Paris by Mouth

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My top 10 (okay, maybe 14?) bakeries/pastry/food shops in Paris.

It would not be an understatement to say that while I was in Paris I hunted down as many of the Parisian pâtisserie and boulangerie in my vicinity, and ate all the time.  Paris is a dangerous place when it comes to my love of sweet and baked goods.  Oh, and did I mention my sister and I love cheese?  So, the danger levels were pretty high.

Thanks to a great food guide, we smashed our way through as many bakeries and pastry shops we could get to, and thanks to the convenience of local markets and supermarkets, my sister and I lived off a diet of deliciousness while we were in Paris.

Here’s my top 10 for travellers who, like me, would only have our feet and public transport while in Paris.

If you are running super short on time, you could head to the one stop shop Galeries Lafayette’s Gourmet.  Here you’ll have access to an amazing cheese section and all of Paris’ beautiful haute patisserie (e.g. Pierre Hermé, L’Éclair De Génie, Sadaharu Aoki – the green tea goodies are great, and Liberté just to name a few).

Anyway, here’s a bit more information on my faves:

  • Pierre Hermé – this is THE place for macarons.  Their macarons are not overly sweet and the subtleties of all the unique flavours really come through!  Once you go Pierre Hermé, you can’t go back…!
  • Du Pain et des Idées – 34 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris, France – located in the Canal Saint Martin district.  Why have I given you the address?  That’s because there is only one of these in Paris, and you MUST go there.  There is no other option.  This bakery is like a Disneyland of bakeries – not the scale or anything, more so the experience.  The divine smell of freshly baked goods, the romantic powder blue and glittering gold interior of this place, and of course the truly delicious pastries and bread.  EAT:  pain des amies and escargots.
  • La Crêperie de Josselin – 67 Rue du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris, France.  Again, the location is important.  I wouldn’t want you walking into the wrong creperie (there are many along this street similarly named, so be warned!).  This is the place where you need to go to eat delicious traditional crepes.  From savoury to sweet to the Normandy style set-up of the restaurant, I guarantee that you’ll be in crepe heaven.  NOTE:  pretty popular during lunch time so you might have to wait for a seat.  Great price for this amount of deliciousness too!
  • Ladurée – the modern Marie Antoinette is how I would personify Ladurée.  Sit yourselves down in the cafe/restaurant and unwind like Marie Antoinette would, or take some delicacies away to enjoy at a park.  Either way, you’re guaranteed great pastries and desserts here.
  • L’Eclair de Genie – faaaaancy eclairs.  If you want some delicious fancy eclairs, come here.  Mind you, you’ll find good (and a lot cheaper) eclairs other places in Paris.  But L’Eclair de Genie takes eclairs to a whole new level.  I went to the one on Rue de Pavee on my way to Rue des Archives to explore the Marais area.
  • La Maison du Chounot too far from Notre Dame, we popped into this wee little place quite by chance while exploring the area.  Ok not really by chance – quite deliberately – we saw them piping their chou pastries, and we knew we had to have it.  Boy oh boy, these chou pastries were really something else!  The pastry was delicious and the cream so decadent (not too sweet, and with a slight tang).  Freshly piped to order, there’s no reason not to get these bad boys.
  • Hank Burger – this is quite a random suggestion but I walked into Hank Burger quite by chance while exploring Rue des Archives (in the Marais area).  Not quite the traditional French experience but the vegan burgers and delicious fries are bomb though!
  • Liberté – great pastries and baked goods.  Pop in to sit down or just to take away.
  • Maison Georges Larnicol – known for their chocolate.  But hey, the salted caramel though.  Is to die for.  TIP:  There is one near the Sacre Couer.
  • Pain de Sucre – again, another great place in Le Marais.
  • La Pâtisserie des Rêves – Along Rue de Bac, you’ll find this place of dreams.  The shop not only looks dreamy and very artistic, but the selection is also mouthwatering.  The experience of going to this shop is a treat in itself.
  • Le Grenier à Pain – In the Montmatre area, this cheap and cheery place will not disappoint you.  Get yourself the classics:  a religieuse (praying nun pastry), an eclair, croissant, or a baguette here!
  • Boco is a great place to stop by for a quick meal while you’re out and about exploring the main sights of Paris.  It’s conveniently located near the Lourve, Le Palais Royal, and Galeries Lafayette.  Reasonably priced and quality convenient food.  Another great place if you’re looking for more freshly baked bread and great sandwiches is Eric Kayser.
  • And of course, crack some creme brulee and live out your Amelie moment at Café des 2 Moulins in Montmatre.

Random tidbit:  Vietnamese food is actually pretty great in Paris!

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