A Pastry Lovers Guide: Route Around Paris For The Best Tasting Pastries
Paris is famous for romance, coffee and pastry. The French capital offers pastry lovers an unparalleled selection of elegant pastries and desserts. Its top chefs are some of the world’s best and it’s not unusual to see queues of Parisians lining up to pick up their favourite pastry.
From Paris-Brest to wonderfully unique Croissants, we’ve put together the best pastry experiences in Paris. Bon appétit!
Paris-Brest at Pâtisserie des Rêves
Well-known for its creative twists on the classics courtesy of Chef Philippe Continici, this chain of patisseries can be found all over Paris. It’s one of the best places to try pastry classics with oomph.
La Pâtisserie des Rêves
111 Rue de Longchamp, 75116
+33 1 47 04 00 24
93 Rue du Bac, 75007
+33 9 72 60 93 19
19 Rue Poncelet, 75017
+33 1 42 67 71 79
Centre Beaugrenelle, 12 Rue Linois, 75015
+33 1 45 77 28 32
Ispahan Croissant at Pierre Hermé
Pierre Hermé is a chocolatier and pastry chef steeped in four generations of baking and pastry-making tradition. In 2016 he was named the World’s Best Pastry Chef, and is informally known as ‘The Picasso of Pastry’.
Expect queues at this firm favourite but rest assured its divine pastry is well worth the wait. In particular try the Ispahan croissant, a true masterpiece. This butter-rich pastry is glazed with rose-flavoured almond cream, dusted with candied rose petals and filled with a raspberry and lychee pâté.
Although there are a number of Pierre Hermé boutiques in Paris you can only get pastry at the two flagship stores.
72 Rue Bonaparte, 75006
+33 1 43 54 47 77
185 Rue de Vaugirard, 75015
+33 1 47 83 89 96
Mont-Blanc at Angelina
The Angelina tearoom was a magnet for the aristocracy and fashionista when it first opened in 1903, with Coco Chanel being a regular customer.
Stop at Angelina for some of Paris’s best pastry and desserts. Although strictly speaking it’s not pastry we recommend giving their signature Mont Blanc a try, a delightful combination of meringue, whipped cream and chestnut cream vermicelli that Angelina built its reputation on.
Enjoy your selections in the elegant tearoom and wash it down with the richest chocolat chaud (hot chocolate) in Paris.
226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001
+33 1 42 60 82 00
19 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006
+33 1 46 34 31 19
108 Rue du Bac, 75007
+33 1 42 22 63 08
2 Place de la Porte Maillot, 75017
+33 1 40 68 22 50
Madeleines at Blé Sucré
Fabrice Le Bourdat makes some of the best desserts, breads and pastries in Paris at this unassuming boulangerie.
Despite reasonable prices, Blé Sucré does not compromise on flavour. Many think its award-winning madeleines are the best in town. These soft cakes have a bronze butter crust and a light citrus glaze, and pair perfectly with a cup of tea.
7 Rue Antoine Vollon, 75012
+33 1 43 40 77 73
’Miss K’Religieuse at Christophe Michalak
Christophe Machalak is an author, television presenter and pastry chef at the Plaza Athénée Palace Hotel. He also has a pastry school and two pastry shops in Paris.
Michalak is known for his contemporary takes on the classics, including his innovative rendition of the classic Religieuse. Typically this is a French pastry consisting of two choux pastry cases filed with crème pâtissière, covered with ganache and decorated with piped buttercream frosting.
Michalak’s version incorporates cabbage paste, caramel, whipped cream, fudge, stem chocolate and almond paste. Something truly special.
60 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75010
16 Rue de la Verrerie, 75004
8 Rue du Vieux Colombier, 75006
Des Gâteaux et du Pain
A collaboration between pastry chef Claire Damon and bread maker David Granger, Des Gâteaux & du Pain - with two luxurious Paris boutiques - is a hit.
Perhaps most notable in Claire Damon’s repertoire is ‘Lipstick Clair-Obscur’; a heavenly combination of crushed almonds, coffee mousseline, orange blossom-flavoured crème brûlée, ladyfinger biscuits and coffee Chantilly cream.
Des Gâteaux et du Pain
63 Boulevard Pasteur, 75015
+33 6 98 95 33 18
Open 9am to 8pm Monday to Saturday, closed on Tuesdays, 9am to 6pm on Sundays
89 Rue du Bac, 75007
+33 6 98 95 33 18
Open 10am to 8pm Monday to Saturday, closed on Tuesdays, 10am to 6pm on Sundays
Chou-chou at Gateau Thoumieux
Pastry chef Ludovic Chaussard’s pastry shop is a firm favourite, best-known for its chou-chou and lemon tarts.
The Chou-chou consists of two crisp, round pastry shells filled with praline and hazelnut cream, decorated with gold leaf. A simple but innovative pastry to satisfy sophisticated tastes.
58 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007
Raspberry and Chocolate Croissant at Boulangerie Bo
Although Boulangerie Bo might look traditional, it’s actually far from it. Patissier Olivier Haustraete fuses Japanese flavours and ingredients with classic pastries.
85bis Rue de Charenton, 75012
+33 1 43 07 75 21
Open 7am to 8pm daily, closed on Wednesday
At Charles de Gaulle Airport
Even when you’re travelling through Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris you’re somewhat spoiled for choice in terms of pastry.
Paul offers classics like pain au chocolat, chocolate and coffee éclairs, apple and raspberry tartlets and plain millefeuilles. You’ll find Paul at almost every terminal at CDG.
Ladurée offers a colourful selection of pastries including rose petal and raspberry Saint-Honoré, a strawberry, raspberry and pistachio Harmonie and a a rose, raspberry and lychee Ispahan, not dissimilar to the Ispahan croissant served at Pierre Hermé. Ladurée can also be found at almost every terminal and is known for its macarons.
Of course there’s plenty of shopping to do at Charles de Gaulle airport, but take a break and grab yourself a coffee and a pastry from one of these establishments before your voyage.
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