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Bread has an iconic role in French gastronomy, so much so that it even has an annual festival (la Fete du pain) dedicated to it.
On a visit to Paris head straight for the very best boulangerie the city has to offer and discover baguettes and artisanal breads like you've never tried before.
Here's our pick of the newest and the finest bakeries across the city worthy of a visit when in town.
11 of the Best Boulangerie in Paris
Best Boulangerie in Paris
1. Mamiche, in 9th
Mamiche bakery open in the summer of 2018 in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, with Le Cordon Bleu trained Cécile Khayat and Victoria Effanntin, a graduate of CAP Bakery at the helm. The two young women offer sourdough bread, honeycombed loaves, as well as bread with pumpkin seeds or dried fruit. Their signature bread? A loaf of red wheat from the Roc raised with a hint of chestnut honey. We also recommend you to taste their babka which is simply divine!
Where? Mamiche, 45 rue Condorcet, 75009 Paris
2. B.O.U.L.O.M. by JULIEN DUBOUÉ
After having entertained all of Paris with his South-West cuisine at A.Noste, Julien Duboué opened B.O.U.L.O.M. last April, a bakery-pastry-restaurant located in the 18th arrondissement of the capital. Bread, pissaladière, croissants, fruit cakes ... The landais chef has fun and creates a buzz, once again. To test? The apple slipper crispy!
Where? B.O.U.L.O.M., 181 rue Ordoner, 75018 Paris.
3. The French Bastards
The French Bastards is a brand new Parisian bakery that opened on January 4th at the popular Rue Oberkampf. Here Julien, Emmanuel and David offer a multitude of bread made from carefully selected flours as well as generous sandwiches and creative pastries. You won't be able to leave without having tasted the cruffin, a hybrid creation between the croissant and the muffin.
Where? The French Bastards, 61 rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris
4. Ten Belles Bread
Pain au seigle, pain au levain, focaccia... Ten Belles Bread offers a multitude of breads that have already conquered all the inhabitants of the neighbourhood and even some restaurants. At lunchtime, you can also enjoy superb kale, Comté, lemon and spinach sandwiches alongside the classic ham-butter, as well as original and ultra-fresh salads, or homemade pies. You will also love homemade pastries and pastries that are absolutely delicious.
Where? Ten Belles, 17/19 bis rue Bréguet, 75011 Paris.
5. BO & MIE
Located in the busy rue de Turbigo, the BO & MIE bakery prepares daily leavened breads, traditional baguettes or seeds and even loaves with cocoa or dried fruit. The address also offers croissants and rolls of chocolate with amazing puff pastry, as well as fine pastries and classics such as flan or lemon pie.
Where? BO & MIE, 18 rue de Turbigo, 75002 Paris.
6. La Parisienne - Best Baguette in Paris
If the best French baguette is in Brest, the best in Paris can be found at La Parisienne. The owners, Michael Reydelet and Florian Charles, have indeed won the Grand Prix of the best baguette in Paris, organized in the professional chamber of artisan bakers. Since this award, the two friends have even become the official suppliers of the Elysee. So get ready to get up early and queue up a bit before going to the Holy Grail.
Where? La Parisienne, 48 rue Madame, 6e arrondissement.
7 Le Grenier a Pain
In 2015, the same title was held by Djibril Bodian. This craftsman of Senegalese origin has even won the coveted prize (2010) twice thanks to his secret recipe which is now not only highly appreciated by the inhabitants of the 18th arrondissement but elsewhere.
Where? Le Grenier à Pain, 38 rue des Abbesses, 18th arrondissement.
8 La Boulangerie de Thierry Marx
While Thierry Marx is an undisputed star chef, the cook is also a great bakery enthusiast. In his new shop, you will not only find a delicious traditional baguette but also real butter croissants, brioches, pastries and original sandwiches, including "breadmakis", a delight rolled on demand, probably inspired by another great Passion of the chef: Asian cuisine. The bonus? Thierry Marx, as with his restaurant, carefully chooses his products, all from sustainable agriculture and less than 200 km from Paris.
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Where? La Boulangerie de Thierry Marx, 51 rue Laborde, 8th arrondissement.
9 Le Bricheton for Ancient Grain Breads
Le Bricheton is the kind of atypical place that Parisians in the West love. In this bakery, open only 3 days a week for 3 hours, Maxime Bussy offers bread made from old wheat from the Peasant seeds association. Rye pies, khorasan wheat loaves, wholegrain bread ... Here, the old loaves of bread are the stars!
Where? Le Bricheton, 50 rue de la Réunion, 20e arrondissement.
Humphris is more like a grocery store than a traditional bakery. Here, there are vegetables grown by the father, but also bread made by the son, Dan, all produced from the wheat of their land or those of neighbouring farmers in Yvelines. Whole bread, German pumpernickel, country bread ... It's hard to resist any of these breads cooked in the wood-fired oven.
Where? Humphris, 1 Milton Street, 9th District.
11 DU PAIN ET DES IDÉES
Elected best baker of Paris by Gault & Millau 2010, Christophe Vasseur arrived late to the trade. Intended for a career as a senior executive, he eventually embarked on a career as a baker aged 33, as an apprentice in a shop in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. He finally passed his CAP as a free candidate in 2002 and today owns one of the few bakeries where everything is done the old fashioned way. In his shop the range of products may be small but quality is high.
Vasseur only uses natural yeast, and ferments his baguettes for 8 hours. If you go to his shop in the 10th arrondissement, taste the "bread of friends", a tasty bread with hazelnut and yellow bread. You'll also probably go weak at the knees at the sight of his famous chocolate pistachio, praline, lemon nut, etc rolls!
Where? Du Pain et Des Idees, 34 rue Yves Toudic, 10th arrondissement