The Marais is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Paris when it comes to food and art. I love to wander around between the charming streets and enjoying the smell of falafels. For the people who don’t know that much about the Marais, let me give you a few key words: art, food, history and shopping. Four things that go very well together. Today I’m going to write about a bakery which fits perfectly in the lifestyle of the Marais. Say hello to Aux Merveilleux de Fred!
First let me tell you why I think this bakery has all the four key words I told you about:
1. Art – The pastries look like little art works.
2. Food – You’re stupid if you don’t eat them.
3. History – As many iconic bakeries in Paris, also Aux Merveilleux de Fred has an interesting history.
4. Shopping – If you buy these beauties, it counts as shopping!
The mastermind behind these delicious pastries is Frederic Vaucamps. A french man who opened his first bakery (1982) in Hazebrouck, a small town very close to the Belgium border. Frederic Vaucamps had to work very hard for his success because only 15 years later he achieved great success with the remake of the old recipe of the merveilleux pastry. He turned a forgotten pastry into a refreshing new concept, meringue surrounded by chocolate whipped cream and chocolate chips. Mmmmm, if I only think about it, I feel the meringue melting on my tongue!
Today Aux Merveilleux de Fred has many stores all over the world. From our beloved city Paris to the big apple of New York City. The success of this bakery? You tell me! I think it has to do with their way of specialization. One store for one product (Actually two products, they also sell brioche loaf in different flavors). You know the quality has to be good when you put so much love into your pastries. What makes it even more special is that you can see how they create the pastries, they bake them in an open space.
All together, enough reasons to try one at Aux Merveilleux de Fred.
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Le pain est le tuteur de la vie.
J. Smith, (1667-1745)
Sorry for the delay of my blog post, normally I blog around midnight but something came between. I promised you in my previous post to tell you more about the best croissants in Paris, which can be bought at Poilâne. But I don’t want to stop there. That would be a disgrace for the history, craft and passion of the wonderful bread they sell at Poilâne.
‘The best croissants in Paris’ is a beautiful title but won’t last forever. The bread on the other hand – goes for years. I won’t bore you with the whole history (which is quite interesting to read yourself, click here) of the store but, to quickly make my point clear: in 1932, when monsieur Poilâne opened his first shop , there were 5 bakeries on rue du cherche-midi, today, there is only 1. Doesn’t that say enough about the delicious bread?
When I was photographing the store, I was called by a Parisienne how great the bakery was (she had just bought an apple dumpling for on the way). She told me that she always stops when she is near. ‘Pure craft’ she said, for 3 generations long. Grandfather, father and now the daughter has taken over. Outside the store you can smell the aroma of fresh bread and the finest ingredients. I could’t stay any longer outside!
The thing I really enjoyed about this little bakery (besides the products) was that they calculated everything with pen and paper. No expensive equipment’s! Very friendly and nice old-fashioned. It seemed like you just went back in time.
Take a look at their website http://www.poilane.com/. It gives you a nice view of their history, products and shops :) Enjoy!
If you ever gonna bake a cake for me, don’t worry if I will like it or not. If it’s homemade and sweet, I’ll like it! I love discovering new bakery’s and I have to say.. I’m pretty good at it. If I see something that I don’t know yet or if I see something familiar but it looks better than I ever had, I have to try it.
At the same day I found this amazing bookstore ‘Book-Off’, I also found this little modern bakery named Blé Sucré. The first thing I saw were the colored chairs in front of the bakery. The second thing I noticed was a little bag with 4 Madeleines. They looked so delicious and perfectly baked, I had to buy them. The third and last thing I noticed was an angry-looking woman behind the counter. Not very inviting, but in Paris I’m quite used to that.
I didn’t want to eat the Madeleines in front of a grumpy woman. So I decided to take them along, back to my hotel room. Where I could eat them in peace and with a hot cup of mint tea ;) Did you know you can buy the most amazing mint tea at an ordinary Carrefour supermarket. The house brand is no less than a cup of tea from Palais des Thés.
Going back to the Madeleines, I’ve never had them so good. Not too dry, not too wet. Good taste and didn’t crumbled. Plus a sweet glaze for a fresh taste.The lady of Blé Sucré probably stops all of her love into it. That explains her bad mood. All her love is in the Madeleines so there is nothing left for the rest of the day. Good mood or bad mood, I’ll definitely be back for some more sweetness!
Here’s the address:
7, rue Antoine Vollon
As you may have noticed, I’m a girl. And as you all know, girls love good chocolate, pastry and whipped cream.. in other words ”everything sweet”. My boyfriend tries regularly to get me on the healthy path but, I guess I’m not ready for that, yet. The weak woman inside me, can’t help it to fall in love with all those wonderful bakeries with showcases full of colorful pastry’s. I bet I’m not the only one, right lady’s?
I was wondering, why girls love sweets so much? Whatever it must be, Paris takes advantages of it in a really pleasant way :)
Because, I’m so obsessed with all those ‘eye catching’ creations, I have considered to follow some bakery classes. *FLASH*, there was my imagination again. I thought about having my own bakery store somewhere in Paris. I would love to have true customers, some lost tourists and sometimes a street cat who is looking for some leftovers. But at the same time, I know that if I had my own bakery, I would turn into a big fat cupcake and nothing would be left for the customers, only a few crumbs for the cat.
Never say never but I think a bakery is not gonna happen. I want to show you a bakery, La Parisienne. It’s a perfect example of what my bakery could look like. It’s a bakery (boulanger/patissier) which responds to the needs of a woman and a man! From delicious sweets to crunchy bread. La Parisienne has a modern look but, the quality is good old-fashioned.
You can find La Parisienne at the following address:
12 rue Coustou
Montmartre, 18th district
Metro: Blanche, Abbesses or Pigalle.