Don’t be mistaken by the Anglo-Saxon name of the bakery Bread and Roses, this is a true Parisian hit. Most of the things you’ll find inside are typically French except maybe for the scones (but it does not count because they don’t come with clotted cream). Founded by Philippe Tailleur, this cafe has been very successful since its opening rue de Fleurus a decade ago, and the opening of a second location in the more prestigious 8th arrondissement, close to Madeleine has given Bread and Roses more exposure to tourists. Some people say it’s the best place to have breakfast in Paris. I respectfully disagree.
Wandering in the rue Boissy d’Anglas, only a few blocks away from Madeleine, we stopped at the bakery Bread and Roses for a late breakfast on Saturday morning. There are about 40 seatings in this cafe, much more than at the other Bread and Roses nearby the Jardin du Luxembourg. We ordered some pastries, supposed to be delicious, and the scones which I’ve never tried yet. The swirl was somewhat deceiving. Maybe not very fresh, I hope for them it was an accident. The scones were much better, warm and flaky as I like to devour them. Too bad they came with Lilliputians portions of butter, whipped cream and jam.
The iced tea looked like the best option as it was so hot outside these days in Paris. Not only is it refreshing but the ginger and citrus scents add a delicious touch. It’s also rather expensive (€12 a glass). The staff at Bread and Roses is nice but somewhat messy, no apologies for the dirty spoon and the missing napkins.
All in all, the bakery Bread and Roses is a good breakfast option in Paris except if you’re on a budget and starving like death. The bakery next to the Jardin du Luxembourg is definitely my favourite, as it’s still more intimate and the pastries were much better than at the Madeleine location. Bread and Roses also offers a lunch menu for those of you waking up too late for breakfast, it’s not cheap but the sandwiches are not bad and they also make a few good tarts.
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BREAD and ROSES
25 rue Boissy d’Anglas 75008
7, rue de Fleurus 75006