Yes, this is a post about our tramps in Paris, featuring an American style bakery and cafe, run by…American expats. I stumbled across the cafe while googling some of the less “touristy” things to do in Paris, because we were lucky enough to do lots of “touristy” things back in 2010. Now, that said, I’d still say what we did was “touristy”, but that’s neither here nor there in relation to this post. You know, the post I started writing about Sugarplum Cake Shop? Yes..that one…getting back to it.
Sugarplum is located right off the Mouffetard, a street bustling with shoppers and cafes in Paris’s 5th arrondissement, at 68 rue du Cardinal Lemoine. It’s also about a 15 minute walk from where we stay in city, which sounds long in my mind, having recently re-acclimated to my Southwestern existence of driving everywhere and 100+ degree weather. Reality: 15 minutes is super short, and if the scenery (and company!) is interesting, 15 minutes can fly by.
What I enjoyed most about Sugarplum: atmosphere – the tiny coffee shop combines charm with the perfect amount of cozy, and the exposed brick walls only add to it. Free refills of drip coffee – um, delicious! Generous pots of tea – even the pot for one enjoyed by my mother-in-law made 4 cups of tea! Delicious desserts, from the vanilla cake with blueberry frosting and vanilla and pistachio cupcake below, to muffins, bars, and cheesecake. And finally: I’ll be honest, when you’re a tourist, some times it’s a small comfort to hear a language you understand, knowing that just around the corner you go practice your horrible (read: my horrible) French.