paris

Metro: Maubert Mutualité

Phone: 01 44 07 17 81

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4. Le Nôtre

Le Notre’s window displays are an art form in themselves, and many tourist can be observed staring longingly at the impeccably presented opéra (a dense chocolate cake) or fraisier (sponge cake with strawberries). Prices are a little high but you will not regret. Top-quality foie gras and smoked salmon are also available.

Adress: 10, rue Saint Antoine / 75004 Paris

Phone: 01 58 30 12 50

Metro: Bastille

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5. Au 140

Situated on rue de Belleville in Northeast Paris, this bakery counts a list of awards to its name. The official supplier to the presidential palace in 2001, its baguette was named the best in Paris that same year. Talented baker Pierre Demoncy also earned the bakery second prize in Paris’ croissant competition. Au 140 features a large selection of organic breads to choose from, which are worth the detour. 

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Adress: 140 rue de Belleville / 75020 Paris

Metro: Jourdain

Phone: 01 46 36 92 47

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6. Jean Pierre Cohier

Holding the title of best baguette in Paris for 2006, Jean Pierre Cohier is a legend in Parisian bakery circles. With his first bakery established in 1969, he has been bringing his breads to the city’s residents since 1969. Aside from his famous baguette tradition, several other breads are on offer, along with a selection of decadent pastries.

Adress: 270 rue Faubourg St-Honoré / 75008 Paris

Metro: Ternes

Phone: 01 42 27 45 26

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Ask it in French :

Hello, I would like a baguette please / Bonjour, je voudrais une baguette s’il vous plait

A croissant / un croissant

A chocolate bread / un pain au chocolat

Pastries / Pâtisseries

A sponge cake with strawberries / un fraisier

A multigrain loaf / un pain aux céréales

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