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Aug 5, 2010 06:12 PM

Best croissants (preferably almond!) near St. Germain de Pres?

Looking for the best almond croissants in St. Germain de Pres area...or anywhere else that someone recommends for that matter. Thanks!

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  1. In the Gallery Jouffroy off Blvd Poissonnierre just before M. Segas cane shop are the almond croissants l favor, dense but not too soggy, often warm. As good as it gets.

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    1. re: Delucacheesemonger

      Do you mean Valentin in the Passage Jouffroy?
      Also I think that section of the boulevard is Boulevard Montmartre.

      1. re: Parigi

        In Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Gérard Mulot, Rue de Seine, is certainly a really good boulangerie/patisserie. I love his croissants and his pains au chocolat; never had the almond croissant though. I'd say, give it a try!

        PS: To really know 'where is the best' one would have to try all boulangeries and even then, it would be the personal taste of just one individual.

        1. re: Parigi

          Damn researched everything with Google maps and still messed it up, Thanks P. It is indeed Valentin

          1. re: Delucacheesemonger

            Sorriest I don't mean to nitpick with names and addresses and spelling.
            Just that Dcm, you give good recs, and correct spelling of proper names helps other hounds find the places and things you rave about.

            The two most frequent misspellings on chowhound France forum are:
            1. Pré Catelan. Everyone - except Soup - spells it Catalan, conjuring up images of Sardana dancers in the Bois.
            2. Bouillabaisse. please, people, 2 "s", please, please. The one "s" spelling conjures up images of … boiled what?

            1. re: Parigi

              It is OK, my best friend won the United States Spelling Bee when she was 12. l always keep spell check on now.

      2. Mulot, Hermé are indeed must trys in the Saint germain Area. You could push to Keyser as well (on rue Monge). My favourite croissant aux amandes is at Seurre on rue des Martyrs but you never know when they'll have some.

        In general, I'd argue that it's really not the same bakers who do good croissants and good almond croissants.

        The tournicotis at Dominique Saibron, in Alésia, are also quite something.

        And there's a good chance that you find an absolutely wonderful croissants aux amandes in a random bakery you never heard about. Bakeries are the area in which Paris actually delivers on the promise of extraordinary food available almost everywhere and very affordable. The secret to buying in food in Paris is: follow your envies and have what looks or smells good. Don't go anywhere with a firm idea of what you want. Let it happen.

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        1. re: souphie

          Although I'm a fan of Mulot and I especially think he's baguettes are one of the better ones in the neighborhood, I think he's croissants need work. The buttery taste is nice, but they are typically undercooked and a bit greasy, although certainly better than anything I could ever by in my own neighborhood in New York City.

          1. re: souphie

            Thanks! I have to admit I tend to agree with what you've said - pick your spots by seeing what looks good when you get there and going w/ instincts. There's just so much hype out there about planning your Paris meals ahead of time that I'm trying to have a few spots in mind before we go. Plus my husband and I love almond croissants - so we have to make sure we have at least one while we're there!

            1. re: fitzwater

              I'm there with you on the almond croissants. for me, they trump pain au chocolat every time.:)