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 ♥
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!