During my two years spent in Paris, I came across some fine pastries. I would often find a bakery where I liked one item, but then the others offerings didn't shine as much. When I was in town for a visit last year, I stumbled across Le Grenier à Pain in Montmartre. It's a small individually-owned chain but don't let that fool you- everything I sampled that day was superb. From the savory tomato and cheese bread to the moist raspberry financier and the madeleine with a hint of orange, my mouth was constantly watering for more. The sweet women behind the counter were just an added bonus.
Le Grenier à Pain is located at 38 Rue des Abbesses in the 18th (Paris)