You get more local when you visit the place more than 3rd time, maybe it's personal but with me is so. This time when I went to Paris I really wanted to have some gastronomic tour :) so I spent some time in cake shops. Walking from Les Halles towards Louvre I found very VERY delicious cakes in Gosselin shop. The variety is very big as well as you can buy here traditional baguettes.
What to buy I bought Tarte au Citron (Lemon cake), Mille Feuille and éclair à la pistache (eclair with pistachio filling).
What to pay For one cake approx. 2.5 Euros.
This is one of the huge joys of French life - coffee & a fresh croissant for breakfast.
It was one of the attractions for me of staying in an apartment for my last visit to Paris.
We went to the local boulangerie twice. As in many of these shops, you can get a coffee as well, and can eat & drink there. Just a couple of tables in “our” one.
It seemed to be a family business - dad and teenage daughter working on Sunday. Joined by wee sister on Tuesday (it was during a school holiday). All 3 pleasant & charming.
Your local boulangerie will usually be open early, but check the exact times. Ours was closed on Monday.
What to buy See above. You will have loads of other goodies on offer to, so don't leave your appetite at home!
What to pay Say €5.50 for 2 coffees & 2 croissants. 2013 prices.
Located a few doors from Musee Maillol on rue de Grenelle (there are two more in Paris)is a cake and sweet shop that was most excellent. I little pricey, but I felt it was worth it. A number of locals would make a special stop to have their pick of the day neatly wrapped. Macaroons, chocolates...good stuff.
What to buy It was almost impossible for me to decide which scrumptious morsel I should reward myself with. I ultimately went for the rum soaked raisin cake.
Aux Délices du Palais is a shop with excellent French loafs and chocolates and much more.
The shop was rewarded for having "The Best baguette in 1998".
It's a treat to look around here.
Business hours: Daily 7AM - 8PM
What to buy A baguette of course.
Even if you are not food-oriented you could not fail to be enthralled by a first encounter with a Paris Bakery & Candy Shops windows.
7 of the best bakeries in Paris:
1. Le Grenier à Pain
Address: 38 rue des Abbesses (Montmartre)
Tel.: 33 (0)1 46 06 41 81
2. Poilâne (since 1932)
Address: 8 rue du Cherche-Midi
Tel.: 33 (0)1 45 48 42 59
3. Pain d'Epis
Address: 63 avenue Bosquet (around the corner from the Eiffel Tower)
Tel.: 33 1 45 51 75 01
Metro: Ecole Militaire
4. Le Moulin de la Vierge
Address: 166 avenue de Suffren
Tel.: 33 1 47 83 45 55
5. Maison Kayser
Address: 14 rue Monge (Latin Quarter)
Tel: 33 (0)1 44 07 17 81
Metro: Maubert Mutualité
6. Au 140
Address: 140 rue de Belleville
Tel.: 33 (0)1 46 36 92 47
7. Le Nôtre
Address: 10 rue Saint Antoine
Tel.: 33 (0)1 53 01 91 91
"Being one of the culinary capitals of the world, Paris counts an honorable share of artisan chocolatiers".
Some of the best chocolate shops in Paris:
1. Patrick Roger
Address: 108, blvd. St. Germain
Tel.: +33 (0)1 43 29 38 42
2. La Maison du Chocolat
Address: 225, rue du Faubourg St. Honoré
Metro: Place des Termes
Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 27 39 44
3. Michel Chaudun
Address: 149 Rue de l'Université
Tel.: +33 (0)1 47 53 74 40
What to buy quality breads, pastries and cakes. Top-quality foie gras and smoked salmon are also available in some bakeries.
Gourmet chocolates, french chocolate artisans, as are ganaches: chocolates with rich, creamy centers. Pralines with caramelized sesame seeds or ganaches with orange and balsamic vinegar, truffles, or mendiants, dark or milk bars etc.
What to pay Depend... From EU 0.90 to... you can pay up to 50 Euros for a cake of four servings
Paul is one of France's best known pattiseries with branches all over the country. Even though it is now quite a large company all their breads and pastries are still made using traditional techniques and top-quality natural ingredients.
So if you fancy a nibble on the hoof, whether pain au chocolat for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch or a little fruit tart for an afternoon snack you could do worse than stop off at one of the shops.
PS quite a few have sit-down cafes too.
I'd heard a great deal of buzz surrounding this relatively new pâtisserie (opened in 2001), Sadaharu Aoki, that specialized in mâcha (green tea) madeleines. A great concept that, especially if your association with madeleines stems from Proustian memories (he liked to dip his in his tea)! The only problem was that these madeleines were dry & coarse, not at all as I've had them before when they were moist & spongy. I'm guessing maybe these weren't the freshest ones?
The shop itself is gorgeous - very high-tech, glossy, modern, spare, Japanese. The pastries & chocolates themselves looked like colors on an artist's palette - very arty & beautiful.
But the service left much to be desired. In 5 trips to Paris, I'd yet to experience a snotty Parisian attitude but I definitely experienced it here. Of course, this wasn't the flagship shop located on rue de Vaugirard in the 6th arrondissement, so perhaps this store's employees suffer from a sense of ennui.
I was granted permission to take photos of the pâtisserie and the young lady went to the back; when she returned she gave me this arched eyebrow look of "oh, are you still here?". Considering I was the only customer in the shop I didn't think she would've minded so. I won't return to this branch.
What to buy I wouldn't recommend the mâcha madeleines from this store, but maybe you'd have better luck at the rue de Vaugirard location. If so, please let me know as I'd love to give them another chance!
They don't prepare my beloved rose macarons, either, but I did try the mâcha macaron which was pretty interesting!
I would love to return for those Bonbons Maquillage as they looked just like sticks of oil pastels and I'm intrigued by their presentation.
Photos: November 2007
In February of 1997 Rene Saint-Ouen's excellent baguette won"The Best Baguette of the Year" award, a prize given annually by the city hall of Paris. His crusty loaf is also the "presidential baguette" as it is served on the tables of French president Jacques Chirac at the Elysee Palace, France's equivalent of the White House.
Located in the posh 6th arrondissement, Mulot is famous for being the most expensive bakery in Paris.
That is however not entirely true. They do probably have the most expensive baguette, but you don't have to buy that one!
The bakery is also famous for the quality of it's bread, often referred to as the best in the city. That, I'm inclined to agree to.
In any case, it's an interesting place to visit. Very posh. The snobby people sitting in the tiny tea corner are constantly invaded by the no less snobby people lining up, waiting for their turn.
Avoid going there just after the St Sulpice mass, that's anybody's next step on a sunday morning...
Open from thursday to tuesday.
What to buy Try the "baguette rustique".
You'll sound like a pro if you say "une rustique, s'il vous plaît".
What to pay Don't remember, but nothing above 1€.
"A La Mere de Famille", founded in 1761 and still situated at the same place, is Paris' eldest sweets shop.
Not only the original location is the same (even if they have now other shops/addresses) but also the look. You even still have to pay at the historical "cash register" situated in a small glass cabin at the center of the store.
La Mere de Famille offers a large choice of traditional french sweet treats (especially regional - all regions - specialities)
What to buy Candieded and dried fruits
Jams and mamelades
Calissons and Nougats
What to pay Depends on what you buy (mid range prices)
This is probably one of the most famous bakeries in Paris (no, I'm not afraid to say it !). Mister Pichard makes some special bread and cookies with almond powder... It's so good ! A bit expensive though and often crowded (a 15 minutes queue in a bakery, have you ever seen that ?)... but soooo goood (did I already say it ?)...
C'est probablement l'une des meilleures boulangeries de Paris (n'ayons pas peur de le dire). Monsieur Pichard utilise de la poudre d'amandes pour son pain et ses viennoiseries... ! Toutefois un peu cher et on fait la queue 15 minutes aux heures d'affluence (vous avez deja vu ca ?)... Mais, c'est bon !!!
What to buy Baguette, croissants and chocolate breads !
La baguette, les croissants et les pains au chocolat...
What to pay 85 cts for the baguette. Between 0.7 and 1 Euro for the "viennoiseries".
Philippe Josse has the best sandwich shop of Montmartre. This shop maybe a bit off the streets visited by tourist, but that only adds to the attraction.
So, for a true French treat go to Josse.