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The best croissants in Paris

Pierre Herme's, by Penne Cole

Pierre Herme, by Penne Cole

It’s sinfully buttery yet light as air. It’s savoury yet has a hint of sweetness. It’s got a lightly crunchy crust, and yet it’s pillow-soft inside. The French croissant is a study in contrasts, yet any decent patissier worth their salt can make a good one.

But when Le Figaro, France’s second largest national newspaper, weighs in on where to find the best croissants in Paris, you’d better sit up and take the experts’ word that these are the best of the best.

While house-sitting in the Parisian suburbs for a week, I made it my goal to seek out all of the top ten croissants in town. Shamefully, I only managed to hit five, but in my defence, I was a lone traveller, except for one occasion when my friends joined me for a taste test.

Croissant taste test, by Penne Cole

Croissant taste test, by Penne Cole

To be honest, in a blind taste test, I wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference between any of these croissants. But on the one occasion that I tried bites of three croissants in the same sitting, the differences in taste and texture were a little more apparent. Some were slightly more on the savoury side while others leaned to the sweet. One even had a vaguely plastic taste, although by then, I could have been on a croissant overdose.

If you’re in search of the best croissants in Paris, you won’t go far wrong with these bakeries. But if there’s one thing I’ve learnt in my quest for the best, it’s that to have a truly great croissant, you’ll need to get them early in the morning when they are fresh out of the oven.

Best croissants in Paris, 2013, by Le Figaro

1. Pierre Herme, 72 rue Bonaparte, 6th

At the top of the list is Pierre Herme, a man more famous for his decadent macarons than his croissants. At 1.50 Euros per croissant, these are the most expensive croissants from a bakery that I’ve come across so far (Angelina’s jaw-dropping four Euro offering doesn’t really count since they are more of a restaurant), but you better believe they are worth it.

2. Sebastian Gaudard, 22 rue des Martyrs, 9th

Sebastian Gaudard, by Penne Cole

Sebastian Gaudard, by Penne Cole

3. Bread and Roses, 72 rue Madame, 6th

4. Landemaine, 26 rue des Martyrs, 9th

5. Des gateaux et du pain, 63 boulevard Pasteur, 15th

6. Boulangerie Julien Nelly, 85 rue Saint-Dominiqiue, 7th

7. Delmontel, 38 rue des Martyrs, 9th

8. Ble Sucre, 7 rue Antoine-Vollon, 12th (This one is close to Gare de Lyon, and is one of food blogger, David Lebovitz’s favourites)

9. Gerard Mulot, 76 rue de Seine, 6th

10. Dominique Saibron, 77 ave du Gal-Leclerc, 14th

Tasting tips

If you want to take a similar croissant taste test, hitting the ones on Rue des Martyrs, which is conveniently home to three of the top ten croissants in town, is the easiest and most convenient thing to do.

Alternatively, the three patisseries in the 6th arrondissement are within walking distance of each other, and it’s a great neighbourhood to stroll around.

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7 comments on “The best croissants in Paris

  1. parul
    May 21, 2013

    Had awesome croissants for breakfast though i am sure ones from India might not compare to ones in Paris but you just made me crave some

    • Penne Cole
      May 22, 2013

      Thanks Parul 🙂 I hope you’ll get the chance to come to Paris someday and try the ones here for yourself!

  2. Dan Campagnolo
    July 6, 2013

    Penne, thanks for this post! We just did a pain au chocolat taste-off among the three patisseries in the 6th. Pierre Herme (best chocolate) and Gerard Mulot (best bread) were our favorites. In terms of customer experience, Pierre was a bit rough and snobbish. Staff def copped some attitude while the staff at Gerard Mulot and Bread & Roses were both friendly, patient and inviting.

    • Penne Cole
      July 7, 2013

      I actually thought the service at Pierre’s was pretty good considering the constant lines in the place. He’s incredibly pricey but oh so worth it.

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