Ah Paris, the European capital of delicious things. I love Paris, it’s a well known fact that I’ll try and find any excuse to go and with living so close to London it’s pretty easy to hop on the Eurostar and be there in two hours. I love seeing the sites and shopping. But most of all I love the bakeries. Fresh bread, pastries and cakes. I mean, who doesn’t love that? I’ve been to Paris quite a few times but this time I went with purpose – spend money in bakeries! Well that actually wasn’t the sole purpose but that was one of the things I ended up doing!
I stayed with a friend out in Montrouge for this trip. Montrouge is located in the southern Parisian suburbs at the end of metro line 4. It’s a way out of the busy centre and means I only have to deal with the hustle and bustle when I want to head in and do or see something specific. I also has a great little market which is open on Thursdays and Sundays (Sunday has a slightly bigger market). Between the place I was staying and the Metro is a conveniently located bakery – Les Gourmandises du Marché. I say conveniently located but what I really mean is a dangerously located bakery. It’s impossible to just walk past without buying something. And that something was always chouquettes! Chouquettes are little balls of choux pastry covered in pearl sugar (or nibbed sugar) and they are a delicious snack. You can get 100g of unfilled chouquettes for 2€ and you won’t regret it one bit.
Finally, one of my favourite bakeries to frequent in Paris is right in the tourist hub of the Latin Quarter. I came across Boulangerie Saint Michel on my first ever trip to Paris almost ten years ago now, and it continues to be one of the best bakeries in a sea of businesses trying to grab the tourist trade in central Paris. Saint Michel is one of my go-to metro stations. From here you can easily walk to Notre Dame, Rue de Rivoli, The Louvre, Musée de l’Orangerie and the Musée d’Orsay which means you can actually see Paris and not the grubby metro. It also means it’s the perfect stopping point to grab a bite to eat. If you want cheap food over something more high-end or you’re on a tight budget, head to the Latin Quarter. But if you want a very decent bakery do not write off Boulangerie Saint Michel because of it’s location. Prices are reasonable and they do excellent croissants.
Boulangerie Saint Michel, 1 Rue de La Harpe, 75005 Paris, France