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Poilâne, Paris
(3.9/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web)
Poilâne is a historical bread shop in Paris that is a must-see for any bread lover or traveling gourmet. Workers here take a passionate approach to their product, constantly looking for the best ingredients and the best production techniques. Even while you shop, ask about their approach to making the delicious loaves, bun, and more.

Bread at Poilâne is made of four ingredients, including water, flour, salt, and a rising agent. Sea salt is sourced from Guérande, and the flour is exclusively stone-ground. In addition, a piece of dough from the previous batch of bread--the sourdough--is always used as a starter for the next batch. The type of oven used to bake bread is also important. They bake their breads in wood-fired ovens, and these ovens are fed with waste wood that cannot be used for any other industry. Put Poilâne on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Paris tour planner.
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  • Bakeries thousand times better and a thousand times more welcoming bloom in Paris, and when asked just a piece of pie we are not forced to buy the whole cake! Never this bakery.
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  • One of the bakeries that boasts more solera in Paris, the loaf of Poilâne are recognizable because all carry a P® at the front. With a history that dates back the Decade of the 1930s, in Poilâne they opted always for sourdough bread and they continue to make their bread in wood-fired oven. Your loaves have a dark, crisp crust and are made with the ingredients of life, wheat flour, bread and salt. Poilâne also sell homemade biscuits and preserves and marmalades and jams.
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  • The best bread I had during my one week stay in Paris. Despite being a small and humble place, it has a helpful staff and amazing croissants. I especially recommend the apple tarts. 
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  • We couldn't leave Paris without experiencing their products ! Friendly service and beautiful presentation made it all so great!
  • Love their breads, wholesome and delicious! Their walnut loaf is lovely with cheese. Their butter cookies are also delicious!
  • service was brusque. bread was beautiful. not the best place in Paris imho.
  • IMHO best bread in Paris
  • I've always loved this bakery for the past many decades. Now there is real competition with other bakeries, and it showed. Most of all, I was very disappointed in the walnut bread.... half the loaf had rotten walnuts in it. In the past, there would have been adequate supervision for this very expensive bread. Now ... I am not surprised that there was no one in line at the shop, and that they no longer offer their clients one of their butter cookies as for years in the past. Someone is cutting corners, without lowering the prices, and it shows. Just as Air France has recently become like United Airlines in squeezing the maximum number of seats on its planes, the management here is cutting lots of corners, unprecedented in my long years of coming here. I recommend you go to the many other new excellent bakeries in Paris. This one is, very sadly, on the way out , probably because of its poor management decisions.