I found another really cute boutique in the Marais, but since that branch is about to close, I’ll point you in the direction of their main shop, Les Cakes de Bertrand (7 rue Bourdaloue, in the 9th Arrondissement, near Galeries Lafayette, open Monday to Saturday, 12:30 to 7:30). The great window display caught my eye, with its look of vintage Paris. I bought the little accent lamp with the round shade on the right in the photo, above. I think it’ll look great in the powder room of our new home. I’m planning to go back for a baroque-inspired laptop case, now that I’ve verified that it will fit.
Didier Bertrand and Adolphe Besnard, the two men behind Les Cakes de Bertrand, started off with a market stand selling desserts. They then expanded into a tea room and a full line of bags, candles, lamps, and other accessories inspired by the Jazz Age Paris that existed between the two world wars. Everything is designed in Paris and made in an atelier that employs six people, located right behind the boutique. Those products became such a huge success that the duo decided to forgo the edible goodies and focus on developing their product line. The line is now sold in over 250 boutiques world-wide.
Even though desserts are no longer sold at the boutique, this is a good moment to explain the word cake. Cake, in French, refers to a loaf-style cake, such as pound cake. What we refer to as cake in English is un gâteau in French. This can cause a little menu confusion, but probably less confusion than finding out that there are no desserts to be had at Les Cakes de Bertrand!