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Posted by Rachel

May 16th, 2012

Gontran Cherrier Boulanger

Gontran Cherrier’s boulangerie is one of my favourite bakeries in Paris. I love its crisp, white tiled walls with its long counter filled with delicious pastries, tartes, and breads. And unlike many of Paris’s best boulangeries, you can eat inside, perched on a stool along the bar facing the street and surrounded by the sweet scents of freshly baked buttery viennoisseries. But that’s if you can find a space, because I’m not the only person who makes the journey to the 18th arrondissement to savour Gontran’s delights.

Among his must try treats is the Kouign Amann, a classic buttery Breton offering, embodying everything a pastry should be—sticky, sweet and flaky. For a savoury lunch you might try one of the fresh tartes salées (such as the one pictured below) – cucumber, tomato, and feta with mint. They also have a unique take on the sandwich in the form of colourful “buns”.  And, when in Paris, there’s no lunching at a boulangerie without a dessert. The vast choice might be a touch intimidating, but speaking from experience, you’ll struggle to go wrong. I particularly rate the vibrant tarte aux agrumes—a citrus tarte made with grapefruit, orange and pistachio.

 

Gontran Cherrier Boulanger, 22 rue Caulaincourt, 75018, +33 01 46 06 82 66.

Open everyday except Wednesday. Mon – Sat 7.30 am—8.30pm. Sundays from 7.30 am—7.30 pm.

 

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5 thoughts on “Gontran Cherrier Boulanger

  1. he has just opened a bakery in singapore. for the beautiful people. seriously, good food should be unpretentious

    1. I didn’t know he had opened a bakery in Singapore. I can only say that his bakery in Paris is not pretentious at all. It’s a real neighbourhood bakery with everyone from Granny, school kids, businessmen on their way to work to mums popping by for their daily bread.

  2. I helped out on a school trip to Brittany where I experienced my first Kouign Amann, delicious. Our local village boulangerie does a great range of patisseries, but alas no Kouign Amann! Last week my husband was working in Lulea in the north of Sweden where the sea is still frozen and there weren’t many signs of spring!

  3. I managed to stumble upon his boulangerie in Montmarte when I was in Paris recently – and completely by chance! :) I was so drawn in by the sleek interiors and the rows of gorgeous looking pastries. The tarte aux agrumes was SO good. I hadn’t tasted pastries with pistachio paste before going to Paris so it was such a treat! :D

    Thanks for all these fantastic recommendations.

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