There are so many patisserie shops in Paris, how can you choose?! Well, here’s our pastry chef instructor, Sarah‘s guide to Paris Patisserie shops that are an absolute must-see, must-snap, must-taste!
Where to go for the best croissant? Or the most delectable éclair? Here are a handful of Parisian bakeries and pastry stores that I (Chef Sarah) recommend. In full disclosure, I have a personal link to each of these places—someone who was formative in my evolution as a pastry chef.
Pain au levain (or sourdough) made the old-fashioned way, everything is done by hand from kneading to rolling out the pie dough. The focus is on a sustainable business from small, local producers to taking the time to get to know each customer.
49 Rue Sarrette, 75014 Paris
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Christophe Louie’s newest adventure has found him moving away from the technicality of pastry into the sensuality of panettone. His brand new (September 2023) store just opened in the third and, in addition to his legendary panettone, there’s also pain au levain (sourdough) and baker’s pastries—all executed to his high standard of quality and precision.
12 Rue Dupetit-Thouars, 75003 Paris
Benoit Castel has always been at the forefront of the next trend, so I always watch to see what he’s doing to get an idea of what’s around the corner. He has always placed a premium on high quality ingredients and simplicity. If you can get reservations for his weekend brunch, it is delicious.
150 Rue de Ménilmontant, 75020 Paris
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Just steps away from the Marché d’Aligre, Boulangerie Bo has some of my favorite viennoiseries in town. The cakes combine Japanese sensibilities and flavor with French technique and tradition. It’s also worth a stop just to see the gorgeous façade of this bakery.
85bis Rue de Charenton, 75012 Paris
Also close to the Marché d’Aligre, Nanan started out as a two-woman operation, the chefs were also behind the counter selling their cakes. The team has expanded, but the delicate, feminine touch is still present in everything they make.
38 Rue Keller, 75011 Paris
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The Ducasse name has always been synonymous with high quality. For me, this is some of the best chocolate around. I recommend the store in the 11th, the original Manufacture, where the beans were roasted and transformed into 100% cocoa paste and, at the right time, it’s possible to watch the chocolatiers at work.
40 Rue de la Roquette, 75011 Paris
How to take these delectable treats home with you if you don’t live in Paris…
Join Chef Sarah at Cook’n With Class for a pastry/dessert class in Paris, taught in English! Bring the bakery to your kitchen by picking up all the tips and tricks it takes to make these tasty treats à la française. Cook’n With Class has a class made with these beautiful desserts in mind: The Gateaux Boutique Class, a semi-advanced desserts class, where you make a variety of French desserts worthy of a Parisian patisserie shop window.