Du Pain et des Idees Boulangerie
Located in the underrated but up-and-coming Canal Saint-Martin area, Du Pain et des Idees is a great place for a break from the boring baguette. Run by Christophe Vasseur, voted Paris’ best baker in 2008 by Gault & Millau Magazine, the beautifully decorated boulangerie serves up a range of unique breads, from rose flavored croissants to escargot (snails), flaky pastry filled with flavors like rum raisin and pistachio. Bring a piece of crusty bread to the canal and watch the hipsters roll by. See our complete guide to Paris Daytime Eats: Top 7 Under $7.
Although we very much enjoy the apple chevre chausson, our favorite remains the pain des amis - bread of friends - a perfectly soft bread with a thick crust and a rich, nutty flavor.
($) A big slice of bread will run you about $3