Whether you’re flying to Charles de Gaulle or Paris Orly airport, the first thing you should do when you arrive in France’s capital to is sample the best pastries available! Bakeries can be just as beautiful as the goods they produce. And, when it comes to Paris, this is certainly the case. Sampling the delicacies while visiting this romantic city is a must, but choosing the most beautiful bakeries should be a priority too. Here are some of the most stunning bakeries in the city to venture to when hunger calls.
Eat baked goods like royalty in this famous bakery. Angelina is actually renowned for its hot chocolate, and you’ll probably see long lines of people waiting to try it. Once you get inside, you’ll find that the bakery is massive and so luxurious that you’d think it was meant for royalty. The walls are painted in gold and the dessert displays look straight out of a magazine. They are famous for their Mont Blanc, (a chestnut dessert) so make sure to give it a try.
This cute cafe is cozy and elegant with some fantastic desserts. The stone walls, exposed brick beams, and wooden floors make this place chic and gorgeous all at once. They serve delicious hot chocolate which should be accompanied by one of their chocolate tarts. Their eclairs, lemon tart, and caramel tart are said to be out-of-this-world too. No matter what you order, you’ll be treated to some free, homemade chocolates too.
This bakery may be touristy, but it’s so beautiful that it’s worth the crowds. Laduree is located right in the middle of the city’s most famous street, Champs-Élysées, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding it. The lines are long but the elegant decor give you something to marvel at while you wait. They have some of the most famous macarons in Paris, and they are definitely worth a try. As you shop for baked goods take note of the gold furnishings, chandeliers, and museum-esque statues. The seating area features tufted, golden chairs, antique artwork, and ornate trim work on the walls. It feels like old-world Paris and makes a great setting to enjoy their artful baked goods.
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This bakery and sweets shop looks like it should sell fine jewelry rather than desserts. It is extremely elegant and features perfectly assembled rows of glistening baked goods. Most of the desserts can be found behind display cases, looking almost too good to eat. Each piece looks like a work of art, and there’s a policy that no one can take photos (it’s a pretty exclusive experience.) Try the choux puffs which are filled with rich praline butter.
If you want to earn bragging rights while in Paris, visit this bakery. It’s famous for its macarons and ispahan croissant. The pastry chef here is famous for creating artistic pieces that taste as delicious as they look. There are a few locations around the city but each has an elegant, yet modern decor. The buzz around this place is that their macarons are some of the city’s best. But, don’t forget to try the different styles of croissants (they’re all so tasty you may have difficulties choosing a favorite.)
If you want to eat your way around Paris, start with the bakeries. They are beautiful enough to be considered tourist attractions, with or without the baked goods. If you enjoyed this, then make sure you read our guide to the best cafes in Paris.