For the first time ever, I'm sharing my favourite bakery in Paris.
The Bookstore and the Bard
The Bakery, The Bar, and The Beef Fried Rice
At #4 Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau is a bar called De Voltaire a Rousseau. It's tiny, it serves glasses of local beer on the cheap, and has a very limited menu of omelettes and a few other humble, yet classic dishes. This is the perfect place to hang out when you want few tourists, even less pretention, and a hearty dose of local gossip if you can strike up conversation.
And at #6 is La Coulear des Bles. Is it the best bakery in Paris? Probably not. Does it have any particular claim to fame? Again, no. But it's MINE. I had been to Paris half a dozen times before I ever ate an actual meal -the plight of a most frugal backpacker. But this place kept me going with their humble offerings of baguette and madelines, both of which are solid taste winners if you ask me. It's another great choice for simple, affordable fare in the centre of Paris - and there's just something about it that has heart. For those visiting Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau for the first time, note that the street has two segments - you will want the lower segment closest to the Louvre.
The Best Budget Sandwich
The best thing about Cosi is the bread. A cross between pita bread and focaccia, their bread is a thin, durable, fluffy, hot, buttery pocket to stuff a whole host of ingredients. You can build your own but order from their chalkboard menu of popular combos. On my last visit, I got tandoori turkey and coleslaw and it was delicious. There's a great selection of ingredients for vegetarians to play around with, like salad greens, ricotta cheese, nuts, and fresh or marinated veggies, and if you order your sandwich with nothing more than double cheddar cheese it may just be the closest thing Paris has to a grilled cheese sandwich. Seating is upstairs and the surrounding neighbourhood is a fun place for apres-sandwich stroll.
Tell me about YOUR Paris! Where are your favourite spots?
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