Boulangeries and Pâttiseries of Paris

It’s 7 a.m. in Paris, and we don’t look stressed at all! Why should we, we’re on vacation, right? But no, we think we found the best boulangerie in Paris; and they said we have to arrive early to get warm & fresh goodies.  We take our task very seriously and hit the road (I mean we take the metro).

Du pain et des idees. The reason why we woke up so early. Boulangerie of a passionate baker, Christophe Vasseur. He used to be a white collar, until one day he decided not to. Then, all he did was to work to be the best baker in Paris. What is so special about this place? They opened their doors in 2002, in a real old bakery dating back to 1889. Their methods are 100% traditional, its like time travel. What to eat? Pistachio & chocolate escargots! Luckily, we were there by the fig season, so we had to change to try WARM fig tart.

Second favourite was des Gateaux et du Pain. Genius behind the store is chef Claire Damon. She won Prix d’Excellence Relais Desserts; which is like the Oscars of pastry category – and she is the only woman winning this award. First we bought croissants and french toast. Sat to the café next door, ordered coffee. The first bite from croissant brought tears to my eyes. Got up, walked back to des Gateaux et du Pain and bought some more varieties. Oh my!

Before we move on, I want to give you a little tip: Boulangerie and Pâtisserie is not the same. Boulangerie is the one which bakes bread & varieties (that’s why you should go to a Boulangerie for breakfast), whereas Pâtisserie is the one that makes desserts. For me it was important to know the difference, now you know too!

Next, pâtisseries!

You’ll be mind blown about quantity of really good pâtisseries existing in Paris. I’ll share the ones I tried; all of them were exceptionally delicious, but I am sure rest of them are as good as well.

Paris Brest of Sebastien Gaudard, Mont Blanc of Muscade, Tarte Infiniment Vanille of Pierre Herme, fresh made chocolate at Alain Ducasse, Tarte Framboise at Boulangerie Utopie, Mille-Feuille at Angelina, and many more…

What I admire the most about the chefs of best boulangeries and patisseries in Paris is how passionate and hard working they are. Its almost a craftsmanship! Each bread/ dessert is carefully made by hand, paying immense attention to detail.

I am so thankful that I had the chance to taste them!

Hope you will too!

Ozge

5 Addresses in Paris: Restaurants & Drinks & Shops

(Türkçesi için yazının en aşağısına inebilirsin)

Paris is such a beautiful cliché.

We were there in July for my friend’s wedding, and it was my third time in Paris, so I was ready to soak Paris all in.

I already had a list as long as 3 pages before going to Paris, and of course I couldn’t see all of them. These are my 5 favorites from all places that we managed to visit. If it’s your second time in this beautiful city or if you’re ready to get under its skin; these addresses are for you. Buckle up for some yummy food in cool restaurants, good coffee and designer shops.

Buvette

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It’s official, Buvette is my favorite restaurant for breakfast in Paris! I was reading very good reviews about Buvette before going there, and I really liked the interior; so, I gave it a try. I can say, it’s the place to have breakfast. The colors, the furnishing, the way dishes look & taste – all spot on! I heard late afternoon snacks with wine is also very good.

La Mangerie

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My friend is living in Le Marais, and one night she said that she wants to take us to dinner in a cute tapas restaurant in her neighborhood. I couldn’t be happier to see it was La Mangerie because it’s definitely more than just a cute restaurant. They took the idea of tapas (where everything is in small portions and is for share) and combined it with quality ingredients and homemade recipes of Adrian Calvo. Save this place and thank me later.

Fragments

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Another brunch spot! I was told Fragments is the place for cinnamon buns and avo toasts in Paris. First, I thought the weather was too hot to go for dessert but then I had 2 toasts instead! One with avo and one with ricotta cheese & figs. I only regret that I didn’t try cinnamon bun; hopefully next time!

Merci

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Merci has many titles: a concept store, a designer furniture store, a stationary, a bookshop… It’s a place where you can spend an hour getting very inspired and willing to buy everything. Even the red little car in the garden! There are also 3 restaurants linked with Merci: La Cantine, Used Book Café and Cinéma Café. La Cantine is for lunch with friends, Used Book Café is for scone & coffee; Cinéma Café is for the days you want have healthy food.

Le Labo

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Fragrance store from another world! What attracted me the most was (besides unique notes in perfumes) how they decorated the interior – rustic & neat!

If you’re looking for more spots for coffee in Paris, head over to my “Good Coffee in Paris” post – click here.

Let me know if you have other favorites in Paris.

À bientôt!

Paris’te 5 Adres

Paris, her zaman klişe mi?

Bir arkadaşımın düğünü için Temmuz ayında 3.kez Paris’teydim. Bu nedenle bu sefer biraz daha lokal yerlerin tadını çıkarmaya karar verdim. Gitmeden önce yaklaşık 3 sayfalık bir listem vardı ama tabi hepsini görmeye zamanım yetmedi. Ziyaret ettiğim yerlerden 5 tane favorim var. Eğer siz de 2. kez gidiyorsanız ya da hali hazırda ara sokaklara dalmaya hazırsanız bu adresleri not edin. Havalı restoranlar, güzel kahveciler ve şık tasarım dükkanlar için doğru adrestesiniz.

Buvette

Bu bilgi herkese açık! Evet Paris’te ki favori kahvaltı mekanım burası. Burayı keşfetmeden önce hakkında çok iyi şeyler duydum ve bunun üzerine ben de denemek istedim. İç mekanı, renkler, kullanılan mobilyalar, yiyeceklerin görünüşü, tadı, her şey mükemmel. Diğer yandan ben denemedim ama öğleden sonra şarap menüsü ve atıştırmalıkları da bir o kadar iyiymiş.

La Mangerie

Le Marais’te yaşayan bir arkadaşım bizi sevimli bir tapas restoranına götüreceğini söylediğinde ve oranın La Mangerie olduğunu öğrendiğimde sanırım daha mutlu olamazdım, çünkü bu kesinlikle sevimli bir restorandan daha fazlası. Tapas fikrini (her şeyin küçük porsiyonlarda olduğu ve paylaşıldığı) kaliteli malzemelerle ve Adrian Calvo’nun ev yapımı tarifleriyle birleştirerek harika hale getirmişler. Burayı not et, garanti mutluluk!

Fragments

Bir başka brunch yeri! Fragments’ın Paris’teki tarçınlı çörekler ve iyi tost için güzel bir adres olduğunu duymuştum. Önce, havanın ağır bir tatlı yemek için çok sıcak olduğunu düşündüm ama sonra 2 tane tost aldım! Bir tanesi avokadolu diğeri ise ricotta peyniri ve incirliydi. Sadece tarçınlı çörek denemediğime pişmanım; umarım bir dahaki sefere!

Merci

Merci’nin bir çok unvanı var: butik, tasarım mobilya, kırtasiye ve kitap mağazası. Bir saat harcayıp her şeyi satın almak isteyeceğiniz ilham veren bir yer burası. Bahçedeki kırmızı küçük arabayı bile almak isteyeceksin! Ayrıca Merci, La Cantine, Used Book Café ve Cinéma Café ile bağlantılı 3 restoranı bünyesinde bulunduruyor. La Cantine arkadaşlarla öğle yemeği için, Used Book Café çörek ve kahve için Cinéma Café ise sağlıklı atıştırmalıklar için ideal.

Le Labo

Başka dünyanın parfüm butiği! Beni en çok cezbeden şey (parfümlerinin benzersiz notaların yanı sıra) iç mekanın nasıl dekore edildiği – rustik ve sade!

Paris’te başka favorileriniz varsa yorumlarda buluşalım!

À bientôt!