Pétrin couchette

Boulangerie Pétrin Couchette (Marseille)

© Juliette Mallat

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This Marseille-based trio is always a few steps ahead of everybody else! Right near their restaurant Le Mercerie, Laura Vidal, Julia Mitton and Harry Cummins (who also run Livingston and Chardon) have set up a café/bakery where you’ll want to move right in (wooden facade, raftered ceilings, a tiled yellow counter). In space with a bread oven and dough kneader, Basile Milou (ex-Mercerie) and his talented team send out crazy breads and loaves made with natural sourdough starters and heirloom wheats. Displayed in the window case: an Arles pork and kimchi sandwich made on two slices of ciabatta; a cheeky ham-cheese-mustard seed toastie; tasty focaccia topped with onions, potatoes and Parmesan… And for something sweet? There’s lemon cake with icing and a very chocolatey brownie made with chocolate from La Baleine à Cabosse, which pairs nicely with a specialty coffee on the terrace (which gets plenty of sun in the afternoon!), before leaving with a spelt wheat loaf or some delicious white bread in hand. // Juliette Mallat

The hidden gem: Their sausage rolls (€4) will have you rolling around in delight. 

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