Best Cinnamon Buns in Paris
Anyone who knows me knows I have an obsession with Cinnamon Buns. I spent most of my second year at university baking batches and batches of them. Some turned out great, others were a bit too soggy and didn’t make the cut. However, in Third Year, I had turned my focus to perfecting my banana bread and chocolate brownie, and ever since then, I had not baked or even bought a cinnamon bun from the store. Too ashamed to admit that I have slowly forgotten about this spiced sugary bun, I blame it on the rarity of coming across a Parisian bakery that sells this typically American dessert.
However, a friend of mine posted a photo of this ginormous twisted cinnamon bun on her insta-story a few days ago and my long-lost love for this delicious pastry resurfaced, a hole in my heart that I desperately needed to fill.
We met up yesterday for me to finally try this bread that she has been raving about. I arrived at Rue Galande, a street just off Shakespeare and Company, but could not seem to see a store sign that screams CIRCUS BAKERY. Confused, I walked along the street without an image of what the store is supposed to look like but all the while getting whiffs of freshly baked bread coming my way, leading me towards the right direction. Finally, I came face to face with this brown, simple storefront. Still no big signs confirming its identity, I looked closer and saw its name, scribbled neatly and humbly in white ink on one of the small glass panels on the door. Conveniently, my friend arrived too and we eagerly pushed open the front door to get our hands on the last two cinnamon buns we came all the way for.
I do not normally pay 6€ for a pastry. Actually, I’ve never paid more than 4€ for anything in a bakery. But I made an exception and didn’t even gasp at the price tag before paying like I usually would. I swear to God this cinnamon bun is worth every penny. The twisted texture brings out the crispiness of the top layer – the cinnamon sugar caramelised perfectly on top of the bun – and the chewiness of the dough of this otherwise dull and ordinary bread.
The store is humbly designed but nonetheless spacious. It is one large open space, where most of it is used as the kitchen, proudly allowing the magic unfound before your eyes as you pick and pay for your order. The bread and pastries are neatly stacked on the counter. There is a long bench just on the left of the store and another one just in front of the workspace, where the freshly baked goods are placed before being glazed and decorated.
Lucky for us, the storekeepers speak fluent English (and French, of course) but mind you, they only accept bank cards here. So your stacks of euros won’t get you any of these delicious goodies.
To get there, you can take Metro Line 4, RER B and C to Saint-Michel Notre-Dame station and walk along Rue du Petit Pont before turning left on Rue Galande (you’ll see Odette Paris on your left just before you do).
If you’re getting there on Metro Line 10, get off at Cluny – La Sorbonne and leave by Exit 3. It’s a three-minute walk from there.
- Check out Shakespeare and Company, arguably the most famous English bookstore in Paris, which is just in front of the store, passed the little garden square.
- Notre Dame is also just across the bridge!
- Sainte Chapelle is a beautiful chapel opposite and only an 8-minute walk from Notre Dame.
- If you turn left as you get out of the bakery and walk down Rue Saint-Jacques, Musée national du Moyen Âge will be on your right. Not much further along the street, you’ll also find Université Sorbonne to your right, and a few blocks down, Panthéon to your left.