Coffee and pastries are ordered from a supremely serene space at Boulangerie Liberté, where stone floors and arches create a cloister-like atmosphere for customers.
Interior architect Emmanuelle Simon designed the bakery, which inhabits a 25 sq m space on the city’s rue Saint Dominique. Behind the store’s white-painted frontage – which includes a golden, neon croissant – blue stone floors echo the Parisian paving slabs outside, inviting hungry passersby in.
Simon has used a mix of solid wood to create a counter, seating and storage, together with Raku tiles – made using a ceramic technique that purposefully cracks the clay to create spidery patterns. Arch-shaped alcoves are reminiscent of monastery architecture and have a buttery hue.
Patrons at the Paris cafe and bakery can pull up a stool and peer through a narrow opening in the wall at the back of the bakery, to spy on the kitchen hard at work.