Just a block away from the lovely Jardin du Luxembourg in the fashionable St Germain des Prés district is one of my favorite spots in Paris to have lunch, Bread and Roses. Besides being a bakery featuring a wide range of beautiful, organic breads, fruit tarts, luxurious slices of cheesecake and other sweet indulgences, this wonderfully cozy spot is the perfect place to enjoy a pot of tea and delight in huge, buttery, savory puff-pastry quiches filled with bright vegetables and herbs. They are served with a generous mesclun salad infused with sprigs of dill and drizzled with a tangy and sweet mustard vinaigrette. So delicious and filling is this meal that you might not have enough room for dessert. Which is okay, since it’s nice to purchase a variety to take home with you.
The service was impeccable and very friendly. The charming host and lovely server remembered me on my second lunch there, which, to me is always impressive and makes the whole experience much warmer and neighborly. It’s definitely a place where you can stop in for lunch and end up spending the entire afternoon, lingering over tea and scones.
And while the prices are a bit steep for those on a budget, the food warrants the investment. After lunch on both occasions, I bought a loaf of their divine brioche to enjoy and turn into the best overnight French toast ever.
I am so looking forward to my return visit and trying to figure out how bring some of their breads with me on my walk!
Bread & Roses
7 rue de Fleurus
M° Rennes or Saint-Placide