For those who live here, it seems pointless knowing who sells the best baguette in Paris, because we’re not likely to go (too) far out of our way to get one. There are four bakeries near me, as well as the bakers at the open-air market three times per week. I like the bakery closest to me, but the one three blocks down the street always has a huge line for its organic "boules". I could even go two metro stops up to Place Monge for a Kayser bakery baguette. But most of the time I’m fine with the one right near me (and I know they don’t mind if I stop in while walking the dogs, convenience oblige).
But if you’re only in Paris once, or just have a lot of free time to try out the "best of the best", this year’s winner of the Grand Prix de la Baguette goes to Arnaud Delmontel (39, rue des Martys, 9th, Tel : 01 48 78 29 33). I try to stop by whenever I’m in that neighborhood, but I always craque for one of the pastries (the fig tarte is to die for).
Last year’s winner was Jean-Pierre Cohier (270, rue du Faubourg St-Honoré, 8th, Tel : 01 42 27 45 26), a slightly (!) swankier ‘hood off the Champs-Elysées.