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Croissant in Paris

Does anyone have a favorite croissant in Paris? I've read that we should make sure to get ones made with real butter, but how will I know before I get it?

Disclaimer: This is my firs time ever traveling abroad, so I'm very excited to try all of the food and drinks!

Thanks!

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1284 posts

Never ate a croissant in Paris that I did not like. Hit up any Paul bakery for tasty treats...also pop into any place that looks appetizing and try whatever, don't limit yourself to croissants. We like to do walking tours, get to the meeting point about 30 min early and find a bakery in the area for a sit down coffee and hubby likes a quiche for the protein and I love just whatever catches my eye that day and a little people watching, so fun!

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1839 posts

I could not eat more than a bite of croissants in Paris since they were so rich. My family loved them though. But, the food everywhere is amazing!! You will be in food heaven :-)

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8279 posts

Dave beat me to it, Parisbymouth.com. I was reading their list of best bakeries last night. They list them by arrondissement which is helpful.

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16883 posts

For another treat that's extra flaky, buttery and caramelly, try the Kouingettes at Maison Georges Larnicol. I's a self-service shop (rare in France), so you can load up on each delicious flavor that catches your eye. Several locations; use Google Maps, because their own web site seems useless for anything but online orders.

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6478 posts

I had one at #6 on the Paris by mouth list - Le Grenier à Pain des Abbesses. Definitely a little bite of heaven. I also tried them at several other bakeries that I passed on my wanders around Paris, they were all good. I'm sure any good bakery in Paris uses real butter in their croissants, otherwise their customers won't be around long.

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2891 posts

I have had an excellent croissants at Blé Sucréand at the bakery at the corner of Rue Caulaincourt and Tourlaque in the 18th, Gontran Cherrier. Croissants made with 100% butter as the fat are straight not curved. I read this article http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702304756104579453282749757044 in the Wall Street Journal and decided to try Gontran Cherrier while staying at a nearby hotel.

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If the sign says "Croissant au beurre", you can safely assume it is made with butter. A "croissant ordinaire" is made with margarine. However, I don't think I've ever seen the term "Croissant ordinaire" at a boulangerie. Sometimes I've seen just "croissant", and other times both "croissant" and "croissant a beurre." I've had a number of bad croissants in France, but I don't know if it was because the baker used margarine, or if he/she was just a bad boulanger. I don't think I've ever had a bad croissant in Paris, though (but several bad baguettes).

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8393 posts

What Robert says is true, you do need to look for the ones made with butter. There are a lot of industrial ones around today, some made with butter, some not.

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697 posts

Mmmm croissants. My mouth is watering & I long to return to Paris! We liked Maison Georges Larnicol too. There are a few locations. We've tried the one in St Germain and the one on Rue de Rivoli (which was dangerously close to the apartment we rented last year). Anything you buy there, you will be in heaven, I promise. Kouignettes, macarons, pastries of all kinds and yummy chocolate. We also liked Bouglangerie Gosselin. The first time in Paris with my daughter's French class, we went on a tour to see how they made baguettes. 17 of us sqeezed down the staircase & into the tiny basement to watch them bake. It was fascinating. We bought our lunch there and a pastry of course. Delicious! You will be in heaven in Paris. Enjoy!

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I've never had a bad croissant so I'm easy to please I guess!

Just go to the boulangerie in Saint-Hilaire-d'Ozilhan and you'll find one. Actually, that was 12 years ago, so they've probably either improved, gone out of business, or sold. The croissants weren't industrial, just bad.

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11613 posts

I agree, the Paul chain is great with a limited menu. In lots of train stations as well as in towns.

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4453 posts

You can visually tell if a croissant is made with butter. Only real butter croissants are allowed to be a straight shape (vs the curved crescent shape). Also, try the amazing baguettes which make a great picnic meal.

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12040 posts

This is probably along the lines of "best pub in London" or "best gelateria in Italy". The answer- the one you find yourself near at the appropriate time of day.

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This is probably along the lines of "best pub in London" or "best gelateria in Italy". The answer- the one you find yourself near at the appropriate time of day.

This reminds me of the quote by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, when asked which of his designs was his favorite. He always answered, "The next one." A very appropriate response for croissants, and gelato.