When I heard that the best baguettes in Paris were located in touristy Montmartre, I had to try them for myself. Au Levain D’Antan was awarded the title of best baguette maker in the city in 2011, and is rumored to ship directly to the President of France. I chose the tradition style — less soft and fluffy inside, and a bit more textured with a bite; similar to the beloved sourdough back home in SF. While it’s a close call with the delicious demi baguettes from Rue Cler, I think these may actually be the best baguette I’ve had yet in Paris!
I was surprised to hear from several Parisian friends and bloggers that most bakeries here in the city produce their baguettes from frozen dough produced in factories on a large scale. Try to find bakeries that advertise themselves as “artisinal” for home made baked goods.