Cafe St. Régis

Catching up with my Paris bestie at our favorite cafe on Il St. Louis. This is the cafe where we had spent countless summer evenings sipping rosés and people watching the summer that I lived in Paris.  

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Given the chilly weather, we opted for an inside table on this particular visit.  The dim lighting and old-school bistro decor further evoked my feeling of nostalgia. 

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Verdict:  This cafe will always have a special place in my heart.  

Hours: Everyday 630am - 2:00am

Cafe St. Regis
6 Rue Jean du Bellay 75004
http://www.cafesaintregisparis.com

Un Dimanche á Paris

This little upscale cafe is hidden in an alleyway in the Saint Germain neighborhood. 

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Aside from its beautiful patisseries, it is known for its Hot Chocolate. 

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Verdict: While the patisseries and hot chocolate didn't really wow me, it is a very pleasant atmosphere for a leisurely afternoon tea. 

Un Dimanche á Paris
4 Cours du Commerce Saint-André, 75006 Paris
http://www.un-dimanche-a-paris.com

Breizh Café

This is my favorite crêperie in Paris. Its location is perfect for resting your feet after hours of shopping in the Marais. The restaurant offers continuous all-day service, which is pretty hard to come by in Paris.  It's also open on Sundays! 

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I enjoy their savory crepes more than their sweet ones. 

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Breizh Café
1109 Rue Vielle du Temple (3e)
http://www.breizhcafe.com/fr-breizh-cafe-paris.html

Hours: W-Sun 12pm - 10pm, Closed Monday & Tuesday
Verdict: AA

La Pâtisserie des Rêves

One of my favorite patisseries in Paris! There are multiple locations in the city. All of them have the same clean, modern decor.

I typically visit the St. Germain location on Rue du Bac, but on this particular occasion, we frequented the one in the 16th arrondissement, which has an attached tea salon. We stopped in after our visit to the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine (The Architecture Meseum by the Tracadéro, across the river from the Eiffel Tower).  It is no coincidence that this cafe is only a 10 minute walk from the museum.  When in Paris, I actively plan my outings around food stops :p  

Everything in this patisserie looks divine! I love how the futuristic clear glass dome covers make the desserts look like pieces of art...which they kinda are. 

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I was super excited when I saw that the Mont Blanc is back on the menu.  I have been meaning to try the Mont Blanc from this patisserie since last summer!  The Mont Blanc wasn't available then because the chestnuts were not in season. The fact that La Pâtisserie des Rêves only use fresh ingredients already puts them head and shoulders above Angelina and Bread & Roses, where I had no trouble getting the Mont Blanc in the summer.  

Not surprising, the Mont Blanc here is incredible. I like its chestnut to cream ratio; heavier on the chestnut paste with only a little bit of cream in the center.   

Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc

My friend decided on the éclair, which is a chocolate éclair wrapped in a hard chocolate shell. 

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La Pâtisserie des Rêves (multiple locations)
111 Rue de Longchamp (16e) 
93 Rue du Bac (7e)
http://www.lapatisseriedesreves.com

Hours: T - F 10am - 7pm; Sat & Sun 9am - 7pm (16e location)
Hours: T - S 9am - 8pm; Sun 9am - 6pm (7e location)