I must be Google handicapped, but I can't find the answer to this online or in my RS's book. What time can I expect our local Boulangerie's to open? I assume they open before Parisians need to be at work? My youngest is soooo looking forward to going every morning for his breakfast goodie and he and I usually wake long before the others.
Nancy, you are right, they open quite early. I often go down and get a goodie while the street is waking up. I normally stay in Rue Cler and there's a great boulangerie on the corner. I don't have an exact time, but I would think they are open by 7 am. If your son is ready for his breakfast earlier than that, perhaps he can wait a few minutes with the promise of a delicious croissant :)
Nancy, ditto what Deborah said. We stayed in Rue Cler fall of 2007, and I could always find a boulangerie open at 7:00 am. It was wonderful to sit outside drinking my cafe au lait and eating a brioche, watching Paris come to life.
I think some open even earlier than that. The last time I was in Paris, I stayed out until about 5 a.m., and we stopped at a boulangerie before catching the first Metro trip of the day. It was wonderful! So fresh and tasty!
When leaving to go back home last year, I picked up some pastries and sandwidches for the plane ride at about 6 AM and all the boulangeries were open. Just like in the US, they have to start baking early in the morning so they can be ready for the morning rush.