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The Ten Essential Paris Bakeries

Where to find the pastries of your dreams, in the city that does them best

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In Paris, where corner mom-and-pop shops jockey for space with temples of haute-pâtisserie, pastry is part of everyday life—it isn't uncommon to see lines of Parisians picking up fresh tartes for Sunday brunch with the family, or schoolchildren racing to their favorite bakery for a goûter. Pastries are sold at pâtisseries — shops dedicated specifically to sweet baked goods made with dough, as opposed to breads, which are sold at boulangeries. Some shops offer both bread and pastry, but don't necessarily rely on being able to pick up a great baguette along with your palmiers, or vice versa.

The city is thick with pastry shops, and competition among them is fierce, but these ten pâtisseries are among the greatest that Paris—and therefore the world—has to offer.

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1. Pierre Hermé

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72 rue Bonaparte, Paris
Île-de-France 75006, France
+33 1 43 54 47 77
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Long considered the guardian of modern pastry-making, Pierre Hermé needs little introduction. While everything on offer at his Paris boutiques is seductive, there are three key reasons to visit: the Ispahan croissant, composed of rose, raspberry and lychee; the Infiniment Vanille shortbread tarte, featuring a combination of Mexican, Tahitian and Malagasy vanillas; and the exquisite macarons, which come in eclectic flavors like Iranian black lemon and mandarin orange–pink peppercorn. To sample this holy trinity, you’ll have to visit one of his two flagship stores—the others only sell chocolate and macarons. (The second flagship is located at 185 Rue de Vaugirard.)

2. Des Gâteaux et du Pain

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63 Boulevard Pasteur, Paris
Île-de-France 75015, France
+33 1 45 38 94 16
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This boulangerie-pâtisserie is owned and run by Claire Damon, whose aversion to publicity means her exquisite tartes and cakes made out of seasonal fruits often fly under the radar. But for those in the know, her shops—two of just a handful citywide run by women—are an essential part of any pastry tour. Don’t miss Le Lipstick, a round, almond-flour-crust tarte filled and coated with bright fruit, as well as her chausson aux pommes, the Platonic ideal of breakfast pastries. (Don't miss the second location at 89 Rue du Bac.)

3. Boulangerie Bo

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85bis Rue de Charenton
75012 Paris, France
+33 1 43 07 75 21
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It may look sepia-tinted and old fashioned, but the pastries inside this boulangerie-pâtisserie are resolutely modern. Informed by the two years he spent working in Tokyo for Alain Ducasse, pâtissier Olivier Haustraete incorporates Japanese flavors—bean paste, yuzu, sansho pepper, roasted malt—into classic éclairs, tartes au citron, and millefeuilles, with at least two new creations rolled out each month.

4. Fou de Pâtisserie

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45 Rue Montorgueil
75002 Paris, France
+33 1 40 41 00 61
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Opened by the editors of Fou de Pâtisserie magazine, this eponymous spot features a rotating roster of pastries, financiers, and madeleines from some of the city’s leading artisans. Don’t leave without trying a rainbow-colored éclair from L’Eclair de Génie, Cyril Lignac’s seasonal tartes, and the exquisite ricotta cheesecake by Jonathan Blot of La Pâtisserie Acide, with fruit fillings that change throughout the year. No more racing around town to try the city’s best pâtisserie—it’s all in one place. You’re welcome.

5. Chocolaterie Jacques Genin

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133 Rue de Turenne
75003 Paris, France
+33 1 45 77 29 01
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Known for his soft caramels, otherworldly chocolates, and award-winning pastry, Jacques Génin is a classic triple threat, and his flagship tea salon in the Haut-Marais showcases the full range of his talents. All pastries—including millefeuilles, tartes au citron, and Paris-Brest—are made to order, so be sure to ask for a pot of tea or hot chocolate to help ease the anticipation. (A second location at 27 Rue de Varenne offers chocolate, caramels, and candied fruit only.)

6. Bontemps

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57 rue de Bretagne, Paris
Île-de-France 75003, France
+33 1 42 74 10 68
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The nostalgic sablé, a classic shortbread, is elevated to new heights at this Haut-Marais shop. The old-fashioned theme extends to the charming interior, which is kitted out with antique display cases, light fixtures, and porcelain cake trays. The sablés come in two sizes: large tartes with fillings like pecan, lemon curd, Gianduja, and pear and candied chestnut, and individual bite-sized cookies sandwiched together with light ganache, perfect for nibbling on the go.

7. Yann Couvreur Pâtisserie

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137 Avenue Parmentier
75010 Paris, France

The 11th arrondissement may have some of the best restaurants in town, but it was sorely lacking in pastry firepower until this plucky young pâtissier set up shop earlier this year. His talents run the gamut from viennoiseries (croissants; roulés in pistachio, coconut, and rose praline; buckwheat kouign-amann) to hautes-pâtisseries (luscious lemon meringue tartes, rich chocolate éclairs, a jaw-dropping seasonal Saint-Honoré). His pièce de resistance, a Madagascar-vanilla buckwheat millefeuille, is made to order, so be sure to arrive early, before he hits his daily quota of fifty.

8. Carl Marletti

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51 Rue Censier
75005 Paris, France
+33 1 43 31 68 12
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Located steps from Rue Mouffetard, the Latin Quarter’s market street, this svelte shop displays its wares like glittering jewels. There are plenty of gems to choose from, but the standouts here are the Lily Valley, a violet-infused riff on the Saint-Honoré (a pastry named after the patron saint of bakers and composed of multiple layers of small cream puffs filled with pastry cream, caramelized, and topped with whipped cream), and the seasonal fraisier (strawberry shortcake), named the city’s best by Le Figaro in 2014.

9. Du Pain et des Idées

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34 Rue Yves Toudic
75010 Paris, France
+33 1 42 40 44 52
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Christophe Vasseur’s bakery is both a neighborhood fixture and an international destination, thanks to his commitment to traditional bread-making methods and his mind-blowing viennoiseries. Pick up a snail-shaped escargot puff pastry filled with pistachio and chocolate and one of his seasonal tartes (the fig, served in early autumn, is particularly sublime). Your eyes may be glued to the vitrine, and understandably so, but don’t forget to admire the hand-painted ceiling before you leave—it dates back to 1860.

10. Gilles Marchal

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9 Rue Ravignan
75018 Paris, France
+33 1 85 34 73 30
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Marchal made his mark on the pastry world as head chef at the Crillon, the Plaza Athénée, Le Bristol and La Maison du Chocolat—and yet, this is his first pâtisserie. Parisians from all parts of town make the trek to the heart of Montmartre for his madeleines, which come in flavors like lemon zest, grand cru dark chocolate, pine honey, and pistachio. Not surprisingly, his renditions of French classics like baba au rhum and tarte aux framboises are equally flawless.

1. Pierre Hermé

72 rue Bonaparte, Paris, Île-de-France 75006, France

Long considered the guardian of modern pastry-making, Pierre Hermé needs little introduction. While everything on offer at his Paris boutiques is seductive, there are three key reasons to visit: the Ispahan croissant, composed of rose, raspberry and lychee; the Infiniment Vanille shortbread tarte, featuring a combination of Mexican, Tahitian and Malagasy vanillas; and the exquisite macarons, which come in eclectic flavors like Iranian black lemon and mandarin orange–pink peppercorn. To sample this holy trinity, you’ll have to visit one of his two flagship stores—the others only sell chocolate and macarons. (The second flagship is located at 185 Rue de Vaugirard.)

72 rue Bonaparte, Paris
Île-de-France 75006, France

2. Des Gâteaux et du Pain

63 Boulevard Pasteur, Paris, Île-de-France 75015, France

This boulangerie-pâtisserie is owned and run by Claire Damon, whose aversion to publicity means her exquisite tartes and cakes made out of seasonal fruits often fly under the radar. But for those in the know, her shops—two of just a handful citywide run by women—are an essential part of any pastry tour. Don’t miss Le Lipstick, a round, almond-flour-crust tarte filled and coated with bright fruit, as well as her chausson aux pommes, the Platonic ideal of breakfast pastries. (Don't miss the second location at 89 Rue du Bac.)

63 Boulevard Pasteur, Paris
Île-de-France 75015, France

3. Boulangerie Bo

85bis Rue de Charenton, 75012 Paris, France

It may look sepia-tinted and old fashioned, but the pastries inside this boulangerie-pâtisserie are resolutely modern. Informed by the two years he spent working in Tokyo for Alain Ducasse, pâtissier Olivier Haustraete incorporates Japanese flavors—bean paste, yuzu, sansho pepper, roasted malt—into classic éclairs, tartes au citron, and millefeuilles, with at least two new creations rolled out each month.

85bis Rue de Charenton
75012 Paris, France

4. Fou de Pâtisserie

45 Rue Montorgueil, 75002 Paris, France

Opened by the editors of Fou de Pâtisserie magazine, this eponymous spot features a rotating roster of pastries, financiers, and madeleines from some of the city’s leading artisans. Don’t leave without trying a rainbow-colored éclair from L’Eclair de Génie, Cyril Lignac’s seasonal tartes, and the exquisite ricotta cheesecake by Jonathan Blot of La Pâtisserie Acide, with fruit fillings that change throughout the year. No more racing around town to try the city’s best pâtisserie—it’s all in one place. You’re welcome.

45 Rue Montorgueil
75002 Paris, France

5. Chocolaterie Jacques Genin

133 Rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris, France

Known for his soft caramels, otherworldly chocolates, and award-winning pastry, Jacques Génin is a classic triple threat, and his flagship tea salon in the Haut-Marais showcases the full range of his talents. All pastries—including millefeuilles, tartes au citron, and Paris-Brest—are made to order, so be sure to ask for a pot of tea or hot chocolate to help ease the anticipation. (A second location at 27 Rue de Varenne offers chocolate, caramels, and candied fruit only.)

133 Rue de Turenne
75003 Paris, France

6. Bontemps

57 rue de Bretagne, Paris, Île-de-France 75003, France

The nostalgic sablé, a classic shortbread, is elevated to new heights at this Haut-Marais shop. The old-fashioned theme extends to the charming interior, which is kitted out with antique display cases, light fixtures, and porcelain cake trays. The sablés come in two sizes: large tartes with fillings like pecan, lemon curd, Gianduja, and pear and candied chestnut, and individual bite-sized cookies sandwiched together with light ganache, perfect for nibbling on the go.

57 rue de Bretagne, Paris
Île-de-France 75003, France

7. Yann Couvreur Pâtisserie

137 Avenue Parmentier, 75010 Paris, France

The 11th arrondissement may have some of the best restaurants in town, but it was sorely lacking in pastry firepower until this plucky young pâtissier set up shop earlier this year. His talents run the gamut from viennoiseries (croissants; roulés in pistachio, coconut, and rose praline; buckwheat kouign-amann) to hautes-pâtisseries (luscious lemon meringue tartes, rich chocolate éclairs, a jaw-dropping seasonal Saint-Honoré). His pièce de resistance, a Madagascar-vanilla buckwheat millefeuille, is made to order, so be sure to arrive early, before he hits his daily quota of fifty.

137 Avenue Parmentier
75010 Paris, France

8. Carl Marletti

51 Rue Censier, 75005 Paris, France

Located steps from Rue Mouffetard, the Latin Quarter’s market street, this svelte shop displays its wares like glittering jewels. There are plenty of gems to choose from, but the standouts here are the Lily Valley, a violet-infused riff on the Saint-Honoré (a pastry named after the patron saint of bakers and composed of multiple layers of small cream puffs filled with pastry cream, caramelized, and topped with whipped cream), and the seasonal fraisier (strawberry shortcake), named the city’s best by Le Figaro in 2014.

51 Rue Censier
75005 Paris, France

9. Du Pain et des Idées

34 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris, France

Christophe Vasseur’s bakery is both a neighborhood fixture and an international destination, thanks to his commitment to traditional bread-making methods and his mind-blowing viennoiseries. Pick up a snail-shaped escargot puff pastry filled with pistachio and chocolate and one of his seasonal tartes (the fig, served in early autumn, is particularly sublime). Your eyes may be glued to the vitrine, and understandably so, but don’t forget to admire the hand-painted ceiling before you leave—it dates back to 1860.

34 Rue Yves Toudic
75010 Paris, France

10. Gilles Marchal

9 Rue Ravignan, 75018 Paris, France

Marchal made his mark on the pastry world as head chef at the Crillon, the Plaza Athénée, Le Bristol and La Maison du Chocolat—and yet, this is his first pâtisserie. Parisians from all parts of town make the trek to the heart of Montmartre for his madeleines, which come in flavors like lemon zest, grand cru dark chocolate, pine honey, and pistachio. Not surprisingly, his renditions of French classics like baba au rhum and tarte aux framboises are equally flawless.

9 Rue Ravignan
75018 Paris, France

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