Here are the Best Artisanal Croissants in Paris

A bit flaky, but buttery in all of the right ways, and perhaps filled with chocolate? Not only does this absolutely not fit the metaphor I had planned about my last relationship, but it ruins my joke, too. So without further attempts at professional levity, here are the crème de la crème of croissants from ~the~ choicest Parisian boulangeries. These croissants will make you want to put a ring on it—they’re true keepers if I’ve ever seen one.

Sain Boulangerie

Sain in French means healthy or whole­some, specif­i­cal­ly when refer­ring to food. Resist the urge to pro­nounce is as « sane, » which is in no way a com­men­tary on your men­tal health, I swear (maybe it is on ours, though). 

Any­way, this def­i­n­i­tion seems a bit out of place when ref­er­enc­ing a bak­ery or a crois­sant, which lit­er­al­ly has lay­ers upon lay­ers of but­ter that’s inte­gral to its exis­tence. The bak­er behind Sain Boulan­gerie, how­ev­er, has a mis­sion to pro­vide baked goods using less processed ingre­di­ents and meth­ods that are (tech­ni­cal­ly) more healthy. The result­ing crois­sants (and breads) are pret­ty damn incred­i­ble, even by French stan­dards (and if some­one claims that they’re “good for you,” you don’t ask too many ques­tions). Sain Boulan­gerie is tucked around the cor­ner from the Canal St. Mar­tin, a scenic and idyl­lic water­way with a bit of Ams­ter­dam ener­gy that pro­vides an almost too per­fect set­ting for a prom­e­nade while munch­ing on some world-class baked goods.

ADDRESS: 13 Rue Alib­ert (10th arr.)

MÉTRO: Goncourt (line 11) or Jaques Bon­ser­gent (line 5)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Canal St. Martin

NUMBER: +33 7 61 23 49 44

DEETS: bak­ery, best crois­sants in Paris, no seating

INSTAGRAM: @sain_boulangerie

La Maison d’Isabelle

La Mai­son d’Is­abelle is one of the few and proud bak­eries that can prove the claim “best crois­sant in Paris” beyond tes­ti­mo­ni­als. They won an offi­cial award, the “2018 First Prize of Paris and Île-de-France Region But­ter Crois­sant,” if you want to be spe­cif­ic (and yes, they do. It’s print­ed word-for-word on their awning. French lit­er­a­ture may be sub­tle, but their wor­ship of the lau­rel leaves in the win­dow is not. Sub­tle­ty is over­rat­ed anyway). 

The but­ter crois­sants in ques­tion, which are actu­al­ly not cres­cent shaped at all, are made with organ­ic ingre­di­ents includ­ing high qual­i­ty, fan­cy-shman­cy but­ter, and look sooooo flaky and gold­en brown. At an out­ra­geous one euro a pop (it’s one of the cheap­est crois­sants in Paris or even in the entire­ty of France), these melt-in-your-mouth, lay­ers-for-days delights are cer­tain­ly worth the hype, and they fit per­fect­ly into the airs, acco­lades and afford­abil­i­ty vibe of their Latin Quar­ter home (no mat­ter how much the lat­ter may be chang­ing). Crunchy where they should be and chewy where you want them to be, Isabelle knows her way around flour and butter.

ADDRESS: 47ter Boule­vard Saint-Ger­main (5th arr.)

HOURS: closed Mondays

MÉTRO: Maubert-Mutu­al­ité (line 10)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Latin Quar­ter

NUMBER: +33 1 43 54 04 14

DEETS: bak­ery, more style than mon­ey, old-school cool, no seat­ing, awards for days

INSTAGRAM: @maison_isabelle

Stohrer

Found­ed in 1730 by King Louis XV’s pas­try chef, Stohrer is the old­est pas­try shop in Paris. Yes, you read that right. These pre-French rev­o­lu­tion crois­sants are the most his­tor­i­cal­ly sig­nif­i­cant crois­sants you will ever eat. There are a few Stohrer pas­try shop loca­tions, but the orig­i­nal, still in its 1730 found­ing build­ing, fea­tur­ing a paint­ed and gild­ed ceil­ing, is locat­ed along the Rue Mon­torgueil, a bustling pedes­tri­an shop­ping street. Besides crois­sants, Stohrer is noto­ri­ous for their fan­cy, detailed and well-craft­ed pas­tries that make it well worth the trip. And if you notice that they are more expen­sive than usu­al, well, some­one has to pay for that gild­ed ceiling. 

ADDRESS: 51 Rue Mon­torgueil (2nd arr.)

MÉTRO: Éti­enne Mar­cel (line 4) or Sen­tier (line 3)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Les Halles

NUMBER: +33 1 42 33 38 20

DEETS: bak­ery, best crois­sants in Paris, no seat­ing, vin­tage, posh, touristy but still

INSTAGRAM: @stohrer

Yann Couvreur

Yann Cou­vreur’s main loca­tion (there’s four all around Paris, and a few in Lon­don) is on a charm­ing, wind­ing cob­ble­stone lane called Rue des Rosiers. It has such a good rep­u­ta­tion, that every food review­er has sworn by a dif­fer­ent pas­try (éclairs, lemon tartlets, their lux­u­ry cakes…), includ­ing of course, the crois­sant. The pas­try chef respon­si­ble for all of this good­ness worked at fan­cy hotels before open­ing his own shop— all while earn­ing a few awards along the way. It may be hard to resist stick­ing sole­ly by your crois­sant here, and we rec­om­mend giv­ing in to the temp­ta­tion. Get what­ev­er you want to accom­pa­ny your crois­sant, but get there ear­ly. Some of their most pop­u­lar pas­tries (like their famous vanil­la mille-feuille) are made in lim­it­ed quan­ti­ties and sell out… well, like hot cakes. 

ADDRESS: 23bis Rue des Rosiers (4th arr.) / 35 Bd Hauss­mann (9th arr.) / 137 Ave Par­men­tier (10th arr.) /  149 Rue St. Charles (15th arr.) / 25 Rue Legendre (17th arr.)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Canal St. Martin

NUMBER: tbd

DEETS: bak­ery, best crois­sants in Paris, awards for days

INSTAGRAM: @yanncouvreur

O/HP/E

No, that’s not a typo. O/HP/E’s name, like its com­mer­cial genre, is con­cep­tu­al. O/HP/E, locat­ed on the up-and-com­ing street Château d’Eau, is an acronym for objets (objects), home­made pâtis­serie, épicerie (fine foods store). The store/café sells every­thing from fresh­ly made pas­tries and cof­fee, to jam jars and tchotchkes you would not have real­ized you need­ed until now (art deco mil­len­ni­al-pink-type can­dles and such, j’adore). Though the shop­ping can be an entic­ing rea­son to vis­it, O/HP/E’s real draw is its pas­tries. Their curi­ous­ly fat and angu­lar crois­sants are hand­made every morn­ing and serve as the per­fect com­pan­ion to wan­der around the peace­ful, delight­ful Insta­gram-trap of a store.

ADDRESS: 27 Rue du Château d’Eau (10th arr.)

HOURS: closed Mondays

MÉTRO: Jaques Bon­ser­gent (line 5)

NEIGHBORHOOD: République

NUMBER: +33 1 42 41 58 16

DEETS: bak­ery, best crois­sants in Paris, no seating

INSTAGRAM: @ohpeparis10

Boulangerie Utopie

Boulan­gerie Utopie (Utopia), as the name might sug­gest, was found­ed as a haven of sorts for tra­di­tion­al bread and pas­try mak­ing meth­ods that have fall­en by the way­side in recent years in favor of more indus­tri­al process­es. Boulan­gerie Utopie is par­tic­u­lar­ly known for their strik­ing black baguettes made with acti­vat­ed char­coal, their sesame loaves, matcha tea bread with puffed rice and an addi­tion­al­ly impres­sive array of col­or­ful pas­tries made by hand and with organ­ic ingre­di­ents. Like a lot of parisian pâtis­series, they also have week­end spe­cials, and of course,  a love­ly selec­tion of croissants. 

ADDRESS: 20 Rue Jean-Pierre Tim­baud (11th arr.)

HOURS: closed Mondays

MÉTRO: Oberkampf (line 3)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Folie-Méri­court

NUMBER: +33 9 82 50 74 48

DEETS: bak­ery, best crois­sants in Paris

INSTAGRAM: @boulangerieutopie

Du Pain et Des Idées

Du Pain et Des Idées, locat­ed steps from the Canal St.-Martin and housed in an old and remark­ably pre­served 19th cen­tu­ry bak­ery, has some­thing you don’t see every day: trade­marked bread. Their well-known and loved “Pain des Amis,” is a reg­is­tered trade­mark in addi­tion to the win­ner a bunch of awards. Du Pain et Des Idées has been repeat­ed­ly praised as one of the best bak­eries in Paris, and its lim­it­ed but splen­did col­lec­tion of apple tarts, orange blos­som brioche and, yes, crois­sants, are worth cross­ing town for. Just don’t show up in the evening as they’ll be sold out, or the weekend—because who needs to work week­ends when you are a famous baker?

ADDRESS: 34 Rue Yves Toudic (10th arr.)

HOURS: closed on weekends

MÉTRO: Jaques Bon­ser­gent (line 5)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Canal St. Martin

NUMBER: +33 1 42 40 44 52

DEETS: worth the trip across town, bak­ery, best crois­sants in Paris, lim­it­ed out­door seating

INSTAGRAM: @dupainetdesidees

The French Bastards

If the name “The French Bas­tards” print­ed in bold orange cur­sive on their door doesn’t imme­di­ate­ly make you do a dou­ble-take, their proud procla­ma­tion “Fondé Hier” (found­ed yes­ter­day) might. Named in part from a nick­name acquired abroad, and from the type of bread they spe­cial­ize in (called the bâtard, a loaf with­out a dis­tinct shape), The French Bas­tards pride them­selves on their new­com­er ener­gy and inno­va­tion. They offer breads and pas­tries made with health­i­er whole grains, new twists on clas­sics (like an acti­vat­ed char­coal pavlo­va) and cross-cul­ture treats like bab­ka (Ashke­nazi Jews rep­re­sent) and cruffins (Aus­tralian). If you do ven­ture out to try their crois­sants and oth­er var­i­ous offer­ings, wor­ry not, they’re so good, they are on this list too. 

ADDRESS: 181 Rue Saint-Denis (2nd arr.) / 61 Rue Oberkampf (11th arr.) / 35 Place Saint-Fer­di­nand (17th arr.)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Folie-Méri­court

NUMBER: tbd

DEETS: bak­ery, best crois­sants in Paris

INSTAGRAM: @the_french_bastards

La Pâtisserie Cyril Lignac

Despite the glitz of being cre­at­ed by a famous celebri­ty chef, and the swank of being one of five spe­cial­ty loca­tions in a city-wide fran­chise, La Pâtis­serie Cyril Lignac has the vibe of a friend­ly, if a bit chic, neigh­bor­hood bak­ery. And they do a good job of play­ing this, « Oh, look, I’m just a striv­ing neigh­bor­hood bak­ery with reaaaaaal­ly good crois­sants, » thing. Seri­ous­ly, don’t be fooled by the fan­cy-look­ing cook­ies and cakes. The crois­sants are where it’s at. How­ev­er, if you have room to spare, try their lemon tart or their sig­na­ture cake, The Equinoxe. 

ADDRESS: 133 Rue de Sèvres (6th arr.) / 24 Rue Paul Bert (11th arr.)  / 55 Boule­vard Pas­teur (15th arr.) / 2 Rue de Chail­lot (16th arr.) / 9 Rue Bayen (17th arr.)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Faid­herbe / Charonne / Aligre

NUMBER: +33 1 55 87 21 40

DEETS: bak­ery, best crois­sants in Paris, no seating

Des Gâteaux et du Pain

Des Gâteaux et du Pain (cake and bread) seems like a no-brain­er name for an aver­age bak­ery. Yet, the chic, inven­tive venue not only takes its theme to heart, but actu­al­ly exceeds even the high­est of expec­ta­tions. The shop is split down the mid­dle, hous­ing deli­cious savory breads on one side and jaw-drop­ping, beau­ti­ful cakes and pas­tries on the oth­er. Des Gâteaux et du Pain, found­ed by a female pas­try chef, has rotat­ing dessert offer­ings that rely on sea­son­al fruit. Some­where in between the fruity and del­i­cate­ly dec­o­rat­ed cakes, and the hearty breads, she also has time to pro­duce some crois­sants that are so worth it. They may be a bit prici­er than your aver­age vien­nois­erie, but it’s still per­fect­ly rea­son­able and worth the few extra euros. So don’t let the sleek, expen­sive look­ing exte­ri­or fool (or intim­i­date) you. Maybe it scratched the lit­tle inner snob in you… ? No judge­ment here, we all like nice things.

ADDRESS: 63 Boule­vard Pas­teur (15th arr.)

HOURS: closed Tuesdays

MÉTRO: Pas­teur (lines 6, 12), Mon­par­nasse (lines 4, 6, 12, 13) or Vau­gi­rard (line 12)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Mont­par­nasse

NUMBER: tbd

DEETS: bak­ery, best crois­sants in Paris, no seating

INSTAGRAM: @desgateauxetdupain.clairedamon

Maison Landemaine

With more than a dozen loca­tions across Paris, Mai­son Lan­de­maine (not to be con­fused with the French word lende­main mean­ing, « the next day ») offers pos­si­bly the most con­ve­nient crois­sant in Paris. The enor­mi­ty of the endeav­or, at least for a French bak­ery, may sug­gest a stan­dard­ized, sub-par kind of prod­uct, but Mai­son Lan­de­maine man­ages to deliv­er house-made, high-qual­i­ty, won­der­ful baked goods dai­ly. Like a lot of bak­eries, its roots stem from chef Pierre Her­mé (French like sec­u­lar­ism except when it comes to pas­try), yet this mai­son in par­tic­u­lar offers more sim­ple, bread-focused and ele­gant offer­ings pret­ty much any­where you are.

ADDRESS: 28 Boule­vard Beau­mar­chais (11th arr.) / 180 Rue du Tem­ple (3rd arr.) / 123 Rue Mon­ge (5th arr.) / 56 Rue de Clichy (9th arr.) / 41 Rue Oberkampf (11th arr.) / 136 Rue de la Roquette (11th arr.) / 130 Rue de la Roquette (11th arr.) / 121 Rue de Charonne (11th arr.) / 2 Rue Croza­ti­er (12th arr.) / 66 Bd de Pic­pus (12th arr.) / 7 Pl. Cam­bronne (15th arr.) / 110 Rue Lecourbe (15th arr.) / 197 Ave de Ver­sailles (16th arr.) / 4 Rue du Poteau (18th arr.) / 210 Rue des Pyrénées (20th arr.) 

NEIGHBORHOOD: Bastille

NUMBER: +33 1 48 06 22 43

DEETS: bak­ery, best crois­sants in Paris, some seat­ing available

INSTAGRAM: @maisonlandemaine

Poilâne

Poilâne is the best kind of old school: a must vis­it insti­tu­tion of parisian bread mak­ing and pas­tries that man­ages to stay home‑y and hum­ble (per­haps « faux-hum­ble, » but we’ll play along). A fam­i­ly-run oper­a­tion for mul­ti­ple gen­er­a­tions (they will not let you for­get this), Poilâne is con­sid­ered the lit­er­al gold stan­dard for sour­dough bread (Antho­ny Courteille at Sain is nip­ping at their heels, or maybe he’s already lapped them?).

With a mas­sive wood-fire oven in the base­ment of the orig­i­nal Rue du Cherche-Midi loca­tion, Poilâne churns out hearty and inex­pen­sive coun­try-style bread that lasts up to a week, and tastes incred­i­ble and earthy. Poilâne doesn’t let their world-renowned bread rep­u­ta­tion over­shad­ow their excel­lent pas­tries either. They offer good­ies such as but­ter cook­ies, Paris-brest, apple tarts and, of course, crois­sants. Each of the mul­ti­ple loca­tions across Paris have a friend­ly, famil­ial vibe (at least what pass­es for that in Paris), and there’s even a few cafes sprin­kled around that serve tartines (the more posh cousin of the sand­wich with top­pings spread at the base) exclu­sive­ly with their sourdough. 

ADDRESS: 38 Rue Debel­leyme (3rd arr.) / 8 Rue du Cherche-Midi (6th arr.) / 49 Bd de Grenelle (15th arr.) / 87 Rue Bran­cion (15th arr.) / 39 Rue de Lévis (17th arr.) / 83 Rue de Crimée (19th arr.)

HOURS: closed Sundays

NEIGHBORHOOD: Saint-Ger­main-des-Prés

NUMBER: +33 1 45 48 42 59

DEETS:  bak­ery, best crois­sants in Paris, seat­ing, old-school cool

INSTAGRAM: @poilane

Bo & Mie

Bo & Mie (Bo et Mie) is an arti­sanal bak­ery with now four loca­tions across the tourist-heavy part of Paris, and an excep­tion­al­ly defined aes­thet­ic that trans­lates well towards deli­cious baked goods. Beyond the Insta­gram-bait look of the inte­ri­or (stark white walls and hang­ing vin­tage bulbs), the pas­try offer­ings at Bo & Mie have a strik­ing spi­ral theme, evi­dent from the art­ful­ly swirled acti­vat­ed char­coal and white bread, pain de Nöel and the infi­nite coils on the thin, flaky lay­ers of their gor­geous crois­sants. The rasp­ber­ry crois­sants, a sta­ple and a par­tic­u­lar­ly cov­et­ed item, also fea­ture a beau­ti­ful pink twist run­ning through­out and are just one exam­ple of sev­er­al col­or­ful treats. For­tu­nate­ly, it all tastes as good as it looks. 

ADDRESS: 91 Rue de Riv­o­li (1st arr.) / 18 Rue de Tur­bi­go (2nd arr.) / 359 Rue Saint Mar­tin (3rd arr.) / 5 Bd Saint-Michel (5th arr.)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Les Halles

NUMBER: +33 9 80 53 79 53

DEETS: bak­ery, best crois­sants in Paris, lots of seating

INSTAGRAM: @boetmie

Dalloyau

Dal­loy­au has a very posh his­to­ry. Found­ed in 1682 by Charles Dal­loy­au, who not only had the high­est gas­tron­o­my posi­tion in the French court (the com­pa­ny has occu­pied its Faubourg loca­tion since the ear­ly 1800s), but also invent­ed the con­cept of take­out (Oui/LOL). The House of Dal­loy­au also claims to have invent­ed the Opera cake (you know, that classy cof­fee-choco­late thing all over Paris pas­try shops). There’s more than one claim to the ori­gin of the Opera cake, but Dalloyau’s cakes appar­ent­ly taste the best, so Voilà.

Today Dal­loy­au oper­ates as a rather posh restau­rant, gourmet gift ser­vice, recep­tion hall and bak­ery with sev­er­al loca­tions in addi­tion to their Opera cake pro­tec­tion duties, all of which can make a read­er lose sight of the objec­tive here; the crois­sants. They’re great and the fan­cy roy­al vibes cer­tain­ly don’t hurt the appeal. There’s a rumor that, for the oral por­tion of your French Cit­i­zen­ship exam, if you can pro­nounce « Dal­loy­au » cor­rect­ly five times fast with a Parisian-lev­el of con­fi­dence, you are basi­cal­ly IN. Oh, and get some mac­arons while you are there.

ADDRESS: 9 Rue de la Mon­naie (1st arr.) / 101 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Hon­oré (8th arr.) / 35 boule­vard Hauss­mann (9th arr.)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Champs-Élysées

NUMBER: +33 1 42 99 09 08

DEETS: bak­ery, best crois­sants in Paris, posh, vintage

INSTAGRAM: @dalloyauparis

Ladurée

You don’t think of crois­sants when you think of Ladurée. Why would you? Some­what like an ear­ly influ­encer who owned the space by exist­ing with a iPhone cam­era, Ladurée deft­ly insin­u­at­ed their name in the Holy Book right next to mac­aron. They’re a pret­ty old insti­tu­tion and have vehe­ment­ly estab­lished them­selves as the inter­na­tion­al sup­pli­er for those adorable sand­wich cook­ies us Fran­cophiles love so much. But their posh pas­tel store­fronts have a lot more to offer than just mac­arons, and if they’re great at mak­ing pos­si­bly the most dif­fi­cult cook­ie to bake in the world, it stands to rea­son that they’re pret­ty good at mak­ing every­thing else. So try a crois­sant along with your crate of mac­arons, you won’t be sor­ry. Can one ever tru­ly be sor­ry in a Parisian bakery? 

ADDRESS: 16 Rue Royale (8th arr.) / 99 Rue de Riv­o­li Emplace­ment M11 (1st arr.) / 14 Rue de Bre­tagne (3rd arr.) / 21 Rue Bona­parte (6th arr.) / 47 Rue Cler (7th arr.) / 75 Ave des Champs-Élysées (8th arr.) / 62 Bd Hauss­mann (9th arr.) / Gare de Lyon (12th arr.) / 15 Rue Linois (15th arr.)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Con­corde

NUMBER: +33 1 42 60 21 79

DEETS: worth the flight, bak­ery, best crois­sants in Paris, posh, vin­tage, institution

INSTAGRAM: @maisonladuree

L’Autre Boulange

L’Autre Boulange (the oth­er bak­er) is a sim­plis­tic, high qual­i­ty bak­ery offer­ing sev­er­al inter­est­ing vari­eties of breads with Nordic roots in addi­tion to their deli­cious crois­sants. Mul­ti­ple locations.

ADDRESS: 43 Rue de Mon­treuil (11th arr.) / 12 Place de la Nation (12th arr.)

HOURS: closed Mondays

NEIGHBORHOOD:Faid­herbe / Charonne / Aligre

NUMBER: +33 1 43 72 86 04

DEETS: bak­ery, best crois­sants in Paris

INSTAGRAM: @lautreboulangerie

Terroirs d’Avenir

Ter­roirs d’Avenir (Lands of the Future) start­ed as an ambi­tious project to bring togeth­er small French agri­cul­tur­ists and the best Parisian restau­rants. That dream not only came true, but turned into a mini-empire of high-qual­i­ty prod­ucts. They occu­py few con­cen­trat­ed spots around the city, mak­ing their sig­na­ture shops a small con­sulates for organ­ic food. Their bak­eries are no dif­fer­ent — tra­di­tion­al bread, rus­tic vien­nois­eries, sand­wich­es and brioches made with sea­son­al prod­ucts; all of them so appeal­ing that may may for­get for a moment that you only came here for a sim­ple crois­sant. Do your­self a favor and buy some­thing for lat­er — or you risk end­ing up search­ing for their anoth­er loca­tion, instead of explor­ing the city itself. 

ADDRESS: 3 rue du Nil (2nd arr.) / 17 boule­vard Mor­land (4th arr.) / 8 rue Paul Bert (11th arr.) / 90 rue Jean-Pierre Tim­baud (11th arr.)

HOURS: closed Mondays

NEIGHBORHOOD: Faid­herbe / Charonne / Aligre

NUMBER: +33 1 84 79 88 19

DEETS: organ­ic, best crois­sants in Paris, insti­tu­tion, bobo

INSTAGRAM: @terroirsdavenir

 

Les Copains du Faubourg

In the bio of this arti­san boulan­gerie we read their prod­ucts are « cool, tasty and home­made ». Hon­est­ly, what else do you need? From sim­ple crois­sants to elab­o­rat­ed cakes, every­thing the Friends from Faubourg touch, turn into gold(en pieces of deliciousness).

ADDRESS: 237 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine (12th arr.)

HOURS: closed on weekends

NEIGHBORHOOD: Bastille / Arsenal

DEETS:  best crois­sants in Paris, cakes, friend­ly staff 

INSTAGRAM: @lesco­pains­d­u­faubourg

 
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