I should probably tell you now that I didn’t go to Broken Biscuits for the coffee; I went specifically for their baked goods. At Honor Café, where they serve the most exquisite pastries with their coffee, I may have mentioned how perfectly delicious my muffin was, and it lead to this discovery; an adorable little bakeshop in the 11th arrondissement. A few of the other “third-wave coffee” shops around Paris serve pastries from Broken Biscuits too.
So one late morning, before a planned picnic at Buttes-Chaumont, we made a long walk of it and stopped for breakfast at Broken Biscuits.
Located in a secluded and charming neighbourhood, the shop faces a cobblestoned street behind a quaint little park; it feels like a little getaway from the bustling city. The shop itself is tiny and cozy, and smells delightfully of warm pastries. It has an open kitchen and prep area taking up most of the space. Seating is limited, there are maybe enough seats for five people.
Unlike traditional Parisian patisseries, the vibe here is comfy and low-key; it’s almost as if you’re having breakfast at a friend’s. The pastries and desserts are also a little different; they make a lovely and tempting selection of French and English style treats and sandwiches for lunch.
I love that everything is made in-house, right there from that little open kitchen.
For breakfast, I had a large bowl of yogurt with homemade granola and jam, and some fruit, and rounded it up with a large mug of black coffee. It was wholesome, delicious and filling; like a good and simple breakfast I’d love to make at home. For our picnic in the park later on, we got delicate cookies and buttery financiers and enjoyed them on the lush hilly lawn.
As for the name, I suspect with the owners being anglophiles there’s some nostalgia there. I remember Iceland (UK grocery store) used to carry packaged broken biscuits, which I found rather curious. Also, how adorable are those mugs? I think they had them for sale, and I’m still kicking myself for not bringing one home.
Broken Biscuits Patisserie
10 Passage Rochebrune