One word. Boulangeries!
Reason 3 is the lack of ‘bakeries’.
I missed them so much in London. Besides the sights and public toilets you never need to search for something delicious in Paris. Bakeries and pastry stores are everywhere. World famous names, a little less known names, charming, cozy, large or small…they are all there! When you visit a city very often you create your own favorite places. That’s why I also have my favorite bakeries in Paris: La Parisienne, Coquelieot en Poilâne and for a delicious bag of madeleines I go to Blé Sucré.
In London, there were also a few bakeries to find, but they missed that cozy atmosphere and local products. I also got the feeling that little bakeries and stores are being overwhelmed by the large advertising signs from brands like the Subway… such a shame. Does anyone know if small businesses get the opportunity to grow in London?
It’s a fact that Paris has a lot more bakeries and pastry shops than London, but Paris also scores some extra points with their macarons and galettes. Both pastries with a history.
The lesson I’ve learned about this is that you have to ” be so good they can’t ignore you”. Stand out in big cities like Paris and London!
Share, share, share! I’m curious about your stories. Who knows a great bakery in London that doesn’t belong to the big names?
Sweet dreams or a really good morning ♥
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