For the past few years I have been triple taste-testing patisseries, bakeries, ice creameries and dessert havens in the city of Paris. France is of course the home to pastry and Paris is the jewel in its crown. As someone who solemnly believes that food cures and conquers all, I’ve put together a list of the most delightful sweet stores you will find in Paris so that if you’re anything like me, you’ll be inspired to frolic around the city ticking each one off like a check list you know you were born to complete. So here it is… the ultimate sweets tour of Paris!
The ultimate sweets tour of Paris
A l’Étoile d’Or
30, rue Fontaine (9e)
This bakery is quintessential “old Paris” – complete with an old cash register, a charming owner of 40 years (Denise) and some of the most gorgeous packaged sweeties you will find in the city.
Best For: Gifts for home in quaint little jars and containers.
A la Flûte Gana
226, rue des Pyrenees (20e)
An unassuming little bakery well in to the residential neighbourhood of the 20e, where classic French pastries waft through the entrance and lure you in to the pastry heaven that awaits!
Best For: The baguettes here are top knotch.
A la Mère de Famille
33-35, rue de Faubourg Montmartre (9e)
With multiple locations in Paris, this beautiful little chocolaterie has really made a name for itself in Paris. Known mostly only to locals, you know you will not be disappointed by putting yourself in to the hands of the shopkeeper who will guide you through the flavours that are always in abundance. They’ve got great macarons, too!
Best For: chocolates – lots of them.
16, rue Ste Anne
If French fusion food is your thing then you’ll have a great ol’ time at Aki Boulanger, who use matcha green tea in a variety of their pastries, using their Japanese influence to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind pastries.
Best For: Pastries! I’d skip the bread here as you will find much better elsewhere.
226, rue de Rivoli (1er)
If you’ve ever been to Paris before then you would have at least heard of Angelina (or if you’re like me, have been there more times than you can count!) Despite attracting tourists by the truck load, Angelina is a glorious tea house that was once frequented by the like of Audrey Hepburnin its golden days, and is still considered one of the trendiest spots to slowly sip your tea (or hot chocolate for me) amongst the chandeliers, hand-painted wall decor and gorgeous fine china.
Best For: Afternoon tea – pastries and hot chocolates are the winners!
23, rue Rambuteau (4e)
In need of a non-Frenchie sugar hit? For cupcakes and cheesecakes galore, expats of Paris know to head directly to Berko. I would advise getting here before noon as in the afternoons they are known for selling out (not hard to see why). Great flavours and oodles of frosting.
Best for: Cupcakes & Cheesecakes
29-31, rue Saint-Louis en I’île (4e)
Two words: ice cream. Four words: the best in Paris. You won’t find any other recommendations on this list because in truth, there is nowhere better in Paris for luxurious, indulgent ice creams and sorbets with classic and inventive flavours. The area is worthy of an hour out of your day, just to stroll and enjoy the atmosphere of old Paris.
Best for: Ice cream of course!
7, rue Antoine Vollon (12e)
Home to one of the flakiest croissants in Paris (so flaky that you can quite literally hear it as you bite in) for less than two euros. Yep, it is worth the walk.
Best for: Croissants
155, Boulevard Saint-Germain
Another patisserie in Paris I adore and have full faith you will too, is Cafe Pouchkine. Don’t be fooled by the finesse of these pastries – the owners are in fact Russia and the store’s roots lie in Moscow. Bringing a little over-the-top Russian glamour to the Paris pastry scene, this is a stop that cannot be missed for any pastry lover.
Best for: Beautiful interior and beautifully placed pastries
25, Place des Vosges (4e)
If I could pick just one sweets spot in Paris to recommend you stop at, Carette would be it. Although their first location is more appropriate for tourists (a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower), their second location opposite Place des Vosges is by far my preference out of the two. The glorious square public square sitting opposite Carette is the perfect place to sit with your treats and let time pass you by (if you ask me, it is the prettiest public square in Paris).
Best For: Macarons and delicate pastries (I hear the coffee is pretty good too)
51, rue Censier (5e)
Although a little out of the way, that is all part of the charm behind Carl Marletti – arguably the best French patisserie in Paris and thankfully, one of Paris’ best kept secrets!
Best For: Fine pastries
Du Pain et Des Idées
34, rue Yves Toudic (10e)
If you’re looking for the best croissant in Paris then look no further – no one beats Du Pain. This small bakery in the 10th arrondissement focuses on doing a few things and doing them really well. Be prepared to queue – this is one of the hottest spots in town!
Best for: The best croissant in Paris
33, rue Danielle Casanova (1er)
With multiple locations throughout Paris, Eric Kayser is a household name in Paris. It is here where you will find gorgeous pastries, delicate desserts and delicious croissants. For a one stop shop, look no further.
Best for: A little bit of everything!
133, rue de Turenne (3e)
Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Jacques Genin has an incredibly high reputation in Paris for being one of the cities’ best chocolatiers.
Best for: Chocolate!
231, rue Saint-Honoré (1er)
So… chocolate… got room for more? You’ll also find this chocolatier to be an exceptional choice, also having numerous locations throughout Paris.
Best for: Chocolate!
La Pâtisserie des Rêves
93, rue de Longchamp (16e)
A beautiful and delicate patisserie with pops of colour galore, you’ll find this to be an experience in itself. Although expensive, each pastry is entirely worth every bite!
Best for: Pretty, delicate pastries in a beautiful store
21, rue Bonaparte (6e)
16, rue Royale (8e)
75, avenue des Champs-Élysées (8e)
How could a sweets tour of Paris be complete without a visit to the world famous, deliciously delightful Ladurée! While the pastries are pretty and the tea setting quaint, the true winners here are the macarons!
Best for: Macarons (classic flavours)
10, rue Saint-Antoine (4e)
Next on our sweets tour os Paris is an old classic. Lenotre is filled with delicate pastries in a range of colours and designs.
Best for: Pastries
Lili’s Brownies Café
35, rue du Dragon (6e)
Located in one of my all-time favourite neighbourhoods in Paris, Saint Germain, Lili’s Brownies Cafe is a great little spot to sit back with a coffee and cake and not pay an arm + leg for it (unlike many other cafes in this pricey neighbourhood!)
Best for: Cheap eats and delicious loaf cake!
72, rue Bonaparte (6e)
With a handful of locations in Pairs and arguably the best macarons in the city (some say Pierre, some say Ladurée and many forget that Pierre once worked for Ladurée!) Pierre’s macarons are undeniably fantastic, however if you ask me you’ll get the best classic flavours at his main competitor (Ladurée) and the best fun, inventive flavours at Pierre’s.
Best for: Macarons (of the adventurous kind!)
35, rue Rambuteau
If you’ve ever heard of praluline, the candied nut praline brioche, then look no further than a visit to Pralus. This baker is commended for his unique brioche, but also has a range of pastries and macarons for choice!
Best for: Praluline!
30, rue Debelleyme (3e)
For no-nonsense baked goods in a homely setting, head to Rose Bakery. There’s a full lunch menu available but if you’re a sweet tooth like me, you won’t be able to pass up the individual carrot cakes – to die for!
Best for: Homely baked goods
56, boulevard de Port Royal (5e)
With a handful of locations in Paris, Sadaharu Aoki has quickly built up an enviable reputation in Paris. Here you will find perhaps the most delicate pastries in all of Paris, with unique flavour combinations to keep visitors intirgued.
Best for: Matcha flavoured pastries
22 Rue des Martyrs
Located on one of the few streets in Paris that has been untouched by time and gentrification, Sébastien Gaudard’s patisserie is one to be celebrated (and visited frequently!) Although a little pricier than other patisseries in the neighbourhood leading to Montmartre, the pastries are also better than most – so entirely worth the price. The shopfront is gorgeous, too!
Best for: Pastries and enviable location on the Rue des Martrys