On my last day in the city, my friend and I just wanted to meet quickly for a coffee and a pastry yet perhaps surprisingly for Paris, it was actually very difficult to find a not too overpriced patisserie or bakery for us to sit at.
Luckily, a search on my BFF Google delivered The Smiths Bakery. Right near Odéon and Palais des Beaux Arts, it is in another great area in France with so much going on.
Right near lots of other cafes and more gorgeous architecture, I thought the location was sensational– busy yet interesting and not crowded.
Walking in, I realised that this was a modern take on a stereotypical French bakery. It did not just offer your standard croissants and eclairs, but also extremely large palmiers, cookies, and, most importantly, cronuts. We each ordered a cronut and my friend also ordered a quiche, which we took outside to eat.
It was all very aesthetically pleasing and reminded me of some instagram accounts which I love!
The cronut itself was wonderful. It was not too heavy or filling and still tasted like a pastry, without being dry at all. The coffee was no Missing Bean (a post will be made about this at some point) but it did well! And my friend very much enjoyed her quiche, which I tried and can say is definitely worth having if you want something savoury from there.
Overall, The Smiths is definitely worth a visit for a slightly different take on a Parisian bakery.