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Paris - Bakeries and pâtisseries in august ?

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Glaff Jul 27, 2010 12:05 PM

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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    hong_kong_foodie Aug 22, 2010 10:41 PM

    Just walked by Gregory Renard on St Rue Dominique and can confirm they are re-opening August 25, according to the sign in the front. However, I also peered inside the store and saw many boxes of macarons sitting on the counter by the cash register. Did they just forget to toss these macarons, which I imagine are very old by now, or do they plan on selling them when they re-open, which would make me very concerned?

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      souphie Aug 25, 2010 02:37 AM

      Most likely, they're still in business with hotels and restaurants, but the shop is not open to the public. They also have quite a few plastic macarons, you know, like those sushi in the window of some restaurants.

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      Glaff Aug 7, 2010 10:45 AM

      Went to Bazin today... they're open all month... there vacations were in July. They make one of the best Paris Brest in the city and the best baguette I've ever tasted here (and the best according to Figaro too). Viennoiseries are not good though...

      Carette is also open at Place des Vosges. I have yet to taste there pastries but macarons were great.

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        Glaff Aug 5, 2010 10:25 PM

        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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          souphie Aug 6, 2010 01:53 PM

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

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            Parigi Aug 6, 2010 02:23 PM

            Paris at its most sumptuous.

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              Glaff Aug 6, 2010 02:32 PM

              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...

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                racer x Aug 6, 2010 04:01 PM

                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
                Ladurée
                Fauchon
                Jacques Génin - but they have mostly chocolates

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                  Glaff Aug 7, 2010 12:49 AM

                  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.

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                    Parigi Aug 7, 2010 04:47 AM

                    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.

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                      racer x Aug 7, 2010 07:40 AM

                      Is Delmontel open now?

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                        Parigi Aug 7, 2010 07:57 AM

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

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                          racer x Aug 7, 2010 11:30 AM

                          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.

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                            racer x Aug 9, 2010 08:58 AM

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

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                        kerosundae Aug 9, 2010 02:28 PM

                        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 tho...it's toward the end of the month

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                          kerosundae Aug 9, 2010 02:30 PM

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

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                          racer x Aug 7, 2010 07:44 AM

                          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!

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                          racer x Aug 7, 2010 07:46 AM

                          Angelina on Rivoli across from Tuileries is open now.

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                            tortoiseshell Aug 20, 2010 08:40 AM

                            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.

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                              kerosundae Aug 23, 2010 12:01 PM

                              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.

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                                tortoiseshell Aug 23, 2010 01:22 PM

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

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                                  racer x Aug 23, 2010 06:47 PM

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

                                   
                    2. Parigi Aug 3, 2010 11:16 AM

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

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                        souphie Aug 3, 2010 11:22 AM

                        Halleluja indeed.

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                        Nancy S. Jul 27, 2010 12:59 PM

                        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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                          Glaff Jul 27, 2010 02:57 PM

                          Could you share your list ? :)

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                            Nancy S. Jul 27, 2010 04:46 PM

                            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.

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                              Glaff Jul 27, 2010 05:03 PM

                              Oh thanks, I forgot about Blé Sucré !

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                            Doh Jul 27, 2010 06:44 PM

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

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                              Nancy S. Jul 27, 2010 07:03 PM

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

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                                Glaff Jul 28, 2010 05:15 AM

                                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 ?)

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                                  racer x Aug 5, 2010 01:03 PM

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

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                              olivierb Jul 27, 2010 12:45 PM

                              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. PhilD Jul 27, 2010 12:42 PM

                                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.

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