Le Pain et La Pâtisserie – Jean-François Fayolle.

I have often written about how much I enjoy my trips up to Megève in the French Alps and Le Pain et La Pâtisserie is one of the many reasons why. There are many fine bakeries in this picturesque mountain getaway but this is the one I find myself returning to day after day on my stays there – usually to the detriment of my waistline. In fact, it was my mother-in-law who first introduced me to this little gem, as she’s been a faithful customer for quite some years.

The staff is always friendly and welcoming, and if you can’t wait until you get home to sample your purchases there’s a handy bench outside so you can happily munch away while looking at the marvellous mountains in the distance.

This purveyor of pastries is handily located in the centre of town and has a wonderful array of sweet and savoury treats to tempt even the most diet conscious among you. Sadly, they seem to have stopped their range of savoury macarons…mmm blue cheese.

bakery

Personally, I can’t go past their pain du jour  – I’m yet to taste one I didn’t like – white chocolate, pineapple and raspberry anyone? Even better it’s open every day of the year meaning that you’re never denied the chance to experience the yumminess, no matter whenever you choose to visit throughout the year.

Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner or any other time you feel like spoiling yourself really – nothing better than champagne and macarons for afternoon tea after a hard day of swanning about the Alps. Of course, one can buy plain baguettes too but it does seem a bit of a waste to not at least try some of their other enticing wares – chocolate, nougat, gingerbread…oh I could go on and on.

macarons

Thank goodness one can always, hike, ski, swim and ice-skate in an effort to burn off all the delicious excess. That being said, I always seem to come back from the mountains slightly heavier than when I arrived…must be the heavy mountain air.

For my part, I heartily recommend popping in for a bite if you happen to find yourself in the neighbourhood.

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