26 rue du Marchix
The pictures of this bakery and its bread selection are the highlight of this post. We happened to be running from the rain and passed this store. I saw the "Bio" sign in the window, which I learned means "organic" in French. I pointed it out to Paul, and we ducked into the restaurant. The offerings were so good that in about 19 hours in the city, Paul visited the shop four times! The first was with my parents and me. The second was by himself when he split off while we were looking for a hat for my dad. That was also when we got caught in about 4 minutes worth of sleet! Then, after Paul got lost from us, he met up with his folks and went back again--all in about two hours. The last visit was for breakfast and a snack the next morning.
Paul was all over the little raisin bread loaves. The small chocolate loaves were comparable. However, the best thing we had at that bakery was the Pain au Chocolat Amande--a pastry with a small layer and almond cream in the center. Words cannot describe how incredible it was and how sad I was that it was the only one in the bakery. On the other hand, I knew it had to be good if it was the last one in the shop by 10 in the morning!
In dollars, we paid $1.58 for the chocolate almond pastry and $0.88 for the mini raisin loaves. That sounds like such a reasonable price for non-organic pastries--and even better with the low value of the dollar in comparison to the euro. Just like with our dinner at Cafe Ahna, this bakery could easily make a trip to Dinan worthwhile. Although I loved Paris more than the little towns, another trip to France must include at least an overnight visit in Dinan just for eating purposes.