Friday, 20 January 2012

Beautiful Bakery

Living in Paris for nearly twenty years has turned me into a snob. A bread and cake snob. Within five minutes walk from our house there are five excellent bakeries to choose from, that figure doubles if I'm prepared (I am) to walk an 'outrageous' (*ducks for cover*) ten minutes.

One manifestation of the snobbery is carrying out a quick 'triage' of which bakery does what best. Best baguette at bakery (i), best viennoiseries at bakery (ii), creamy cakes at bakery (iii)...etc.

In my view one of the best bakeries for bread near us is on 48 Rue Caulaincourt. They do the most delicious sourdough bread - pain au levain. Big thick crusty slices toasted with pumpkin soup, has become one of our regular winter dinners. They do an amazing 'flute' as well. Look!

This bakery was also used for filming one of the scenes of the film 'Julie and Julia' (2009) starring Meryl Streep. Paris Movie Walks provides some interesting tit-bits about the film here.

They must have chosen this bakery because of the fabulous interior. First off is this wonderful chandelier. What's not to like?

The ceiling is quite something as well. Roses.



But perhaps my favourite details can be found on the tiling.

Just look at these croissants and baguettes hanging delicately from white ribbons.

Now if you'll excuse me, I've got some chouquettes waiting for me.


  1. So true - lots of good boulangeries in the neighborhood. I do like this one, but must admit I usually do Coquliecot for my weekend bakery run because I always get a baguette and a pain au choc and a croissant & I like the pain au chocolates better than the ones at pain au levin. Also, Coquliecot is open on Sundays & I don't think pain au levin is. But, we're definitely spoiled for choice in Montmartre!

  2. I agree Forest, the Coquelicot does seriously good EVERYTHING!....mmmm (The above bakery is open on Sunday, but their croissants and not my favourite, so I walk a bit further on Sundays)