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Mar 27, 2013 08:25 AM

Where to find the ultimate croissant in central Paris?

I'm going in August and don't have a place to stay yet. So this time, I'd like to locate myself close to the perfect croissant. I'm already looking forward to going out in the morning and bringing home fresh pastries to munch on with coffee and orange juice. So, please, where should I look?

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  1. Croissants are a pretty simple pastry, won't be significant differences, unless you buy the supermarket-packaged type. (a lower quality). Just about any boulangerie will have decent croissants.

    I assume by "home" you mean where you will be staying in Paris.

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    1. re: lemarais

      Croissants may look simple, but they are not. Combining elements of bread (live yeast) and laminated dough (like pâte feuilletée) make them much more sensitive to variations in every ingredient and temperature/humidity.

      I agree that it is silly to discuss "the best," but the average croissant in Paris is basically mediocre. If that's what lemarais means by "decent," then we are in agreement. But I think the OP, in asking about a "perfect" croissant, at least meant something much better than just decent. Placed alongside croissants from most of the places mentioned above by Parnassien, for example, there is no comparison to the average croissant.

    2. There is no such thing as the perfect croissant.

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      1. re: Ptipois

        I agree -- it's more fun to have your own taste test anyway. Then you have an excuse to try a croissant from every boulanger you pass.

        (I still give extra points to the boulangers who'll offer to warm your pain au chocolat in the oven)

      2. Make sure you get croissant au beurre. after that your choice and mine may be different. most neighborhoods have a plethora of bakeries, so if the first one does not make your idea of a croissant, do a second. within my apartment their are 8 bakeries within three blocks, lucky me.

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        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

          I am going to disagree with DCM, I don't like the "best of threads" but there are some areas of Paris which do not have bakeries on every corner. I used to live on rue Rue Saint-Honoré (next to Hotel Costes) and it was quite a trek to the nearest shops let alone good bakery.

          So in very Central Paris especially the 1eme you need to be careful, better to get accommodation in a more residential area like the 7eme.

          1. re: PhilD

            And since our OP is going to stay in Paris in August, a certain number of boulangeries will be closed. Staying in a residential area will tend to lessen the chances, whereas staying in a "popular" area with plenty of food stores will increase them.

            Staying in the 5e, 6e or 7e not too far from Boulevard Saint-Germain might be a good idea: Kayser, Hermé, Mulot, Dalloyau, Grégoire, La Pâtisserie des Rêves will be within walking distance.

            If croissants were my main reason to stay in Paris, I'd pick the vicinity of one super-boulanger like Dominique Saibron on place d'Alésia or Christophe Vasseur (Du Pain et des Idées) in the 10th.

        2. I put my vote for the perfect croissant on Boulangerie Pichard on the rue Cambronne. I believe it actually won that prize a few years ago. also-they have great savory quiches and all the other goodies associated with a bakery.

          1. I should also add that it is in the 15 th, and that they also have a chausson de pomme-as they described it to me, it has an entire apple in every chausson. Nice for a breakfast pastry..