English Speaking Spots in Paris, Part 2: Broken Biscuits

This post is the second installment of my "English Speaking Spots in Paris" series.

Broken Biscuits

I found Broken Biscuits one fateful day after visiting the Pere Lachaise cemetery.  The storefront is tiny and there is only space for 2 or 3 people to sit inside, so I almost passed it by. The shop is located in a passage with few or no cars, so there are usually two tables outside in the road where you can enjoy your delicious pastry and coffee.  Sitting at a tiny blue table with a cup of something warm and a lovely bite to eat in a cobbled alley with a view of a florist shop is altogether Parisian.  At least, the Paris that people from the New World dream about.

Cafe Creme and Cheesecake

The pastry case at this place is impressive.  In it you will find classic French offerings, re-done favorites, and even British inspired treats.  At the counter, a pile of golden madeleines will entice you while the friendly staff makes your coffee.

It is obvious that a huge amount of care goes into the food and drinks produced in Broken Biscuits.  So, treat yourself to a delicious and gorgeous experience there as soon as possible.


Eats range from 2-15

Drinks from 4-6

10 Passage Rochebrune, 75011 Paris

Metro: Rue St. Maur, Pere Lachaise

Monday/Tuesday: Closed



English Speaking Spots in Paris, Part 1: Boneshaker

I know it can be anxiety inducing to visit a country where they don't speak your language.  Of course, in Paris most people have some level of English and you should really try to speak in French when you visit, but it can be sort of fun to visit a cute cafe where you hear the proprietors speaking multiple languages behind the counter.  

For your convenience, I've compiled a list of my favorite French/English speaking spots in Paris. This is the first installment.


This is a doughnut shop.  In the light of this fact, perhaps you can understand why it is the subject of my first "English Speaking Spots in Paris" series.  Doughnuts are one of my absolute favorite foods.  This is pretty much the only place I've been able to find in Paris with real doughnuts.

Boneshaker is a tiny gem in the heart of a fun neighborhood in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris.  The storefront features a display of doughnuts, bicycle decor, and the window seats have a view of the lingerie shop across the street.  The kitchen upstairs is the birthplace of irresistible doughnuts, brownies, and more.

Boneshaker Paris
The Interior

Salted Butter Caramel

Chocolate Cardamom
Peanut Butter Banana, Cherry Pie, S'Mores, Beer Glazed
"Martha Washington" aka Cherry Pie

House Made Lemonade
Organic Teas
As you will be able to tell from the photos you just scrolled through, I have enjoyed Boneshaker's doughnuts on multiple occasions.  There is often a new seasonal flavor to try which makes frequent visits necessary for an addict like me.  

Try any flavor of doughnut; you won't be disappointed.  Rumor has it that Saturday is cinnamon roll day, so it can't hurt to head over then.

Thank you for making Paris an even happier place, Boneshaker!


Eats range from 4-5

Drinks from 3-5

77 Rue d'Aboukir, 75002 Paris

Metro: Sentier, 

RER: Chatelet/Les Halles


Phone: +33 01 45 08 84 02




Fou de Patisserie

It seems like Fou de Patisserie is the hot spot nowadays if you're a voyager in Paris in search of a sweet treat.  The concept is simple: gather one or two of the best pastries from Paris' top patisseries and sell them in one store at one price point.  One stop pastry shop.  

Head over to the shop on the famed Rue de Montorgeuil and if you're lucky enough to snag a table out front, do so for the people watching on this pedestrian street.  If not, the nearest park isn't far.  And if you can stand the wait, walk over to the Seine before you take a bite.  

The good people at Fou de Patisserie will patiently wait while you make a decision and box up your pastries of choice rather masterfully.  The offerings change fairly frequently, so it's worth ducking in every now and again if you get the chance.  

The storefront is small, but just the right size for 3 or 4 patrons to browse.  They even have a selection of gourmet ice creams in the freezer case outside the door.  

This strawberry beauty from Un Dimanche a Paris consists of a crunchy cookie base, strawberry pate de fruit and a light cream.  It's finished with fraises de bois and was a delightful combination.  To the right you see Karamel's lemon tart.  It's a deep shell filled with lemon curd, caramel and hazelnuts.  Refreshing and rich all at once.  And check out that pillowy meringue.

On a beautiful day in Paris with visitors from Washington, D.C., I got to try these four lovely compositions.  A raspberry and vanilla pastry from Angelina, Cyril Lignac's gray beauty, L'Equinoxe, a "club sandwich" strawberry cake from Hugo&Victor, and Un Dimanche a Paris' milk chocolate, hazelnut, and caramel bar.

A long case shows off the pastries while pristine refrigerators keep the ones meant for eating fresh.  

The Phil'gout.  Get it?

Lime Tart

Pistachio Blueberry Choux

 Many thanks to Fou de Patisserie for your existence and helping regular people discover the most wonderful and delicious parts of Paris.

If you've ever visited, I'd love to hear about what you tried in the comments!

Foud de Patisserie

45 Rue Montorgeuil

Metro: Chatelet/Sentier

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