February 19 2011
Oooh where do I start describing this place? From the charming classical/art-deco interior that's so French kitsch you feel it's the kind of place you can take your mother to, to their fantastic breads and patisseries that make you want to keep this place all to yourself!
It's perfectly situated very close to Les Invalides, Le Musée Rodin, Ecole Militaire and not far at all from La Tour Eiffel. In short, perfect for when you need to rest your feet if you've been out sight-seeing! But actually, for me this afternoon, it was a place I went to before all that to get my strength up.
It's a boulangerie with a small café attached - probably about eight tables in total and although it was busy, the clientele were très sympa and it had a relaxing atmosphere. There was a young French couple just across from me, an English-speaking couple - clearly tourists - on the other side, a few people sitting at the bar and then a handful more people who came in just to buy some bread. And added plus about this place is that it also sells jams and wines - in particular, I have my eye on a 2008 Brouilly next time I go!
And to top it all off, it's all at a very reasonable price. My espresso and buttery croissant set me back only 2 euros 80, which given the location and the fact I was sitting there for 45 mins is a bargain!
If you need directions on how to get there, take the metro as far as Saint François-Xavier. As you come out of the station, look to your right (you'll see the golden dome of Les Invalides not far in the distance) and if you do what I did, you'll see a flower shop called "Monceau Fleurs" with blue awnings. Directly across the street from there is the "boulangerie." They even had delicate white seats outside on a drizzly day like today.
Personally, I've definitely become a fan of theirs. I'm going to make as many excuses to go back to that quartier as possible and I'd thoroughly recommend it to anyone else who's in the area. You go because of the tremendous people-watching potential, given how it's so well placed in the well-to-do 7th arrondissement.