If you find yourself wandering around the Marais, I encourage you to visit
Pain de Sucre Paris.
I doubt that you will resist leaving their stores empty handed.
Located not far from the Pompidou Centre at 14, rue Rambuteau in the 3rd arrondissement is the larger ‘sucré’ store (sweet store), specialising in the most mouth watering and eye catching pastries, macarons and cakes.
And two doors up their smaller ‘salé’ store (savoury store), selling bread and take away food.
I am not talking about pre-made sandwiches, mass produced hot dogs or hamburgers shoved into plastic disposable containers.
Not at all. Instead, a selection of homemade soups, scallops in a creamy sauce, foie gras, savoury tarts all beautifully presented in glass or china receptacles.
Ready to take back to your apartment, re-heat and savour or present to a dinner table full of guests looking as cool as a cucumber as you toss a salad to accompany your fine purchases.
This is take away food … Parisian style.
It is almost worth buying a selection of goodies, simply to take the glass jars and ramekins home as souvenirs!
Maybe you are staying in a hotel and don’t have re-heating facilities?
This doesn’t cause for alarm, why not just grab a freshly baked baguette and a jar of duck rillettes or foie gras and wander down to the banks of the river Seine and have an impromptu picnic, the neighbouring wine shop will ensure you have something to wash down your homemade delights.
Oh! and don’t forget to pick up a box of sticky desserts for afterwards at their ‘sucré’ – sweet store!
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