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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
- Need a coffee with your croissant? Read about How to Order Coffee in Paris
- Looking for more breakfast and brunch in Paris? Check out Artisanal Boulangerie & Brunch in Paris: Benoit Castel
- Think you can master this pastry perfection? Try this Croissant Recipe by the New York Times
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