The 10 best patisseries in the world according to National Geographic


Separating the outstanding from the ordinary can take a fair bit of munching. Nat Geo has gone and done that for us and they’ve compiled a list of top 10 patisseries in the world. From places that serve the best meringue tarts, macaroons, cakes and handmade loaves, here’s a list that is indeed drool worthy.

Don’t be afraid to indulge and embrace the sweet life; eat your way through this list to find out the best in the world. Americans can rejoice as many that made it to this list are from good ol’ USA. With incredibly fresh ingredients and creative pastry chefs that can make magic out of dough, it is no surprise that sunny California leads this list.

10. La Brea Bakery
624 South La Brea Avenue Los Angeles, California, USA
From the finest flour to the most wholesome grains, La Brea Bakery uses only the highest quality ingredients to bake beautiful breads. They use their original recipe to this day, and their creativity, passion and dedication continues to set them apart as the authority on artisan bread. Sold wholesale, La Brea breads can be found in markets all across the U.S., and in select stores in the U.K. and Ireland.

9. Le Grenier à Pain
Paris, France, and beyond
The bakery is run by Michel Galloyer, a star of France’s Académie Culinaire. Le Grenier à Pain has won many awards and is best known for its baguette. The almond and apricot bread overwhelm the senses, and chocolate tarts are tastefully commanding.

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8. Gérard Mulot Patisserie
76, rue de Seine, Paris, France
A really pretty patisserie with lots of selection. The elegant Gérard Mulot Patisserie bakes ‘melt in your mouth’ pastries fresh every few hours as well as sinfully rich cakes and tarts. Their tartes salées are amazing, so are their sandwiches to go.

7. Payard
116 West Houston Street, New York, New York, USA
Discover and delight in Pastry chef François Payard favorite confections reminiscent of his grandfather’s days. Sample delectable desserts such as cakes, tarts, truffles, and more in a Belle Epoque-inspired setting.

6. Fauchon
24-26 place de la Madeleine, Paris, France
Fauchon offers a collection of fresh, sweet and savory products. Renowned for its high-quality gourmet foods and creative twists, Fauchon surprises, amazes and delights the senses. Original creations such as Caractic Or, Eclat, Snow choc, Carrémangue, Piou Piou, Electrochoc éclairs and Eclairs Saint Honoré are extremely elegant and lip smackingly delicious. Their biscuits, madeleines, cakes, truffles and appetizers reflect the richness and diversity of French culinary craftsmanship.

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5. Poilâne
8 rue du Cherche-Midi, Paris, France
This bakery is passionate about its bread and have been producing different types of bread since 1932. The beautiful loaves of bread decorated with simple designs of leaves and flowers will make you yearn for more. Do also try their Viennese pastries and ‘Punitions’ and spoon biscuits.

4. Panella
Via Merulana, 54, Rome, Italy
This smart bakery-cum-cafe is ideal for a leisurely breakfast or a chilled evening drink. They’ve been producing bread since 1920 so you can bet they are quite good at it. They have more than 80 types of bread with some taking inspiration from Arabian, Roman, Greek and Sicilian recipes. Try their classic Tiramisu with berries, Austrian apple strudel, and of course their novelty bread & ice cream panella.

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3. Miette
449 Octavia Street, San Francisco, California, USA
Miette‘s petite pastries, cupcakes, tarts, cookies, confection are made from the finest and freshest organic & sustainably produced ingredients sourced from local and family-owned farms. Do try their Parisian macaroons, chocolate éclairs, gingerbread cupcakes, and morning buns. If you’re looking to brighten up someone’s day, a box of Miettte’s cupcakes will do just the trick.

2. Patisserie 46
4552 Grand Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Patisserie 46 pairs the finest baked goods with a place for conversation, respite, and escape from daily routines. Master pastry chef John Kraus, owner of Patisserie 46 dishes up some of the most luscious chocolate éclairs, salted caramel macarons, and tiny technicolor cakes that contain untold treasures within. Infact Chef John Kraus and his team took home the Bronze in one of the world’s biggest pastry competitions.

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1. Sweet Lady Jane
8360 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, California, USA
This bakery has been making fine desserts for over 25 years now. Using the finest imported chocolate, freshest butter and cream and the highest quality season fruit, Sweet Lady Jane is the best place in town for dessert. Their custom cakes, tarts, cheesecakes, pies and breads are renowned for being “works or art”, “heavenly”, and “yummy”.

[ Via : NationalGeographic ]