It’s hard not to think croissant when you think of France. A recognisable delicacy which is almost as well known as the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre.
A widely loved patisserie good which, for many is their preferred breakfast option or even a sweet treat on a difficult day, the croissant has a rich history embedded into the lives of those from France to the UK to New York. It’s a staple to start your day in Paris, so stay tuned for the best bakeries to visit and the hotels closeby to them.
While the French weren’t the original creators of the croissant, the French were the creators of the croissant taste we know and love today. A French baker, Sylvain Claudius Goy, wrote a recipe in 1915 which replaced the way yeast had been used, transforming it from the brioche dough towards a puff pastry. This created the baked delight we know and love today and massively changed the taste from its predecessor.
Over the 20th Century, with options to takeaway and even freeze, the croissant has continued on it’s uprise to steal hearts from generation to generation. While over time many have put their own stamp on the croissant, some adding fillings and other swapping ingredients for alternatives. But, whether stuffed with almond or chocolate, if you peel back the croissant, you’ll still find the bones of the original twelve layers of buttery goodness.
La Maison Pichard was founded 20 years ago by Frédéric Pichard, and in recent years expanded into a boulangerie-patisserie. This go-to bakery has also won several awards for their croissants, which makes the large queues for this bakery understandable.
This bakery offers the all-butter croissant with chocolate swirl and dough stuffed with a homemade praline spread. Laurent also created a new version of the pastry which earned him the title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France, a craftsman award for his efforts.
Des Gâteaux et du Pain is an experience you’ll never forget. The way they make their croissants plumper than others by using fresh creamery butter and preservative-free flour. Des Gâteaux et du Pain pastry chef Claire Damon has two bakeries to choose from to sample a taste.
Taking home the top prize in 2018 for croissant, La Maison d’Isabelle in the Latin Quarter. Making their products with organic flour, as well as selling cakes and other treats, this bakery has still priced their croissants at €1 each, meaning all can afford them and taste their buttery-goodness.
Set inside a shop dating to the 1870s, Du Pain et des Idées has put a spin on the croissant by altering its shape, providing a different texture with more crunch than chew. Be cautious that this bakery is closed on weekends, so be sure to visit in the week to avoid disappointment.
One of the latest bakeries to open its doors, Sain Boulangerie they offer delightful pastries to have your mouth watering. Baker Anthony Courteille brings butter and hazelnut croissants to the famous Canal Saint-Martin.
Under the eye and management of Rodolphe Ledemaine, who learned his craft at the European Center for Culinary Professions, Maison Landemaine has become a staple of Paris. There are a handful of bakeries across Paris for you to visit, with lots flocking for many of their crafted goodies, it’s the croissants you’ll be desperate to try where you’ll find golden croissants, made from only the best ingredients.
This fabulous hotel is only 40 yards away from the famous La Maison Pichard and the Eiffel Tower, allowing you the chance to enjoy views and delicious croissants. With a stylish upgrade only recently, a spa and a location to die for, what are you waiting for?
Sharing a street with La Maison d’Isabelle, this fabulous hotel also offers a prime location to the Louvre and the Notre-Dame cathedral. With modern stylings and rooms individually styled, this stay will bring you comfort and style from the moment you enter.
Close to the Bastille, this hotel is also 140 yards from bakery Farine & O. Decorated in soft blues and crisp whites, this laid back hotel will provide you with the perfect stay for getting around the city of love.
A two-minute walk from this hotel is the delightful Maison Landemaine République, one of the bakeries owned by Maison Landemaine. Promising a relaxing stay from the hustle and bustle of city life, this hotel boasts comfort and originality in its details.
Another hotel closeby to the wondrous La Maison d’Isabelle, Villa Panthéon offers a luxury warm and rich stay. The moment you step in, you’ll be greeted with wood and warm shades, styling and bringing you comfort. With relaxing white bedrooms and a central location, this hotel is perfect for a stay in Paris.
This delightful neo-art-deco hotel is a stone's throw away from La Maison Pichard. With striking blue and dark wood decor, you’ll be greeted by jazz and striking gold. Closeby to the Eiffel Tower, this hotel has much to offer for your stay in Paris.
Across Paris, there are many offerings of the most delicious and delectable croissant, all for you to go and try. Only you can decide the reigning croissant. Do you prefer them sweet, fluffy or with a little crunch? Book your stay in one of the hotels above, and let us know which bakery reigned supreme for you as you explore one of the most famous cities in Europe.