If you’re anything like me, you spend the time leading up to your next trip, daydreaming about all the delicious local foods you want to try. 

When I think of Paris, one of the first images that pops into my head is their delicious, buttery light on the inside, crisp and flaky on the outside croissants.

Okay, that and champagne, macrons, baguettes, and obviously cheese.

But seriously, who wouldn’t love a warm, fresh croissant, especially one made in Paris?

Croissants have always been one of my favorite breakfast pastries, especially when in France (trust me, they’re better there).

A true French croissant has the perfect combination of moisture, flakiness, and butter.

Now that everyone is picturing the perfect French pasties, I’ll leave you with my list, in no particular order, of the best croissants in Paris. 

Get ready to have a serious croissant craving by the time you’re done reading!


1. Maison Pichard


Maison Pichard is one of my favorite spots to stop whenever I’m in Paris. It’s a spot in the 15th that I recommend to all of my friends anytime they’re in town. 

Their basic croissants are buttery and delicious, but my go-to is their pain au chocolat. 

Address: 88 Rue Cambronne, 75015 Paris, France

Pro Tip: If it’s a beautiful day, get your order, then stroll a few blocks to the Square Saint-Lambert.

It’s a lovely private park, that’s perfect for enjoying breakfast, and maybe even a delightful book.



2. Laurent Duchêne


Head to the 13th arrondissement to give these award-winning croissants a try. 

Laurent Duchêne was previously listed as one of the best by the Meilleur Ouvrier de France, a society that gives yearly awards to the best bakers in France.

Their pastries are heaven on earth, made with fluffy light, and made with some of the best Normandy butter. 

Address: 2 Rue Wurtz, 75013 Paris, France



3. Stohrer


If you want a side of history with your morning latte and croissant, head to Strohrer.

King Louis XV’s pastry chef found it in 1730, making it the oldest patisserie in the city!

You’ll find pastries fit for royalty, plus plenty of indulgent and delicious desserts. 

Despite being a bit touristy these days, they serve up one of the best almond croissants in the city. 

Address: 51 Rue Montorgueil, 75002 Paris, France



4. La Pâtisserie Cyril Lignac


While in the 11th arrondissement, swing by La Pâtisserie Cyril Lignac to try some more award Meilleur Ouvrier de France winning pastries. 

They do a delicious hot chocolate that’s perfectly paired with a croissant.

If you really want to get crazy indulgent, order the Kouign-amann.

It’s like a croissant, but has additional layers of butter and sugar, making it a pastry to blow your diet for. 

Address: 24 Rue Paul Bert, 75011 Paris, France



5. Café Pouchkine


This is one place you’ll want to sit down and have a fancy breakfast. Stepping into the cafe is like stepping back in time to the Belle Époque.

In case you haven’t guessed by the name, Café Pouchkine has a bit of a Russian spin on the typical cafes you’ll normally find in Paris.

On the menu you’ll find tons of popular Russian dishes, plus a bunch of French classics. 

The most indulgent choice is to order the croissant a la vanille, with either a latte or hot chocolate. This vanilla pastry has my mouth watering just thinking about it!

Address: 6 Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris, France



6. La Maison d’Isabelle


If you’re looking for an affordable, award-winning pastry option, you need to head to La Maison d’Isabelle

They won the prize for best pastry and baguette on Meilleur Ouvrier de France’s 2018 list. 

You’ll find buttery, flaky croissants that are a bit crisp on the outside and flaky on the inside with a bit of a caramelized taste. 

The best part is that their croissants are a steal at just €1 each!

Address: 47ter Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75005 Paris, France



7. L’Artisan Des Gourmands


While walking around the 15th arrondissement, you need to stop for a coffee and pastry break at L’Artisan Des Gourmands

They boast award-winning croissants and eclairs that will leave you wishing you had ordered seconds. 

The best part is that they’re a few blocks from the Seine, making it an ideal spot to pick up supplies for an impromptu breakfast picnic during the warmer months.  

Address: 60 Rue de la Convention, 75015 Paris, France



8. Le Moulin de La Croix Nivert


This little gem is a short distance from the Eiffel Tower, making it a delicious and quick option for tourists on-the-go.

The croissants are delicious, especially the pain au chocolat. I highly recommend it paired with an espresso. 

Le Moulin de La Croix Nivert proudly displays that they use GMO-free, stoneground flour, making your morning pastry indulgence feel almost responsible. 

The staff here are super friendly, and happy to speak English if you’re French isn’t up to par.

I’ve even heard them happily offering their favorite recommendations to tourists for things to see and do in the area. 

Address: 39 Rue de la Croix Nivert, 75015 Paris, France



9. Douceurs et Traditions


Also near the Eiffel Tower is the popular boulangerie, Douceurs et Traditions

This is a bakery I spent more than one morning grabbing a quick almond croissant and coffee from while on my way to see the sights. 

The women working the counter were also in a good mood, and happy to help with recommendations on which pastry to indulge in next.

Address: 85 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris, France



10. Le Peche De Gourmandise


This small bakery is quickly making a name for itself through word of mouth and thanks to a recent Meilleur Ouvrier de France award in 2019. 

Le Peche De Gourm’s croissants are everything you imagine when you think of the ideal French pastry.

They’re soft on the inside with a bit of a honeycomb look, buttery taste, and a crisp, flaky outside layer.

I always walk away with an almond croissant, coffee, and an almond chocolate bread to enjoy later.

Address: 3 Rue Sophie Germain, 75014 Paris, France


Paris Croissant picnic by Eiffel Tower 2

Last Bites….

Now that hopefully everyone is craving a croissant, I’ll leave you with this final thought.

When you’re in Paris, don’t stress over being on a diet, just enjoy yourself!

Trust me, if you walk around the city enough, you’ll easily cancel out all the extra carbs that come with pigging out in Paris. 

So just order that glass of champagne, macron, cheese, and especially a fresh, warm croissant every morning. 

I can almost guarantee you won’t regret it if you pick the right spot to indulge in. 

Let me know in the comment below if you’ve been to any of the spots on the list!


While you’re in town, check out some of these popular foodie tours in Paris!

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