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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



7 Replies to “The Best Baguettes in Paris are again in Montmartre”

  1. I was shocked not to see Poilane listed anywhere! Granted I haven’t been back to Paris since the 1990’s, but I assumed that it was still the best. In fact, even a few restaurants in NYC vant that they import their baguettes. I often used to stay, when in Paris, with my nephew on rue S Jacques from where I could walk over to Poilane for the ‘privilege’ or standing in line.

  2. As an aspiring baker, I tried most of them, and many others. My personal favorite is Alexine on rue Lepic, but all are very good. Rustic sourdough at Le Pain et les Idees is also Amazing.

  3. Even though I’d been making a detour to get Djibril Bodian’s baguettes at ‘Le Grenier à Pain Abbesses,’ 38 rue des Abbesses, way before he won first prize in 2010, I decided to try
    Pascal Barillon’s at ‘Au Levain d’Antan,’ 6 rue des Abbesses, when I found out that he’d won in 2011. After all, it’s only down the street! But amazement! It wasn’t good at all. I can’t figure out how this baguette won, but I’ve gone back to Le Grenier…that is, when I don’t get my baguette at Eric Kayser’s. He has several bakeries around town & the baguettes are great at all of them. But apparently they’ve never won. Who cares? Eric Kayser definitely bakes one of Paris’ best baguettes, and, like Djibril Bodian, it doesn’t change from one year to the next.

  4. I was very excited to find the boulanger with the no. 1 baguette in Paris. But I left really upset. They shortchanged me 2.30 Euro (on only buying one baguette), just because I can’t speak French and I am a tourist! You have a good baking skills but also need a good attitude. You should not overlook tourists, because we are the ones who spread the word about your baguettes.

  5. Can’t wait to go to the top baguette shop in Paris…I’m thinking it actually could be the best in the world…GREAT article & website! I have our local doctor checking it out now too.

  6. I appreciate the Google-mapped best bakeries so very much! Thank you!

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