The French take their baguettes seriously. Competitions are held every year all over France. The winner of the Paris competition (the most prestigious one) actually gets to present their baguettes to their President. What an honor. Oh ya, there is also a cash reward 🙂
The baguette should be hand made with flour, water, salt and yeast ( or starter ) only. They are judged on length, weight, looks, baking, smell and of course, texture and taste.
Indeed this is a period of renaissance for the baguettes as more and more bakers return to the baguette origins and bake the baguette according to the old traditions.
If they follow the rules carefully their baguette can flaunt the title Baguettes de tradition. If you are ever in France make sure to ask for that.
As for me, what I usually look for in a baguette is the basic crunchy on the outside, airy on the inside format.
In this post I have summarized for you the best baguette across France and here’s another surprise for you, they’re not exclusively made in Paris! (Although a good part of them is, I have to admit 🙂 ).
My criteria for making this yummy list are as such:
We eat with our eyes and look is important. It should be an elongated shape with pointed edges (this will let you know that is was made by hand and not a machine)
We eat with our eyes, sure, but our nose has a big part of it too. The aroma of the baguette is crucial. it should give out a bit of smokiness a bit of sourness and overall an aroma that will make your mouth salivate.
Maybe the most important part of the baguette. The crust should be hard and crispy ( almost to the point where it cuts the roof of your mouth ) with a dark brown color to it.
The crumb or the ” inside ” of the baguette should be what we call in the business “open crumb” which means that there are very large holes. The color of the crumb should be off white. Never a bright white. The texture in your mouth should be a bit on the chewy side.
The baguette should have a slightly tangy flavor to it with a bit of a nutty taste as well.
O.k, its time to stamp your passport and be ready for an outstanding crunchy experience.
Le Grenier á Pain – Paris
Holding the title “The best baguette in Paris a.k.a the Grand Prix de la Baguette de la Ville de Paris, not once but twice (in 2010 and 2015), this fine bakery owned by Michel Galloye will provide you with a phenomenal baguette, no less.
Its a small place, located not far from Sacre Coeur in Montmartre, and basically it’s boulangerie heaven.
Their baguette is crunchy and super tasty. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Try to eat it when it’s freshly baked and still warm (it usually is) and don’t get discouraged by the long line, it’s so delicious and well worth the wait!
If you really want a treat, get a baguette sandwich. Hamm and cheese will do the trick more than any Michelin star restaurant around and the price is friendly too.
Note: there is no sitting at the bakery, only to go.
38 Rue des Abbesses, 75018 Paris, France
Friday – Monday 7:30 am-8:00 pm
Le Grenier á Pain
Boulangerie Leroy-Monti – Paris
Next on the list is this fairly new bakery that got it claim to fame by winning the 2019 Grand Prix de la Baguette de la Ville de Paris.
The baker behind the winning baguette is Fabrice Leroy that up to 2 years ago was a project manager at SNCF.
As the winner of the contest, the bakery gets to supply the France president its baguettes all year round, and what can I say? if it’s good enough for The Élysée Palace it’s good enough for me!
The is really crispy and the smell is amazing. You won’t be disappointed.
203 Avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris
Tuesday-Sunday 7:00 am – 8:30 pm
close on Mondays.
Du Pain et des Idées – Paris
This bakery needs no titles as it is known worldwide for its superior quality bread. No wonder It got into our “Best bread bakeries in the world” list.
Everything they make is phenomenal but their baguette is the real deal: crunchy, chewy, perfect color and size- it really set the standard for any other bakery in town.
The small bakery is a fan favorite for locals and tourists alike. There is no sitting only 2 picnic tables outside for a quick bite before you hit the road.
Bottom line: baguette or not, don’t leave the city before you visit this place!
34 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris France
Monday to Friday 7:00 am- 8:00 pm
Du Pain et des Idées
Atelier du Boulanger – Fréjus Cannes
Apparently there’s more to Caan’s then beautiful beaches, a yearly film festival and a bunch of movie stars posing on the red carpet.
There’s great baguette too:)
This family-owned bakery operates by Patrick Patin and his son-in-law Laurent makes the best baguette around.
The dynamic duo won the best “baguette tradition” in the Var region and went on to win the title of best baguette from the PACA and Corsica region.
Clearly, these to know what they’re doing.
Their baguette is homemade, crispy and soft just at the right amount, perfect color inside and out to, but the most important thing is the taste. It just tastes like heaven in your mouth.
My recommendation? pair this baguette with your favorite ingredients and create am amazing sandwich ( my wife would choose a handful of Nutella to go with it and boy would she be happy:)
Looks: the bakery isn’t fancy as the ones you encounter in Paris but the quality of the product wins every time (literally).
714 avenue marechal de lattre de tassigny Fréjus 83600
Monday to Sunday 6:30 am – 7:30 pm7
Atelier du Boulanger
La Maison Jean-Marc Bordonnat – Nice
This bakery, overlooking the nice port, has some of the best baguettes you can find. Working on his skill of baking tradition baguette since 1993 baker Jean-Marc Bordonnat won multiple awards of best baguette within the region.
The baguette is based on a family recipe involving long fermentation and slow kneading.
The taste is unbelievably good, and when their baguettes are so crispy, beautiful colored and great overall, no wonder they sell them by the hundreds each day. Of course, you can find other amazing treats so make sure not to skip this place when you’re in town.
19 Rue Barla, 06300 Nice, France
Monday – Saturday 06:30 am- 8:00 pm
La Maison Jean-Marc Bordonnat
Boulangerie Lagache -Nice
Were staying in Nice…
This bakery makes truly outstanding baguette using natural yeast and Franch wheat flour. Their baguette voted the best traditional baguette in the Alpes-Maritimes in 2011 is made by hand, daily, and has just the right crunchiness you want from your baguette. You can also get it in a sandwich form: a big one (half a baguette) or a quoter baguette if you don’t want to overdo it.
The choices cant be more delicious wheater you go with vegetarian sandwiches, pastrami, roast beef, Fish & chips or any other option
(try the one with the row ham, tomatoes, and mozzarella, OMG!)
You got the point… with lots of other amazing bread to go around, this bakery is a must stop when visiting Nice.
20 Rue Arson, 06300 Nice, France
Wednesday – Monday 06:30 am – 8:00 pm.
Boulangerie des 5 Sens – Lion
This bakery has so many different high-quality kinds of baguette (and other bread for that matter) it’s hard to choose! Their crusty golden baguette fills the bakery with an incredible smell, and if you have a craving for some extra doughy carbs this is the place for you!
The bakery is very clean, has a beautiful bread display and super friendly staff that always welcome you with a smile. prices are reasonable too.
128 Cours Lafayette, 69003 Lyon, France
Monday -Friday 06:30 am – 7:30 pm.
Boulangerie des 5 Sens
Chez Jules – Lion
This gem of a bakery has a nice story behind it. Originally It was open by 2 childhood friends, Antoine and Julien – then joined by Félicien, Antoine’s brother. These days this trio oversees 6 bakeries in the area. Their baguette is high quality, super tasty, golden or darker, there is a variety to choose from but it is always fresh, hand made and super crispy. You can’t go wrong!
42, Bd des Brotteaux – 69006 Lyon. For more location check out their website.
Monday – Saturday 06:30 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday 07:00 am – 7:00 pm
Dreher – Strasbourg
Funny enough this bakery, established in 1987, has German origins but I got to hand it to them: they mastered the art of French baguette to perfection. Their baguette is crispy and always fresh, and go along great as a sandwich for a light breakfast to start your day.
Situated near Cathedrale Notre Dame, this bakery has a sitting area overlooking the street which is lovely during warm days and also a bit limited sitting inside for colder days.
Recommended aside from the baguette: their pretzels and Kugelhopf. Must try!
50 rue des Grandes Arcades, 67000, Strasbourg France
Monday – Saturday 07:30 am – 8:00 pm.
Sunday 08:00 am – 7:00 pm
Pains Westermann – Strasbourg
Staying in the same area near the Cathedrale this bakery makes more than 20 different kinds of bread every day and their baguette, like everything else, is top-notch.
Their baguette wins points on all the criteria I mentioned above and is simply super tasty. The bakery has a very warm ambiance, the staff is friendly and the whole experience is welcoming.
Bottom line: grab a bite when you’re in town!
1 Rue des Orfèvres, 67000 Strasbourg, France
Monday – Thursday 09:30 am – 7:30 pm
Friday – Saturday 08:00 am – 07:00 pm
Sunday 09:00 am – 1:00 pm