You can’t turn down a croissant when you’re in Paris. These traditional Austrian pastries made their way over to France and into the capital back in the 1900s and have become a staple in continental breakfasts since.
These are multiple bakeries and croissanteries around the city selling all manner of buttery doughed croissants to the masses. You just need to stroll along the streets of Paris in the wee hours and you can smell the fresh dough being baked ready for the early commuters and eager tourists.
We made it our mission to set to the streets of Paris and do a taste test; all in the name of research. Below are our top five places for croissants in Paris. You can thank us later!
Deliciously light and crispy, the definition of the perfect croissant! It scores full marks on our taste criteria. The use of natural liquid yeast is key to the unique quality of their products and though the careful baking takes hours, the result is irresistibly mouthwatering! Eric Kayser’s fantastic croissants can be found in about 20 bakeries in Paris, but we recommend the very first one, 8 rue Monge
Address: 8 rue Monge, 75005 Paris
Opening times: 6:45am to 8:30pm – closed on Tuesdays
The founder Gontran Cherrier has lived and breathed the life of a true “Boulanger” from a very young age. Having grown up in a family of bakers and pastry makers, not only has he learnt the tricks of the trade but has also inherited a treasure box of ancestral bread making knowledge. His croissants are pure gold, wonderfully rich and buttery.
Address: 22 rue Caulaincourt – 75018 Paris
Opening times: 7.30am – 8pm (Monday – Saturday) 8am – 8pm (Sunday)
Many products here are prize winners, and amongst them are the croissants which have won two prizes in the ‘Concours du Meilleur Croissant au beurre’ (best butter croissant competition). More on the flakey side, they are wonderfully light and flavorsome. They do sell out fast so we recommend you go earlier in the day!
Address: 134 rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris
Opening times: 3pm -2am (Monday – Sunday)
Price range: €1.20
BOULANGERIE LEMARIE – DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER
The bakery itself looks pretty ordinary BUT the croissants are divine! And if you’re feeling in the mood for a croissant but don’t want to wait in those long queues, Boulangerie Lemarie is the place to go! Order online and pick it up when you want. It is a very popular place and they bake all day so that customers can have delicious croissants morning and afternoon.
Address: 16 Rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris
Opening times: 11am – 4pm (Monday – Saturday)
Price range: €1
The glorious smell of the croissants will hit you even before you see them. A very popular bakery much loved for its quality and professional atmosphere. It is said that the flour used in their products is ground in the traditional way through the use of a windmill. When you get there don’t be put off by the queue, it moves quickly!
Address: 69 rue Monge, 75005 Paris
Opening times: 8am – 8pm (Tuesday – Sunday)
Price range: €1
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