The Best Baguettes in Paris in 2024

La Baguette — So, What’s the Big Deal?

Peo­ple just want to eat bread. This much we know.

While arche­o­log­i­cal evi­dence sug­gests humans were bak­ing bread at least 14,000 years ago, it was the French peo­ple who  altru­is­ti­cal­ly stepped in to slake the human yearn­ing for crusty breads with the inven­tion of  « La Baguette  » just over 100 years ago, in 1920 to be exact. Baguette trans­lates as « wand » or « baton » in French. Très phalique, non?…The More You Know: French law states that it must be made with no less and no more than flour + salt + water + yeast. Do you think the baguettes on our list clas­si­fy as legal? Shame­less­ly tear away a piece and judge for your­self as you walk the streets of Paris — the only eat­ing while walk­ing not frowned upon around here. And — très impor­tant — get a baguette ‘tra­di­tion’ and not a plain old baguette.  The baguette tra­di­tion is the crusti­er, denser hot sis­ter to the, let’s be hon­est, ~basic~ baguette… But first…

~Some Tea, Spilled to Go With Your Bread~

This being France, there’s reg­u­lar­ly some baguette scan­dal, like famous bak­ers copy­ing their non-famous teacher’s bread (NOT nam­ing THOSE names).So way, way, back, in 2021, Makram Akrout of « Les Boulangers de Reuil­ly » (see below),  won the cov­et­ed « Best Baguette of Paris »…and was all set to deliv­er his wands to the Elysée Palace where the Pres­i­dent would share them with world lead­ers, etc. Jour­nal­ists did their thing and dis­cov­ered that Mr. Akrout seemed to have maybe kind of post­ed some ISIS Jiha­di stuff on Face­book — It hap­pens to us all, non? You send inap­pro­pri­ate nudes, or you sud­den­ly become famous and your old black­face videos or Jiha­di posts sur­face (LOL, which is worse?), and there’s some ‘splain­ing to do. #sore­lat­able. Should a baguette be judged on its mer­its, com­plete­ly sep­a­rate from the hands that *alleged­ly*  typed out some pro-ISIS stuff cir­ca 2015? (Philo­soph­i­cal ques­tions… WWSD What Would Jean-Paul Sartre do?) But we love sink­ing our teeth into phi­los­o­phy here in France. Case in point: I attend­ed a neigh­bor­hood meet­ing after the 2015 ter­ror attacks, which I Amer­i­can-ly expect­ed to be about for­ti­fy­ing secu­ri­ty, etc. What I found was French­es debat­ing the nature of fear. LOL. I’m not from Texas but in com­par­i­son to them, I felt like Yosemite Sam.

But back to bread: 

Besides the gossip, the 2023 Best Baguettes in Paris have just been announced –

  1. Thar­shan Sel­vara­jah — « Au Lev­ain des Pyrénées » 44 rue des Pyrénées (20e)
  2. Thier­ry Guy­ot « Boulan­gerie-pâtis­serie Guy­ot » — 28 rue Mon­ge (5e)
  3. Joce­lyn Lohez­ic « Mai­son Lohez­ic » — 143 rue de Cour­celles (17e)
  4. Ben­jamin Turquier « Tout Autour du Pain » — 134 rue de Turenne(3e)
  5. Flo­ri­an Bleas « Aux Délices de Vau­gi­rard » 48 rue Madame (6e)
  6. Frank Tombarel « Le Gre­nier de Félix » — 64 avenue Félix Fau­re (15e)
  7. Kilani Ounis­si « Boulan­gerie Kilani » — 191 rue du faubourg Saint-Antoine (11e)
  8. Maxime Julien « Les Saveurs de Lévis » — 41 rue de Lévis (17e)
  9. Mohkam Karoui « Le Temps d’une Gour­man­dise » — 94 boule­vard de Port-Roy­al (5e)
  10. Kouni Elayeb « Le Délice de Bag­no­let » — 42 boule­vard Morti­er (20e)

We welcome them to the vaunted PARIS > D E F I N E D masterlist of unmissable, baguettes below: 

Tout Autour du Pain

134 Rue de Turenne, 75003 

La Parisi­enne

85 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007

Sain Boulan­gerie

13 Rue Alib­ert, 75010

Aux Délices du Palais

60 Boule­vard Brune, 75014 

Joce­lyn Lohezic

143 Rue de Cour­celles, 75017

Le Gre­nier à Pain

38 Rue des Abbess­es, 75018 

Mag­a­li Charonne

135 Rue de Charonne, 75011

Boulan­gerie Tembely 

33 Rue Myrha, 75018

Au Par­adis Gourmand 

156 Rue Ray­mond Losserand, 75014

Mai­son Julien

73 Avenue Franklin Delano Roo­sevelt, 75008

Boulan­gerie L’Abeille

235 Rue de Bercy, 75012

Les Frères Blavette

69 Rue Daguerre, 75014 

La Boulange

86 Boule­vard Lefeb­vre, 75015

Boulan­gerie Frédéric Comyn

88 Rue Cam­bronne, 75015 

Boulan­gerie Guyot

28 Rue Mon­ge, 75005

Les Boulangers de Reuilly

54 Boule­vard de Reuil­ly, 75012

Boulan­gerie
(Place d’I­tal­ie)

162 Boule­vard Vin­cent Auri­ol, 75013

Mai­son Lardeux

 63 Rue Caulain­court, 75018

La Parisi­enne Madame 

48 Rue Madame, 75006

Aux Délices de Glacière

90 Boule­vard Auguste Blan­qui, 75013

Aux Castel­blan­geois

168 Rue Saint-Hon­oré, 75001

Boulan­gerie Béchu

118 Avenue Vic­tor Hugo, 75016

Lorette Gourmet Bakery

2 Rue de la Butte aux Cailles, 75013

Société Boris Lume

48 Rue Caulain­court, 75018 

Ernest + Valentin

42 Rue Réau­mur, 75003 / 5 Rue du Renard, 75004 / 6 Rue La Fayette, 75009 / 15 Pl. des Vins de France, 75012 / 10 Rue du Com­merce, 75015

Ter­roirs d’Avenir

8 rue Paul Bert, 75011 / 90 rue Jean-Pierre Tim­baud, 75011 / 17 Boule­vard Mor­land, 75004 / 3 rue du Nil, 75002

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