3 PARIS BAK­ERIES

No visit to Paris is com­plete with­out in­dulging your sweet tooth. Here’s our se­lec­tion of pâtis­series you sim­ply have to visit on your next trip to the French cap­i­tal

France - - Les Nouvelles -

DES GÂTEAUX ET DU PAIN

Housed in a chic Hauss­mann build­ing in the city’s 15th ar­rondisse­ment, this bak­ery has more of an upmarket jew­ellery store feel to it, with the sweet treats all dis­played in a long glass case backed by soft light­ing. Ev­ery­thing you could pos­si­bly hope for from a French bak­ery is avail­able here, with high­lights in­clud­ing mini kou­glof (a yeast-baked cake) with crys­talised sugar ic­ing, rum baba made from the fresh­est straw­ber­ries, and Cor­si­can grape­fruit cake. For those who pre­fer savoury items, the bak­ery does a good line in flavoured breads, with more than dozen va­ri­eties on of­fer, as well as melt-in-the-mouth quiches. It has to be said that sweet treats are on the pricier side here (they cost around €7), but when you see how el­e­gantly pre­sented each pâtis­serie is and take your first bite you’ll re­al­ize that this place is def­i­nitely worth the splurge. 63 Boule­vard Pas­teur 75015 Paris Metro: Pas­teur (lines 6 and 12)

DU PAIN ET DES IDÉES

This tra­di­tional bak­ery in the 10th ar­rondisse­ment dates back to 1889 and was awarded the Gault-mil­lau prize for Best Bak­ery in Paris in 2012 thanks to the work of pas­try chef Christophe Vasseur. He put this place on the map by mak­ing de­li­cious, nat­u­rally leav­ened breads, or­ange­blos­som-flavoured brioche and es­car­gots, snail-shaped buns. His other cre­ations in­clude savoury pavés (breads) stuffed with com­bi­na­tions such as ap­ple and feta with honey-coated chest­nuts, or Re­blo­chon cheese and fig. You can sam­ple your sweet or savoury de­lights at the pic­nic table out­side, but be­fore you do be sure to mar­vel at the stun­ning mar­ble-clad ex­te­rior and gilded 19th-cen­tury in­te­rior, both of which make it one of the quaint­est bak­eries in town. 34 Rue Yves Toudic 75010 Paris Metro: Jac­ques Bon­ser­gent (line 5)

BRO­KEN BIS­CUITS

Es­tab­lished in 2014, Bro­ken Bis­cuits be­gan by sup­ply­ing Paris cof­fee shops with de­li­cious baked cre­ations, be­fore go­ing on to ac­quire its own small space along the peace­ful Pas­sage Roche­brune in the 11th ar­rondisse­ment. The bak­ery pro­duces a wide ar­ray of sweet treats, with ev­ery­thing from pis­ta­chio fi­nanciers and red berry crum­ble flavoured muffins to vanilla sponge smoth­ered in pra­line cream and choco­late mousse cake topped off with crunchy hazel­nuts. The open kitchen here means you may be able to catch the chefs in ac­tion, who bake ev­ery­thing to per­fec­tion and change their range of cakes on a daily ba­sis. 13 Av­enue Par­men­tier 75011 Paris Metro: Voltaire (line 9)

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