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Mar 16, 2010 06:57 PM

best boulangerie and other savory tips in the Ile St. Louis or nearby?

I'm staying in the Ile St. Louis for five nights at the end of the month. Wondering if chowhounds could steer me in the right direction? Looking for a flaky croissants and great baguettes. Also, looking for somewhere nearby to pick up picnic fare. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. That's easy. The bakery on rue des Deux Ponts is excellent -- especially for viennese pastry. Great picnic material, cheese and meat, is found in the rue Saint Louis en l'Ile, that has two or three cheese shops and as many butchers. Otherwise, cross the river southbound and you'll find many wonders around Maubert Mutualité, starting with cheese from Dubois, bread from Kayser, and ham and duck products from Oteiza. But really, you're fine and you can't go very wrong on the island in terms of food shopping.

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    1. re: souphie

      And there's Calixte, 64 rue St Louis en l'[ile. My favorite treat there is their Tarte Provençale. It looks like a pizza, but it has a crispy pâte feuilletée (puff pastry) crust, with provençal seasonings and tomatoes and zucchini. Get there around noon when it's still warm from the oven.

      The owner said he does not prebake the crust, but I cannot figure how he keeps it so crisp. I've tried to do it myself without success unless I prebake.

    2. There is a wonderful market at Maubert Mutualité on Tues., Thurs., and Sat. mornings, and Kayser's pain aux céréales is a real treat. There is also a fishmonger who will shuck your oysters for you while you finish your other shopping.

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      1. re: alohatoall

        Thank you all so much. I can't wait to get started on your suggestions!

      2. I'm a bit surprised no one has mentioned Berthillion for ice cream. The real one is at 31, rue SLel'I.

        I'm also surprised no one has mentioned Mon Vieil Ami; perhaps because we've all had mixed luck here and it's reputation for 'English spoken."

        John Talbott

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        1. re: John Talbott

          Maybe 'cause the OP mentioned flaky croissants, baguettes and picnic material?