poilaneThe bread at Poilâne is distinctive.  Big, round loaves of sourdough are boldly stamped and proudly displayed like little pieces of artwork.  In the tiny 6th arrondissement store I visited on a recent trip to Paris, this ‘artwork’ was more than prominent.

I purchased some beautiful sourdough – for which Poilâne is famous – to do a little taste testing.  With one bite, you understand why.  Thick crusted and chewy.  Flavourful and delicious.  This family run business certainly produces some exceptionally tasting bread.  This bread was one of the culinary highlights of my trip. 

With my purchase, I was given some little butter cookie ‘samples’ to nibble.  A lovely sweet finish to a perfect savoury bread.

8 rue du Cherche-Midi, Paris 75006


laduree2The instant I clapped eyes on the celadon green coloured store in Saint Germain, there was no question I was in Paris.  It was undeniably stylish, tasteful and very French.  I am talking, of course, about Ladurée

Inside I was subjected to a feast for all my senses.  Visually the store was beautifully presented with a range of elegant treats ranging from macarons to cakes and pastries.  Handsome presentation boxes adorned the counter space and shelves on the walls.  There was a buzz of activity not only from my fellow customers but the staff as well.

I greedily ordered half a dozen macarons (chocolat, vanilla, framboise).  Each flavour was a delight to savour – albeit the savouring did not last for long!  During my time in Paris, I visited Ladurée multiple times.  It was quite a challenge for my waistline, but well worth the experience.

If you are obsessed with the macaron (like myself), you cannot go past a visit to Ladurée.  It truly is a special piece of France.  Trés Belle.

21 rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris