13 Best Patisseries, Boulangeries, and Chocolatiers in Paris
Gérard Mulot • 6th
Given a knighthood in pastry from the Prime Minister, Mulot produces some of the finest croissants, pain au chocolat, and macarons in France. Try the strawberry and champagne flavor. His baguettes of tradition are excellent, too. Two locations are around the corner from each other in Saint Germain, one being a sit-down tea salon and the other a quick-serve bakery with lunch options.
Pierre Hermé • 1st, 2nd, 6th
Voted World’s Best Pastry Chef in 2016. Creative macarons like chocolate and foie gras (available at Christmas) put him on the map but it’s his signature “Ispahan” – a blend of rosewater, raspberry, and lychee – that are worth standing on line for.
Angelina • 1st
This iconic patisserie has branches across the city and world, but the original is at 226 rue de Rivoli, across from the Tuileries. Grab a light breakfast or lunch in the restaurant (once frequented by Coco Chanel), or just stop in for their signature Mont-Blanc pastry or decadently-rich hot chocolate.
Ladurée • 8th
One of the most iconic (and ubiquitous) Parisian patisseries, known for their wide selection of macarons. The best and most charming location is at 75 Champs-Élysées, with an attached fine-dining restaurant and cocktail bar.
Blé Sucré • 12th
People cross town for the croissants here, but the madeleines and baguettes deserve top billing too. A bit out of the way for most in the 12th arrondissement, it’s worth the trek – and you can enjoy your pastries in the pretty Square Trousseau next door.
Former winner of the Best Croissant in Paris and placed in the Top Ten for the Best Baguette in the city. There are two locations in the Marais, one at 134 Rue de Turenne and another nearby on rue de Saintonge. If one is closed, there will be directions for how to get to the other.
Chocolat Chapon • 6th, 7th, 16th
The man who used to make ice cream for the Queen of England now channels those talents towards his single origin chocolate mousses. Or go for one of his award winning chocolates like the dôme au sel which combines caramelized pistachios and a bit of smoked salt. Multiple Paris locations, but the one on Rue du Bac offers the largest selection.
Patrick Roger • 6th, 8th
One of the best chocolate makers in France as well as a talented sculptor. To get the full experience, visit the Saint Germain location next to the Saint Sulpice Church, try the basil lemon chocolate (one of his most original flavors), and then head upstairs to browse his art gallery.
Arnaud Larher • 6th, 18th
He’s the “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” of pastry (akin to having a Michelin star), and voted to have the best tarte citron in Paris. He also has some hard-to-find regional pastries such as kouign-amann (like a croissant on steroids from Brittany) and kugelhopf (an Alsatian pastry that’s sort of a cross between a brioche and bundt cake). The Saint Germain location might be more convenient, but the shop in the 18th has a full service tea salon.
Un Dimanche à Paris • 6th
Unique concept store devoted to pastry and chocolates with an onsite pastry school, tea salon, boutique, and cocktail lounge. Pick up one of their incredible chocolate éclairs or try their hot chocolate in winter. On Cours du Commerce Saint-André in Saint Germain, one of the most charming passages from the 1700s.
Maison Éric Kayser • 1st, 2nd, 5th
Though you can now find Maison Kaysers across the globe, this is not a low quality chain. The man responsible for reintroducing artisanal bread to France in the 1990s has supplied past presidents and top restaurants with his baguettes of tradition (aka baguette Monge). There are many locations but go to the one that started it all – 14 rue Monge in the Latin Quarter.
Gontran Cherrier • 17th, 18th
Known for his traditional baguettes with a twist (think unusual ingredients like squid ink or curry). Though he has a few Paris locations, most people stop in at the one in Montmartre.
Jacques Genin • 3rd, 7th
Jacques Genin built his reputation as the chocolate supplier to Paris’s top luxury hotels but his caramels (like the mango passionfruit) have almost a cult following. There are two locations in Paris, though the one in the Marais has the advantage of being a full service café.
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