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“Worth a visit, no matter where you're staying”

Du Pain et des Idees
Ranked #1 of 271 Bakeries in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Neighborhood: Canal Saint-Martin
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Neighborhood: Canal Saint-Martin
San Jose, California
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
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“Worth a visit, no matter where you're staying”
Reviewed August 3, 2014

In a city with so much good bread and patisserie, can one bakery stand out from the rest?

Emphatically yes. When you taste the escargot here, you can tell the difference the old methods make. I walked 45 minutes to get here, and I will eagerly do it again the next time I'm in Paris. Bring a big appetite and find somewhere along the canal to savor your treasures. Open the bag, pull something out and prepare yourself to be wowed.

  • Visited October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“One fine Boulangerie”
Reviewed August 2, 2014

We stopped by Du Pain et des Idees after getting straight off the Eurostar at Gare du Nord after seeing this bakery featured in an episode of Anthony Bourdain's layover. We grabbed a loaf of bread and a few pain aux raisins and enjoyed them while sitting on the Canal Saint-Martin which is nearby. A must if you're in Paris in my opinion....and very affordable too.

  • Visited July 2014
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Rockville, Maryland
Level 4 Contributor
16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Yummy small local bakery”
Reviewed July 16, 2014

We came to this lovely bakery based on the reviews on TripAdvisor. We couldn't have been happier that we made the decision to come here! There was a non-stop line of locals and tourists lining up to buy whatever was available at the moment. Things were selling out quickly and new items going out, it was hard to keep track of what baked goods they have. We sampled the (last) pain au chocolat, a plain croissant, a banana and chocolate croissant, and a rum-raisin pastry. My favorite was the pain au chocolat, but my mom loved the plain croissant so much that she bought one more for the road. The bakery is far from the more touristy areas, so it gives you an excuse to walk around in a different area of Paris. Also, there is a nice table to sit outside and enjoy the pastries. I highly recommend this place for a local bakery and some peace away from the noise of the touristy areas of Paris.

  • Visited July 2014
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Paris, France
Level 6 Contributor
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“Pain des Amis is the BEST bread”
Reviewed July 16, 2014

My only regret is that I only bought a quarter loaf instead of a half loaf! Baked in a wood fired oven, the smokiness in the crunchy crust and the long slow rise of the yeast makes the texture of the interior mellow, nutty, and slightly chewy. If you love good slow and low smoked BBQ with a smoke ring crust, this will be your paradigm for bread.

The seven hour process (as opposed to most bakers who only allow a 90 minute rise), the quality ingredients, and the passion of the baker are evident in every delightful bite. Even carrying it home on the metro was a challenge since the smell permeated through the bag enticing me to eat it all the way home. I was not at all tempted by the viennoiseries offered, finding them either too underdone or overdone, but everyone else seemed to clamor for the chocolate banana croissants. They had a line out the door and were already sold out of several items by 8:30 am, so get there early (they open at 6:45am).

  • Visited July 2014
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great Grab and Go”
Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

Amazing French bakery. They have great croissants as well as many other tasty options. If you are staying in the area, it's a perfect stop in the morning before hopping on the metro -- it's just meters away from the Jaques Bonsergent stop.

Just a note, they are not open on the weekend. We learned the hard way.

Visited July 2014
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