This post isn’t about a person named Paul. It’s about a french bakery, “boulangerie” by the name of PAUL Maison De Qualité Fondée En 1889 (house of quality, founded in 1889). New to Assembly Row in my hometown of Somerville, my cousin suggested we check it out for brunch!

Right when you walk in, there is a long showcase of all their breads and pastries- numerous delicious looking carbohydrates to make your mouth water. At the end of the showcase is the register where you pay and pick up your order if it’s ready. The seating is self service, like most cafés. To start, I ordered smoked salmon on a croissant and a small cappuccino. I kept my eye on the macaroons for later.

The smoked salmon laid on a bed of tomato, lettuce, and croissant. It was everything I wanted and more. The croissant was the perfect size and texture. Just enough butter and crunch.

The cappuccino was perfect- ordered with some half & half and a little sugar. Foam was there until the very last drop 🙂

Pictured above is one of their miraculous macaroons- Macaron de Vanille. I got this bad boy to go after sitting in for a wonderful brunch. It was AMAZING. I’ve had Italian macaroons before, but French macaroons are another ball park. This was kind of like a whoopie pie- two soft almond cookies with some kind of mystery almond vanilla filling inside. The filling tasted like vanilla ice cream, except it’s not! It was just the right amount of cream and sugar. YUM.

I definitely recommend stopping by Paul’s for some breakfast before going to the shops at Assembly Row. It’s a great way to start your weekend of Christmas shopping and the prices aren’t so bad either! Oh and you can look into their boulangerie to watch the yummy bread being made! Did I mention, taking some baguettes to-go?


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