Paris is known for lots of things, but in my eyes, it will always be the ultimate destination for all things cheese and pastry. The latter of which, Paris produces some of the best in the world. Here are the city’s best patisseries – once you check these off your bucket list, pastries everywhere else will have a high bar to live up to.
Mamie Gateaux, 66 Rue du Cherche-Midi, 75006
This tea room which translates to “Granny Cakes” is best known for its pies and everything flaky. The ambiance is old-school and a bit rustic, with a bare-bones paper menu. Their hot chocolate is also a creamy sensation with locals and tourists alike, who love to pair it with one of their more simple cakes. Wrap us up in pastry puff and ship us off to France!
Stohrer, 51 Rue Montorgueil, 75002
In a city packed with patisseries, Stohrer is officially the oldest bakery in Paris, having first opened its doors in 1730. An icon of French traditions, their pastry “Puit d’Amour” tops puff pastry with vanilla bourbon cream and a delectable caramel glaze. Old fashioned, but don’t knock what’s worked for years.
Odette, 77 Rue Galande, 75005
Both Instagram worthy and filled with delectable masterpieces, Nobu Matsuhisa’s Odette offers both a photogenic background and the most sublime cream puffs you’ve ever tried. They’re less than 2 euros, which is ideal in an expensive city like Paris, and offer different flavors apart from vanilla, like praline and green tea. Grab a handful and snack outside the Louvre.
Jean-Paul Hevin, 231 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001
Created by a farmer’s son, this patisserie was first opened by a chocolatier that worked in Japan. The pastries at his Paris location are insane, innovative, fun, and most importantly, absolutely delicious. Take the “Pomme de Terre” for instance, which blends marzipan skin and chocolate ganache accented by orange, raisins, and walnut, with a boozy finish. It’s created to resemble a potato. Bizarre, but genius.
Karamel, 67 Rue Saint Dominique, 75007
Created by Nicola Haelewyn, this unique patisserie is known for its breakfast pastries, which stand out in a sea of croissants. The Kararoll is a rolled croissant filled with a caramel paste, hazelnuts, oats, and sea salt creme. Dessert lovers especially keen on caramel will not want to miss out on this location.
Blé Sucré, 7 Rue Antoine Vollon, 75012
Led by Le Bristol Paris’s head pastry chef, this dessert destination has a premium calibre to their pastries that not many others can rival. Your basic madeleines are replaced by fragrant, iced ones, while its croissants have garnered the #1 position in the whole city. The perfect way to start your day, alongside a latte.
Boulangerie Julien, 75 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001
This reasonably priced patisserie is filled with sweet and savory fare, from quiches and pizza to baguettes and croissants. Offering the best of a boulangerie and a pastry shop, glass displays piled high will dazzle you into spending all your Euros at this Yelp-famous shop.