Last Updated: August 18, 2022

Best Croissants In Paris

When visiting Paris and seeing all the sights from the Eiffel Tower to the Arc De Triomphe, you simply have to start every day of your trip with a tasty coffee and one of the best croissants in Paris.

Finding the best croissants in Paris is not an easy thing to do though as there are thousands of bakeries and the quality of croissants changes from one to the next. Now, no one has time to hunt for the best croissants in Paris while on vacation which is why we have made this a little easier for you.

Join me as we take a look at the top 10 bakeries serving up the best croissants in Paris so you can start every morning in Paris in the best way possible.

Maison Pichard

Maison Pichard is world renowned for making the best croissant in Paris, in fact, he makes award-winning croissants being voted the best croissant in Paris in 2011.

Maison Pichard is a family-run business that has been making an incredible classic croissant for more than 20 years under the direction of pastry chef Frédéric Pichard. Their butter croissant is deliciously flakey on the outside while light and airy on the inside, it truly will be the best croissant you have ever tasted.

The secret to Maison Pichard’s best croissant in Paris is their perfect balance of creamy Pamplie butter, milk, and flour which creates delicious buttery pastry that ends up being light, airy, and flakey on the outside.

You will find Maison Pichard on 88 Rue Cambronne and be sure to get there early so you can get a fresh signature croissant to start your day with.



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If you are looking for a decadent and the best almond croissant that will leave you full but wanting to come back and buy another one tomorrow, head down to Stohrer on rue Montorgueil.

Stohrer is the oldest pâtisserie in Paris and it dates back to 1730 when King Louis XV’s pastry chef Nicolas Stohrer left service for the royals and set up his own bakery.

This establishment is renowned for its almond croissants and they are simply delightful. These almond croissants are made with light pastry, dusted with icing sugar and almond cream too. It is not like a classic croissant, it is more like a decadent cake.

You will only need to eat one of these croissants as they are very rich and filling making it the perfect afternoon snack while you enjoy exploring Paris.

La Maison d’Isabelle


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La Maison d’Isabelle is by far one of the most popular bakeries in Paris and it is easy to see why. They make all their amazing delights with organic French butter and organic flour too which is a tick for most of us, but they also ensure their prices stay affordable so everyone can enjoy the best croissant in Paris.

Their very best croissants won an award for the best croissant in Paris in 2018 and despite this, they still only sell them for 1 Euro each, which is such a lovely thing in our eyes. Their croissants are deliciously flakey, airy, light, and buttery, they are simply a taste sensation and there is no better way to start your morning than with one of these.

While sampling their croissants you should also pick up a baguette or two as they make some of the best ones in Paris.

Laurent Duchêne


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For a different take on a croissant, one that kind of meets a pain au chocolat to create a delicious combination, head to the Laurent Duchêne bakery in Butte aux Cailles in Paris’ 13th arrondissement.

Laurent Duchêne created a classic buttered croissant that is flakey on the outside, airy on the inside, and he added a chocolate swirl and praline spread in the center which pretty much tastes like a slice of heaven.

Laurent Duchêne’s new creation earned him the prestigious award of Meilleur Ouvrier de France which is only awarded to the best craftsmen in France. If a croissant can win an award like that then it is most certainly worth a hike across Paris to try it.

Try a few of their buttery beauties while you are there and take some home for the next morning too.

Café Pouchkine


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Café Pouchkine on the famous Place de la Madeleine is an establishment one should visit simply for its awesome interior that has a classic feel of Parisian café culture. Its ambiance and vibe are simply delightful and very hard to beat.

Sitting near the Champs Elysee, it is the perfect place to start your day of sightseeing from. Grab a coffee, tea, or their delicious hot chocolate and pair it with one of the best croissants in Paris.

Their croissant à la vanille (vanilla) is flakey on the outside, airy on the inside, butter and filled with a delicious bourbon vanilla cream. It pairs best with hot chocolate but it goes well with anything if I’m honest.

Sitting back enjoying some of the most delicious pastries in one of the crème de la crème of cafes in the city while watching Paris go by, it will be an iconic moment.

Du Pain et des Idées


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Du Pain et des Idées is located right next to the charming Canal St Martin right off the river Seine and it is owned by master boulanger Christophe Vasseur.

Christophe Vasseur is world famous for using only organic ingredients of the highest quality and his croissants are as buttery as they get. When you taste one of these you will feel like you are tasting a croissant for the first time.

Something I love about this establishment is that they make croissants all day long so you don’t have to arrive when the doors open to get a fresh one, they are always hot out of the oven no matter what time of day you arrive there.

Their croissants are amazing but you should also try some of their sweet escargots that come in multiple flavors.

Des Gâteaux et du Pain


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Des Gâteaux et du Pain is famed as being one of the top bakeries in Paris and you will never be too far from one of their establishments.

There is one near the Eiffel Tower in the 7th arrondissement and another on the south side of the city near the Montparnasse train station in the 15th arrondissement.

The croissants and other baked goods made under the direction of master chef Claire Damon are about as delicious as they can be. The croissants are larger than a classic one but they crunch and melt in your mouth like nothing else.

You should also try their chausson aux pommes, a different take on a croissant with an apple filling – each one takes six days to make, so they are quite magical.

La Pâtisserie Cyril Lignac


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La Pâtisserie Cyril Lignac is a spot you simply have to go to if you want to taste all the best croissants in Paris. It is run by the popular and famous French TV chef Cyril Lignac who also won the Meilleur Ouvrier de France for his award-winning pastries.

The croissants here are simply like little drops of heaven that melt in your mouth. When you buy them you will notice the butter soaking through the bag and between their flakey exterior and airy, fluffy interior, there is no better croissant to start your day with.

This spot makes other great croissants too such as their Kouign-amann which is a croissant with extra layers of butter and sugar which simply takes things to a new level.

Blé Sucré


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Another fantastic bakery that simply must be visited while you are in Paris is Blé Sucré on rue Antoine Vollon. Run by master chef Fabrice Le Bourdat, this bakery creates some of the best croissants in the city and you can’t leave Paris without trying one.

The classic croissants here are big and bold, which means you should only order one as they are quite fling. The pastry on the outside has a delightful crunch which brings out a taste of salt and caramelization too.

Once you’re inside, this croissant simply melts away in your mouth and the interior texture is so light and fluffy that it is almost unbeatable. There is lots more on the menu at Blé Sucré too so be sure to sample a selection of their delights!

Pain Pain


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You will find Pain Pain on 88 rue des Martyrs in the 18th arrondissement and it is both a magical place to hang out and it serves up some of the best croissants one could hope to try.

It is a stunning take on a modern Parisian bakery with gold typography around the windows, marble counters, and a wonderful atmosphere. The croissants here are smaller than usual but divinely layered and great to eat piece by piece with sips of coffee or tea to complement them.

You should also sample their delicious macarons and panatone too!

About the Author Anna Timbrook

Anna is the co-owner of expert world travel and can't wait to share her travel experience with the world. With over 54 countries under her belt she has a lot to write about! Including those insane encounters with black bears in Canada.

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