Last weekend, we finally made it to Rose Bakery after a previously failed attempt to get in. This quaint little organic bakery is British-owned and currently exists in two locations in Paris: the Marais (3eme) and near Montmartre (9eme). The 1st attempt to visit was on a chilly Sunday in the Marais when we just couldn’t stand to wait outside, the 2nd time was at their other location and I think we lucked out because there were at least 6 tables free when we walked in, which ironically made choosing one quite a feat. Between waitresses breaking glasses and us debating between the remaining 5 unclean, unready tables, we finally settled on one. The place must have been swarming before and I kid you not it was just half an hour before the place was complet. Try to be there relatively early or be prepared to wait…now I know it’s totally worth it!
On first impression the place feels very homey. The space is rough and unfinished and the over-simplistic decor of shelves filled with jams and produce that you can actually purchase manages to make it instantly quaint. The bakery section will make you drool in no time so leave any diets behind before you enter this space. Although they do often have some gluten-free varieties the others are generally far more tempting (no surprise!) and trust me, it’s worth the cheat if you have no allergies. The staff is quite young but they are all multilingual so you will have no issues ordering if you prefer English. Although somewhat forgetful, they were very pleasant and really helpful with their explanations.
Having made the decision to avoid eggs for a less ‘expected’ brunch, I opted for the poulet roti au thyme avec petit pois. N had a mini pizzette that arrived on a bed of salade verte. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of either dish. This organic gem’s ingredients largely make up for any apparent ingenuity (although I dont think there is a lack of creativity by any means). My chicken was tender, moist and oozing with flavor and N’s pizzette was rich in a wonderful medley of vegetables that was just delicious. Both dishes felt really homemade. We also had a fresh juice each. Don’t miss out on this, they will blend any combination of available fruits and vegetables that you want for the perfect Sunday power boost. Then the golden finale…after several visits to the cake display and a recommendation from one of the waitresses working there, we shared the carrot cake and the lemon-orange loaf. Both were super yummy, I can’t even choose between the two now! They had most of the classics in addition to some other interesting flavors like lemon-polenta, green tea and walnut but I believe some of them change daily.
Be prepared to search. The bakery has next to no external branding making it a challenge to find the first time. But there is so much mystery and a tad bit of exclusivity in this discreet little place that makes for an excellent Sunday afternoon.
 46 rue des Martyrs, 75009
 30 rue Debelleyme, 75003