Both yesterday and this morning, Jon and I started our day with a run through the nearby Jardin des Plantes, followed by a stop on the Rue Monge to line up (again with the lines) for baked goods at the Kayser Boulangerie.
This place is new for me, a recommendation by David Lebovitz. And if I ever had doubts about blogs (but I don’t), they’d all be put to rest on the basis of this single tip.
Yesterday, Jon and I bought a brioche mousseline (photo at top), a pain au chocolat, and a baguette monge, all at pretty normal boulangerie prices. The baguette monge, for example, was 1.05 euros.
The brioche was airy, buttery and eggy, and the pain au chocolat buttery and flaky. But what really wowed was the baguette. Crispy crust, yet still easy to crack and break. Dense, but airy and moist, interior. Not too salty and also not sour (I have a thing against sourdough, I must admit).
Today when we went back, we tried chocolat financiers (chewy, nutty and bittersweet), pain aux cereales (deliciously covered in sesame seeds), a croissant, and yet another baguette monge.
I wish we’d come to Paris with friends so we’d have an excuse to buy even more there. But I guess I’ll have to wait until my next (and eighth) visit to Paris to sample more of the goodies at the boulangerie.
Kayser bakeries are all over Paris, but I’ve been eating at the 8 rue Monge location, which is closed on Tuesdays. +33 (0)1 44 07 01 42. Closest Metro: Cardinal Lemoine.