Pierre Poilane, originally from Normandy, created this bakery in 1932, the year he moved to Paris. Instead of baking the traditional Parisian white bread, Poilne decided to go for sourdough bread – more traditional, old-style French loaves. It was quite the risk he took because Parisians generally prefer white bread. But all’s well that ends well, and the business flourished, especially when his son, Lionel, took the lead. Lionel had a scientific inclination that led him to improve his bread and thereby the demand for the soury loaves increased. Artists such as Dali, Man Ray, the Lalannes, Cesar bought his bread regularly. Still Today, clients can buy the bread, made in firewood ovens – according to tradition – available in various shops in France, as well as in other countries.
Address: 8 Rue du Cherche-Midi 75006 Paris
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 7:15 am – 8:15 pm