Baguettes on Lundi de Pâques

Bonjour! It’s Easter Monday and a holiday in many countries. Scandinavians stay home for a long weekend and Germans roll Easter eggs down hill slopes. In many Slavic countries and Hungary, Easter Monday is known as Wet Monday. Traditionally, early in the morning boys awake girls by pouring buckets of water on their head and even tap them with small switches.

In France, Easter is filled with delicious dishes made special for the holiday—ornate eggs, chocolate bunnies and bells, rack of lamb and a variety of yummy, freshly baked breads.

Ever wonder what the best baguette is in Paris? Fear not! Our friends over at Chocolatine, private guides in and around Paris, have collected the results for the best baguette in the city for 2016!

The annual competition is judged by professional bakers and apprentices, journalists, and 6 randomly chosen citizens. This year, 155 loaves were accepted into the competition. What’s the criteria for earning the award? Appearance, cooking time, texture, smell, and taste. The jury takes about 300 bites during the judging—unlike with wine tasting, they swallow!

And the winner is: Boulangerie La Parisienne! Visitors can now head to the Saint-German-des-Pres neighborhood and taste the crusty, chewy best of the best at 48 Rue Madame. 

And now for the runners-up:

2: Fournil de Lourmel, 121 Avenue Felix Faure

3: Le Grenier à Pain Saint-Amand, 33 bis Rue Saint-Amand

4: Boulangerie Alexine, 40 rue Lepic

5: Boulangerie l’Essentiel Blanqui, 73 boulevard Auguste Blanqui

6: Doucers et Traditions, 85 Rue Saint-Dominique

7: La Flûte Enchantée, 104 rue du Faubourg St-Antoine

8: Brun Boulangerie, 193 rue de Tolbiac

9: Le Grenier à Pain Italie, 52 Avenue d’Italie

10: l’Académie du Pain, 30 Rue d’Alésia

Happy Easter – Joyeuses Pâques!!

Based in the Pacific Northwest, Chocolatine is a spectacular tour company that offers private services in France that are 100% tailored to your needs. We have worked closely with them for years to arrange one-of-a-kind excursions in Paris and elsewhere in France. Call Willamette Intl Travel to discuss options for unique explorations within Europe at 800-821-0401 or email us at

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