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Poilâne, Paris

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3.9/5 based on 75+ 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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  • 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. 
  • Number of Word of mouth is the reputation of cookies. Because it had been bought one bag to try. Word of mouth as a sweet understatement, not earthy taste of sarcastic! I have been eating delicious and not get bored. I went in this, while also buying. It's busy in the morning instead of bread is also good.
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  • A taste only for l enjoy excellent bread including grilled it can be found also in the Parisian monoprix
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Loved this bakery for their amazing bread
  • If you've never had a baguette from a bakery in Paris, you have not quite yet lived. If you are American, you are in for something very different from anything you've ever had before. "Sublime" does not quite describe it, but it comes close. Among the top bakeries (boulangeries) in Paris, Bakery Poilane (yes, the name has an English word in it) has been making absolutely legendary baguettes, hearty pain de campagne and other baked treats for decades. I used to visit there in the mid 1970's, before dawn, to bring home divine baguettes still warm from the oven. When we visited in Summer 2014, I am delighted to report that their skill has not diminished one whit. We visited in the afternoon, when they were sadly out of baguettes, so we purchased various other items instead: pain de campagne, apple turnovers, and a few other breads. The breads were wonderful, but the apple turnovers were—flat out—the most divine pastries I have ever had in my life. The crust was crispy yet melt-in-your-mouth flaky. The apples, recognizable as classic French compote de pomme, were the perfect complement: sweet as candy, but without any added sugar. I don't normally get excited over apple-flavored baked goods, but these were positively heavenly. Bakery Poilane remains a destination all its own in the heart of Paris, filled with magic and joyful gastronomic surprises.
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