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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.
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.
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
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
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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