Aux Marveilleux de Fred is a bakery by my apartment that has a line down the block nearly every single weekend. Passing by one weekend, we noticed there wasn’t a line for once and decided to hop in and try “un cramique” – a brioche-style bread that originated from Belgium. There are a few varieties – sugar, sugar with raisins, raisin and chocolate chip – however, raisin is the traditional way it’s made. We opted for the cramique with chunks of pearl sugar and wow – I can’t believe after living here for more than a year I’ve never had this before!! I definitely see more cramiques in my future.
There are four Aux Merveilleux bakeries in Paris and they are most known for their merveilleux cakes, which are also really delicious. Originating from Lille, les merveilleux are small cakes made from meringue, whipped chocolate and dark chocolate chips. They come in a variety of sizes and flavors, such as caramelized hazelnut, white chocolate, cinnamon and white chocolate. I actually don’t like meringue, but these merveilleux have won me over. So if you happen to pass by an Aux Merveilleux bakery (located in the 7th, 15th, 16th and 17th arrondissements), be sure to join the line of Frenchies and pick up a few merveilleux and un cramique. You won’t regret it.