The French love their afternoon snacks and we can understand why. With some of the best pastries and sweet treats in the world Parisian pâtisseries are truly irresistible. Whether a delicious eclair or a traditional fresh baguette takes your fancy, these chosen hotspots will leave your tastebuds tingling whilst you enjoy the charming settings at some of the most idyllic street-side patisseries. The perfect place to people watch with a latte and a croissant in hand. Here’s our pick of the best Paris has to offer… Bon appetit!
1) LA MIE CÂLINE
16 Boulevard Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris, France
This traditional French boulangerie/pâtisserie is one of the top places to go in Paris if you want to enjoy some delicious Parisian delicacies! La Mie Câline offers a wide range of irresistible pastries, including its creamy eclairs topped with six different flavours to choose from. They are especially well known for their amazing ‘Super Cookies’, offering a mouth watering experience of gooey centres and an overloading of warm melt-in-your-mouth chocolate. Once you’ve had one, you’ll definitely want more!
2) MAISON CARTON
6 Boulevard de Denain, 75010 Paris, France
Maison Carton, located just a couple of minutes away from our Gare du Nord hostel is famous for its finger-licking homemade patisseries and excellent quality food. Not only are they homemade but they are also bio! Whether you’re looking for bread or something sweeter like a tart or pain au chocolat - Maison Carton offer nothing but the best! It will become one of your favourite bakeries in no time...
We recommend popping in before getting your Eurostar home (as it's around the corner from the station) so you can enjoy a little taste of Paris for your journey back. We'd go for the raspberry macaron or the apple tart, both are divine!
3) DU PAIN ET DES IDÉES
34 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris, France
This small bakery owned by Christophe Vasseur is the best place to go if you want to try out some typical French viennoiseries. Whether you want breakfast on the go or just a cheeky snack this place is popular for it’s amazing croissants and fresh crusty bread. It's rustic, charming and delightful inside. Flavours of certain breads change with the season here. One of their flavours being pistachio and chocolate (pictured above)!
France, 75 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France
And of course, we cannot forget the world famous La Duree for the finest macaroons you’ll find in the world. The brand was born in Paris, so where else to test out the different flavours than the home of La Durée macarons. The whole cafe is an experience in itself...not to be missed. Everything inside is beautiful, and your food will be impeccably presented. It will taste as good as it looks, too. Totally Instagrammable.
5) PAIN DE SUCRE
14 Rue Rambuteau, 75003
If you're walking through the Marais district you may come across this little gem, Pain de Sucre. Here you'll find multicoloured marshmallows, unusual flavours you won't find anywhere else and unique patisseries. The desserts here are simply amazing and super inventive. We recommend the chocolate and coconut marshmallow. The area Marais itself is a MUST when you're in Paris so while you're exploring this beautiful area, treat yourself at Pain de Sucre.