Baguettes are pretty much synonymous with France. You can’t go to Paris and not have one! Find out where the best ones are below.
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The Best Baguettes in Paris
Along with cheese and wine, bread is one of the most famous French culinary delights. It’s an integral part of French culture – so much so, that the French government has created specific laws about bread production, called the Décret Pain. The law states that traditional baguettes have to be made on the premises they’re sold and can only be made with four ingredients: wheat flour, water, salt and yeast. They also can’t be frozen at any stage or contain additives or preservatives (this also means they will go stale within 24 hours, so don’t plan on hanging onto your baguette for long).
Baguettes normally sell for a little over a euro, so you don’t have much of an excuse to not try one on your trip. One easy way to taste authentic French baguettes is on our Le Marais Food Tour, where we’ll take you to some of the best spots in the city. But if you want to explore more on your own, we’ve got you covered too. Get ready to waltz into a bakery and request ‘Une baguette, s’il vous plait! ‘
One pro tip: Always look for a sign or sticker on bakery storefronts that reads ‘Artisan Boulanger’. This seal of authenticity guarantees that the bread was baked fresh in that bakery, and that you’re not accidentally heading into a shop that sells bread which was made elsewhere.
Maison Julien-Les Saveurs de Pierre Demours
Did you know there’s a yearly competition to determine the best baguette in Paris? Well, there is, and this bakery was awarded the best baguette in Paris in 2020! We recommend ordering a “baguette tradition” here, which is a bit thicker than a regular baguette and normally darker in color. This will have a tastier crunch to it, and you can guarantee it’ll be handmade the old-fashioned way.
The winner of the Best Baguette in Paris competition gets to serve as the official supplier of baguettes to the Elysées Palace in Paris, home of the French President. If these baguettes are good enough for the French President, you better believe they’re worth a stop!
Address: 13 Rue Pierre Demours, 75017 Paris | Tel: +33 1 45 72 46 78
Hours: Every day 7AM-7PM
La Maison d’Isabelle
You’ll find La Maison d’Isabelle on Paris’s Left Bank, in the Latin Quarter. A few days a week, the Maubert Market – one of the oldest and most authentic outdoor markets in Paris – takes place right in front of the bakery. They make their own yeast here, which creates an incredibly fresh taste. Their traditional baguette, called the ‘Baguette Isabelle’ here, costs only one euro.
On a side note, this bakery was voted best croissant in 2018, so you’ll want to pick up one of those along with a baguette when you stop by.
Address: 47 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75005 Paris | Tel: +33 1 43 54 04 14
Hours: Tues – Sat 6PM – 7PM
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Le Grenier à Pain
A great bakery where all products are made on site and fresh daily, as they should be. Le Grenier à Pain is actually a chain, with about a dozen locations in Paris. This location is our favorite and ranks as our top spot for baguettes in Montmartre, one of the must-see neighborhoods in the city. It’s previously won the competition for best baguette in Paris and with good reason!
Address: 38 Rue des Abbesses, 75018 Paris | Tel: +33 1 46 06 41 81
Hours: Mon – Sat 12PM – 1:30PM | 8PM – 9:30PM
Du Pain et des Idées
We admit to cheating a bit on this one, since our recommendation at Du Pain et des Idées is not actually their baguette. Instead, it’s their ‘Pain des Amis’, which literally translates to ‘bread of friends’ and is actually now a registered trademark. While it’s full recipe hasn’t been disclosed, it’s renowned for its thick, crunchy crust and fluffy interior, with somewhat of a nutty taste. I’s unlike anything you’ve ever tasted, and is one of the top breads to taste in the city.
Du Pain et des Idées is one of the most well-known bakeries in Paris. They dedicate themselves to being a true boulangerie – unlike most shops, they only produce bread and a few breakfast pastries like croissants, but no pastries such as cakes, pies, and the like. The bakery itself has been there since 1875 and has maintained its historic look, which adds to the charm when picking up your bread.
Address: 34 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris | Tel: +33 1 42 40 44 52
Hours: Mon – Fri 6:45AM – 8PM
Poilâne’s flagship store has been at this location since 1932, when baker Pierre Poilâne established it. Since then, it’s been passed down in the family and is now on it’s 3rd generation of Poilâne ownership. Over the years, this has become one of the most famous bakeries in Paris.
Like Du Pain et des Idées, while they have great baguettes, their star bread is actually their signature loaf. It’s made with four ingredients: sourdough, stone-ground wheat flour, water and sea salt from Guérande. Each loaf receives a brand of a large letter P, and each one weighs about four pounds, so get ready to chow down!
Address: 8 Rue du Cherche-Midi, 75006 Paris | Tel: +33 1 45 48 42 59
Hours: Mon – Sat 7:15AM – 8PM
L’Essentiel Mouffetard – Anthony Bosson
This bakery earned second place in the Best Baguette in Paris competition in 2020. They’ve created their own version of the traditional baguette, called La Flûte Bosson, which has a mixture of a sweet and slightly sour taste. This type of baguette is made with minimal yeast, so it can also be preserved longer than most other baguettes. They spend more than twenty four hours preparing the dough for this recipe, so it’s safe to say they care about quality.
Address: 2 Rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris | Tel: +33 9 67 12 86 64
Hours: Tues – Fri 7AM – 8:30PM | Sat – Sun 7AM – 8PM
An excellent bakery run by owners Jean-Philippe and Tatiana Lardeux. Jean-Philippe has been working in bakeries since he was sixteen years old, and his experience shows. While they have various types of bread for sale, we recommend going with the standard ‘baguette tradition’ as always. The bakery has a few solid deals, such as a croissant and an espresso for two euros.
Address: 63 Rue Caulaincourt, 75018 Paris | Tel: +33 1 42 64 56 11
Hours: Fri – Tues 7:30AM – 7PM