Spring Hill now has a Paris end with the opening of a French-inspired boulangerie and patisserie, Les Folies de Paris.
You'll find it where Kennigo Street meets Water Street in an old shop front which has been renovated.
At the back is the kitchen and the front half of the shop contains the goodies plus a couple of tables to eat in. They also serve coffee.
Amongst the temptations on offer is, as I was told by one bread lover, Brisbane's best rye bread. You'll also find baguettes, sour dough, stone baked ciabatta and bread rolls.
There's a very large range of macarons and delicious French pastries produced by one of the first bakeries to make macarons in Brisbane, Monsieur Macaron. The macarons are baked everyday to a traditional French recipe. Flavours include rose petal, pistachio, nutella and lamington (which even looks like a lamington) and they all have a thin, crisp shell exterior with a soft, smooth interior. If you are lucky there will be a few different flavours to taste on the top of the counter.
You'll find all your favourite French pastries including almond and chocolate filled croissants, eclairs and mill-feuilles, all waiting for you as a special treat.
It's not all about sweet treats with a lunch range that includes rolls, sandwiches and salads. I'm partial to the caesar salad which includes slices of boiled egg and good quality ham.
Find Monsieur Macaron at the Jan Powers Markets on Wednesdays in Brisbane City and at Mitchelton on the first Sunday of each month. On Saturdays they are at the Rocklea markets.
Top tip: Remember to get there early if you want to secure a loaf of rye bread.
Bottom line: Four macarons cost $10.
Disclaimer: Simply spreading food love.