Best Pastry Shops in Paris
53, rue Caulaincourt, 75018 Paris
Tel. +33 (0)1 42 57 68 08
Fax +33 (0)1 42 57 68 22
Hours: Mon. to Sat. 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.to 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
It may be a bit of a trek to find Arnaud Larher’s pâtisserie in Montmartre, but as all who’ve taken the time can attest, the effort is well rewarded. You’ll find an astounding variety of elegant chocolate cakes, éclairs, macarons, and other goodies as well as hand-made chocolates and luxury hot chocolate.
2, place Edmond-Rostand 75006 Paris
Tel. +33 (0)1 43 29 31 10
Fax +33 (0)1 43 26 25 72
Hours: Mon. to Sun. 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The Dalloyau family’s history in the pastry business dates back to 1682, when Charles Dalloyau worked as pastry chef to King Louis XIV. With successive generations of Dalloyau family members following in Charles’ footsteps, the company known today was born in 1802. Among Dalloyau’s original creations are the Opéra, a chocolate-covered rectangular cake composed of layers of biscuit soaked in coffee syrup and garnished with butter cream and chocolate ganache.
76, rue de Seine, 75006 Paris
Tel. +33 (0)1 43 26 85 77
Métro: Mabillon or Odéon
Hours: closed Wednesdays; all other days 6:45 a.m. to 8 p.m.
This celebrated pastry chef and master chocolate maker is renowned for his attention to quality and detail, making him one of the most popular pâtissier-chocolatiers on the Left Bank. The store’s amazing displays of colourful, intricately decorated cakes and pastries will dazzle your eyes and tempt your appetite.
103, rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris
Tel. +33 (0)1 45 51 49 80
Métro: La Tour-Maubourg
Hours: Tues. to Sat. 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Closed in August.
A favorite among locals, this shop offers delicious baked goods – according to some, they make the best pain au chocolat in the world – as well as the usual assortment of tarts, eclairs, millefeuilles, and other sweet treats. The store is small, but there are a few tables and chairs where you can sit down and enjoy your selection with a cup of coffee or tea.
16, rue Royale, 75008 Paris
Tel. +33 (0)1 42 60 21 79
Métro: Madeleine or Concorde
Hours: Mon. to Sat. 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sun. 10a.m. to 7 p.m.
The store on rue Royale was dates back to 1862, when founder Louis-Ernest Ladurée opened a bakery, and later a pastry shop. The company’s most notable invention is the double-sided macaron, i.e. two macaron biscuits stuck together using a creamy ganache filling. While brightly colored macarons are Ladurée’s most famous item, the company makes fine chocolates, deluxe pastries and other baked goods, which it sells at its three locations in Paris.
44, rue d’Auteuil, 75016 Paris
Tel. +33 (0)1 45 24 52 52
Hours: Mon. to Sun. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
While a little far out from the centre, this luxury pastry and fine foods shop, opened by master pastry chef Gaston Lenôtre in 1957, remains the company’s flagship store. A bright and sleek interior showcases the most incredible assortment of glossy fruit tarts, colorful pastries and high-end prepared dishes. Several other locations in Paris.
258, boulevard Saint-Germain, 75007 Paris
Tel. +33 (0)1 45 51 53 11
Hours: Mon. to Fri. 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat. 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Philippe Gosselin made his name in 1996 when his boulangerie was awarded the distinction of Best Baguette in Paris. The bread is so good here it’s worth the detour. But the spacious, airy shop also offers the most decadent pastries on the Left Bank, with a great selection of rich, dark chocolate tarts and cakes.
72, rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris
Tel. +33 (0)1 43 54 47 77
Métro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Mabillon, Saint-Sulpice
Hours: Mon. to Sun. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat. open until 7:30 p.m.
The international press has described Pierre Hermé the “Picasso of Pastry,” but the line-up outside the boutique on rue Bonaparte is as much for his assortment of delicate yet intense chocolates as for his gorgeous culinary creations. It’s hard not to be tempted by such exquisite, mouth-watering cakes. Chocolate lovers owe it to themselves to try Carrément Chocolat, a rich, sublime square of alternating chocolate textures.
6, rue de Bourgogne, 75007 Paris
Tel. +33 (0)1 47 05 77 08
Fax +33 (0)1 44 18 96 50
Métro: Invalides or Assemblée Nationale
Hours: Mon. to Sat. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
An elegant pastry shop and restaurant located just steps from the Assemblée Nationale, in one of the city’s poshest neighbourhoods. Open in this location since 1859, Rollet-Pradier offers classic pastries and chocolates, as well as sandwiches and other light snacks. On the upper floor there’s a tearoom, which also serves as a restaurant between noon and 2 p.m.
51, rue Montorgueil, 75002 Paris
Tel. +33 (0)1 42 33 38 20
Hours: Mon. to Sun. 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.;
Closed first two weeks in August.
This little shop from another era has been open in the same location since 1730. Its founder, Nicolas Stohrer, invented the delicious rum-soaked cakes called baba au rhum. In addition to a wide assortment of classic pastries, you’ll find several different versions of baba, including regular (nature), pastry cream and raisins (crème pâtissière et raisins secs), and whipped cream (crème chantilly). The shop is listed as a national historic monument for its facade and beautiful interior decorations.