Thinking about Paris, many things may pop out to your minds: Eiffel Tower, Louvre museum, the Seine… For the foodies, your imagination will lead your senses to visualize the famous French “Baguettes“. Baguettes are closely connected to France and are often considered one of the symbols of its culture. Your visit to Paris is not complete if you haven’t tried at least once its renowned crispy baguettes from one of the famous bakeries. Different from patisseries, bakeries or also known as boulangeries in French, focus mainly on baking breads. There are also artisanal boulangeries where bread is baked fresh on the premises.
In this article, we have gathered three of the most known bakeries that prepare the best baguettes in Paris, and may be in the whole world!
1-Le Grenier à pain
“Le Grenier à pain” bakery was awarded the Grand Prix de la Baguette de la Ville de Paris, or in other words: the best baguette in Paris in 2010. Besides winning repute and 4000€, the “Grenier à pain” has served the Elysée with bread for a whole year. “Grenier à pain” offers a choice between 10 varieties of breads; Wholemeal bread, sourdough, apricot, hazelnut, figs and walnuts, plus the Bread of 3 and focaccia with olives… This French boulangerie welcomes all the foodies in a warm and authentic decor where traditional ovens are visible to the public. Le Grenier à pain is mostly famous for its crusty traditional baguettes, the success recipe of the “Grenier à pain”.
Under the guidance of Michel Galloyer, a full member of the Academie Culinaire de France and the teacher at France’s Ecole Nationale Superieure de la Patisserie, Grenier à pain now counts about thirty bakeries worldwide, however, the award-winning branch is located in Monmartre at 38 avenue “des Abbesses”.
2- Du pain et des idées
Though opened in 2002, Du Pain et des Idees (Bread and Ideas) is a traditional bakery where bread is baked in a wood fired oven. Once you walk in Yves Toudis Street, your nose will be greeted with sweet smells of freshly baked bread and croissant. Run by Christophe Vasseur, Du Pain et des Idees won the award of the Best Breadmaker in Paris for 2008 and 2012. Du pain et des idées combines the highest quality of ingredients together with the passion of the baker which are evident in every delightful bite. Bread at “Du pain et des idées”, is really off the charts. Whether you want to try their baguettes or their famous “pain des amis” both are mouthwatering, crunchy and crispy crust with a mellow and chewy interior.
3- Au paradis du gourmand
Au paradis du gourmand, run by the baker Ridha Khadher, has recently won the title of Best Baguette (Grand Prix de la Baguette de Tradition Française de la Ville de Paris) over 203 contestants. Winning this prize, Au Paradis du Gourmand (“In the food lover’s heaven”) in the 14th arrondissement, supplied President Francois Hollande in the Elysées Palace a whole year. To be privileged this way, Au paradis du gourmand’s bread was strictly tested to meet certain criteria in relation to ingredients, texture, length, weight, taste…
If you want to feel pampered like president Holland, just head towards Raymond Losserand street in the 14th arrondissement. If you couldn’t figure out the exact location you can let your nose lead you or you may simply look for people gathered and standing in line waiting for their turn to get these famous crackling, chewy baguettes.