There’s a reason why Paris is regarded as the place to indulge in sweet treats.
Pastries are undoubtedly a pillar of French culture and cuisine, with the first pâtisserie in Paris opening in 1730. Here, you can enjoy world renowned pastries in the very city they originated. Whether honoring tradition with the classics, or sampling innovative new recipes, these 12 pâtisseries are the best of the best in Paris.
Cédric Grolet Opéra
La Pâtisserie du Meurice par Cédric Grolet
Cédric Grolet Opéra: 35 Av. de l'Opéra, 75002 Paris
La Pâtisserie du Meurice par Cédric Grolet: 6 Rue de Castiglione, 75001 Paris
Cédric Grolet, winner of the 2018 “Best Pastry Chef in the World” award, champions one of the most popular pâtisseries in the world. His own pastry shop, Cédric Grolet Opéra, is situated near the L’Opéra Garnier, and lines start early in the morning. Foodies queue up for his reinvention of a traditional croissant.
Over at La Pâtisserie du Meurice, Grolet is well known for his inventive, technical masterpieces displayed daily. The absolute must-tries are the beautifully hand-crafted trompe-l’oeil sculpted fruits the patisserie is known for. From lemons to apricots, these incredible works of chocolate art are full of delectable cream, ganache, and fruit compote. Another notable Grolet creation is his famous Rubik’s cube, made up of 27 cube-shaped pastries, perfect for trying one of everything. No matter what you choose, bask in the wondrous smell of coffee, cookies, and of course, freshly baked pastries at La Pâtisserie du Meurice par Cédric Grolet.
22 R. des Martyrs, 75009 Paris, France
As the son of a pastry chef, Sébastien Gaudard has made quite the name for himself as an ice cream maker, chocolatier, and confectioner. His creations often appeal to childhood nostalgia with 19th century recipes, some passed down from Gaudard’s own father. If you do pop in, the éclairs and tarts made with seasonal fruit come highly recommended, so don’t miss out.
Pastry Cyril Lignac
2 Rue de Chaillot, 75116 Paris, France
Celebrity chef Cyril Lignac is highly regarded for his modernization of traditional recipes. One of the most popular pastries here is the Equinoxe, richly flavored with bourbon vanilla cream, salted butter caramel, and a crispy speculoos praline: undeniably delicious. Loaves of perfectly crusted French bread are available as well, if you want to live out your authentic baguette dreams while in Paris. If nothing else, try the chocolate covered marshmallow bears, as they are an unsurprising favorite of all ages.
51 Rue Montorgueil, 75002 Paris, France
Founded by the pastry chef for King Louis XV in 1730, Stohrer is a certified historical monument as the oldest patisserie in Paris. Inside, you’ll find intricate chandeliers and murals painted by Paul Baudry, whose work is also on display in the Opera Garnier. The shop won an award for Best Chocolate Éclair in Paris and was even visited by none other than Queen Elizabeth II, who tried one of the esteemed Puits d’amour, said to be her favorite French sweet. Another essential Stohrer pastry is the Rum Baba, a rum syrup-dipped cake invented by the founder himself.
Des Gâteaux et du Pain
If simple, perfected classics are what you’re after, look no further than Clare Damon’s Des Gâteaux et du Pain. Modernized bakes are refreshing creative endeavors, but traditional recipes take the cake here. There is a dough preparing specialist, or tourier, on hand to ensure the best quality dough and only organic, in season ingredients are used. This patisserie offers some of the best croissants in Paris, and that’s saying something, so don’t miss out.