It’s a common fact that no Parisian breakfast would be complete without a croissant… or two!
But while it’s hard to find a bad bakery in the city, when it comes to pastries, you should only settle for the greatest.
Amazing news: you can stop searching now! We’ve done all the work and gone on a mission to find the best croissant in Paris. The best part? We’re sharing the results with you. Here are 6 exquisite croissants that you’ll want to devour until the very last crumb!
1. Maison Pichard
A family business for over 20 years, Maison Pichard is the ideal place to go for a traditional, yet memorable croissant. A few years back, owner and baker Frédéric Pichard won an award for best croissant in Paris, and a single bite into his perfectly flaky and airy creation will tell you just why.
Be sure to drop by Maison Pichard as their buttery beauties will not leave you indifferent!
2. Café Pouchkine
Take your breakfast or tea break to a whole new level with a croissant from Café Pouchkine. Located on the Place de la Madeleine, this elegant café will charm you with its sophisticated salons, stylish ambiance, and most importantly, its almighty croissant a la vanille.
Traditional-looking on the outside, the appetizing golden treat is bound to win you over with its subtle but distinct bourbon vanilla filling.
Insider’s Tip: pair it with a scrumptious hot chocolate. You’ll think you’ve died and gone straight to croissant heaven!
3. Stohrer: Best Almond Croissant in Paris
Nestled on the lively rue Montorgueil, Stohrer’s first claim to fame is as the oldest pâtisserie in the city. The legendary establishment was founded in 1730 by King Louis XV’s pastry chef, Nicolas Stohrer, and is known to make the best almond croissant in Paris.
Wait no more and get in line with the regulars to try this heavenly pastry. It is lightly dusted with icing sugar and heavy with delicious almond cream. Simply to die for!
4. Laurent Duchêne
The MOF or “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” is a prestigious title awarded to the best craftsmen in the country. What better place to buy your pastries than from one of the few celebrated winners, Laurent Duchêne? Located in the 13th arrondissement, his bakery is worth checking out for the croissants alone.
For a truly decadent treat, though, you’ll not want to miss the exquisite croissant au chocolat: tender layers of dough covered in rich chocolate, with a praline filling you won’t soon forget!
5. Du Pain et des Idées
Situated just a few steps from the scenic Canal St Martin, Du Pain et des Idées is just the place you’ll want to visit after skipping stones on the river Seine in true Amélie style.
Here, the bread and pastries are made with skill and expertise by master boulanger Christophe Vasseur. The acclaimed artisan baker is famous for only using high-quality ingredients, so his croissants are pure butter and pure bliss!
6. La Maison d’Isabelle: Best Croissant in Paris 2018
In the heart of the Latin Quarter, La Maison d’Isabelle specializes in baked goods made with organic butter and flour. The award-winning croissants are perfectly puffy, deliciously flaky, and a pleasure to indulge in no matter the time of day. Don’t take our word for it though—Maison d’Isabelle took home the 2018 top prize for the best croissant in Paris. If you’re still not convinced, they also boast some of the best baguettes in Paris.
Address: 47ter Boulevard Saint-Germain
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15 years may have passed since Parisian-bred Sophie embarked on new adventures abroad, yet her love for French food has never diminished. Every few months, she returns to the capital for one main reason: vanilla macarons.