I saw Mamie Gateaux first on Tommy's blog and I knew that I had to go. The location was perfect, tucked away in the heart of the 6th, (right near Le Bon Marche and the Armor Lux store, King of the bretons), the concept couldn't have been better, the decor had me from the start. The day we went there it was pouring rain, grey and grisly and gloomy from the start. But when we pushed open the door and entered the warm confines of the dining room it could have been summer, there were so many bunches of flowers, so many bright colours, so many cakes sitting pretty on the counter. We all had a variation of the savoury tart to start (and a glass of wine here and there), and followed it up with dessert. I tried the carrot cake and can safely say it was one of the best I've ever had, cinnamon-y with just the right amount of icing.We got lucky that day, about 15 minutes after we walked in about 10 other people - rain-sodden, clutching newspapers over their heads and shielding their faces - ran in, all clamouring for a table. All the same, the staff never rushed us, and let us take our time over our meal, savouring every bite of that crispy salad (After Austria and Germany it seemed like I hadn't had vegetables in a long time). Together, those factors constitute the recipe for a perfect cafe; plenty of locals, and staff that let you be. I'll definitely be back.
Mamie Gateaux, 66 Rue du Cherche-Midi, 6eme Paris