Aki Boulanger

One of the first things that comes to mind when I think of Paris are the bakeries — the sweet, sweet boulangeries with their baguettes, pastries, and all sorts of dreams. The last time I was in the city wandering around the neighborhood close to the Louvre I discovered Aki Boulangerie. This, my dears, is a Japanese fusion bakery that was as delightful as it was unexpected.

Luckily for me, the bakery was nearby my hotel, so this is where I picked up a few pastries in the mornings. My favorite was the melon pan, which was a semi-sweet pastry that, well, looks like a melon. It’s not flavored like melon, but instead was a crunchy-sweet exterior with a light and fluffy interior. The flavor was like an aery marzipan, if anything.

The thing I loved about this place was that it was a totally unique, at least to me, fusion of cuisines. You had the expertise of the French baker, bonjour, but it was tempered with a variety of Japanese flavors that I don’t usually have access to.

This bakery actually has a variety of eats — there are bento boxes, and sandwiches, which I didn’t sample, but I would give them a go the next time I’m in town. Also on my To Do list are the azuki bean filled beignets. Because they look insane.

Jeff Smith

Jeff started in photography and short format video, and he's been at the forefront of the web tv movement. He’s worked on haute couture shoots in Paris, shot street style in Milan, and is currently developing a steady roster of beauty, fashion, and digital clients in NYC.