You can’t walk a block without passing a boulangerie in most Parisian neighborhoods, and nothing beats that smell of fresh baked croissants wafting out onto the street. However, in case you believed otherwise, not all baguettes are created equal. And it’s a never ending escapade to taste many in order to discover the best ones around the city.
In one of our favorite neighborhoods, the Haute Marais, you’ll have to eat a baguette or croissant or croissant aux amandes every day to get through the list of delicious boulangeries you must try. Below are some off the top of our list, all within walking distance of landmarks like Place de la République, rue de Bretagne, and the Cirque d’Hiver.
38 rue Debelleyme
From Tuesday to Saturday, 7:15 am to 8:15 pm
Sunday, 7:15am to 4:30pm
2. 134 RDT
134 rue de Turenne
From Monday to Friday, 7:15 am to 8:15 pm
3. Chez Manon
25 rue de Bretagne
From Monday to Saturday, 6:00 am to 8:00 pm
Our nearby apartments:
Two Bedroom, Two Bath Air Conditioned Marais Apartment
Two Bedroom, Two Bath Air Conditioned Bretagne Apartment
Two Bedroom, One Bath Haute Marais Apartment
Picture this: You fly all the way to Paris and you enter a French bakery and see an array of mouthwatering pastries in front of you. You know you want one but you need more information to select the right pastry for you. If someone could just tell you what was in them and what they were called, you would be in pastry heaven. Alas, you don’t speak French and even if you did the woman serving you is French and may be culturally opposed to helping you. Fortunately, you can choose and recognize French pastries without having studied abroad.
Let’s begin with the most simple one. The Croissant is essentially a crescent shaped roll. It is unadulterated bread and nothing fancy despite being being flaky, buttery, and delicious. Remember the croissant by its shape- crescent moon. Crescent sounds like croissant. The croissant is where simple approaches sublime.
- croissant- kwa-ssah – crescent moon shaped – just bread
The next pastry is breakfast for chocolate lovers. The Pain au Chocolat, or bread with chocolate in English, is not a chocolate croissant because it is not crescent shaped. It is a bread roll with two sticks of chocolate hidden inside. How can you recognize the shy Pain au Chocolat hiding its amazing filling among the other treats? If you examine the sides of the rolls, you will see the two sticks of chocolate peeking out and you have a winner.
- pain au chocolat- pan o sho ko lah- bread hiding sticks of chocolate inside
For those of us who like something more elaborate, there is the Pain aux Raisins- bread with raisins. This one is easy to recognize for a couple of reasons, 1. you can see the raisins on top and 2. it is round.
pain aux raisins – pan o ray-zahn- round raisiny bread
There is a final alternative:
You may have heard that French women don’t get fat. They also don’t eat many pastries.
The last, sad choice is not to eat a crescent shaped croissant, a pain au chocolat that almost hides its chocolate center, or a round, raisiny pain aux raisins although I wouldn’t recommend it.