The Best Eclairs in Paris

Did you ever wonder why éclairs are called that? … We’ll tell you anyway: Éclair means lightning bolt in French. And these sausage-shaped pastry perfections got their name because they are so very tasty and so very easy to hold in your bare hands that you can eat a whole one (almost) faster than lightning strikes. Voilà.

L’éclair de Génie

From the name, it’s clear that this place spe­cial­izes in one thing and one thing only: éclairs. From the clas­sic to the design­er (just like the French), you’ll be sure to find one with just the right fill­ing to tick­le your taste­buds. Going there dur­ing the sum­mer time? Get your­self one of their revered frozen éclair pop­si­cles

 

ADDRESS: 14 Rue Pavée, 75004

MÉTRO: Hôtel de Ville (line 1)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Le Marais

NUMBER: +33 1 42 77 86 37

INSTAGRAM: @leclairdegenieofficiel

Boulangerie Utopie

Here lies the cre­ation. If you’re seek­ing that per­fect­ly sculpt­ed patis­serie, this bak­ery has you cov­ered. From rasp­ber­ry to choco­late éclairs, it is no won­der this place is includ­ed in sev­er­al « best bak­eries of Paris ». If you don’t mind the queue (like men­tioned pre­vi­ous­ly, it’s pop­u­lar), this place is a must.

ADDRESS: 20 Rue Jean-Pierre Tim­baud, 75011

MÉTRO: Oberkampf (line 9)

HOURS: Closed on Monday

NEIGHBORHOOD: Oberkampf

NUMBER: +33 9 82 50 74 48

INSTAGRAM: @boulangerieutopie

Carl Marletti

Con­ve­nient­ly locat­ed in the Latin Quar­ter, this bak­ery will def­i­nite­ly sat­is­fy that pas­tryvore in you. Here’s an exam­ple: a choco­late éclair with choco­late fill­ing and nuts run­ning down the side for that crunch fac­tor. Not yet con­vinced? Ok…here’s anoth­er one: a pis­ta­chio-filled éclair with pis­ta­chio bits cov­er­ing the entire pas­try. Imag­ine that crunch.

ADDRESS: 51 Rue Cen­si­er, 75005

MÉTRO: Cen­si­er-Dauben­ton (line 7)

HOURS: Closed on Monday

NEIGHBORHOOD: Latin Quar­ter

NUMBER: +33 1 43 31 68 12

INSTAGRAM: @carlmarletti

Jeffrey Cagnes

When this renowned pas­try chef final­ly opened up his own bak­ery in late 2021, peo­ple went berserk (which is unsur­pris­ing giv­en he alleged­ly and sin­gle-hand­ed­ly revived one of the old­est bak­eries in Paris, Stohrer). As soon as you enter this lit­tle bak­ery, you find your­self in the mid­dle of pas­tries and baked goods. If you want to taste an éclair in a bak­ery which is known by the local food­ies, this is the place.

ADDRESS: 24 Rue des Moines, 75017

MÉTRO: Brochant (line 13)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Batig­nolles

NUMBER: +33 1 42 74 10 68

INSTAGRAM: @jeffreycagnes

Le Petit Grain

If you’re super care­ful about what you put in your body (no preser­v­a­tives, low sug­ar, wan­na-read-all-the-ingre­di­ents type of per­son), wel­come to dessert heav­en. The famous Le Grand Bain par­ty spot opened up a bak­ery ded­i­cat­ed to qual­i­ty, low waste, and afford­abil­i­ty (or so they claim). Either way, their éclairs, along with a num­ber of their oth­er pas­try cre­ations, are baked using nat­ur­al leav­en­ings and organ­ic flour. 

ADDRESS: 7 Rue Denoyez, 75020

MÉTRO: Belleville (line 2)

HOURS: Closed on Mon­day and Tuesday

NEIGHBORHOOD: Belleville

NUMBER: +33 6 34 05 20 28

INSTAGRAM: @lepetitgrainparis

Maison Pradier

This tra­di­tion­al Parisian bak­ery has been win­ning awards régulière­ment since 1859. It’s one of those old bak­eries which you just need to go to if you want to feel that ‘authen­tic Parisian’ vibe.

ADDRESS: 107–109 Rue Saint-Lazare, 75009

MÉTRO: Saint-Lazare (line 13)

NEIGHBORHOOD: Lafayette

NUMBER: +33 1 83 79 98 89

INSTAGRAM: @maisonpradier

Pain Pain

Chic and clas­sic French. That’s all you need to know. Oh…and authen­tic. No crazy over-the-top fla­vors. No gim­micks. No dis­ap­point­ment. Grab your well-deserved éclair and make your way to the top of Sacré-Cœur for that Parisian cher­ry on top (if you haven’t already eat­en it on the way up — remem­ber why they’re called éclairs? Like with oth­er crazy-pop­u­lar places, don’t get put off by the wait­ing line. It’s worth it…very much so.

ADDRESS: 88 R. des Mar­tyrs, 75018

MÉTRO: Pigalle (line 2)

HOURS: Closed on Monday

NEIGHBORHOOD: Mont­martre

NUMBER: +33 1 42 23 62 81

INSTAGRAM: @painpain_paris

Sadaharu Aoki

This is what it would look like if a French patis­serie had a baby with Japan­ese ingre­di­ents. Aoki is a Japan­ese pas­try chef whose style is defined by his min­i­mal­is­tic style paired with extreme­ly strict French pas­try tech­niques. From green tea mac­arons to matcha crois­sants and black sesame éclairs; it’s like land­ing in an alter­nate universe.

ADDRESS: 35 Rue de Vau­gi­rard, 75006

MÉTRO: Rennes (line 12)

HOURS: Closed on Monday

NEIGHBORHOOD: Jardin du Luxembourg

NUMBER: +33 1 45 44 48 90

INSTAGRAM: @sadaharu_aoki

Sain Boulangerie

Once you get there, you might get lucky and spot a pas­try chef walk­ing out of a build­ing with fresh­ly baked goods and walk into this quaint shop. It’s small, very small. So peo­ple walk in and out with trays and trays of baked delights, which can only be described as ‘I feel like I’m in the hus­tle and bus­tle of the kitchen from the movie Rata­touille and I’ve nev­er felt more like I’m in the heart of Paris’. Also, it’s one of those bak­eries that local Parisians go to as part of their dai­ly routine.

ADDRESS: 13 Rue Alib­ert, 75010

MÉTRO: Goncourt (line 11)

HOURS: Closed on Monday

NEIGHBORHOOD: Canal St. Martin

NUMBER: +33 7 61 23 49 44

INSTAGRAM: @sain_boulangerie

Stohrer

This place holds the title for the old­est bak­ery in Paris. Opened in 1730, they are still con­sid­ered one of the best places to go get that French pas­try that you’ve always want­ed to try. You know those éclairs and mac­arons that you dream about? They look extreme­ly sim­i­lar to the ones you find at Stohrer. If you don’t mind the ele­vat­ed price (a quick reminder that you are in Paris and that in itself comes with a price), then this small bak­ery won’t dis­ap­point, as it’s also very old-Paris pret­ty inside.

ADDRESS: 51 Rue Mon­torgueil, 75002

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

NEIGHBORHOOD: Les Halles

NUMBER: +33 1 42 33 38 20

INSTAGRAM: @stohrer

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