Need a break, and a sugar fix, on your tour of Paris? Organic, locally sourced pastries, baked goods and ices are never far away! Many of Paris’s artisan addresses work with organic ingredients and farm-to-fork produce from the Ile-de-France region. Discover and savour the champions of the French capital’s burgeoning, local, artisan food economy!
Cool Paris: organic, artisan ices
Many of Paris’s artisan ice-cream makers use locally sourced and organic produce to create the finest, top-quality flavours.
In the 4th arrondissement, Maison Berthillon offers icecreams and sorbets in over 70 flavours. Established in 1954 by the Berthillon family, who still own and run the business today, this venerable house maintains a proud tradition of artisan production, making icecreams and their famous speciality icecream cakes in their Parisian atelier. Try the Glace Tatin (caramelised apple), the Glace Belle Hélène (pear and chocolate), the Gobelet Coffret Cocktail (with strawberries, raspberries or peaches), their famous Bombes Glacées Opéra (chocolate with a coffee heart), and many more!
In the 6th arrondissement, Maison Christine Champault creates delicious ice creams from locally sourced produce, using eco-friendlymethods thanks to their bespoke production process. Icecreams, sorbets and iced yoghurts are made ‘just in time’ at their Paris workshop, for exceptional flavour and freshness you can taste!
Opened in 1947, Raimo icecreams were first and foremost a family affair, until 2008 when a new, young team took the helm at this iconic, eastern Paris institution. Today, Raimo offers 150 icecream flavours in mini-pots and cups, together with icecream cakes. Original, contemporary favourites include yuzu, lychee, chestnut or vine peach (mango melon). Located in Paris’s 12th arrondissement, Raimo offers a complete range of artisan, organic icecreams to enjoy on the spot or take away.
Family owned and run since its inception, Bachir is Paris’s first icecream maker to serve 100% organic scoops and nothing but! Bachir’s ices are made using organic produce and traditional Lebanese methods. Based in the 4th arrondissement, their wide range of flavours includes gianduja (chocolate and hazelnut), Madagascar vanilla, pink grapefruit and melon, a stone’s throw from the Centre Pompidou and Les Halles-Châtelet.
Organic baked goods and pastries in Paris
A host of Paris bakeries sell organic bread!
In the city’s 10th arrondissement, Aux péchés normands sells delicious organic bread, sandwiches and pastries. Specialities include their pavé républicain and tourte de seigle (rye cobbler), plus sourdough, wholemeal, cereal and soft sliced loaves. Not forgetting a range of gluten free goodies!
Cult favourites at Boulangerie Panifica include organic, sweet sourdough brioche, pastries and delicious sweet and savoury tarts or sandwiches, to take out or enjoy in-house with excellent tea or coffee – the perfect way to soak up the charm of Rue Trudaine, in the 9th arrondissement.
Bread by Anthony Bosson celebrates a combination of ancestral expertise and organic ingredients from regional producers, at Boulangerie l'Essentiel. Unsurprisingly, the shop came top in the 2014 Paris and Ile-de-France organic bake-off. The superb range of organic breads includes their stoneground or sourdough cobbler, and buckwheat loaves. Located in the 5th, 13th and 12th arrondissements.
Du Pain is a small bakery in the 11th arrondissement, selling only organic bread. A superb address, acclaimed in 2017 as the makers of Paris’s best organic baguette (and the city’s third-best baguette overall). All loaves are made with organic flour from locally grown Ile-de-France wheat. Specialities include the Miche Dupain, the Gourmand, the pain du Cirque, walnut and mustard grain bread, and rye bread. A must!
Organic Parisian pastries
Looking for cookies (organic, of course)? Try Paris’s famous, fabulous Laura Todd Cookies! The Laura Todd atelier are serious about organic baking: their cookies – unashamedly organic, tasty and fun – first appeared in 1994! All are made on the day of sale and baked before your eyes. Laura Todd outlets can be found in the 7th, 6th and 13th arrondissements, and at Galeries Lafayette.
The Rose Bakery English tea room (9th and 7th arr.) is one of Paris’s organic pioneers, serving savoury dishes, tea, and sweet treats – perfect for a gourmet pit-stop as your explore the capital. The array of pastries changes regularly to reflect seasonal produce. The address par excellence for an organic brunch, afternoon tea or home-made pastries to go, and an oh-so-English ambience.
In Paris’s 11th arrondissement, VG Pâtisserie is Paris’s first artisan, vegan, organic pâtisserie fine, using only plant-based, locally sourced ingredients. The shop operates a zero waste policy: bring your own containers and bottles for a special, discounted rate.
Violetta et Alfredo tea room, in Paris’s 9th arrondissement, serves a vast choice of organic teas and fruit drinks, plus pastries. Ingredients are sourced mostly within the Ile-de-France region, direct from local producers. Look out for their organic brunch and tea-time menus on weekends.