BAGUETTE, CROISSANT & CO
Let’s start in the bakery. While there are now large bakery chains in France, such as Paul or La Mie Câline, and even the supermarket chain Monoprix offers delicious pastries, baguettes, and more, you definitely want to enjoy authentic French baking. So, it’s better to visit one of the numerous Boulangeries. Here, they guarantee on-site production because anyone who bakes pre-produced frozen dough from elsewhere cannot call themselves a “Boulanger.” The name actually comes from the “Boules,” the round loaves of bread that served as a staple food for the poor population in earlier centuries.
We love the lemon Madeleines, pastries, and olive-feta rolls from Bo & Mie (2 locations in Paris)! Generally, a queue in front of the shop is always a good sign, and if not, just follow your nose. 😉
The Éclairs are another typically French delicacy that isn’t exactly low in calories. Éclairs are a pastry made from choux dough, which is sliced open lengthwise and filled with a cream. This cream or pudding filling can be made from vanilla, chocolate, coffee cream, or even fruity variations. It has been a little treat here and there since our childhood!
The most famous French pastries today, the baguette and croissant, both originated in Austria and were imported to France by Marie-Antoinette after her marriage to Louis XVI. There are many legends about the origin of the baguette. The croissant allegedly represents the Turkish crescent moon. During the siege of Vienna by the Turkish army, enemy soldiers dug a tunnel under the city wall at night. However, Viennese bakers who were already at work noticed this and raised the alarm. The “Kipferl” thus became a symbol of victory over the enemies and in France, it became the “Croissant.”
If you want to enjoy your croissant in a truly royal manner, the best place to go is Pâtisserie Stohrer (4 locations in Paris). It’s the oldest pastry shop in Paris, founded by the official supplier to Louis XV. Even the Queen of England shops here when she’s in Paris.
Also, the Pain au chocolat is made from croissant dough. However, it’s shaped differently and filled with chocolate. Mmmhhhhmmmm
For a special baguette, we recommend the winner of the “Best Baguette in Paris 2020” award, Maison Julien (13 Rue Pierre Demours). The competition is held by the city of Paris every year, and the winner gets to supply the Élysée Palace for a year.