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L’Atelier Boulanger du Marais

L’Atelier Boulanger du Marais

In a perfect world, with unlimited resources and where I would never be full (or need to jog off a dozen extra pastries), I would have liked to try everything they had for sale at the L’Atelier Boulanger du Marais, a very cute bakery near the Place de Vosges in Paris. It all looked spectacular, and the prices seemed very reasonable. In this world, however, I could only try a few things. I opted for a croissant, a brioche au sucre and a Paris Brest. A brioche au sucre is a rich, buttery brioche dough that has coarse sugar sprinkled on top to give it some sweetness and some crunch. It’s simple, but good. The Paris Brest is a ring of choux pastry, the same as you would use for a cream puff, that is filled with a whipped cream or mousse filling. This one was palm-sized (although there are versions the size of cakes) and had a coffee filling.

Croissant from L’Atelier Boulanger du Marais

Everything was outstanding, but the croissant was particularly good. I’m no expert on croissants, but this was certainly the best I’ve had. It was light and flaky, almost crumbly, and it tasted like browned butter because the bottom seemed to have caramelized slightly during baking. Amazing.

Pain de Sucre from L’Atelier Boulanger

You can almost see how fluffy and soft the brioche de sucre was! It inspires me to make use of some of the coarse sugar I have in the kitchen at home.

Paris Brest from L’Atelier Boulanger

This is the palm-sized Paris Brest. It had slivered almonds on top. Tasted more like dessert than breakfast, but who am I to complain! Here’s the shot of the inside, you can see that the pastry-to-filling ratio is about 4:1.

Paris Brest, Innards

L’Atelier Boulanger du Marais
32, Rue Turenne
75003 Paris

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13 Comments
  • jaime
    May 24, 2009

    the pastry to filling ratio should be the gold standard for all baked goods 🙂 Everything looks so yummy can’t wait to see more

  • Annabelle
    May 24, 2009

    Oh yum!! I am truly salivating right now! They look so delicious… am heading off to Paris this August, so I shall keep an eye out for this tantilising bakery.

  • foodforhersoul
    May 24, 2009

    That looks really good, I love your blog and your pictures are beautiful!

  • Morta Di Fame
    May 24, 2009

    OH THOSE CROISSANTS LOOK AMAZING! I CAN TASTE THEM!

  • justine
    May 24, 2009

    Wow, I think I’m ready to move to paris now!

  • Katie
    May 25, 2009

    Your trip to Paris sounds amazing. You are finding some wonderful foodie places. The pastries look divine

  • lior
    May 25, 2009

    please stop! You’re killing me, I’m on a diet

  • I’m seriously thinking to move to Paris! Those look really delicious!

  • Elyse
    May 25, 2009

    Oh man oh man, do those pastries look divine! So glad you’re having such a wonderful time in Paris. Everything looks absolutely divine. Delish!

  • snooky doodle
    May 25, 2009

    oh this looks so good! delicious pastries in France. wish to go there !

  • LibrariNerd
    May 26, 2009

    Place de Vosges, actually. And it’s a great picnic spot!

  • Joe
    May 26, 2009

    Great job on the pictures. I have never been to France but have some friends that go every year and rave about the croissants. Where to find some pastries like this in New Mexico? joe

  • david
    June 1, 2009

    Their croissants are outstanding, aren’t they? Glad you found em

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