Paris is filled with quaint little offerings - the kind that you read about in novels, those that often inspire you to travel in daydreams. No wonder why this charming city has inspired so many artists and authors. It’s the little things that make it remarkable - like those lovely patisseries that keep delicious secrets within its infatuating double doors.
When it comes to food, count on Paris to take it to the ultimate level of goodness. And I’m pretty sure many of us pastry enthusiasts would swoon over what they have to offer. Equipped with the best chefs in the world, it’s never hard to see why cafe and pastry shop hunting is actually a thing in the city of lights.
But where do we find the best Parisian patisseries in existence? While there are hundreds of cafes that offer pastry gourmet goodness, not all patisseries are created equal. To help a fellow pastry enthusiast out, we have done the hunting and mapped out some (it’s really really hard to pick) of the best pastry shops à Paris!
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For the most discerning caramel addicts, there’s no better place in Paris to satisfy your sweet tooth than chef Nicolas Haelewyn’s Karamel, a haven of avant-garde desserts with caramel as the main ingredient. Chef Haelewyn continues to experiment with taste to make bold desserts with unforgettable flavors. The five-star service and quality are hard to par and the ambience of the small shop is warm and inviting. There’s a wide array of dessert choices that you will absolutely love! Make sure to get a bite of their La Bûche Karahuète and Fruit Défendu de Karamel.
Location: 67 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007
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This famous patisserie was established by French pastry chef and chocolatier Pierre Hermé, one of the most renowned personalities in the business. He was named by Vanity Fair as the 4th most influential person in the world. At only 14, he already went through rigorous apprenticeship under the tutelage of Gaston Lenôtre, one of the most respected pastry chefs in the profession. Chef's Hermé's style is simple, one can perhaps even say minimalist, letting go of the sugar and spectacle to explore taste through different flavors. With multiple locations in Paris, this famous haute couture pastry house offers sumptuous tarts with Tahiti pods - an ultimate must-try along with their Cake Isfahan. Their Victoria fruit pasta and Mogador Cake are to die for.
4 rue Cambon 75001 Paris || 39 avenue de l'Opera 75002 Paris || 4 rue de Bretagne 75003 Paris || 18 rue Sainte-Croix of Bretonnerie, 75004 Paris || 72 rue Bonaparte 75006 Paris || 133 avenue des Champs-Elysées 75008 Paris || 185 rue de Vaugirard 75015 Paris
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Located on the 4th arrondissement of Paris, Pain de Sucre, translated in literal as Sugar Bread, offers a wide selection of pastries and bread. Both owners have worked for renowned chef Pierre Gagnaire, which is not a surprise once you taste a sumptuous bite of one of their delicious macarons, certified by many locals as utterly delightful. What's really great about this humble place is that it looks like your ordinary neighborhood patisserie and boulangerie but what you'll find inside is so much more. Perhaps that's the charm that keeps visitors coming back.
Location: 14 rue Rambuteau, 75003 Paris, France
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A delightful menu of lemon tarts, cakes, breads, and croissants and more chices of original pastry classics are offered in this charming patisserie in multiple locations in Paris. Designed as a friendly neighborhood shop, the shop was devised to be elegant, complimented by the mouthwatering creations that line the windows. Must tries include the Equinox, their flagship dessert and the Chocolate Panettone, a fluffy and largely chocolate honeycomb cake with orange peels and candied black cherries.
Locations: 133 rue de Sèvres 75006 Paris || 24 rue Paul Bert 75011 Paris || 55 boulevard Pasteur 75015 Paris || 2 rue de Chaillot 75016 Paris || 9 rue Bayen 75017 Paris
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With multiple locations in the city, the Ladurée is perhaps one of - if not the - most visited patisseries in Paris. The name has become synonymous with luxury pastries and sweets, having had a fair journey since its establishment in 1862. If you’re a foodie traveling Paris, there’s no way you couldn’t have already known this place before going. Various selections of teas, muffins, cupcakes, their signature melty macarons packed in pastel green boxes, cakes, breads, and other mouthwatering delicacies all offer an unforgettable gastronomic experience.
Locations: 13 Rue Lincoln, 75008 Paris || 62 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris
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The city has a lot of dessert and pastry choices to offer, not just French, but specialties and infusions from both east and west. So if you can’t decide on what you want, the Lafayette Gourmet is the place to get to. Here, the convergence of works from master chefs in the city are yours to feast on. From delectable chocolates to fancy-looking macarons, you name it. Must tries include the Mont Blanc from Angelina, Caramel Beurre Salé éclair from L'éclair de Génie, and Chopped Pistache Chocolate bar from Alain Ducasse Chocolate, among others. And that’s not the best part. The food choices are not limited to pastry and desserts. They also serve full meals, various cultural cuisines, and a fine selection of wines and beverages.
Location: 40 boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris, France
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Or the "Pastry Shop of Dreams" was established by the joint collaboration of hotilier Thierry Teyssier and one of the most celebrated French pastry chefs, Philippe Conticini. Their Callison cake is heavenly and you will love the matcha charlotte with raspberries coulis. Their shops are lovely and inviting with delectable choices of pastries that are so good, aeshetically and gastronomically, you'd want to try everything!
Locations: 93 rue du Bac 75007 Paris || Beaugrenelle Center, 12 rue Linois 75015 Paris || 111 rue de Longchamp 75016 Paris || 19 rue Poncelet 75017 Paris
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Sumptuous pasties in beautiful packages. Christophe Michalak gets it right with his Kosmic Paris Breast that remains unchallenged among the best ranked. A great name in the French pastry industry, the former chef was awarded the 2005 World Pastry Champion. And the establishment lives up to the honor. The desserts not only look but tastes amazing.
Locations: 16 rue de la Verrerie 75004 Paris || 8 rue du Vieux Colombier 75006 Paris
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This is one of the local’s favorites, established by esteemed French pastry chef, Gaston Lenôtre who created the “opera cake.” He is known for making use only of the freshest and finest batch of ingredients, creating powerful flavors that melt in the mouth. Aside from his famous opera, don’t forget to try their recommended Millefeuille vanille and Volute offers.
Locations: Quai Henri IV 75004 Paris || Port de Javel haut 75015 Paris || Centre Commercial 2, avenue Charles de Gaulle 78150 Le Chesnay || 44, rue d'Auteuil 75016 Paris || 48, avenue Victor Hugo Paris 75016 || 36, avenue de la Motte-Picquet 75007 Paris || 61, rue Lecourbe 75015 Paris || 209, avenue Achille Peretti 92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine || 121, avenue de Wagram 75017 Paris || 15, boulevard de Courcelles 75008 Paris || 10, rue Saint Antoine 75004 Paris || 22, avenue de la Porte de Vincennes 75012 Paris
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Lovely croissants and awesome pastries and sweets will delight any dessert ethusiasts who visit the Gilles Marchal patisserie. Situated in a wonderful neighborhood, this shop was established by master baker Gilles Marchal who was a former pastry chef at Plaza Athenee in Bristol and the creative director of the Maison du Chocolat. The staff are friendly and accommodating. Their most famous offerings include the exquisite chocolate tart, the Madeleines, and the Saint Honoré.
Location: 9, rue Ravignan 75018 Paris to Montmartre
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Another place to experience luxury pastry gourmet is this stylish patisserie established by the son of award winning pastry maker Meilleur Ouvrier de France Pâtissier. Clearly inheriting that undoubted talent in pastry making, Jeffrey Cagnes makes use of skill and creativity to turn traditional pastries into classic art pieces. His repertoire is huge, from the best cakes to the sugary loads that will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth. Anybody who visits Chef Jeffrey’s shop always leaves with a good memory. Aside from the calming ambience of the shop, the staff are nice, and there’s a tea room on the upper floor fitted with comfortable couches.
Location: 35 avenue de l Opera, 75002 Paris, France
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Maison Angelina, or Angelina House is one of those tourist-frequented patisseries in Paris. So if you don't want to wait in line, you might as well head there early. The staff are very friendly and professional. They have a tea room and seating for the customers. You have to try their most recommended Mont Blanc and Millefeuille.
Locations: 226 rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris || 108 rue du Bac 75007 Paris
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Established by the former pastry chef at the Prince of Wales, Yann Couvreur is a quaint patisserie situated in 137 avenue Parmentier and 23bis rue des Rosiers. The shop is small so it's not the best place to hang out in. You will be serenaded by good music and the general relaxing ambience of the store. Although there's a limited selection of pastries and breads, all their offerings are well-reputed to wow every guest. Don't forget to take out some of their Millefeuille and Eclair. Of course, you must never miss the unforgettable Baba that will surely make you come back to this patisserie every time you're in Paris.
Locations: 23bis rue des Rosiers 75004 Paris || 137 avenue Parmentier 75010 Paris
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In 7 rue Amelie, you will find a charming teal shop with large glass windows. Inside are the lovely selection of muffins and cakes. The croissants are delectable and the authentic Neoplitan pizza is a must-try. Come every morning for fresh pastries. The staff are incredibly nice and very polite.
Location: 7 rue Amelie, 75007 Paris, France
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Recipient of the insignia of Knight of the Order of Merit, Jacques Genin is one of the most celebrated - if not the best - chocolatier and caramel maker in Paris. You can sample some of the best desserts, but don't forget to take out their famous Paris Brest and vanilla millefeuille. The lemon and basil pie are another local favorite. If you're looking for gifts, this patisserie offers lovely packages that will surely impress the intended recipient.
Locations: 133 rue de Turenne 75003 Paris || 27 rue de Varenne 75007 Paris
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If you just love pastry but hate the sugar, Les Belles Envies is the place to be. This establishment is one of the flocked sugar-free patisseries in the city. Their selection of low glycemic index pastry includes cakes, chocolates and delicatessen - a great pastry shop for diabetics or those who are concerned about their sugar intake.
Location: 3 rue Monge 75005 Paris
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A patisserie known for its use of Japanese flavors, combined with the French savoir-faire of pastry making, Sadaharu Aoki is definitely one of your worthy stops for pastry in Paris. Their cakes and other desserts are not just eye-candy - they are face-melting good too! Try out their macarons in different flavors, the orange chocolate, and the chestnut cake which are absolutely tasty!
Location: 35 rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris, France
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Flavorful goodness designed to look absolutely lovely. Wrapping up our list for the best patisseries in Paris is Carl Marletti, a well-loved patisserie that combines a warm and welcoming environment with delightful pastry goods that don't only look Instagram-worthy but also tastes heavenly! Most folks - locals and tourists alike - have come to a consensus about Carl Marletti - it is definitely worth EVERY visit.
Location: 51 rue Censier, 75005 Paris, France
Don’t like desserts? Give Paris a chance and ask again.