On a leisurely weekend morning, for the French, there should be nothing happier than pouring a cup of hot coffee and enjoying a croissant with the aroma of butter. Like the baguette, the French are very obsessed with croissants. Not only are the ingredients finely used, but the production process must also be strictly followed.
It has both a buttery aroma and a light and dense layer of melaleuca. Here are the best croissants in Paris, let's take a look.
1. Claire Damon
63 boulevard Pasteur, 15e / 89 rue du Bac, 7e
Claire Damon is a well-known female baker in Paris. Her bakery was established in the 15th arrondissement in 2006 and has gained countless fans since it opened. This croissant is worth 1.6 euros, which is relatively expensive in Paris, but the texture and taste are definitely worth it.
The puff pastry dough is made with super fresh butter, flour with no additives or improvers, and a pinch of Guérande salt, making a croissant almost perfect.
2. Stéphane Glacier
Pâtisserie et Gourmandises, 39 rue du Général Leclerc, Bois-Colombes
This croissant is on the outskirts of Paris. Stéphane Glacier, who was awarded the title of best pastry chef in France in 2000, opened a bakery in Bois-Colombes in 2008. The croissants here are very traditional, 1.25 euros a piece, which should taste very authentic from the weight of 90g of butter, but it seems to be too easy to gain weight.
3. Sébastien Gaudard
22 rue des Martyrs, 9e / 1 rue des Pyramides 1er
After training in a renowned French pastry shop, Sébastien Gaudard opened his first bakery in 2011 on the rue des Martyrs. The store is very beautiful and exquisite, with a Parisian style. The biggest special feature of the croissant here is the use of AOP (protected designation of origin) butter from La Viette, which has a very long fermentation time, and a little charming syrup at the end. 1.3 euros a piece, definitely worth the money.
4. Boulangerie Utopie
20 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 11e.
Founded by two former members of Maison Ladurée, Sébastien Bruno and Erwan Blanche, Utopie was voted the best bakery in France in 2017. The products in the store are strictly controlled in quality, but the prices are very close to the people. Their croissants are 1.10 euros a piece, with Montaigu butter from Charentes-Poitou.
This butter has a very unique slightly sour flavor due to the addition of acetic yeast. According to different seasons, there will be croissants with different ingredients.
5. Pâtisserie du Panthéon
200 rue Saint-Jacques, 5e.
The bakery was founded by Sébastien Dégardin and his wife, pastry chef at former Michelin-starred restaurants (Troisgros and Pierre Gagnaire). The croissants here are 1.3 euros each, and the biggest feature is the slow roasting at 165°C, which makes the fragrance longer lasting and the melaleuca more textured.
6. Pascal et Anthony
32 rue Dantzig, 15e.
Baker Pascal Hérault and pastry chef Anthony Raingeval opened the store in February 2017. Both are working on developing a range of good-tasting breads and cakes at a lower cost. The same is 1.3 euros a piece, their croissants are crispy on the outside and crispy on the inside, and the layers are perfect!
45 rue Condorcet, 9e / 32 rue du Château d’eau, 10e
Cécile Khayat and Victoria Effantin successfully proved the value of women bakers and women entrepreneurs with two stores. 1.2 euros a croissant exudes a strong buttery aroma, very soft and fluffy, with a delicate feeling unique to women.
8. Au Duc de la Chapelle
32 rue Tristan-Tzara, 18e
Anis Bouabsa was the youngest winner of the Meilleur Ouvrier de France at the age of 24. In 2005, he bought Duc de la Chapelle and made it increasingly famous. Its croissants are crunchy and delicious, the buttery taste is the perfect balance between salt and sugar, and the price is only 1.1 euros!
9. Laurent Duchêne
2 rue Wurtz, 13e / 238 rue de la Convention, 15e, 45 rue Raymond du Temple, Vincennes.
Laurent Duchêne, also of Meilleur Ouvrier de France, thinks a cake should be as pretty as it tastes. Therefore, based on the traditional croissant, he created a chocolate croissant with an upgraded sweetness factor, but do you know what is the difference between it and chocolate bread? (2.2 Euro each)