Even in Paris where boulangeries are a dime a dozen in many neighborhoods, there are still some which manage to take your breath away. Du Pain et Des Ideés is definitely one such spot. Only a few minutes’ walk from Canal Saint Martin, literally on the corner of the street between Rue de Marseille and Rue Yves Tudoc, the ornate black and gold façade of this traditional French bakery is very hard to miss.
The space dates back to 1875 and is in the list of historical monuments of Paris. Du Pain et Des Ideés opened their doors here in 2002, and since then, have made their mark as one of the best bakeries in Paris.
The almost triangle-shaped boulangerie has the most charming little coffee window on one side, and on the other side, it has a small terrace for visitors to sit and enjoy themselves. Having already won a number of awards for their products, Du Pain et Des Idées is known for delicious breads like their specialty pain des amis, and traditional French pastries like their escargots — no, not actual snails, but rather swirl pastries — which come in a variety of flavors including pistachio and chocolate, as well as chaussons aux pommes, and their traditional flan.
They also offer a baking class (website in French) if you want to master the techniques of French breads. Apart from the gorgeous façade and the delicious high-quality French street food this place serves up, there is another pièce de resistance inside the store. If you ever visit, don’t forget to look up and admire the original painted-glass ceiling. It’s quiet simply breathtaking. The exquisite ceiling is complemented by the preserved original bevelled mirrors, which lend the interiors an air of vintage aesthetics that’s reminiscent of the gilded age.
Coming to Du Pain et Des Ideés is a feast for the senses in every way, which makes doing something as mundane as getting a coffee and croissant feel like a special experience. A trip here is all about delicious, authentic French food served with a side of stunning Parisian architecture. What’s not to love?
Wishing you could take all those tasty treats home with you? Learn to make them for yourself by taking a French baking class while in Paris.