Best baguette near Place des Vosges
I've enjoyed your insight and expertise & hoping you have some quick tips.
A couple of years ago, for a couple of months, I was fortunate enough to live practically on top of Rue Montorgueil near Les Halles. Great everyday food shopping. I will soon be staying near Place des Vosges for a month. Two questions:
1. Baguette: Eric Kayser was my default go-to baguette. In my (admittedly limited) experience, I considered it to be a solid top quality baguette for daily consumption. Could you recommend a boulangerie of comparable (or superior of course) quality near Place des Vosges? While I adore croissants, etc, I'm only in need of baguette info. Sure, I'll have time to explore for myself, but would appreciate the kick-start.
2. Butcher: Again, near Place des Vosges, a recommended boucherie to buy/order meat (such as lamb) and/or purchase sliced jambon for sandwiches, etc. Specific vendors at the Bastille market make welcome suggestions here as well.
Once I return, I'll offer up any foodie experiences worth sharing!
Every year the Mairie de Paris holds a competition to find the baker of the best baguette in Paris - the winner gets to supply the Elysée Palace for a year with their bread. This year's winner will be a bit of a schlepp for you from the Place des Vosges - Le Grenier à Pain d'Abesses in the 18eme - but could be fun to go over there and try it out.
A couple of years back the Fig also did their own lineup of great baguettes - http://www.lefigaro.fr/assets/pdf/cla...
Totally agree with you on baguettes vs croissants - a tartine wins hands-down any day for me over any viennoiserie
If you exit Place des Vosges toward the 1st Arrondisemont the first street with light is Rue Turennes. Turn right and follow for 3 blocks or so to the end. On your left at #133 is Genin with his goodies and on the right at #134 is a very unprepossessing boulangerie called Turquier that has great baguettes and other breads.