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It’s All About the Croissants: Where to Find the Best Croissants in Paris

by Alessia Armenise

The enchanting fragrance of warm pastries enveloping the streets early in the morning – nothing screams France more than this particular smell. Personally, is the first thing I notice when I come back to the country, and the one I miss the most when I am away.

On the left is a close up of pastries on the counter, and on the right is a photo of pain au chocolat.
Top: Conor Brown
Above: Left: @boulangeriemamiche / Right: Nicholas Doyle

After living in France for a while, going out to get your viennoiseries in the morning becomes a decadent habit that fails to get old. After all, who doesn’t like to start the day with a buttery pastry and a steaming hot coffee?

Due to my obsession, I have done some due diligence trying as many croissants as I could possibly ingest from all around the city to identify the best the capital has to offer. And I am ready to disclose my findings to you.

On the left is a close up of the counter at Mamiche with different kinds of pastries. On the right is a photo of the streets of Paris
Left: @boulangeriemamiche / Right: @jespersoendergaard

Des Gâteaux et du Pain, Paris 15e

If you find yourself on the south side of the city around Montparnasse, Claire Damon’s pastries are certainly worth a try. You can go for the classic croissant or try their delicious chausson aux pommes, which takes no fewer than six days to make.

on the left is a hand holding back the curtains and outside the window is a view of a parisian balcony. on the right is a pomme
Left: @emilytaubert / Right: @lyquentin

Mamiche, Paris 9e & 10e

Cécile Khayat and Victoria Effantin put a modern twist on the classic French bakery when they opened Mamiche in 2017. Now, with two shops and a bustling delivery service, their boulangerie is one of the best places to satisfy your morning cravings in the city.

Croissants on the left and the doorway of the bakery on the right with the counter in the distance
@boulangeriemamiche

Boulangerie Comptoir Gana, Paris 15e

If you want to experience a French bakery like a Parisian and avoid queues of tourists, make sure to pay this family-run boulangerie a visit. No fuss, just a friendly neighborhood bakery producing fresh traditional pastries that are loved by locals.

On the left is a hand holding a plating of croissants covered in chocolate drizzle, and on the right is a sunset atop of Parisian rooftops
Left: @boulangerie_gana / Right: @jeffonline

Laurent Duchêne, Paris 13e & 15e

Usually, French croissants are always nature, meaning that is extremely rare to find a croissant filled with something (chocolate, jam, cream, and so on) like an Italian cornetto would be. Award-winning pâtissier Laurent Duchêne changed that when he decided to bring chocolate into the picture. His chocolate croissant is not only beautiful to look at, but it’s also filled with delicious praline. Basically, dessert for breakfast.

on the left is a croissant held up infront of a window with a building in the background. On the right is a photo of a croissant with the front open
Left: @joungmini / Right: @laurentduchene_paris

Boulangerie Utopie, Paris 11e

The best croissants are the ones that show off all their crunchy layers on the outside and are deliciously soft and buttery on the inside. Boulangerie Utopie nails the balance and delivers some of the best pastries in the capital.

Wherever you are in the city, make sure you start your day right!

On the left is a croissant cut open in half so the inside is visible. On the right is a photo of the Eiffel Tower in the distance behind Parisian rooftops.
Left: boulangerieutopie / Right: @manon_hck

Des Gateaux et du Pain – 63 Bd Pasteur, 75015 Paris

Mamiche – 45 Rue Condorcet, 75009 Paris

Boulangerie Comptoir Gana – 212 Rue de la Convention, 75015 Paris

Laurent Duchêne – 2 Rue Wurtz, 75013 Paris

Boulangerie Utopie – 20 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011 Paris

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Alessia Armenise

Alessia is a writer and creative based in Paris. After a few years working in London, she moved back to Paris and now writes freelance for media and brands, specialising in eco-luxury, slow travel and sustainability. Her work has been featured in Stylist, Milk Magazine and Grazia France among others. She also runs a sustainability and slow living focused website called Pretty Slow and hosts a podcast called Pretty Good Business. View Alessia Armenise's Website

One comment on “It’s All About the Croissants: Where to Find the Best Croissants in Paris

Thank you. Can’t wait to get back to Paris to try these spots. Alessia, have you tried Blé Sucré? Their croissants are also really yummy!

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