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Jul 27, 2010 12:05 PM

Paris - Bakeries and pâtisseries in august ?

Ok, I know there's already a lot of threads about restaurants that are closed or not in Paris in August... but what about bakeries, pâtisseries and chocolateries ?

I will be there all month (not a good idea I know, but it's for work) and was wondering if some of them will be open. I know Patrick Roger is open all month in St-Germain and Jean-Paul Hévin is too at Lafayette... but other than that... I haven't found any more informations.

I'm particularly looking for places like Bazin, Arnaud Delmontel, Gregory Renard, Jacques Génin, Michel Chaudun, Pierre Hermé, Jean-Charles Rochoux, Hugo&Victor... or any good place I don't know of...

Thanks !

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  1. As a general rule you find that each area will have one or two shops that "on duty" in August. So instead of popping around the corner to your local bakery for your daily bread you may need to walk a couple of blocks. Conveniently, they will often have a notice on the door saying they are closed until a certain date with details of the nearest alternative that is open. This applies to all artisan shops including butchers, cheese shops etc.

    Which ones on your list will be open? Possible a good proportion as they are destinations, but I suspect you will only find out by trial and error as the default for many places is a long summer break, thus exceptions (those open) are publicised more than those who are following tradition and are on holiday.

    1. Pichard is open in August, and that's great.
      I wonder if Herme ever closes, but I don't go that often. Don't know if Génin is closed either, but I sure hope he isn't...
      Hugo&Victor, I would just skip, but that's easy to say as I've already been (and thought that, paradoxically, the novelty there is boring).

      1. I was quite successful in emailing the patisseries that I want to visit on our next trip -- from August 28 to September 4 -- to ask about their vacation schedules. From your list, I believe that Delmontel in the 18th should be open and Pierre Herme will be closed most of August.

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          1. re: Glaff

            Pain du Sucre re-opens on the 29th of August. Gerard Mulot re-opens on the 26th of August. Des Gateaux et du Pain also re-opens on the 26th of August. Two years ago when I was in Paris during the middle of August, Ble Sucre (where I had the best tart tatin ever) was open. Delmontel in the 18th (not 9th, though) was open for great baguettes. Many of the Kayser boulangeries were open as well.

            1. re: Nancy S.

              Oh thanks, I forgot about Blé Sucré !

          2. re: Nancy S.

            I think Pierre Herme's website suggests they'll reopen Aug. 18.

            1. re: Doh

              Yes, I agree, it looks that way, which is good news.

              1. re: Doh

                Yes I saw the message... they're closed for delivery but I was still wondering if at least one of the shop would be open... maybe the one at Lafayette (does anything ever close there ?)

                1. re: Glaff

                  The Pierre Hermé desk at Lafayette is open, but they only have chocolates and macarons.

            2. Delmontel rue des Martyrs is reopening August 19.
              Seurre is open all August, Halleluja there is a god.

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              1. For anyone interested, I was at Jacques Génin yesterday and they will be closed for 1 week only, from August 8 to August 17.

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                1. re: Glaff

                  If you thought this week was quiet in Paris, wait for next week... You will hear your steps on the sidewalk and park forward.

                    1. re: Parigi

                      Actually I didn't think it was quiet at all... I thought it was going to be worst... almost everything around my workplace and my arrondissement is open and seems to be all month. Some places were closed this week and are reopening next week...

                      I've had Jacques Génin & Sadaharu Aoki pastries, Jean-Paul Hévin chocolates and breads and croissants from like 6-7 different bakeries surrounding my appartement... That's not really what I would call a dead city...

                      1. re: Glaff

                        If you're a pastry lover, DO NOT visit Paris in August.

                        I wish I had seen this thread a few weeks ago. I read some comments on a travel website that said the annual month-long closings in Paris are a thing of the past. WRONG!
                        I had an airline ticket left over from last year that I had to use now before it expired, so I am here in Paris.

                        I can confirm that the following places are all closed:

                        Pierre Hermé (except the desk at Lafayette)
                        Gérard Mulot
                        Hugo & Victor
                        La Pâtisserie des Rêves (Philippe Conticini) r. du Bac
                        Le Blé Sucré

                        Fortunately, these places are open:

                        at Galeries Lafayette:
                        - Dalloyau (and at least one of their other shops is also open)
                        - Sadaharu Aoki
                        - Kayser
                        - Pierre Hermé (in the other building from the above three, and only for chocolates and macarons)

                        Pâtisserie Rousseau et Seurre
                        Jacques Génin - but they have mostly chocolates

                        1. re: racer x

                          Well like I said it's really not that bad.. I've been here for a week now... and I'm here until the end of august.

                          - Pierre Hermé only has it's 2 pâtisseries closed, the 3 other shops are open. They others are reopening august 25, which is fine with me... I don't need to go every week...
                          - Hugo&Victor reopens on august 17.
                          - Jacques Génin, like I said is closed only 1 week... and they have awesome pastries even if it's more a chocolaterie.
                          - Marcolini has 1 boutique open all month.
                          - Du pain et des idées are reopening august 20.

                          If the place you were planning to visit is closed, just try and discover new ones.

                          1. re: Glaff

                            Found another excellent bakery open in August: Landemaine.
                            It is on rue des Martyrs, between Delmontel and Seurre, and is absolutely comparable to the 2 in quality.
                            In fact in terms of bread, its flûte aux céréales is my fave. I prefer it to Delmontel's Renaissance or the ficelle from Grenier à Pain up on rue des Abbesses.
                            Its moelleux au chocolat is nearly Seurre's level.

                              1. re: racer x

                                See previous reply: "Delmontel rue des Martyrs is reopening August 19."

                                1. re: Parigi

                                  Thanks for replying so quickly, but their website lists a third location - in the 17th. I was wondering whether maybe that one might be open, although I realize it's unlikely.

                                  1. re: racer x

                                    Yes, it turns out that Delmontel in the 17th, about a 5-minute walk from Métro Malesherbes or Villiers, is open now.

                              2. re: Parigi

                                Just wanted to say that landemaine makes my favorite bread in the whole world! I never bothered to find out the name of the place until I forgot today was a Monday and I tried to buy bread, silly me. The owners are Japanese, I met one of them while crossing the street breadless, and he told me that they will only close for 3days in august. I don't remember the dates's toward the end of the month

                                1. re: Parigi

                                  Btw landemaine has 3 locations one on clichy, and the other around the corner from metro voltaire

                                2. re: Glaff

                                  Re Pierre Hermé - yes, the shop on Cambon is open and you can also get their goods at 133 Champs-Elysées.

                                  But I am dying for one of their vanilla tarts and none of the Hermé shops that are open have them! I don't want any of their ice cream, chocolates, or macarons!

                                3. re: racer x

                                  Angelina on Rivoli across from Tuileries is open now.

                                  1. re: racer x

                                    There is a new Sadaharu Aoki boutique in the 15th. It's been open just a week. It's a few steps away from the Ségur métro (line10). The address is 25, rue Pérignon.

                                    1. re: tortoiseshell

                                      I just stumbled across it on saturday afternoon, not knowing that it was even there. It was really quiet. The SA talked to me in Japanese the entire time (because asian+purple/turquoise hair=japanese), and the DH had to translate (he's Franco-moroccan but speaks some Japanese). Anyway I tried the saya (the dome shaped one pastry with pistachio and strawberry) it was very good but didn't blow me away, I haven't been to any other Aoki boutiques, so I don't know if the selection is more or less.

                                      1. re: kerosundae

                                        I tried the Mille Feuille au Thé Vert. To. Die. For. =)

                                        1. re: kerosundae

                                          I love those strawberry-pistachio domes. After I tried the first one, I went back and got two more.