I’ve been asked many times to make a map of the finest Parisian pâtisseries, so here it is (below)! It’s the product of having eaten over 400 different pastries, combined with scores of chocolates, confections and viennoiseries. All the addresses, store hours, phone numbers, and site links are below, plus I’ve listed-out the highlights from each shop. Could anything be more convenient for plotting a pastry binge in Paris? I’ve also ranked the shops in order of the probability that they will blow your mind – even though the first four shops listed tie for first place. Just know that every one featured here is so exceptional that ranking them was like choosing a favorite child; they’re all amazing in their own way.
If you’re wondering why there are only 12 shops listed here, when I could have listed so many more . . . it’s simply because these are the ones most worth visiting It’s ultimately a subjective take, but I believe they are the truest superstars of Paris – pâtisseries that exhibit consistent excellence on a multitude of levels.
Please Note: A number of these shops have several locations. I’ve only included their main or best address below (and as a red pin in the map above – with other locations shown as yellow pins). It’s also a pastry shop list, as opposed to a pastry & chocolate shop list, which is why someone awesome like Patrick Roger is not listed.
Jacques Genin 3ème Arrondissement
Address: 133 Rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris Phone: +33 1 45 77 29 01
Store Hours: 11am-7pm Tuesday-Saturday
Highlights: Éclair au Chocolat, Éclair au Caramel, Tarte Citron (Vert), Tarte Framboise, Flan, Caramel Passion-Mangue, Caramel Gingembre, Caramel Macadamia, Ananas Pate de Fruits, Abricot Pate de Fruit, Tonka Chocolat Noir
Note: Their Éclair au Chocolat is literally perfect. There is no point in purchasing any other, and anyone I know who’s had it agrees. Despite being a “humble” classic, I would currently rank it as one of the top 5 greatest works of pastry in Paris; it might even be #1.
Website: Monsieur Genin is too cool for the internet, so there is no website.
Café Pouchkine 8ème Arrondissement
Address: 64 Boulevard Haussmann (inside ‘Printemps Mode’), 75008 Paris Phone: +33 01 42 82 43 31
Store Hours: Open Monday-Satursday fro 9:30am until 8pm. Closed Sunday.
Highlights: Macaron Coeur Pistache, Charlotka, Moskito, Croissant Vanille
Note: You can experience flavors here you will just not find anywhere else in Paris. While the head chef is very French (as well as being a World Champion and MOF), Pouchkine is a Russian shop; lots of special ingredients have therefore made their way to Paris.
Un Dimanche a Paris 6ème Arrondissement
Address: 4 Cour du Commerce Saint-André, 75006 Paris Phone: +33 1 56 81 18 18
Store Hours: Open 11am-8pm Tuesday-Saturday and 11am-7pm Sundays. Closed Mondays.
Highlights: Le Croustillant au Grué de Cacao, Macaron Coquelicot, Macaron Réglisse, Choux Pistache Fruits Rouges, Tartelette Framboise-Estragon, Tartelette Fraise-Coco, Hot Chocolate
Note: Always tell them Adam sent you; they will instantly know who you mean. Then they’ll help make recommendations based on what my most current favorites are. This is also the shop you have the best chance of randomly catching me between 11 and 12 every morning.
Hugo & Victor 7ème Arrondissement
Address: 40 Boulevard Raspail, 75007 Paris Phone: +33 1 44 39 97 73
Store Hours: Open Monday-Saturday 9am-8:15pm and Sunday 9am-1:30pm
In-Store Photos: Step Inside Hugo & Victor
Highlights: Victor Pistache, Victor Verveine, Victor Fraise Millefeuille, and the following macarons: mangue, combawa, vanille, myrtille, caramel
Note: Virtually no matter what you buy, even if you don’t love it, your tongue will be entertained. Hugues Pouget is a master of balancing flavors.
Pierre Hermé 6ème Arrondissement
Address: 72 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris Phone: +33 1 43 54 47 77
Store Hours: Open Sunday-Thursday from 10am-7pm. Open Friday from 10am-7:30pm and Saturday from 10am-8pm.
Highlights: Tarte Infiniment Vanille, Tarte au Chocolat Porcelana, Croissant Ispahan, Croissant au Beurre
Note: I personally feel as though his macarons are highly overrated. It’s worth noting that he became famous for them, starting around 2002, and has benefited greatly merely from being the first non-Laduree entity to heavily and creatively market them. Almost all the other shops here have opened since then and made major improvements in the field of macarons. While ones such as the Infiniment Chocolat, Pistache, and Violette are tasty, they’re comically overstuffed. More candy than pastry, I’d rather see you spend your macaron money elsewhere. Also, at 1.80 euro a piece, they are the most expensive macarons in Paris :\
Des Gâteaux et du Pain 15ème Arrondissement
Address: 63 Boulevard Pasteur, 75015 Paris Phone: +33 1 45 38 94 29
Store Hours: Open Wednesday-Monday from 8am-8pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Highlights: Pomme Tatin, J’Adore la Fraise, Croissant au Beurre
Note: Their croissant is probably the best in Paris. Visiting only to buy one of those would be well worth it.
Sadaharu Aoki 6ème Arrondissement
Address: 35 Rue de Vaugirard, Paris Phone: +33 1 45 44 48 90
Store Hours: Open Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-7pm and Sunday from 10am-6pm. Closed Mondays.
Highlights: Éclair Sesame Noir, Tarte Caramel, Choux (cream puff), Macaron Violette, Bamboo (only if you enjoy matcha)
Note: Many of the pastries here are amazing and many are absolutely terrible, so choose carefully. For instance, the Zen has an obscene amount of alcohol in it, and the Saya contains way more sugar than seems possible. That said, the five highlights listed above are fantastic.
La Pâtisserie des Rêves 7ème Arrondissement
Address: 93 Rue du Bac, 75007 Paris Phone: +33 1 42 84 00 82
Store Hours: Open Tuesday-Saturday 9am-8pm and Sunday 9am-4pm
In-Store Photos: Step Inside La Pâtisserie des Rêves
Highlights: Cylan, Grand Cru, Saint-Honoré, Chausson aux Pommes, Grand Brioche
Note: If you’re looking for great breakfast viennoiseries/pastries earlier in the morning than most shops open, I would definitely go here or Des Gâteaux et du Pain. I can regularly be found at La Pâtisserie des Rêves getting my chausson aux pommes shortly after their doors slide open at 9.
Ladurée 6ème Arrondissement
Address: 21 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris Phone: +33 1 44 07 64 87
Store Hours: Open Monday-Friday from 8.30am to 7.30pm. Open Saturdays from 8.30am to 8.30pm. Open Sunday and holidays from 10.00am to 7.30pm
Highlights: Harmonie, Religieuse Rose, La Fraise Laduree, Tarte Tatin (warning: it’s super heavy and super sweet), Cupcake Fraise-Rhubarbe, and the following macarons: vanille, noix de coco (coconut), chocolat Chuao, réglisse, caramel, cassis, fleur d’oranger
Note: Laduree gets pretty busy in the evenings and at any time after noon on the weekends. I highly recommend going early-on in the day.
Pain de Sucre 3ème Arrondissement
Address: 14 Rue Rambuteau, 75003 ParisPhone: +33 1 46 33 57 68
Store Hours: Open Wednesday-Monday from 10am-8pm. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
In-Store Photos: Step Inside Pain de Sucre
Highlights: Macaron Caramel, Macaron Pistache-Griottes, Millefeuille
Note: Their macarons have a very different consistency that at other shops – particularly the caramel. Some might find it too non-traditional, but I enjoy the chewy awesomeness of it all. Also, when in the shop, make sure to stare at the ceiling.
Carl Marletti 5ème Arrondissement
Address: 51, rue Censier, 75005Phone: +33 1 43 31 68 12
Highlights: Lily Valley, Marie Antoinette, Religieuse Pistache, Mont Blanc
Store Hours: Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10a-8pm. Open Sunday from 10am-1:30pm. Closed Monday.
Note: Although Carl Marletti’s style is very different than Hugues Pouget’s (of Hugo & Victor), he’s another of the great flavor deities of Parisian pastry. He’s also the #1 detail man, so expect to enjoy every little bit of each pastry – he put it there for a reason.
Jean-Paul Hévin 3ème Arrondissement
Address: 231 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris Phone: +33 1 55 35 35 96
Store Hours: Open Monday-Saturday from 10am-7:30pm.
Highlights: Tonka, Princesse, Macaron Figu’in
Note: Monsieur Hévin produces some of the most refined French chocolates in the city. His pastries are also some of the most nuanced. Chocolate lovers should not feel their lives are complete until heading here. I should also call out that his macarons are some of the most unrecognized in the city. The Figu’in, particularly, which has a dark chocolate and fig ganache, is a treat.
I’ll continue to update the highlights for all the shops here, as new/seasonal pieces move in-and-out, as well as when recipes change or when quality slips. The top shops count could also shift from 12 to . . . I don’t know. We’ll see who enters the game or what shops decide to “step it up”. Just know that I’ve thoroughly indulged in the following, and they’re not making the cut at the moment: Arnaud Larher, Stohrer, Gerard Mulot, Popelini, Dalloyau, Arnaud Delmontel, Fauchon, Lenotre, Secco, Ble Sucre, Richart, Art Macaron, and on-and-on. For now, indulge in the excellence of the above Delicious Dozen.