Some sample pages to introduce you to our guidebook. Walking around Paris the practical, fun and easy way.
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They vary from “superb” to “mediocre” to “duds” so to help you find la creme de la creme of baguettes here are some addresses. Check your arrondissement and follow your nose to these award-winning boulangeries. Ask or point to the “tradition”, “l’ancienne”, or “baguette de campagne” which are all very close in price and most likely never costing more than a euro fifty. Such a deal.
This year’s Best Paris Baguette winner:
Délices du Palais
60 boulevard Brune, 75014
Porte de Vanves (13), Porte d’Orléans (4)
Closed Wednesdays. Baker Antonio Teixeira, a native of Portugal, will supply the Elysées Palace for the coming year, and anywhere else that President Holland chooses to wave his baguette.
Pascal Barillon (Au Levain d’Antan), 6 rue des Abbesses, 75018
Gaétan Romp 14 rue de la Michodière, 75002
Pascal Jamin (Les Saveurs du 20ème), 120 rue de Bagnolet, 75020
Gontran Cherrier (Gontran Cherrier), 22 rue Caulaincourt, 75018
M. Risser (Le Fournil du Village), 12 place J.B. Clément, 75018
Gilles Levaslot (Les Gourmandises d’Eiffel), 187 rue de Grenelle, 75007
Jean-Noël Julien (Julien), 75 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001
Philippe Marache, 92 av de la République Paris, 75011
Philippe Bogner, 204 rue des Pyrénées, 75020
Le Grenier à Pain Saint-Amand, 33 bis rue Saint-Amand, 75015
Au Paradis du Gourmand, 156 Rue Raymond Losserand, 75014
Boulangerie Raphaëlle, 1 rue Feutrier, 75018
Boulangerie Damiani, 125 avenue du Clichy, 75017
Christian Vabret, 27 rue Francois Miron, 75004
Maison Cailleaud, 104 Cours de Vincennes, 75012
Yosuké Fijié from Maison Landemeine, 56 rue du Clichy, 75009
Dominique Saibron, 77 avenue du Géneral Leclerc, 75014
Le Grenier à Pain Lafayette, 91 rue Faubourg Poissonière, 75009
La Parisienne, 12 rue Coustou, 75018
Claude Besnier, 40 rue du Bourgogne, 75007
Up until February 2013 when it was revoked, there was a 214-year-old law which formally prohibited women from wearing trousers. The archaic law demanded women ask police for permission to dress as men in Paris less they be arrested. In 1909 the law was amended allowing women to wear trousers if the holding a bicycle handlebar or the reins of a horse. Obviously les flics have turned their cheeks for years.
French women’s rights activists….rejoice!
Find your way to Bercy Park on the outskirts of Paris (128 quai de Bercy 12th arr.) From May to November it is a garden wanderer’s paradise. In deep winter, it is a place of solace, contemplation. You definitely want to keep walking with your hands in your pockets with a follow up at one of the wine bars at the foot of the park.
Through the seasons the three landscapes change color and drama. The Romantic Garden features fishponds and dunes; the Flowerbed Garden is dedicated to plant life (I like the formal roses, labyrinth and scented garden); and “The Meadows” are an area of open lawns shaded by tall trees.
Allow for at least 3 hours of your day. Not on the average tourist beat, worth the effort.