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Boulangerie Poilane

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

Considered by many to be Paris's best bakery.

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very good with attentive staff

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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Arturo B
McLean, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank AuntieMRA
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank giulietta429
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 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!

Thank Kingquince
Westhampton Beach, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2015

We always try to stop by Poilane when we are in Paris. Their loaves are hearty and delicious and toast up beautifully. They will slice for you and be sure to grab a financier (cookie) by the register. Peek into the room by the register for a glimpse of their "bread chandelier." I understand that VIPs can get a tour... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2015

Our first stop after leaving Charles DeGaulle International Airport was the Boulangerie Poilane for warm croissants...some almond...some butter...ALL GREAT! Ahhhhhh....the taste of France!

Thank westmauian

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