Parisians have always been obsessed with American food, which is obvious from the abundance of cupcakes, donuts, McDonald’s and stores that specialize in American goodies. But judging from the positive response given to the opening of The Smiths Bakery, they have not forgotten their neighbors across the pond either.
The Smiths offers an interesting mix of French and British/Anglophone treats. Like most boulangeries, they serve a variety of sweet and savory foods. If you stop by for lunch, check out their sandwiches which range from a Croque Monsieur to a hamburger. They even have bagels! They offer a lunch menu for under 10 euros with one of these sandwiches included.
But their desserts are really the star of the show. Embracing once again the two cultures, they serve a couple kinds of éclairs, croissants and other French treats, but also serve tea cakes in many different flavors and large scoops of apple crumble. The tartes were delicious, with my favorite being the lemon one, made with thick lemon custard and topped with a piece of meringue.
The Smiths also offers a small section of British food for sale. For the moment, the selection is limited, but they hope that it will expand.
And let’s not forget the ice cream! Situated outside the bakery is a cart which dishes up bowls and cones of Berthillon ice cream. Like all of the treats, you can get your ice cream to go or sit down at one of the tables set up outside or right inside next to the counter. The space is small so the tables go fast, especially on rainy or cold days when it isn’t possible to sit outside. If you are in the Latin Quarter, this quaint bakery is perfect for a quick bite to eat.The Smiths Bakery 12 rue de Buci Paris 6ème Metro: Mabillon or Odéon