The enchanting fragrance of fresh croissants enveloping the streets early in the morning – nothing screams France more than this peculiar smell. Personally, it 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 a warm croissant 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.
But first – we cannot utter the words “buttery croissants” without mentioning this year’s list of winners for the best croissant in Paris from the Paris baker’s union competition.
Meilleur Croissant au Beurre 2023 du Grand Paris – The best butter croissant in Paris
We recently unveiled the winners for the best baguette in Paris. Just a few days later, le Syndicat des Boulangers du Grand Paris (the association of Paris bakers) announced where to find the best butter croissants in Paris. There were 144 entrants and 119 croissants baked by bakers in the greater Paris area. Past winners have included Jean-Michel Carton of Maison Carton in 2022, located on boulevard de Denain just near the Gare du Nord and Isabelle Leday’s (formerly of Maison Pichard) La Maison d’Isabelle in the heart of the Latin Quarter on boulevard Saint-Germain.
What Makes For a Good Croissant?
Head into any bakery and you will find variations on the classic plain croissant: pain au chocolat, almond croissants, etc. This competition is very specific. Chefs that take part in the competition produce a croissant au beurre and must use Charentes-Poitou AOP butter. The jury evaluated the visual appearance, cooking, the layers, the texture and above all, taste.
What’s the best croissant in Paris? The winners are:
- Eric Teboul, Chez Meunier – 185 rue de Crimée, 75019 Paris
- Thierry Rabineau, Boulangerie Moderne – 16 rue des Fossés Saint-Jacques, 75005 Paris
- Cyril Daniel. Boulangerie M. Jacques – 132 rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris
- Maxime Taranne, Boulangerie Alexine – 15 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris
- Thierry Meunier, Boulangerie Thierry Meunier Île Seguin – 58 rue Marcel Bontemps, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt
- Alexis Rouges, Boulangerie Rougès – 45 avenue de Saint-Ouen, 75017 Paris
- Frédéric Comyn, Boulangerie au 140 – 140 rue de Belleville, 75020 Paris
- Benjamin Turquier, Tout autour du Pain – 134 rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris
- Eric Thevenot, Boulangerie Vibrations Gourmandes – 101 Gd Rue Charles-de-Gaulle, 94130 Nogent-sur-Marne
- Jean-Yves Boullier, Le Moulin de la Croix Nivert – 39 rue de la Croix Nivert, 75015 Paris
- Florent Cadot, Le Grenier à Pain Vaugirard – 270 rue de Vaugirard, 75015 Paris
- Baptiste et Maxime Sohier Maison Sohier – 2 allée Christophe Colomb, 93160 Noisy-le-Grand
- Laurent Bergeron, Maison Bergeron – 112 rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris
- Nicolas et Magali Roquais, Boulangerie Magali Charonne – 35 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris
- Thierry Soulet, Boulangerie Plutus – 204 rue des Pyrénées, 75020 Paris
- Frédéric Antunes, Boulangerie Au Fournil du Château – 8 avenue du Château, 94300 Vincennes
- Pierre Laigle, Boulangerie Cerise – 23 rue Michelet, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt
- Patrick Benichou, Boulangerie Liberté Vinaigriers – 39 rue des Vinaigriers, 75010 Paris
- Joël DEFIVES, Boulangerie Baptiste Batignolles – 17 rue des Moines, 75017 Paris
- Sami Kerchaoui, Maison Kerck – 76 rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris
And our favorite places in the French capital, for tried and true flaky croissants?
In no particular order, here are some of our favorite croissant spots:
Des Gateaux et du Pain
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.
63 boulevard Pasteur – 75015 Paris
89 Rue du Bac – 75007 Paris
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 a great place to satisfy your morning cravings in the city.
32 Rue du Château d’Eau, 75010 Paris
45 Rue Condorcet, 75009 Paris
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 (he was given the title of Meilleur ouvrier de France in 1993) 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.
2 rue Wurtz, 75013 Paris
238 rue de la Convention, 75015
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 local bakery producing fresh traditional pastries that are loved by locals.
various locations including
212 rue de la Convention, 75015 Paris
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, in the 11th arrondissement, nails the balance and delivers some of the best pastries in the capital.
20 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011
The only downside to living in a city full of the best bakeries? Far too many excellent croissants to choose from! Wherever you are in the city, whether you’re a local or it’s your first time here, make sure you start your day right!
- 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 achieve pastry perfection? Try this croissant recipe by the New York Times
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