Monday, October 19, 2009

Petit déjeuner @ Dolce e Amaro

I don't like conversation at breakfast time so we took breakfast separately each morning. I found a delightful Italian cafe called Dolce e Amaro in the Rue Bourdaloue just around the corner from the hotel and right next to the entrance to the Notre Dame de Lorette Metro station. Lovely people and a peaceful breakfast. A petit déjeuner of a hot drink (Earl Grey tea), orange juice and a croissant was €4.50 - which was cheaper than the cafe opposite Hotel France Albion where I was staying. They also do very nice filled Italian breads for lunch.

The view of the Rue de Châteaudun and Notre Dame de Lorette Metro from my stool in Dolce e Amaro
8" x 10", pencil in Moleskine sketchbook
copyright Katherine Tyrrell

Naturally I took my sketchbook with me
  • on Monday I sketched the view from my stool - a contre jour view looking out the door to people making their way to work
  • on Tuesday I sketched my breakfast
petit déjeuner
8" x 10", pencil and coloured pencils in Moleskine sketchbook
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
  • and on Wednesday I sketched the arrangement of confiture on the top of the counter
Les Confitures
8" x 10", pencil and coloured pencils in Moleskine sketchbook
copyright Katherine Tyrrell

I also had to pass this boulangerie on my way to it each morning. One of the things about groing to France is seeing proper 'baked on the premises' bread shops again. They've virtually disappeared in the UK.

  • Dolce e Amaro, 1 Rue Bourdaloue, 75009 Paris, France (+33 1 48 74 3188)


  1. Oooh, you, I like quiet breakfasts, Katherine.

    We used to have a wonderful baked-on-site French bakery on the Plaza in KC; I'd drive 30 miles just to get some perfectly made French bread. I miss it! Wouldn't have thought they'd disappear in the UK, though...

  2. It's the so-called march of progress Cathy - the one which deems out of town hypermarkets as being the way to do shopping rather than protecting small businesses and local business owners!

    I use them myself - but that's because they've already killed off most of the local shops and I don't have much choice!

    Where you do find local bakeries here they've sold out by lunchtime!

  3. I know, and we lose so much! And yes, same here...we do have a local donut shop, and although I'm not much on donuts, they also make terrific biscuits. No bread, though. Used to be a mom-and-pop bakery that offered wonderful breads, here--miss them, too. And actually, there's one in the next town over that makes nice 9-grain and sourdough--we drive over there, when I'm not up to making bread.

    Doesn't surprise me that the bakeries are sold out! Loved your breakfast sketches...

  4. Great sketches, but I do love those confitures!

  5. Ooh, I can just smell those croissants... Les Confitures would make a stunning finished painting too.

  6. Très beau style, j'aime beaucoup.

  7. Fantastic palette in your contre-jour breakfast sketch!


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