If you would like to be in Paris for a cheap price and without being jet lagged, an easy way is to go to Maison Kayser. There are quite a few in the city, but, the best spot to avoid the crowd is their location in the flatiron. This is the kind of place where you are mesmerized by all the goodies they sell, from bread, cakes, sandwiches to viennoiseries.
There, the staff, dressed with striped shirts cordially serves patrons avid to try some of Eric Kayser specialty, made with an incredible craftsmanship.
We tried different things there. Of course, the bread and they have a nice bread basket for $5 that is worth it, although know that you do not know in advance what bread you are going to get and that if you have a nut allergy, you should tell them when ordering.
I loved the rustic way it was presented and was surprised by the packaging of the jam and honey. It was also served with some Président demi-sel (salted) butter that was delicious. In term of variety, they gave me a baguette, poppy seed and walnut bread.
We also tried their viennoiseries that are succulent, whether it was a pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant), or the brioches (they have few different choices, from plain to au sucre or pralines).
Of course, a good breakfast is not complete without a good espresso, and theirs is perfect, as well as an orange juice. I should mention that they serve their espresso, coffee or tea with a little financier that is delicious.
I really like this place and definitely recommend it for a nice breakfast à la Française.
Enjoy (I did)!
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