If you have a sweet tooth, you couldn't pick a better (or, perhaps, more dangerous) travel destination than Paris. While it's almost impossible to find a bad bakery in the pastry capital of the world, we have compiled a list of some of our favourite bakeries in Paris.
Address: 38 rue des Abbesses
Phone: +33 (0)1 46 06 41 81
Metro station: Abbesses
This bakery doesn't mess around when it comes to baguettes – in fact, it won the 2010 prize for Best Baguette in Paris. With a wonderfully rustic décor and beautifully-displayed breads and cakes, you may fall in love with this café. If you stop by Le Grenier à Pain, be sure to try the almond and apricot breat as well as the chocolate tarts.
Address: 14 rue Monge
Phone: +33 (0)1 44 07 17 81
Metro station: Maubert Mutualité
For the Kayser family, bread is in the blood. Three generations of Kaysers have established several bakeries across Paris, featuring their interesting milk, hazelnut and honey bread. Enjoy breakfast with a raisin baguette at Maison Kayser or stop by later in the day to enjoy gourmet ready-made salads and sandwiches.
Address: 8 rue du Cherche-Midi
Phone: +33 (0)1 45 48 42 59
Metro station: Saint-Sulpice
This bakery offers an abundance of old world charm because, well, it is very old. Established in 1932, this shop has stood the test of time. Today the shop deals primarily in online orders, making it the perfect place to buy one-of-a-kind souvenirs. Try the sourdough baked bread from stone-ground flour when you come. The butter cookies are another specialty.
Address: 63 avenue Bosquet
Phone: +33 (0)1 45 51 75 01
Metro station: Ecole Militaire
Located around the corner from the Eiffel Tower, Pain d'Epis remains one of the area's many gems. With a reputation for wonderful baguettes and loaves, this shop often has a longer line, so be ready to wait a bit (you won't find a better view than this waiting spot, though). If you stop by be sure to try the fougasse (an olive oil-laced bread loaf with fillings).
Address: 10 rue Saint Antoine
Phone: +33 (0)1 53 01 91 91
Metro station: Bastille
This Parisian bakery specialises in delicate and ornate, but often expensive, pastries. Whether you wish to splurge on sweets or simply take a look through the window, Le Nôtre is not a location to miss. Try the impeccably-presented fraisier (a sponge cake with strawberries) or opéra (a dense chocolate cake). If you are in a savoury mood, try the to-die-for foie gras and smoked salmon.
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