If you have been following me for a while, you know I love a good croissant. Coffee and croissants in Paris are my things. I have done a lot of research over the years on croissants, baguettes, and boulangeries while in Paris.
This is my go to list of boulangeries in Paris. In Paris, Parisians always say their favorite croissant or baguette is just around the corner. Parisians will not travel across town just for a good baguette or croissant. It doesn’t make sense when there are boulangeries on every corner. But if you are in Paris for a short amount of time, chances are you will be within close distance to one of my top 5.
Du Pain et Des Idées
This is become instagram famous over the years. A good amount of people have this boulangerie on their must visit list and for a good reason. Their croissants are incredible. But what they are really known for are for their escargot pastry. The traditional flavor is pistachio, but they have around 5 flavors alternating. I prefer the red fruits which is sweeter. They are closed on the weekends so plan accordingly. Also, expect a line at peek times. They just recently started offering coffee. It isn’t the best coffee in the world, but if you are looking for something to wash down your pastry it is available.
Just a tip, to save you when visiting this boulangerie and others. Know your order ahead of time. The line will happen quickly and you don’t want to hold up the line. If you don’t know what you want, just grab what looks good and ask the person behind the counter. They do speak English here and you should trust their suggestions. A visit to the boulangerie shouldn’t break the bank and you will be so happy you tried something new.
If you are in the area, don’t miss the new Miznon for lunch on Canal St Martin. You can stroll or sit on Canal St Martin and people watch or read a book. Also, for lunch or dinner, I love Le Petit Cambodge. I can’t stop thinking about this meal.
My personal favorite boulangerie in Paris is located at 28 Beaumarchais. I discovered it in 2013 and I have been going back ever since. I have heard it has been taken over as a chain of boulangeries in Paris but they still have my favorite baguette so I am not complaining. I have broken a tooth on a baguette so go for the torsadee (twisted baguette) it is softer and not too crunchy which is how I like it. I take everyone here and 9/10 it is hot out of the oven. That is pretty much everything right there. If you had salted butter to it, you are basically in my version of heaven.
In the area, visit the Bastille Market on Thursdays and Sundays. Also, Merci shop is right up the street. You can take your baguette and pastries to Place des Vosges just on the other side of the boulangerie.
If you are in Montmartre, you have to visit Coquelicot. This was a favorite of mine when I lived in the neighborhood. Their pastries and baguettes are so good and this place just brings back so many memories. They offer a brunch which you can dine outside or upstairs on their second floor.
Don’t forget, you can always ask for a demi-baguette and they will cut it in half for you. The average price of a baguette will be around 1 euro/ 1 euro 20 centimes. Make sure to have change on you for this one.
If you are in Montmartre, stroll down Rue des Abbesses and visit a café or the Love Wall just around the corner from the boulangerie. This area has a very different feel from the rest of the city.
Boulangerie Utopie is worth the visit and the line outside, especially on the weekend. Each weekend, they offer a special flavor escargot. Try this and a traditional one. Their croissants and baguettes are amazing too. They have a charcoal baguette which is worth a try. You won’t be disappointed! They close at 8pm so you can grab a baguette on your walk home for dinner.
Blé Sucre was on my list for a while and it did not disappoint. It may be one of my favorite croissants in all of Paris. They sell out so fast, especially on the weekends and they don’t restock. It is worth going on an off day and visiting the neighborhood. Nearby is the Aligre Market which is less touristy than most others.