Au Panetier


Will you yell at me if I say that I'm not going to Laduree for macarons? In the beginning of our trip we stumbled by chance into the most charming patisserie called Au Panetier and I just don't want to spoil it with the hype of Laduree. (I'm hype sensitive.)



There was a line to the door (always a good sign) and we were the only non Parisians in the line (an even better sign). We split a violet macaron, which was wonderful, but I have to admit I'd rather an old timey macaroon anyday. You know, a shredded coconut ball? All about them.








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The space hasn't been touched since 1890 and the walls were completely tiled with a patchwork of antique ceramic flowers. I think we spent the whole time drinking our cafe au laits in awe. Unexpected discoveries always beat out plans in the end.

25 comments:

  1. ...What a beautiful, beautiful place! I could sit in there for hours! :o)

    ...Yeah, give me the ol' time macaroons anyday. They can keep all that shi-shi-poo-poo stuff... ;o)

    ...Excellent photos & thanks for sharing! Have fun and be safe!

    ...Blessings too... :o)

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    1. I agree with a lot of what you're saying here but it could do with more detail. They stayed away in droves.

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  2. I am french and I need to go to this place!! You're so right to avoid hype places!!

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  3. I'm with you on the original macaroons! But I would be willing to try just about anything if it means I could trade places with ya!!! Can't wait to see more pictures!

    http://jaderbombs.blogspot.com/

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  4. Wow so beautiful! I didn't go to Laduree when I was last in Paris either, but I did stop at the Laduree within Harrods, in London -- not the same. Au Panetier seems like as good as it gets.

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  5. Ha ha, don't believe the hype! You lucky girls, what a gorgeous find, keep up the good work :)

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  6. So, I was looking at your fall pictures of Paris the other day and thought, 'Ohh man, I'd love to be there right now.' Turns out my trip to Montreal was for 3 hours, because my boyfriend surprised me with a connecting flight to Paris. Just got in and now I'm on a hunt for coffee.. any suggestions?

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  7. That's the best way to travel. Getting lost and doing what the locals do! that looks like a place I could spend endless hours. What a delight.

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  8. What a gorgeous establishment. Jealous!

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  9. Gah, I miss Paris. I wish my kitchen looked like that.

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  10. My roomate's best friend lives in Paris. Last time she visited, she bought macarons at Ladurée right before hopping on the plane, and we ate them right after she arrived. I had no idea about the hype, but they were AMAZING. The ones I tried here in Montreal cannot even compare. But Au Panetier seems really lovely!

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  11. Très beau! Le café, j'aime .. Parlez-vous français de tous les jours?

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  12. Your instincts about staying with your quiet, unhyped find are perfect. Seems you are doing well under the protection of a lucky travel star. Keep up the good work.

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  13. Oh my goodness. Death by gorgeousness, anyone?

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  14. Thank you sooooo much for posting these photos. Oh how I love and miss Paris. ;)

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  15. Wow it looks so beautiful there, I prefer the coconut macaroons as well, I take taste over looks. I so want to go to Paris again!

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  16. Yikes... it's hard to follow that prior post.

    Admittedly, I am superficial enough to prefer "Look to Taste" (It lasts longer).

    I will trade you all these tasty macaroons for the ceiling. I have an embarrasing urge to go, simply so i can sprawl out on a table and stare at the ceiling. We could place bets on how long it would be before they threw me out. Long enough to get some great photo's? I hope you got lots pictures of it, hopefully we can blow them up and can duplicate the look on my living room ceiling!

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  17. I would have gone with the citron flavored. Has Paris stolen the other "o" in macaroons?

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  18. What a good find! I love those places you find by chance, and I agree about the hype of Lauderee. Tiresome, my dear, tiresome!

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  19. I remember this place well...it is gorgeous iusn't it? and the food isn't bad either!xx

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  20. This place looks beyond beautiful. I will be on Paris in January, I make sure I will go!
    Love all your posts and pictures from your travels in Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam! Wonderful!
    Viele Gruesse, Kristina

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