If you have ever been to Paris you will know the warm, sweet smell that permeates from the local boulangerie early in the morning. They have been hard at work for hours bringing the the French their favourite breakfast: viennoiseries.
The word ‘Viennoiseries’ is derived from the long held myth that this type of baked goods originated in Vienna rather than France. This style of baking is distinguished by its use of yeast-leavened dough creating delectable sweet, bread like pastries often enriched with other ingredients like fruit, chocolate and nuts.
The most famous of these pastries would have to be the croissant, known for its cresent-like shape and layers of flaky, buttery goodness. Similarly the pain au chocolat has become an instant favourite with young and old alike. Who doesn’t like sweet, buttery pastry filled with chocolate? That’s just naming a few members of this wonderfully delicious and addictive family of pastries… have we mentioned brioche, pain aux raisins, croissant aux amandes, oranais… the list goes on!
So if you are lucky enough to find yourself in Paris, here are a few of the best boulangeries in the city to get your daily fix of viennoiseries.
Pain Pain – 88 Rue de Martyrs
Pain Pain is the boulangerie and pâtisserie of Sébastien Mauvieux. They have an amazing selection of not just vennoiseries but also breads and patisseries. So good that there is usually a queue out the front door!
Boulangerie Chevalier – 1 Rue de Lulier
Boulangerie Chevalier is a traditional boulangerie in the 6th Arrondissement of Paris. Here you can find some of the best viennoiseries in the city. You might find you need to queue for this one as well – but good things come to those who wait!
Boulangerie Murciano – 14 Rue de Rosiers
Boulangerie Marciano is just as beautiful on the outside as their baked goods are on the inside. This traditional Jewish boulangerie offers delicious baked goods and cakes in the heart of the Marais, Paris’ Jewish district. Try the brioche au fromage blanc.
If you don’t find yourself in Paris you can always make your own viennoiseries at home. Go for the classic recipes if you have time on your hands and want to make them from scratch. Otherwise if you want an instant fix try the cheat’s versions made with puff pastry!
- Classic Croissants – Martha Stewart
- Pain aux Raisin – Martha Stewart
- Basic Brioche – By Rose Levy Beranbaum via Epicurious
- Almond Croissants French Bakery Style – Natasha’s Kitchen
- Cheat’s Chocolate Croissants – Nigella Lawson