Bercy Café, Paris: A gastronomic feast from breakfast to lunch

Paired with the pure, unadulterated butter, the combination made we think I was simultaneously in heaven and hell.

Their special dessert consists of a cappaccino and four dessert samplers. I felt like a kid in a candy store. Did I ever tell you I had a sweet tooth?
Their special dessert consists of a cappaccino and four dessert samplers. I felt like a kid in a candy store. Did I ever tell you I had a sweet tooth?
Their special dessert consists of a cappaccino and four dessert samplers. I felt like a kid in a candy store. Did I ever tell you I had a sweet tooth?

Bercy Café was the perfect spot we both decided as we glanced over at the shop with the dark red awnings, now closed on a Sunday evening. We will meet up tomorrow morning before the meeting at the Ministry of Finance.

The next morning, I arrived a little early by train to the cafe. I wasn’t too surprised to see that Cyril had arrived about 15 minutes even early and had already finished his breakfast. He offers me the remains of his breakfast, a long mini baguette and a bit of butter and jam on the side. I skim the breakfast menu and decide to order my own. I didn’t make it all the way to Paris only to eat the remains of another’s breakfast now did I?

The breakfast special. A cappaccino, mini baguette, croissant and orange juice. The baguette comes with a generous slathering of butter.
The breakfast special. A cappaccino, mini baguette, croissant and orange juice. The baguette comes with a generous slathering of butter.

My breakfast special order came with a cappuccino, a small glass of orange juice, a croissant and a long mini baguette with the most generous slathering of butter. On the side was jam and additional butter in case one should desire more than what was provided on the baguette.

The croissant was light and buttery as expected in Paris. What was a surprise was the mini baguette which had a hard crust and a chewy, robust core. Paired with the pure, unadulterated butter, the combination made we think I was simultaneously in heaven and hell.

A quick look at Cyril and I asked if Parisians ate like this for breakfast everyday. Cyril shook his head and confirmed that this was indeed an indulgence. Thank goodness, otherwise I would be extremely envious that one could eat like this and still maintain a figure.

The buttery croissant and baguette.
The buttery croissant and baguette.
The outside of Bercy Cafe in Paris.
The outside of Bercy Cafe in Paris.
Inside the cafe. The seats are comfortable and the decor casual.
Inside the cafe. The seats are comfortable and the decor casual.

Cafe Bercy Paris glasses

Eating a hearty breakfast turned out to be a good decision (not that it was really a decision so much as my appetite for Parisian baked goods) as my subsequent meeting lasted a solid four hours.

By the time business concluded, it was conveniently lunch and it was suggested we go to Bercy Café again for lunch. With fond memories of breakfast still lingering, I decided lunch at the same place was an amiable option.

A salad which interestingly was covered with prosciutto, not a bad way to dress a salad. The surprisingly delicious part of this salad was the freshly toasted bread smeared with melted brie cheese. Yum!
A salad which interestingly was covered with prosciutto, not a bad way to dress a salad. The surprisingly delicious part of this salad was the freshly toasted bread smeared with melted brie cheese. Yum!

I started off with a salad and was impressed when it came with many interesting ingredients to discover. This was not your steakhouse chopped salad.

I was quite proud of myself for ordering a salad for lunch. Of course, then I made the mistake of perusing the dessert menu and couldn't pass on this sinful sampler.
I was quite proud of myself for ordering a salad for lunch. Of course, then I made the mistake of perusing the dessert menu and couldn't pass on this sinful sampler.

Dessert, I must confess is not something I usually have for lunch. However, after seeing a sinful sampler of 4 mini dessert I just couldn’t resist. I had to try it. All of them were delightful. It was like having sushi only far more decadent.

Bercy Cafe in Paris. Mais Oui!
Bercy Cafe in Paris. Mais Oui!
View to the outside.
View to the outside.

Yes, it was a gastronomic feast…an orgy for my sweet tooth.

Bercy Café
118 Rue de Bercy 75012 Paris
Tel: 01 43 43 44 20

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