Friday, September 28, 2012

Paris in New York (Maison Kayser)

New York City never creases to amaze me. Shops and bakeries pop-up and unless you are constantly wandering the streets it can be very hard to keep up. I was recently headed to a yoga class on the Upper East Side and I just happened to look over my shoulder to see that Maison Kayser, a boulangerie I used to visit daily in Paris, is now in New York City (!!!). I became extremely giddy and filled with excitement. Just stepping into the shop brought back a flood of precious memories, like standing in line on the Rue Monge for my warm baguette at 6pm with the other Parisians - something that had become a daily ritual (that I never wanted to end). The aroma and taste of their bread is something that repeatedly comes to me in a recurring dream - even six years later. I have dreams I am back in Paris and I am telling my loved ones that we have to go and eat one of their baguettes, but funny enough in my dreams we never actually get there. It is almost as if I long for those memories. So what did I do? I sat down to take it all in once again. Almost as if I was on the Rue Monge in Paris. I sank my teeth into a buttery and flaky pain au chocolate, bought the L'Italienne sandwich for lunch and took home a Rue Monge demi-baguette for later. Who says a little bit of Paris can't exist is New York? I have prime evidence that it does. And that truly makes me happy.

Maison Kayser
1294 Third Avenue (at 74th street)
New York, New York

If you are in the area (even if you aren't), I recommend that this is one of the top places you visit in New York, or even better Paris:).  
(Flaky croissants, just begging to be eaten)
(The amazing L'Italienne sandwich)
(Enjoying my sandwich en plein air, very Parisian)
(A pre-dinner snack - the baguette and brie)

*All photographs by Alison 


  1. oh my^^ i'm craving for all of these!:) xoxo

  2. Is that a sandwich on a olive bread?? I just want to eat everything in these pictures right now!!

  3. Oh my goodness they had a Maison Kayser in the lobby of the building I worked in last summer in Seoul, South Korea. I think the majority of my money was spent there :)

  4. I would love it my little town had more places like that, not as fabulous as Maison Kayser, but at least filled with goodies that you can't resist buying.

    Great pictures Alison :) I can imagine your happiness when spotting this place, especially given your history with the brand :)
    Btw, did you live in Paris? ^_^


    1. Thank you Oteea! Yes, I did! I lived in Paris for a magical 6 months:)


  5. What a treasure ! They have the best baguettes ! True works of art they are, spongy consistancy with an aftertaste of pure pleasure. What's next, are people going to start wearing beret's in NYC ?

  6. Oh how I wish that baguette was in my kitchen right now. I'll definitely have to check this place out!

  7. Oh everything looks so yummy and delicious!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  8. wow this looks beyond delicious!:)
    xx Kate

  9. Oh yum! I've always dreamed of visiting NY x

  10. Yummy!!! those pictures made me hungry:)

    Looks soooooo good!

    Now following you, would love if you followed me back:)

  11. Oh my goodness, what a find! I'm definitely going to have to try this place out. I didn't go during the brief time I was in Paris, but the sounds of it remind me of my favorite pastry shop in Florence. Can't wait to visit this shop!

    The Glossy Life

  12. yum!!! This is wonderful! When I was in Paris for a summer some years ago...our lunch ritual used to be some fresh fruits from the corner and 2 (yes 2) croissants from the boulangerie....the ebst ever...don't remember the name of the place though. I'm glad you are an upper east sider! I used to love going to Payard on 74th and Lex.....but then it closed and this is happy.

  13. WOW! These all look absolutely amazing. I love trying new foods - especially anything Parisian! You're so lucky...I'm super jealous, girl! :)
    CoverGirl + Converse

  14. Those tarts look divine - way better than the dove chocolate bar sitting next to me...oops! Thanks for sharing these beautiful pics!