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Mar 6, 2007 08:48 AM

starting the day in paris...where are the best pastries and coffee?

I am looking for the perfect places to start my day in Paris in these neighborhoods. Any suggestions as to where we can get a great croissant/morning pastry with coffee would be much appreciated!

- near the Louvre Museum
- near St.Chapelle / Notre-Dame
- Montmarte
- Jewish Quarter
- Champs-Elysees

Ps: seating is always nice, but I recognize that some of the best places don't have seats...

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  1. my personal favorites are at the Cafe Mouffetard on the rue Mouffetard in the 5th. Metro, Monge. They make their brioche and croissant and pain complet there, and the brioche are the best I've ever encountered. Like eating silk....

    1. We just recently returned from a wonderful and all-too-brief weekend in Paris - where we enjoyed lovely fresh-baked pastries and brioches at Maison Kayser on Rue Monge. There's the actual bakery with its amazing baguettes and breads, and a couple of doors down a little cafe and takeaway - with pastries, croissants, cakes, quiches and sandwiches. If you go when the cafe opens (around 8.30 or 9 a.m.; the bakery opens earlier) you should be able to snag one of the seats at the counter. Highly recommended!

      1. There's a small pastry shop right next to the Louvre. Unfortunately I can't remember the name...though I know it was featured in Sex and the City once. It's really beautiful and the pastries are like little jewels.

        1. Cador is a nice, quite upscale (thus not cheap) salon de thé next to the Louvre.
          2, Rue de l'Amiral de Coligny, 1st arr.

          For an apéritif or even lunch after the Louvre, Le Fumoir on the same street is a pretty good hangout place.
 Opens only at 11 AM though.

          1. Near the Louvre....Angelina's on Rue De hot chocolate the in the world.