Black bread at Paris bakeries is trending, including black baguette.Erin Dahl

Black has long been synonymous with chic sophistication- much like Paris. The color has been celebrated by Saint Laurent and Chanel, Renoir and O’Keefe. Today the shade is making its way to a métier perhaps as beloved in France as fashion and art: bread-making.

Black bread in Paris is a huge trend, and it's used for making sandwiches.Helen Martinez

These four boulangeries are breaking the mold with their onyx creations:

Spicing up the Usual Baguette

Boulangerie Bo’s traditional façade is a trompe l’oeil considering what you’ll inside. While there are the typical boulangerie classics, Bo also has a number of inventive options. Dip a toe in and try the squid ink and cumin baguette. It has the texture of a tradition, but with a little added spice and pairs particularly well with a creamy chevre.

Wellness Trending

When you can’t resist the temptation of a freshly baked baguette, but you’re also trying to eat clean(-ish), opt for Boulangerie Utopie’s activated-charcoal version.

Black bread is a Paris food trend, and you'll find it at bakeries across the city including at Boulangerie Utopie like this round rustic loaf (left). Utopie bakery founders (right).Boulangerie Utopie

The jet-black ingredient has long been touted for its purifying and detoxifying properties. Whether true or not, the bread is worth a try.

An Indulgent Brunch

Hardware Société, the Montmartre brunch favorite with Aussie roots, has a tempting take on the black-bread trend. The Lobster Benedict: lobster, 64-degree eggs, hollandaise, and fresh herbs on a black brioche bun. It’s a guaranteed hit for anyone with a big appetite.

Hardware Société is a favorite coffee shop for brunch in Paris and also sells black bread.Hardware Société

The Dessert-Lover

Gambette a Pain in the 20th has created a bread that is a harmonious blend of earthy and sweet. The bamboo charcoal bread is dotted with indulgent white chocolate bread, then topped with toasted sesame seeds that elevate both the flavor and texture profiles.


Boulangerie Bo 85bis Rue de Charenton, 75012  +33 1 43 07 75 21

Boulangerie Utopie 20 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011  +33 9 82 50 74 48

Hardware Société 10 Rue Lamarck, 75018 +33 1 42 51 69 03

Gambette à Pain 86 Avenue Gambetta, 75020 +33 1 43 64 52 34


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Written by Erin Dahl for the HiP Paris Blog. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.


Erin Dahl

Erin’s had a whimsical affair with Paris since her first trip as a wide-eyed teenager. She is Editor for the HiP Paris Blog as well as Co-founder of Content Coopérative, Paris’s first English-native content agency.

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