Picnic days maybe long gone, left behind with the summer sun but I couldn’t quite let go of summer without squeezing in one last picnic. There’s been many picnics this summer, one dedicated to cheese and wine, one dedicated to the countryside but looking back none dedicated to my all time favourite meal, (cue the drumroll)…yes breakfast!
I’m crazy about breakfast. No rushed cup of coffee and cereal on the run for me. We’re talking proper breakfast feasts! My day won’t ever feel right if I don’t take time for a good breakfast. I often find myself dreaming of my breakfast in bed the night before and I only have to take a quick look at Marta’s recipes for inspiration to get me dreaming of my next morning’s breakfast indulgences. Bizarre, I know.
So combining my love affair with petit déjenuner and dining alfresco, I wanted to put together a breakfast picnic inspired by these beautiful Indian summer days. And what better way to celebrate a favourite morning ritual than with fresh juices, crispy golden croissants, exotic fruits, aromatic coffee and fromage blanc with bulgare spices!
So in this spirit, I thought I would take you on a little tour of my favourite breakfast addresses in my neighbourhood and share my indian summer inspired picnic essentials with you…
1. Fruits and flowers // Rue Cler, 75007.
First stop is Rue Cler! No breakfast run around is complete for me without a visit to Rue Cler to pick up fresh flowers and exotic fruits. A good friend once introduced me to dragon fruit on a trip to Singapore and I’ve been dying to try one ever since. The fruit shops on Rue Cler stock amazing mangoes, papaya and occasionally dragon fruit. I love the flavour of dragon fruit, like a delicate kiwi and of course the colours are amazing. Sunflowers always put a smile on my face and brighten up my black bike basket. I often like to stop at Café du Marché to soak up the unique atmosphere and people watch.
2. Croissants fit for a king // Gateaux Thoumieux, 58 rue Saint Dominique, 75007
Continuing on down to Rue Saint Dominique for a croissant pick up at Gateau Thoumieux! I am totally obsessed with the croissants and sweet offerings by Jean Francois Piege. I often just pop in to have a look as this place. It makes me feel so good and I want to buy and eat everything here. It’s hard to beat these golden flaky buttery feasts and they are my all-time favourite breakfast treat. (Unfortunately it was a little busy to take photos but I really want to do a post on this spot soon)
3. Spice it up with Épices Roellinger, 51 bis Rue Sainte Anne, 75001
It wouldn’t be an Indian summer breakfast without adding a little spice! Poudre des Bulgares is a recent discovery from a trip to Chateau Richeux. The Bulgar spice is created especially to perfume yoghurt and it smells heavenly. Sprinkle it over fromage blanc or greek yoghurt for a really special experience. I’ve been running over to the boutique in the first to stock up on this little gem ever since. It’s also the perfect accompaniment to the dragon fruit!
4. But first coffee! // Coutume Café, Rue de Babylone, 75007.
From Gateaux Thoumieux, jump on the bike and head towards Rue de Babylone! Parking the bikes inside the gates of the little Jardin Catherine Labouré and find your perfect little spot. Normally I would just pick up take-away coffee from our friends at Coutume Café (best coffee in the world) but as it’s late August our friends are still on the beach! So we take to making our own, which tastes even better in the open air. Whilst Parisians look on in utter bemusement. We look back with “yeah we’re crazy!”.
5. It’s so bucolic in the city // Jardin Catherine Labouré, Rue de Babylone, 75007
This little park on Rue de Babylone is one of my favourites. It’s situated well off the road and away from the traffic, so it’s peaceful. There’s a lovely local feel and wonderful atmosphere and plenty of shaded places. In August you can have the place to yourself. Like your own private garden, it’s so bucolic – almost hard to imagine that we are sitting in the centre of Paris…soaking up the last of these summer days!