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Boulangerie Poilane

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Address: 8 rue du Cherche Midi, 75006 Paris, France
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+33 1 45 48 42 59

Considered by many to be Paris's best bakery.

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If we're staying on our own and not with friends, here's where we get our bread. You don't want to miss the raisin rolls. Whatever you do, however, get a bag or two of the sale... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2017
minneapolis, mn
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minneapolis, mn
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

If we're staying on our own and not with friends, here's where we get our bread. You don't want to miss the raisin rolls. Whatever you do, however, get a bag or two of the sale de mer to take home with you. It's cheap and it's wonderful to cook with. You can also go next door for a good... More 

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New York
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Reviewed 26 December 2016

Stopped by in the morning to pick up some pastries and had two different varieties of apple pastry. Both were excellent and I will make it a point to go back again when in Paris. I've tried a lot of Parisian boulangeries over the years and this one is among the best.

Thank Guy71
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Reviewed 3 December 2016

Popular and known. Fresh and very good. Attentive staff and I get the impression they work hard. If in the area a good bakery to pick up your choice to eat and stroll.

Thank bkcDeuxFois
Cartagena, Colombia
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Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

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.

Thank Driveram
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Well known for its worldwide renowned bread, the round sourdough with the P, boldly emblazoned. It also has fantastic butter cookies, which you can buy according to your taste, from light to darker baking. Great nut breads and apple pastries. If you are lucky you might be given a tour of the oven. Frequented by both locals and tourists, always... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

This is a little bread store in a busy part of Paris. It sells big beautiful loaves of country bread. The kind many restaurants use for a tartine or croque Monsieur. We bought a nearly 2 kg load for 9 euro. It keeps for 5 days. If you don't want a lot, you can buy by the slice.

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Reviewed 5 May 2016 via mobile

Yes, they are known for bread and it is wonderful. However they make these wonderful apple pastries. They are just sweet enough and let the apple speak for itself. I highly recommend grabbing one and a café for an enjoyable breakfast. You can grab some bread to picnic with later while you are there.

Thank Joshua P
Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 12 January 2016

I finally found this bakery and bought 1/2 loaf of their famous bread. It was delicious (is, rather - I am still eating it), especially if you like sourdough and other strong flavor breads. I wasn't crazy about the small raisin-studded bun, it was a bit too firm for my taste. I also bought their "biscottes," but was disappointed to... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 18 August 2015

A delightful small restaurant next to the famous Poilin bakery -ideal for a light lunch of salad or soup before an imaginative open sandwich on Poilin bread with a glass of wine. superb tarts if you still feel hungry!

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Westhampton Beach, New York
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Reviewed 16 August 2015

A loaf of bread, a bottle of wine and a chunk of cheese! Is that not great? Especially when the loaf of bread is from Poilane, the wine from France and the cheese from St. Barthlemy down the street! Add a few accouterments from La Grand Epicerie and you have the best lunch in Paris! The huge round loves of... More 

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