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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.


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Jacques Genin 3ème Arrondissement

Jacques Genin :: Millefeuille Vanille

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

Café Pouchkine :: Charlotka

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.

Website: www.cafe-pushkin.ru

Un Dimanche a Paris 6ème Arrondissement

Un Dimanche à Paris :: Choux Pistache Fruits Rouges

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.

Website: www.un-dimanche-a-paris.com

Hugo & Victor 7ème Arrondissement

Hugo & Victor :: Victor Fraise Tarte

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.

Website: www.hugovictor.com

Pierre Hermé 6ème Arrondissement

Pierre Hermé :: Croissant Ispahan

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 :\

Website: www.pierreherme.com

Des Gâteaux et du Pain 15ème Arrondissement

Des Gâteaux et du Pain :: Saint Honoré Pistache-Griotte

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.

Website: www.desgateauxetdupain.com

Sadaharu Aoki 6ème Arrondissement

Sadaharu Aoki :: Tarte aux Fruits Rouges

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.

Website: www.sadaharuaoki.com

La Pâtisserie des Rêves 7ème Arrondissement

La Pâtisserie des Rêves :: Grand Cru

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.

Website: www.lapatisseriedesreves.com

Ladurée 6ème Arrondissement

Ladurée :: Saint-Honoré Rose

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.

Website: www.laduree.fr

Pain de Sucre 3ème Arrondissement

Pain de Sucre :: Millefeuille

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.

Website: www.patisseriepaindesucre.com

Carl Marletti 5ème Arrondissement

Carl Marletti :: Lily Valley

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.

Website: www.carlmarletti.com

Jean-Paul Hévin 3ème Arrondissement

Jean-Paul Hévin :: Tarte au Chocolat

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.

Website: www.jphevin.com

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.

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55 Responses to “ Paris Pâtisseries :: Best Pastry Shops in Paris ”

  1. Stephan says:

    WOW!!!!! This is a godsend for all pastryphiles (if there is such a word). This is definitely a keeper.Thanks so much.

    • Well, if pastryphiles did not exist before, it does now! I hope it comes in handy for Parisian pastry adventures. If you view the map on your iPhone, it even lets you turn it into an app!

  2. Swee San says:

    definitely bookmarking this page for future use when I (if I) travel to Paris.

  3. Sandy says:

    Thanks for this wonderful map – I was happy to see that Un Dimanche A Paris was listed first – my new favorite! Really love the Choux Pistache Fruits Rouge – yummy!

  4. Karen says:

    Have you considered running a "Pastries of Paris Tour"? An entire week of pastry filled goodness and maybe a few museums thrown in? Pastryphiles unite!

    • Well, I am organizing a "Pastry Plunder" for June 25th, where I am inviting anyone and everyone to meet in the early afternoon and head over to Jacques Genin's together. I'll be announcing it on the site and on Facebook next Wednesday :) As for a tour . . . I'm not allowed to work or make money while in Paris, cause of the visitor visa rules, so I can't do it. But that would probably be the most awesome thing I can imagine – bringing people to the best shops, knowing all the pastries by heart and being able to get the chefs to pop out of the kitchen and say hi to everyone.

  5. Rachelle says:

    Using Jacques Genin's millefeuille as the pic is misleading! :P Ah I wish I had this guide when I was in Paris…then again, probably would've gained a few more lbs if I DID have this, as walking around like a lost puppy (hopefully) helps to burn off calories about to be consumed. Surprised JPH is on the list…you haven't reviewed his stuff in a while! Someone once gave me a box of 16 JPH macarons for my birthday…….and I polished them off in 3 days. :S Good thing Ladurée doesn't exist over here as I don't know if 16 Ladurée macarons can even last 3 days in my fridge…

    • Yeah, I couldn't do the list until I had been back here a while and got to visit all the latest patisseries. And JPH is hard to review, as a lot of his pastries are very plain and brown . . . doesn't make for fun photos. Luckily he has good and pretty macarons, so you'll be seeing more of them here. They are addictive :)

  6. Janae says:

    Bookmarked the page! I'm going to bring this map and a copy of this page with me next time I'm in Paris! :) Next time, I won't try just macarons….the pastries on this page look amazing!

    • And these aren't even necessarily the prettiest or the best photos/pastries from each shop . . . cause I don't want to spoil the surprise of future posts :) But, yes, you must try more than the macarons. I'll keep updating the page here, too, so it's a growing list of the best things at each shop.

  7. Victoria says:

    I am going to fly to Paris and try to hit every one of these shops in one day. It's a race.

    • Even I would have trouble doing that, but I won't discourage you! I don't know if I can eat more than 7 or 8 pastries in a day. I usually "only" have 4 or 5. But today I've already had a chausson aux pommes from LPdR, a choux from them too, an Herme tarte, an Herme Ispahan croissant, a hot chocolate from Un Dimanche, and I'm about to eat a chocolat tarte from Herme . . . and I have a strawberry-coconut one from Un Dimanche waiting for tomorrow morning. I know no restraint!

  8. exmonitress says:

    Visite un dimanche à Paris last year Xmas without purchase anythings was one of the greatest mistake I've done in 2010 =(
    In my opinion, aoki's duomo matcha azuki is the finest pastry I've ever eaten

  9. Mumu says:

    thank you for THE Map! you are the best xxx

    • And thanks for referring to it as THE map ;) I figure I've aged my arteries a good 10 years just trying to figure it out – and another 10 years reindulging in the highlights I've listed. As I said in the post, I truly believe these shops are the rockstars. There's other great work in the city, of course, but these guys are consistently playing on another level.

  10. Caitlin says:

    Heading to Paris for 10 days on Saturday :) I'm adding this post to my file of "Adam's suggestions." It'll be right next to my travel health insurance and passport.

  11. Jill Colonna says:

    Argh! I missed the ceiling at Pain de Sucre… too busy drooling at the pastries ;-) See how much we need you? I need to go back now.
    Adam, this is a fabulous list. Bravo! I adore the map and the photos and the comments…everything.
    BRAVO!

    • Thanks, Jill. I will have to pop in some links to the in-store photos I have from some of these shops. I am tragically behind in doing more of those. Starting to get more productive now that most of my in-France travels are over.

  12. InfinimentParis says:

    Next time i am in paris none of these treasures will escape a visit thanks!!
    But i disagree with one thing about PH, his Chocolat au lait-Passion macaron is briliant!!! All others as you said are passable but not that one. Also Aoki is not consistent in his pastries because i purchased for example the tarte caramel one day and it had like 1kg of sugar in it, it was inedible, the second time i tried it, it was perfect. The same happened with Saya. Maybe u just got the "dark" version :) .

  13. Abigail says:

    I agree about Pierre Herme's Mogador macaron. I'd not miss that one out. Can't wait to try his other stuff. Here in the UK we can only get the macaron and chocolates; no pastries. Also can't wait for Patisserie des Reves – I saw that one on Eric Lanlards Glamour Puds show last year. Adam, you have made me really want to visit Hugo and Victor & Carl Marletti!

    • Yes, you need to visit La Patisserie des Reves. It's the funnest-looking inside. Small – but cool. And, yes, H&V is pretty impressive. Carl Marletti is a little more traditional, but he's got some serious goodies in his case.

  14. Ciccio Formaggio says:

    It seems to me that you don't know "history" so well.
    PH is not famous merely for his macarons, even if i agree it is cause of them that the "average people" know and worship him.
    He is recognized as not only highly creative and innovative by a lot of "big names" like Ferran Adrià, Paco Torreblanca and so on. You are just playing your usual game of "downgrading" him, I would be curious to see what would happen with a blind test.

    • Incorrect. You'll note that I reference several other great pieces from him + past reviews highlight great works of his such as the Tarte Fraise Classique or the Montebello. The history is that he has, in fact, become popularized based on macarons. Adria and others don't set the tone for what becomes widely adopted. Honestly, I think that's a shame, since his pastry work is far superior to his work in the macaron realm. I visit his Bonaparte shop several times each week, and even just this afternoon, it was sad to see how many people bypass the pastries entirely and go right for the macarons. That said, he is certainly cock-sucked by many of his peers, but within Paris, many of the grands patisseries have acknowledged to me that his current work is not what it once was. His macarons, especially, are heavily criticized. He's #7 on the list because he's great, but he's not higher because he has too many awkward gimmicks that don't completely work or justify his sky-high prices. Jacques Genin on the other hand is not innovative (outside of his chocolates), but his quality blows everyone else out of the water and completely justifies his extreme pricing.

  15. Ciccio Formaggio says:

    I get your point.
    And I would say that we somewhat agree. I'm the first one to say that he is no longer so incredibly good as years ago, it is a shame and a pity.
    Nonetheless one should be fair and judge only with his own taste. Who cares if ignorant people worship him and skip the best?
    While it seems to me that you are always on the edge of over-criticizing him just cause he is "more famous".

    By the way, I think that some of his macarons are still at top and that's why i proposed a blind test. To remove some bias…

  16. You have not have a croissant until you taste the ones at Blé Sucré in the 12th arr. There are numerous decent bakery and pastries around our place in the 11th but we prefer to walk 15 minutes toward Square Trousseau so we can experience exstacy! Non, vraiment le détour en vaut la peine.

    • Ok, well I will have to visit Blé Sucré again. I have only been there for their pastries before, and I was not happy with their composition, though the flavors were nice. But viennoiserie are a different matter, and I will happy indulge in their croissants. Thanks for the advice.

  17. Jan Heigh says:

    What a good idea. I did something just like it for my recent trip. I returned home May 31st. Wish I could have made it to more shops but I did my best and have some very fond memories of good pastry and chocolate.

    Jan

  18. Valentia says:

    I absolutely can’t wait! I will heading to Paris from the 17 to 24 June and I am going to visit ALL the Pâtisseries you mentioned and stuff my face with all the delicacies! Mwahahhaa

    My parents won’t even recognize me when I head back home :D

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  21. Bethsabée says:

    Hi! Found out your wonderful blog last week. My mum and I tried Pain de Sucre today and we were delighted! When you get there on a lovely day like today, ask their super friendly staff you'd like to eat the pastries right away. They'll put the marvels onto a little carton tray with a spoon and a paper towel so that you can have them in the lovely parc des archives nationales nearby!
    Thanks again!
    Une banlieusarde gourmande

  22. Kirsten says:

    just came across your blog randomly and got lost in it for hours…you're living the dream… bon appetit! A Canadian girl in Dubai

  23. Dori says:

    Hi Adam, I just came across your website and loved it! I have a question about recipes. Do you have any recipes for these scrumptous desserts? Are there any blogs or websites that post French Pastry recipes? Thanks so much!

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  25. Mingsu says:

    Hi, I'm not sure if you remember me but I met you on a rainy day in Un Dimanche A Paris a month ago. Just had to say that the Le Croustillant au Grué de Cacao was delicious and I ended up going to about 6 patisseries! Cheers from Australia

  26. Myrna says:

    I look forward to take another bite of the best patisseries in Paris. Love your suggestions, I'll make sure to keep the list with when I go to France next April. Surprisingly I came across your website and love it.
    Thank you.

    Myrna

  27. Marco says:

    I've spend last weekend in Paris after a long time away.
    First of all I would like to thank you for the suggestions. Without them I would have missed the incredible pates de fruits by Genin. Mindblowing. He is like the Bach of pates de fruits. (the chocolate eclair was remarkable too)

    PH boutique in Rue Bonaparte was good as always, even exceptional*. I found all pastries were good looking, so following your reviews I was asking myself: have you found some correlation between PH boutiques and quality?
    *I will never taste anything vanilla based again after tarte infiniment vanille.

    However there was a huge let down. Hugo&Victor was really disappointing.
    Tarte pamplemousse was not really fresh and the taste was bland, to be kind.
    Same goes for the financiers and visitandines. Not fresh, rubbery and bland. (I will not speak about the girl serving us, she seemed just woke up after a crazy night and one hour sleep)
    Is it my bad luck? Or should smaller places like H&V be avoided on sundays? :P

  28. Amy A says:

    Hi everyone….do you know of a tour guide who might be able to take a group of 6 on this wicked ride? It's a biz trip, but thought it would be a blast….any ideas?

    • Hi, Amy. When are you thinking you will be in Paris for such a tour? I can see if I know anyone who might do it, if you give me the date/s. That said, visiting all of them would be painful ;) So much to eat. I've found that visiting 5 or 6 is usually where people start to suffer from overstuffing.

  29. Mananya Hagiwara says:

    Hello!
    I love your blog! I enjoy discovering nice patisseries as well. Now I have more destinations to look forward to :) Thanks again! It would be great to be able to visit the kitchen like you did!

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  33. Tama says:

    wow! I live here and will be hitting some of these for sure on my next school break. What kind of camera do you use to take your photos – they are really super – the black and white in your other posts are amazing!

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  35. Susie T. says:

    OMG! thank you for this list! Will be keeping it with me when I visit Paris next!

  36. Hi Adam,

    I enjoy your reviews and likewise try to discover new patisseries in my spare time.
    Just to help you improve the blog, the café Pouchkine has a site of his own: http://www.cafe-pouchkine.fr/
    Hope to visit Paris soon and maybe meet you someday.

    See you, Johan

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