While Paris is known for many things including its beautiful cobbled streets, the Eiffel Towel, beautiful gardens, delicious food, and last but absolutely not least, the pastries. There are endless possibilities when it comes to trying delicious treats while in this incredible city, and with so much variety, there is a pastry out there for everyone. So how do you know which pastry shop to visit? While we think that wandering around and finding any that you think looks good, these are pastry shops that absolutely cannot be missed.
Yann Couvrer combines the classic with the modern, offering up perfectly executed favorites like millefeuilles (which sell out each morning, so get there early!) and lemon tart, eclairs, and the beloved Paris Brest.
Pierre Herme is one of the most creative pastry chefs in the game, and his macarons are famous for incorporating unusual and interesting flavors including olive oil with mandarin orange, jasmine tea, passionfruit and milk chocolate, and apricot pistachio. In addition to the macaron, you’ll find endless more gorgeous and delicious pastries.
Du Pain et des Idees
Considered by many to be the best bakery in the whole ciiy, Du Pain et des Idees is definitely one of the most creative places churning out pastries and bread every day. You can try their famous chocolate pistachio “escargots,” which are not snails but delicious pastries, or any of their specialty items like their turmeric bread, which is divine.
Perhaps the most famous and beloved bread bakery in Paris, Poilâne’s miche de pain is its signature loaf: a thick crust with a dense crumb that complements any meal, topping, or just enjoyed on its own. Anyone who has a weakness for bread absolutely must visit. For those with a sweet tooth, do not worry, as you can try their incredible apple tart.
Stohrer has the honor of being called Paris’s oldest bakery, as it has been around since 1730. Located on Rue Montorgueil, it’s on a street full of bustling crowds and world class food locations. It is said that Nicolas Stohrer studied with pastry chefs in the kitchens of the King of Poland and was brought by the king’s daughter, who became the wife of King Louis XV, to Versaille. He opened up his shop five years later, and it continues on to this day. It is designed in a lavish style which helps get you in the Versaille mentality as you select which delectable treat you want to try.