Boulangerie Poilâne, Paris

Boulangerie Poilâne Has The Best Pastries And Bread In Paris!

When I tell people the name of my blog, I usually get a few stunned looks and I know right away what they are thinking – What kind of website is this? Is it safe for me to click on the link? I understand that it’s not a traditional name for a travel website, but that is what I like about it – It’s unique and reflects my quirky personality. How did I come up with the name? Simple. I have an obsession with butter. Especially cold, unsalted, European butter that I love to cut into chunks and smear on warm bread. Therefore when in Paris, I always stop at Boulangerie Poilâne to indulge my buttery passion on their famous ‘P’ bread.




Every time I step inside Boulangerie Poilâne in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the aromas of freshly baked bread, combined with the sweet smells of their pastries, makes this Canadian girl happy. An assortment of bread lines their walls, while their pastries are beautifully displayed behind their storefront windows. I guess I am a creature of habit because I always order a loaf of their signature sourdough bread (a P is beautifully cursive on each loaf) and their flan, a Breton-inspired custard tart. Then I head to Luxembourg Gardens or Rodin’s Gardens, both within a 10-15 minute walk. Without exception, I will have with me a pat of cold butter, duck pâté and a bottle of red wine or a coffee.  The crunchy crust against the spongy, salty and soft center is the perfect vessel to slather my cold butter. And when I smear some duck pâté, my gosh, I am done. Life is pretty good when in Paris.




Life got even better when one day I literally stumbled upon a magnificent find – Boulangerie Poilâne has a cafe in the Marais. After a so-so croissant at 134 R.D.T. (I don’t understand the hype – very bland), I was walking aimlessly and saw a sandwich board with Poilâne written on it. I had no clue that they have a cafe where you can sit down and enjoy a tartine (an open-faced sandwich) that is served with their signature bread. It happened to be lunch time so I settled into the modern, open and airy cafe that made for a nice reprieve from the hot summer day. I had their lunch set which was about 14 Euros. I started with a simple salad with their tangy mustard dressing, then their smoked salmon tartine and ended with a cafe and a little biscuit. It was a light lunch which was a welcome contrast to the sometimes heavy meals I was eating.

I later learned that Poilâne is a French Institution that has been opened since the 1930s and is still run by the same family. They even ship their bread overseas! That would make for an expensive loaf. Of course, it is more expensive for me to fly to Paris, but I feel I need to eat French bread with French butter in France. I think that is a legit excuse for why I need to head back to Paris! Who is with me?

  • What: Boulangerie Poilâne Paris
  • 4 locations: Cafe/Bakery – Saint-Germain-des-Pres & Marais. Bakery only – Eiffel Tower & Buttes Chaumont.


***Poilâne has recently opened a cafe next to their St Germain Bakery. Perfect brunch/lunch spot.***