Last week, Lindsey Tramuta — the blogger extraordinaire behind our favorite Paris lifestyle blog Lost In Cheeseland — shared her edited list of must-do’s for the perfect girl’s getaway in Paris. This week, she shares her top four Parisian pastry shops. Warning: don’t read this post on an empty stomach.
Du Pain et Des Idées
There are French bakeries and then there are stellar French bakeries. Fortunately, the ever-trendy and slightly hipster Canal Saint-Martin neighborhood has Du Pain et Des Idées, one of the stars on the scene that is worth your trip East. With a Belle Époque décor and baskets filled to the brim with exceptional, artisanal breads and pastries, it’s no wonder the owner and baker, Christophe Vasseur, was named Best Boulanger of Paris in 2008.
Best known for: Pain des Amis — a thick, nutty bread with a crispy bottom — and chausson aux pommes. Don’t forget the escargots!
Address: 34 rue Yves Toudic, 75010
Pain de Sucre
Paris’s peerless pastries are world-renowned with Ladurée and Pierre Hermé on the top of every Francophile’s must-visit list. But we believe Pain de Sucre’s macarons and modernized interpretations of classic French desserts blow the Ladurée-Hermé power duo right out of the water.
Best known for: Tarte au citron and inventive macaron flavor combinations. Try the Pistachio-Morello Cherry macaron.
Address: 14 rue Rambuteau, 75003
Revive your inner child with a trip to the oldest chocolate and candy shop in Paris! From candied fruit and dipped caramels to pralines and fluffy marshmallows, Fouquet has an arsenal of treats guaranteed to satisfy your own sweet tooth and impress friends back home.
Best known for: pâte de fruits and chocolate-covered marshmallows
Address : 36 rue Laffitte, 75009 or 42 rue du Marché Saint-Honoré, 75001
La Bague de Kenza
If macarons and cream puffs don’t meet your fancy, there is another type of Parisian bakery that will send your tastebuds soaring. La Bague de Kenza has been regaling Parisians and visitors for over 20 years with a selection of over 135 sorts of Algerian pastries. Pop in for tea and leave with honey-rich treats that will easily make the journey back home with you.
Best known for: baqlawa (baklava) or ghribia (semolina flour cookie)
Address: 70 rue de Turbigo, 75003