Around the world, the French identity is recognised by various iconic elements, but if we were to name one of the best-known, it’s the baguette. The Hotel Danube offers you a warmly welcoming and delightful setting. Located in the famous Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, it offers the ideal base from which to discover the capital’s finest boulangeries (bakeries).
Au Petit Versailles du Marais
If you’ve ever dreamed of tasting a baguette from the ovens of a Meilleur Ouvrier de France, this boulangerie in the 4th arrondissement is the place to make your dream come true. Located on the Rue Tiron, it’s run by Christian Vabret and offers an irresistibly tempting selection of excellent baguettes and pastries. If you prefer to sit down to your treat, there’s a café inside.
Des Gâteaux et du Pain
Claire Damon, creator of Des Gâteaux et du Pain, has become a force to reckon with in the baking world. This artisane boulangère is the only woman to win the Prix d'Excellence Relais Desserts, which she achieved in 2018. Her two Parisian shops, located on the Rue du Bac and the Boulevard Pasteur, are where you can taste Claire's gourmet creations.
Du Pain et des Idées
Du Pain et des Idées recreates the authenticity of the French boulangerie of yesteryear. Located at 35 Rue Yves Toudic, it’s run by Christophe Vasseur. A business school graduate, he became a baker quite late, but with enough commitment to be voted the best in Paris. Charmingly rustic décor and truly superb bread. Unmissable!
The Liberté boulangerie was originally located at 39 Rue des Vinaigriers, in a building dating from the late 19th century, and which since then has always been occupied by a bakery. A second shop can be found in the 17th arrondissement. Upon entering, you’ll be struck by the modern and almost industrial style of the place. Check it out and discover the best lemon tarts in Paris, and the Liberté bread, which is out of this world.
Hotel du Danube, a 3 star hotel in the heart of the Saint Germain des Prés district