The Best Paris Croissants

Croissants are the iconic pastry to try in Paris. While there are several good options for breakfast pastries, nothing beats this classic. But here’s the thing, Paris is filled with boulangeries and bakeries on practically every corner. So how do you know where to go? After many trips, many boulangeries, and many pastries, I’ve put together this list of the best Paris croissants so you don’t have to spend countless hours trying to figure out where to go (the joys of my job, I know).

croissants at a cafe in Paris
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Blé Sucré

Not all croissants in the city are created equal, and every shop has its own style. For example, at Ble Sucré, you’ll taste a very buttery and rich croissant (whereas some boulangeries make a lighter and airier croissant). Blé Sucré is renowned for some of the best Paris croissants because of the shatteringly crisp crust giving way to a soft, buttery interior. I learned about this boulangerie long ago from acclaimed pastry chef and food blogger, David Lebovitz, and if he says it’s good, you go. No questions asked.

Ble Sucré is located in the Bastille (11th arron.) and is open every day except Monday. They open early, usually around 7 am, so get before the croissants sell out.

Address: Blé Sucré
7 Rue Antoine Vollon, 75012 Paris, France

Boulangerie Utopie

Boulangerie Utopie is one of the best bakeries in the city and is known for its delicious viennoiserie selection. They offer a unique twist on the traditional croissant: their signature croissant incorporates a sourdough base for a touch of tang alongside the rich butter flavor. And like many of the best croissants in Paris, their version is flaky and golden brown on the exterior, achieving a perfect balance of texture.

Boulangerie Utopie is open every day (except Monday) at 7 am. At 1.10€, their croissants make for an affordable breakfast.

Pro Tip: Go on a Sunday morning, and then you can visit the famous Marché Bastille, where you’ll find some of the most wonderful food and produce sold by local vendors.

Address: Boulangerie Utopie
20 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011 Paris, France

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Croissants at a Paris Boulangerie

The French Bastards

The French Bastards, known for their playful name and innovative takes on classics, make some of the best Paris croissants. They have classic butter croissants that are light and flaky with the perfect golden hue. They also feature unique pastries like pain au chocolat with a salted caramel filling and pistachio cream. All the pastries are beautiful and equally delicious.

What sets The French Bastards apart is their meticulous dough-making process, which lends to a light and airy texture. Their focus on high-quality ingredients and traditional techniques ensures a flaky, buttery experience. With three locations across Paris, The French Bastards is an easy boulangerie to add to your list (but go to the one on Rue St. Denis if possible. It’s the best!).

They are open every day.

Pro Tip: Ask about their daily specials, and you might discover a new favorite croissant flavor!

Address: The French Bastards
181 Rue St Denis, 75002 Paris, France

La Maison D’Isabelle

La Maison d’Isabelle is one of my favorite bakeries in Paris, and you’ll understand why when you go! When you approach the boulangerie, you’ll see an awning displaying its name and its distinction of winning the top prize for best all-butter croissant in Paris and the surrounding region in 2018. These are some of the best croissants in Paris because they use organic flour and high-quality butter.

When you take your croissant out of the bag, listen as you gently press it. You’ll hear a slight crackle that’s like music to your ears! Their croissants are deeply golden brown and crispy, and the interior is buttery and soft. And I must say, I love the little paper bags they use for their pastries. Of course, if you order several pastries, you’ll receive a box to hold them all (I speak from experience).

There is always a line in front of La Maison D’Isabelle. Plan a morning visit to the Latin Quarter so you can eat croissants, and look at their beautiful tarts too (serious eye candy). While you eat, stroll through the Marché directly across the street, which is open a few mornings a week.

La Maison D’Isabelle is open every day at 6 am (closed Monday). But as always, check the hours before you go.

Address: La Maison D’Isabelle
47ter Bd Saint-Germain, 75005 Paris, France

best croissants Paris - La Maison D'Isabelle

Du Pain et Des Idées

Du Pain et des Idées, although a bit out of the way, is renowned for its croissants and worth a metro trip. Their croissants are praised for their fluffy insides and crispy, layered exteriors. Du Pain et Des Idées has a cult following, and for good reason. They use high-quality ingredients, such as organic flour and high-fat butter, which contribute to the rich flavor of their croissants. In addition, their croissants have a slow 24-hour rise so that they develop a deep flavor when finished.

Earning acclaim as “une tuerie” (absolutely fantastic) by Parisians, these are some of the best Paris croissants and are a must-try for any visitor. Grab a few other pastries while you’re there too!

When you go to Paris, arrive early at Du Pain et Des Idées (between 7:00 a.m. and 8 a.m.) because several people are often queuing to get their pastries before they sell out. They aren’t open on Saturday or Sunday, so plan this stop for a weekday.

Address: Du Pain et Des Idées
34 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris, France

Carton

Carton, located near Gare du Nord in the 10th arrondissement, holds the prestigious title of 2022’s Best Butter Croissant in Greater Paris. This is an honor for any boulangerie in Paris. Their croissants are known for being incredibly buttery, with a perfectly browned, flaky exterior and a light and airy interior.

People flock to Carton for the croissants. Because this boulangerie is near a main train station, there is often a line of hungry travelers (they also serve sandwiches and desserts).

Carton is open every day except Sunday.

Address: Carton
6 Bd de Denain, 75010 Paris, France

Boulangerie Collet

Boulangerie Collet, located on Rue Montergeuil, makes a multi-grain croissant that is out of this world! It’s not as big and flaky as a traditional croissant, but this pastry is delicious in its own right. Why include this variation? I didn’t know about Boulangerie Collet on my first trip, and I wish I had! Even though this recommendation veers away from the classic croissant, their multi-grain croissant is worth the stop, I promise.

Pro Tip: After you order a croissant from Collet, walk one minute to Stohrer, the oldest patisserie in Paris, for some of the best desserts and pastries in the city. 

Boulangerie Collet is open Monday – Friday at 6:30 am, but check their hours before you go.

Address: Boulangerie Collet
100 Rue Montorgueil, 75002 Paris, France

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