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Shop display featuring multiple rows of small, colourful pastries.
Pâtisserie from a boulangerie in Lille, France
Pâtisserie from a bakery in Montreal, Quebec.

A pâtisserie (pronounced [pɑtisʁi]) is a type of French or Belgian bakery that specializes in pastries and sweets, as well as a term for these types of food, in English often used without the accent. In both countries, it is a legally controlled title that may only be used by bakeries that employ a licensed maître pâtissier (master pastry chef).

In France and Belgium, the pâtissier is a pastry chef who has completed a lengthy training process, typically an apprenticeship, and passed a written examination.[1] Often found in partnership with a boulangerie (bakery), pâtisseries are a common sight in towns and villages in France and Belgium. You can buy donuts, cakes and other sweet foods from this shop.

In other countries[edit]

In Korea and Japan, the term pâtissier is used as well.

In France and Canada, the term pâtisserie also refers to the pastries produced by a pâtissier. Mass-produced pastries are also sometimes called pâtisserie.

In Australia and Lebanon, pâtisserie is used commonly along with the words bakery or pastry shop.[citation needed]

In Hungary, the term cukrászda is used to refer to a pâtisserie.

In Poland, there are two terms commonly used to refer to shops making and selling sweet baked goods: cukiernia (Polish: cukier 'sugar') and ciastkarnia (Polish: ciastko 'pastry', diminutive form of ciasto 'cake', 'dough').

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Prais, S. J. (1995). Productivity, education, and training: an international perspective. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. p. 35. ISBN 0-521-55667-8. 

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