Pain de Sucre is an old favorite - half of my "winter mashup" experiment. Two store fronts away from their original, they've opened a shiny, sleek new shop. They're selling the usual excellent pastries and marshmallows, but unlike the old shop you can sit outside and eat your treat immediately.
I like the red bench - it folds out from the wall on hinges. I took a seat and turned myself into a human advertisement. Everyone slowed and watched me hack away at my tart. Invariably they'd go into the store as a result.
The interior glows like a giant bulb, with its blinding lacquered white walls. Not my cup of tea design-wise, I prefer the original.
Luckily, they're still cranking out beautiful works of art. I tried a Champcella - lemon cream on top of caramelized apples and sprinkled with some kind of rosemary finish. A surprising combo that works well. Not overly sweet.
Another thing that remains the same are the colorful marshmallows in the window.
14 rue Rambuteau