Who will get the charm?

Where to find the best ‘Galette des Rois’ (King’s Cake) to celebrate in true French style? This is your mission, should you choose to accept it! Here are a few tips to get you on the right track…

 Archives | Last updated date : 07/01/2019

It’s time to find the Galette des Rois of your dreams, whether you like them crispy, caramelised, packed with frangipane or thin.

For several years now, blogger and food journalist Faim de Lyon has held a “grand testing” each January. Dozens of the traditional frangipane cakes from Lyon’s finest establishments are laid out on her table. Could your perfect Galette des Rois be hiding among the winners of previous years?

In 2017, Partisan Boulanger’s Galette des Rois was judged to be the most authentic; Maison Sève’s the most luxurious; Kitchen Café’s the most unmissable; Délices des Sens’ the best all-rounder, offering excellent value for money; and, last but not least, Maison Bouillet’s the safest bet. See the full results here.

In 2016, the three front-runners were Partisan Boulanger, Sève and Sébastien Bouillet, in that order. Close on their heels were Délices des Sens and Maison Drap. See the full results here.

So, what does the 2019 vintage hold in store for us? We recommend comparing the Galettes des Rois made by the above, as well as some of Lyon’s many other fine establishments. How about Boulangerie de la Martinière, Pâtisserie Taffin, Pignol, Kayser or L'Epicerie-Comptoir de la Mère Brazier? Lyon boasts so many excellent bakeries and patisseries that it would be impossible to mention them all here!

We will let you be the judge.


Rising with a smile on her face in the morning, always curious and enthusiastic to discover new places (and new dishes) in Lyon, Camille is what the specialists refer to as a « compulsive tester ». More partial to savoury than sweet (even though offering her a praluline – a delicious brioche filled with pralines – is a sure-fire way to get in her good books), Camille devotes herself body and soul to testing new food establishments in Lyon. Her radar for new addresses is legendary.

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