Yes, I know. In my previous post I commented that I try to explore new areas when I am in Paris. And I do. However it is difficult to resist revisiting some favourite districts. And so I found myself near the Canal St Martin. I had intended to have a spot of lunch at the Antoine and Lili cafe, but I can save you from making the journey in vain. The cafe is now closed and being used as an additional part of the shop. The shop is colourful and unusual but I think taking the cafe away is rather a shame.
I knew that I was *somewhere* near the Boulangerie that is featured in one of my most popular ” Polaroid Paintings” and with a little bit of luck managed to find it straight away. They do fabulous and unusual croissants with pistachio, lemon or praline amongst others. When I complimented the shop lady she pointed to an award they received last year, so I am clearly not the only person who is impressed !
While searching for the official website I also came across this blog which has a very comprehensive review and a lot of gorgeous photos illustrating the interior. This is the Du Pain et Des Idees official website – also including a short film in French. Needless to say, if you are anywhere near this part of Paris , I definitely recommend making a detour past this shop.