LE BOULANGER DE L'HÔTEL DE VILLE
This little bakery and sit down cafe is tucked away in a little street behind the beautiful hôtel de ville (hence the provenance of the name). As you walk in you instantly feel a sense of being in a nostalgic and rustic tea room. You'll also notice the brown wooden displays of biscuits, escargots and pastries in an array of colours and warm, inviting staff who enjoy sharing their tidbits on what all the sweets and pastries entail.
The concept of the shop arose from Philippe-Marc Jocteur, a baker who started his boulangerie adventure in Lyon near the charming Île Barbe. In a city with one of the highest concentrations of restaurants per capita in the country, Lyon is often coined as France’s gastronomic capital. Exciting food finds, special events and the general beauty of the city all play a huge role in what makes this region a popular choice for both tourists and French locals alike.
As Jocteur’s knowledge and passion for his trade in the vibrant city continued, the locals began to notice and soon after, Jocteur was providing bread to great Lyonnais chef, Paul Bocuse. Jocteur decided he didn’t want to limit his passion and energy there and planned to share the joys of his baking to a collection of cities around France - Bordeaux included.
The non-pretentiousness of the boulangerie is instantly recogniseable, with customers taking their time to peruse the delicacies on display. They then take their chosen sweet treat to a small table to enjoy with a cup of coffee doing what many French people love to do - savour that leisurely time to sit back in good company and watch the world go by.
The pistachio eclair, raspberry tart and anything on display at the front of the shop were some favourites and with the central yet quieter location of this cafe, it’s a great way to take a break from the general busy city atmosphere while simultaneously enjoying something delicious and unique.
Le Boulanger de L'hôtel de Ville
76, Rue des 3 Conils, Bordeaux