The 5 most brilliant bakeries Paris

Du Pain et des Idées

34 rue Yves Toudic

+33 (0)1 42 40 44 52

www.dupainetdesidees.com

This store, which dates from 1870, has managed to retain its charm with its painted glass ceilings and its bevelled mirrors. Christophe Vasseur brought this bakery to life, opening Du pain et des Idées here, which has become very popular. People come from all over Paris for the famous pain des amis, the Mouna brioche or la tendresse aux pommes. A range of authentic products, prepared in accordance with the classic French tradition. The only sour note: the bakery is closed on the weekend.

Blé Sucré

7 rue Antoine Vollon

+33 (0)1 43 40 77 73

The best baguettes are often found in neighbourhood bakeries like at Blé Sucré, a small bakery/pastry shop owned by Fabrice Le Bourdat, who used to work at Hôtel Bristol. The twisted baguette is simply delicious but wait until you’ve tasted the croissants and the ravishing pastries which are also worth the detour. There are a few tables in front of the shop, facing square Trousseau. The perfect place for a breakfast on the fly

Poilâne

8 rue du Cherche-Midi

+33 (0)1 45 48 42 59

www.poilane.com

Not much has changed since this bakery opened in 1932. The loaves are still hand-fashioned and cooked in a wood-fired oven. And although Poilâne’s best known product is its bread, the Punitions, tiny buttery crisp cookies, are the bakery’s other best-seller. These perfectly round cookies with their scalloped edge are simply inimitable. The charm of the main bakery in Saint-Germain-des-Prés is the perfect setting for a real taste sensation.

Panifica

15 avenue Trudaine

+33 (0)1 53 20 91 18

This large traditional bakery sells breads made with organic flour and starter. This traditional commitment to the art of bread making only enhances the bread’s taste. Here you will find novelty flavours and fragrances like the pretty dark rye bread (called tourte de seigle) or kamut bread. There are a few tables available for breakfast.

Boris Lumé

48 rue Caulaincourt

+33 (0)1 46 06 96 71

This bakery is listed as a historical monument and is owned by a young Franco-Asian couple. It is a must see during any visit to Montmartre. Its postcard setting truly epitomises Paris as everyone knows it but at the same time this bakery is also renowned for its savoir-faire. Everyone adores the traditional baguette but Lumé’s pastries like pain au chocolat or the brioche with almond meal are just as delicious.

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