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July 27, 2010 / amyjmcintosh

French pastries

I went to Paris on the weekend. Not the Paris you’re thinking of, mind you. It turns out, there’s a little piece of Paris on Bondi Road that sells some of the best pastries imaginable. My Francophile friend told me about it. And if she likes it, you know it must be good.

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As I found myself standing at its counter on Saturday morning ogling at some very fine-looking pastries, I wondered if I’d been teleported to Paris. Even the staff are French at this hole-in-the-wall establishment that’s been around for around 35 years.

The only problem with this place is everything looks so damn good. I was torn between the almond croissant, chocolate croissant and cinnamon brioche. So, having just run a painstaking 7kms, I felt justified in buying all three. Next time, I intend to buy a chocolate eclairs, vanilla slice (millefeuille), chocolate tart, fruit flans, apple turnover, but I might have to run a marathon first.

Coeliacs will relish in the “Le Russe” – gluten-free cake with layers hazelnuts crème and praline. For the savoury tooths among us, there’s quiches and pies galore. I bought a spinach and mushroom quiche here for Mother’s Day which went down a treat. I hear the burgundy pies and chicken pies are pretty special as well.

Paris does cakes to order, so keep it in mind if you have a party coming up. You could order a croquembouche and impress all your guests!

Owner and chef, James Travouillon hails from the Loire Valley in France, where the profession of pastry chef spans three generations of his family.

Paris Cake Shop
Open Tues-Fri 7.30am-6pm; Sat 7am-5.30pm; Sun 8am-1pm
91 Bondi Rd, Bondi
Ph (02) 9387 2496
Or follow them on Twitter: @pariscakeshop


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  1. Francophile :-) / Jul 27 2010 12:34 pm

    Best time to go is first thing on a sat morning when the croissants are still warm from the oven. yum.

  2. The Kitchenette / Jul 29 2010 4:21 am

    I kind of love your blog. Like, a lot. I’m adding you to my google reader so I can read about you buying 3 pastries at a time, because then I don’t feel so bad when I eat an entire container of hummus for dinner.

    We are SO NORMAL!

    • amyjmcintosh / Jul 29 2010 4:33 am

      Oooooooh, thanks Ms Kitchenette! I love that you love my blog! Here’s to stuffing our faces with pastries! Ha ha ha. 🙂

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