This friendly bagel shop offers fresh, good value food to go near Canal Saint-Martin.
Despite being tucked down the quiet Rue Louis Blanc, a regular stream of customers come and go from this bagel shop in the 10th arrondissement. The smiley team inside is led by founder Olivier Ottavi, a talkative, bearded chap who makes you feel at home in the cosy, log cabin-style space.
The bagels themselves – alluringly stacked up in wooden baskets – strike a decent balance between crisp and chewy. They come in all different types (onion, sesame, poppyseed) and if you’re feeling hungry you can opt for a XL size for €1 extra. Fillings use fresh produce from the Marché International de Rungis, and all recipes are simple yet creative. Particularly moreish is the black olive and tuna, with rocket, avocado and sundried tomatoes, but also tempting are the country ham, goats cheese and honey, and the pastrami, cream cheese and avocado. Each comes with a small pot of coleslaw or freshly grated carrot in olive oil (very refreshing).
Bagels alone cost around €6, while a menu at €7.20 covers a bagel and a drink, and for €9, you can get a dessert too. Desserts range from lemon tart and blueberry muffins to apple compote and – best of all – huge pots of fromage blanc with crème de marron. There’s a small space to eat in at high tables (seating four), but most people take away.
Rue Louis Blanc
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 10.30am-3.30pm|
|Transport:||Metro: Louis Blanc|