Situated in the ever-so-chic second arrondissement of the city, not far from rue du Nil and the illustrious semi-pedestrianised rue Montorgueil, Boneshaker Doughnuts serve up some of the sweetest treats to be found anywhere in central Paris. Here’s a quick foodie review and things to know before you go.
Boneshaker Doughnuts Paris Address / 77 Rue d’Aboukir, 75002 Paris
Founded in 2013 by professional pastry chef Amanda Bankert together with her husband, Louis Scott, the store is the first of its kind to bring American-style donuts to the French capital. Though some classics are forever on the menu (a glazed classic doughtnut is literally called the ‘OG’), there are also some flavours which are seasonal and are only sold during certain times of the year. For example, September is the only month where you can buy the ‘fig and walnut’ flavour.
The shop is incredibly tiny and serves only a handful of clients at a time. As you might guess from the name of the foodie establishment, the main offering of the foodie paradise is doughtnuts, though other baked and cooked desserts, such as gooey brownies, are on offer.
This is also one of the few independent places in the city centre which sells speciality coffee to go. As well as filtered coffees and espresso shots, you can also opt for lattés and iced coffees (which are pretty large). Non-dairy options such as oat milk is available for an extra charge.
If you’re looking for somewhere to go to eat your sweets, then it’s worth noting that I personally love sitting in the square right next door to the café as there are two wide stone walls (one either side of the cobbled square) where you can sit and chat with your friends while admiring the plant wall (called L’Oasis d’Aboukir) and oversized street art paintings.
While you’re in the area, there are two other foodie destinations that I highly recommend. The first of these is literally a few dozen steps away and comes in the form of rue du Nil. What was once an unfrequented and insignificant road has since been transformed into a haven for all things fresh produce thanks to the arrival of the ‘Frenchie’ brand. Not only is this the name of a Michelin-Star restaurant, but it’s also the name under which a greengrocer, bakery, and on-the-go eatery operate.
Further down the street, towards the Les Halles shopping complex and the River Seine, you’ll easily spot the largely pedestrianised street of rue Montorgueil. The beating heart of the second arrondissement, this street offers up all sorts of culinary delights in the form of restaurants, bars, bistros, speciality cheese shops, and several cavistes. Rue Montorgueil is also where you’ll find Stohrer, the oldest operational patisserie shop in Paris.