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Whether you are in Paris for a business trip or with your family, one of the must-dos is to step inside a typical French bakery and have a taste at a delicious baguette or croissant. We guarantee you won’t regret discovering the crusty side of Paris! Ready to learn more about the best bakeries of Paris?
Eric Kayser is a renowned baker all around Paris. He was born and raised in a family of bakers and opened his first Parisian bakery in 1996. Since then, his bakeries became a brand and he was able to open new shops all around the capital – and around the world! Bread, pastries, savory dishes and gluten free products, you name it. You will necessarily find a bite of happiness here!
It is the distinguishable signature baguette, the “Monge Baguette” that led to the success of the Eric Kayser. Definitely not to be missed!
Look for one of his 21 bakeries scattered around Paris: https://www.maison-kayser.com/boulangeries/10-paris
Paul Poilâne opened his first bakery in 1932. Lionel Poilâne took over his father’s bakery in 1970, with a mindset of “quality over quantity”. Ever since, Poilâne is known for its signature bread, the “Pain Poilâne” also called “miche” (loaf), characterized by a thick crust, dense crumb and a remarkable flavor.
In addition, the bakery offers traditional rye, raisin and nut bread as well as an assortment of pastries. For those of you who are seeking traditional French taste, this is a must-do on your bucket list!
Discover the 4 Parisian Poilâne bakeries around Paris: https://www.poilane.com/en/our-locations/
Du Pain Et Des Idées
Christophe Vasseur, founder of this bakery, was previously a fashion sales executive who decided to pursue his passion: baking. He did not want to be “just another baker’. After opening Du Pain et des Idees in the 10th arrondissement, he was elected best baker in Paris in 2008 by “Gault & Millau”, a famous gourmet magazine.
The reason of the bakery’s success is its trademark loaf, “Le Pain des Amis”. Baked in a wood fired oven with a mellow, nutty and slightly chewy crumb. For bread lovers, “Le Pain des Amis” will be your heaven.
You should also try their apple turnovers, their “snails” with pralines or chocolate chips and, last but not least, their Rabelais, a brioche bread with chestnut honey, spices and walnuts from Périgord. If this didn’t make your mouth water, we have more to show you!
Du Pain et des Idées
34 rue Yves Toudic
Open Monday to Friday, from 6.45am to 8pm.
Alexine bakery is an institution in Montmartre. Located in Rue Lepic, a foodie heaven, Alexine will provide a well-deserved break in one of the most charming areas of Paris!
Try their delicious baguette which arrived 4th at the famous “Best Baguette” competition in 2016. You will also be charmed by their buttery viennoiserie, their puff baguette with tomatoes, olives and other delicacies. Tastes their sweet madeleines and cookies and also their vanilla “Diamond”, a shortbread biscuit that will make you wish to stay forever in Montmartre.
And another good news: their prices are perfectly affordable and you won’t have to spend millions to have the perfect taste of Paris.
40 rue Lepic
Open Monday to Saturday, from 7am to 8.15pm
Dupain bakery is a discreet and sober shop located in the lovely Marais neighborhood. You could believe the shop that opened in 2015 is another fashion shop but look closely and you’ll eventually see delicious bread and pastries. Try the “miche Dupain”, a delicate and tasty bread or even the “pain Gourmand”, a flavorful bread with honey, squash and sunflower seeds, various floors… you could almost eat it as if it was cake!
Dupain revived traditional and humble baking in order to maintain authentic bread in a world that tends towards industrialization.
20 boulevard des filles du calvaire
Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 7am to 8pm.
It’s the story of two atypical friends, passionate about travels, good things and friendship, who decided to open a local and welcoming bakery. One is a baker and the other, a pastry chef, the perfect combination for success! Both used to work for Ladurée, the famous macaron brand.
Their own “utopia” became real when they opened their store in the trendy 11th district. Their specialty is big and flat pieces of bread each with different flavors from which you can choose to cut the amount of bread you wish to have. Nuts, muesli, carrots, green tea… you will find your perfect match in this wide variety of tastes.
Why not also try their pastries and viennoiseries, that are mouthwatering and quite affordable! Another respectful baker with authentic and original products that is definitively worth a look (and a bite!).
20 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud
Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 7am to 8pm
This bakery brand is born in 2005 from the love of two bread passionate – one if French and the other is Japanese. Rodolphe Landemaine and Yoshimi Ishikawa’s aim is to keep promoting traditions yet mixing it with a hint of modernity.
Bread, pastries, tarts… you will be spoilt with choices in one of the 15 Landemaine bakeries that one by one opened in Paris. Today, you can still encounter some in the north of France and Tokyo.
Every product is made and bake on spot and the raw materials are carefully selected in order to render the fresher, more ethical and traditional bread and pastries. Who said simplicity was underrated?
To check where their Parisian stores are, check here: http://www.maisonlandemaine.com/our-shops.html
Au petit Versailles du Marais
This bakery is more than delicious, it’s also a treat for the sight and a way to travel back in time! This 1850 shop is still today an official historical monument. Christian Vabret, a reputed baker artisan, took over this magnificent place and turned it into a central spot for gourmets who stroll the Marais neighborhood.
Enjoy a break in their tea room as well and take your time to admire the bakery and what’s in your plate!
Au petit Versailles du Marais
1 rue Tiron
Open Monday to Saturday, from 7am to 8pm
Le Grenier à Pain
While touring in Montmartre, you might want to stop by the bakery that won best croissant and baguette of Paris in 2010 and 2015. A bakery elected 2 years out of 5 is an impressive record. Taste their “tradition” baguette, a must-do while in Montmartre!
The best part is that their price range is surprisingly cheap. They also have delicious chocolate and coffee-flavored eclairs that are worth trying.
Le grenier à pain
38 rue des Abbesses
Open Wednesday to Monday, from 7.30am to 8pm
Mahmoud M’seddi and his bakery located in the 14th district of Paris is the most recent winner of the Best Baguette of Paris contest! He won it in 2018 and he has won the opportunity to supply the Elysees – the Presidential place – in bread for one year! Among 181 baguettes presented to the jury, his one stood out, making him the best baker of Paris today.
Grab a baguette at his friendly shop and experience the authentic taste of Paris.
215 boulevard Raspail
Open Monday to Friday, from 7am to 8.30pm.
Our goal at Meet The Locals is to provide Paris tours where you truly explore and discover the city from a local’s perspective. Have a look at our Baguette and Croissant baking class to taste the very best of French bread and visit a top rated bakery! And if you are more of a sweet tooth, have a look at our Pastry class.
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