The Paris-based Poilâne bakery chain has a shop on Elizabeth Street in Belgravia as well as this extended outlet, which also includes an all-day café selling all kinds of sweet and savoury boulangerie. The smell of freshly baked bread fills the bright, airy space, which is done out with shelves of produce, a skylight and an eye-catching potted tree in the centre of the room – it’s the perfect setting for a restorative nibble or a catch-up over a coffee and the papers. Good-value bread baskets with various spreads are naturally a top shout, but also look out for the range of Australian-style tartines (mashed avocado on crisp rustic bread spread with Vegimite and dusted with chilli flakes). If you fancy the sweet stuff, there’s also a host of Viennese patisserie, gingerbread, buttery ‘punition’ cookies, ‘spoon biscuits’ and more besides.
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