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Gontran Cherrier by Barbra Austin

Gontran Cherrier

Baker Gontran Cherrier is making some of the most interesting breads in Paris, including a squid ink baguette with black sesame, and a rye loaf flavored with miso.

 An absolute favorite

Practical information

Address: 22 rue Caulaincourt, 75018
Nearest transport: Abbesses (12)
Hours: Closed Wednesday
Telephone: 01 46 06 82 66
Website Facebook

Reviews of interest

Caroline Mignot (2012) “…ce kouign amann en a quand même le goût…Bref, une version presque allégée (je pense qu’il y a moins de beurre que dans celui de Douarnenez dont le poids de pâte à pain correspond à celui de beurre et de sucre), mais un goût tout de même là et bon et un côté escargot que j’adore défaire…mais qui n’a rien à voir avec un kouign amann breton…”

Dorie Greenspan (2011) “…this chocolate tartlet… the filling is a traditional dark chocolate ganache, but it has a hidden layer of nuts in caramelized honey … lovely.

Patricia Wells (2011) “His breads are like halloween costumes: arugula green, paprika orange, squid ink black. And he doesn’t stop there, infusing breads with flavors of cumin and carraway; golden curry powder; even black miso.”

Gilles Pudlowski (2010) “Les viennoiseries sont craquantes : croissants hyper feuilletés au beurre Montaigu à la saveur de noisette, pain au chocolat, kouign aman à la pâte de croissant, tarte au chocolat déclinaison du mendiant avec un sirop de miel et d’érable et une ganache au chocolat Valrhona…Avec un prénom prédestiné à porter chance, Gontran mène déjà tous les babas cool et les bobos de Montmartre à la baguette.”

Bruno Verjus (2010) “Gontran Cherrier, un beau gosse, passé chez qui il faut pour assurer notoriété et (top)crédibilité. Qui fait du pain et du bon. Délicieux en effets, ces pains variés au grès de ses humeurs et intuitions.”
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Not Terrible Near the Sacré-Cœur

Montmartre is a neighborhood which, like all tourist centers, presents a challenge to anyone hoping to eat well. We can’t help you avoid the pickpockets around the Sacré-Cœur, but we can help you bypass the tourist trap eateries.


View Not Terrible Near the Sacre Coeur (Montmartre) in a larger map

Walk-Ins Welcome

1. La Table d’Eugène – This back-of-the-hill bistro is packed with both locals and New York Times-reading gastronauts.

2. Le Bal Café – A great place to take little ones who can run around in the playground across the walkway while you drink a Pimm’s cup and dig into some seriously good neo-British cooking at this café/exhibition space on a quiet impasse.

3. Jeanne B – A cheerful clone of Jeanne A for the underserved Montmartre neighborhood – this casual eatery and take-out epicerie is open seven days a week with continuous service.

4. Chéri Bibi – This flea market-decorated joint is where you’ll find the cheapest prices, the most traditional French cooking, and the youngest crowd. On the east side of the hill, toward Château Rouge.

5. Miroir – A stylish bistro in the heart of Abbesses, they also run a no-reservations wine bar across the street, in case the resto is booked up.

6. Soul Kitchen – This cozy coffee shop run by the Anzel sisters has a limited menu of veggie centric dishes that change each day.

7. La Rallonge – A casual wine bar from Chef Geoffroy Maillard serving Spanish-ish small plates, just down the street from La Table d’Eugene. Don’t miss the risotto–elbow noodles with a creamy truffled mushroom sauce and served in a tiny Staub casserole.

8. Le Petit Trianon – There’s nothing groundbreaking about this neo-vintage café, except that some thought and effort has gone into the menu and product sourcing.

9. Le Relais Gascon – What people mean when they talk about “the big salad place.” Pure sud-ouest kitsch.

10. Marcel – Join neighborhood families at this sunny corner spot for respectable Brit and American-inspired fare (fish and chips, a B.L.T.).

11. Coquelicot – One of several great bakeries on rue des Abbesses, you can take your sandwich or savory tarte sur place at this charmer.

12. Gontran Cherrier – Forget baguettes and go for Cherrier’s squid-ink roll filled with gravlax, or a green arugula bun filled with seasonal vegetables. Or try one of his thin-crusted savory tarts.

Book A Few Days in Advance

13. Chamarré Montmartre – Antoine Heerah infuses haute French technique with flavors from his Ile-de-Maurice homeland. The terrace is where you want to be.

14. Le Coq Rico – Antoine Westermann’s poultry-focused table gives new meaning to upscale barnyard cooking.

Book A Few Weeks in Advance 

15. Guilo Guilo – Reserve well in advance for a seat at the counter where you can watch Kyoto chef Eichi Edakuni prepare a unique tasting menu of exquisite, modern Japanese cooking.

Also Not Terrible Near…

Not Terrible Near the Louvre

Not Terrible Near the Eiffel Tower 

Not Terrible Near Notre Dame

Best baguette in Paris 2011 Au Levain d'Antan Pascal Barillon

The Best Baguettes in Paris are again in Montmartre

Grand Prix de la Baguette de la Ville de Paris

In 2011, and for the 4 of the last 5 years (see past results below), a bakery in Montmartre has taken home the top prize. Congratulations to Pascal Barillon of Au Levain d’Antan! The 52 year-old baker will earn a 4000€ cash prize and a contract to keep President Nicolas Sarkozy (and Carla, if she eats them) in fresh baguettes throughout the coming year.

Click on any of the links for more information, or visit Our Guide to Paris Bakeries for all of our bakery listings.

List of 2011 winners

  1. Pascal Barillon (Au Levain d’Antan), 6 rue des Abbesses, 75018
  2. Gaétan Romp 14 rue de la Michodière, 75002
  3. Pascal Jamin (Les Saveurs du 20ème), 120 rue de Bagnolet, 75020
  4. Gontran Cherrier (Gontran Cherrier), 22 rue Caulaincourt, 75018
  5. M. Risser (Le Fournil du Village), 12 place J.B. Clément, 75018
  6. Gilles Levaslot (Les Gourmandises d’Eiffel), 187 rue de Grenelle, 75007
  7. Jean-Noël Julien (Julien), 75 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001
  8. Philippe Marache, 92 av de la République Paris, 75011
  9. Philippe Bogner, 204 rue des Pyrénées, 75020
  10. Le Grenier à Pain Saint-Amand, 33 bis rue Saint-Amand, 75015

Map of all winners in the past five years

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List of past winners

2010 winners

  1. Djibril Bodian (Le Grenier à Pain Abbesses), 38 rue des Abbesses, 75018
  2. Daniel Pouphary (La Parisienne) 28 rue Monge, 75005
  3. Dominique Saibron 77 avenue du Général Leclerc, 75014
  4. Yves Desgranges 6 rue de Passy, 75016
  5. Philippe Gosselin 258 boulevard Saint-Germain, 75007
  6. Xavier Doué 163 avenue de versaillais, 75016
  7. Sébastien and Sylvie Lohézic (Boulangerie Lohézic), 31 rue Guersant, 75017
  8. Michel Chorin (Boulangerie d’Isa) 127 rue de Charenton, 75012
  9. Boulangerie Zerzour (now closed), 50 rue de l’Amiral Roussin, 75015
  10. Zerzour II (now closed), 324 rue Lecourbe, 75014

2009 winners

  1. Franck Tombarel (Le Grenier de Félix), 64 avenue Félix Faure, 75015
  2. Benjamin Turquier 134 rue de Turenne, 75003
  3. Stéphane Eury  98 rue de Meaux, 75019
  4. Eran Mayer 100 rue du Théâtre, 75015
  5. Djibril Bodian (Le Grenier à Pain Abbesses), 38 rue des Abbesses, 75018
  6. Stéphane Henry 2 bis boulevard Morland, 75004
  7. Thierry Racoillet (Coquelicot) 50 bis rue de Douai, 75009
  8. Frédéric Pichard 88 rue de Cambronne, 75015
  9. Jean-Marc Touchard 111 rue Saint Dominique, 75007
  10. Bertrand Pougnet (Le Grenier à Pain), 52 avenue d’Italie, 75013

2008 winners

  1. Anis Bouabsa (Au Duc de la Chapelle), 32 rue Tristan Tzara, 75018
  2. Fabrice Pottier 231 rue Vaugirard, 75015
  3. Morgan Gantier 2 rue Corot, 75016
  4. Franck Tombarel (Le Grenier de Félix),  64 avenue Félix Faure, 75015
  5. Emmanuel Merlhes 225 rue Charenton, 75012
  6. Lydie et Arnaud Dumont 53 rue Navier, 75017
  7. Régis Colin 53 rue Montmartre, 75002
  8. Raoul Maeder 158 boulevard Berthier, 75017
  9. Stéphane Eury 98 rue de Meaux, 75019
  10. Alexandre Planchais (Boulangerie Alexine), 40 rue Lepic, 75018

2007 winners

  1. Arnaud Delmontel 57 rue Damrémont, 75018
  2. Régis Colin 53 rue Montmartre, 75002
  3. Anis Bouabsa (Au Duc de la Chapelle), 32 rue Tristan Tzara, 75018
  4. Djibril Bodian (Le Grenier à Pain Abbesses), 38 rue des Abbesses, 75018
  5. Raoul Maeder 158 boulevard Berthier, 75017
  6. Thierry Racoillet 24 rue des Abbesses, 75018
  7. Emmanuel Croteau 40 rue Sorbier, 75020 *CHANGE OF OWNER
  8. Alexandre Planchais (Boulangerie Alexine), 40 rue Lepic, 75018
  9. Thierry Renard 113 bis boulevard de l’Hôpital, 75013 MOVED to 58 rue du Cherche Midi, 75006
  10. Bertrand Pougnet (Le Grenier à Pain), 52 avenue d’Italie, 75013

Additional reading

  • Caroline Mignot shares her experience [FR] as a member of the baguette-tasting jury in 2011
  • Phyllis Flick writes about what makes a baguette de tradition (2011) and her experience as a member of the baguette-tasting jury in 2010
  • The Guardian (2011) publishes the most alliterative headline ever: “French bakers battle to bag best baguette bounty.”
  • Meg Zimbeck (2010) presents 10 bakeries who have rocked this competition over the past few years (Budget Travel)
  • Steven Kaplan (aka “the bread professor”) teaches Conan O’Brien about what makes a good baguette