Revisiting my old neighbourhood in the 11th arrondissement for a few art supplies from Graphico on Rue Voltaire had me thinking that this bohemian district hasn’t changed at all, it’s the same. Instantly my heart fell back to my first year in Paris which was 2009: the unfamiliarity I had then is now what I feel of being back home. When I first moved here I kind-of felt unlucky because it wasn’t St Germain or Le Marais but now I get it. Here it’s real. What you’ll find in the 11th is your classic no frills wine bars, your local Argentinian resto, Arabic tea salons, Jewish creperies, and an eclectic mix of locals. Even my too-cool-for-school dentist on Rue Voltaire wears a pair of Converse. So, you can imagine my surprise when I first saw the chic clean modern lines of La Patisserie by Cyril Lignac on the corner of Rue Chanzy and Rue Paul Bert replacing what used to be my local boulanger. Gosh, has it been that long? The addition of Cyril’s shop is like removing a pair of Converse and replacing it will Louboutins. I’m suprised he’s chosen this location and not followed the show-biz path of patissiers to set up in the 4th, 6th, 7th or 15th. But I don’t know Cyril, maybe he’s like my dentist.
Welcome to the 11th Cyril but don’t forget this is a Converse kind of hood.
La Patisserie by Cyril Lignac
24 rue Paul Bert 75011 Paris