Poilâne - Paris' Most Famous Bread

8 rue du cherche-midi There isn't much that hasn't been written about Poilâne bread - I've heard of people moving to Paris so they could have their daily bread here. Tragedy struck Poilâne when the original owner, Lionel, died in a helicopter crash with his wife and dog. Now his daughter, Apollonia, who went to Harvard, runs the company and its growing worldwide operations.

It really is that good. A quarter of each large signature sphered loaf is enough for a week - the bread even gets better a couple of days after you buy it. It is absolutely perfect for grilled sandwiches and made with just four ingredients (sourdough, stoneground wheat flour, water & sea salt).

Now there are two Poilâne locations in London and it's only a matter of time before they decide to take over New York City. But my favorite memories of Paris will always include the original Poilâne in Saint-Germain-des-Prés on rue du Cherche-Midi, and picking up a small raisin roll with chewy raisins and a hard crust for breakfast. The apple tartlet is delicious too! 

 

Our Apartment in Paris

What will I do when I'm not within walking distance of Poilâne Bread here in Paris? How will I survive without daily visits to grab le petit pain aux raisins? It feels like MY neighborhood!

While we stayed in a (gorgeous) hotel for the first two nights, we also wanted that living-like-a-local experience that is so popular for travelers right now. Upon recommendation of my aunt, we used Paris Perfect and had the best experience start to finish. The location in the 6th arr. is fantastic - everything we've loved most in Paris is right outside our door. And we are a three-minute walk from two of my favorite cafes - La Palette and Cafe de Flore.

Our apartment is gorgeous. The owner works for Sotheby's and lives in London and I wish I had his taste (I beg my friends for design help). For cons, the bathroom is in a little alcove above the kitchen and you have to sit down when you take a shower but I suppose that's part of the charm of a 17th-century building (Yep. Hundreds of years old. Thankfully, the WiFi is fast).

It's all about location in Paris and we chose carefully. I am already sad to leave my "home!"

*This table quickly became covered with loads of our belongings, swept off the table for when we cooked at home. But it looks so pretty in this picture!*