Category: Boulangerie-Patisserie, Take Away Service Only no seating.
Cuisine: French Bread and Patisseries
Price Range on Average: Between EUR 2- 3 for a piece of patisserie
Ambiance: Traditional with a modern twist
Address: 39 Place Grand Marché, 37000 Tours, France
Tel: +33 2 47 76 02 63
Opening Time: Tuesday to Thursday open from 7:00 to 13:15 and again from 15:00 to 19:15 and on Friday & Saturday from 7:00 to 19:15 all day ‘no closing break’.
Last Visited: 2013
Tours, which is also known as “Le Jardin de la France” The Garden of France has a lot to celebrate, the city has many beautiful gardens and parks, surrounded by white and blue slate roof buildings that is typical in the North of France, it is also famous for its original medieval district, called “Le Vieux” Tours. Thanks to Jean Royer, who became Mayor of Tours in 1959 for 36 years that conservation of the old beautiful buildings of Tours began, saving the beautiful historical buildings of Tours city centre from demolition. If it wasn’t for him we may never see how beautiful this city must have been.
The centre also has a beautiful square called La Place Plumereau surrounded by boutiques, shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. I you are visiting to watch or participate in the world famous bike race ‘Tour De France’, please take some time too to visit the centre and experience it.
Touraine, the region around Tours is also worth a visit, known for its fine wines and fine cheese. But as my obsession lies more on patisseries, I would like to share my newly found discovery the ‘Hardouin Boulangerie-Patisserie’ located inside Tours main market ‘Les Halles De Tours’ http://www.achat-tours.com/pagecp-93-BOULANGERIE-PATISSERIE.htm
This Boulangerie-Patisserie shop offers amazing freshly baked breads and a wide selection of patisseries at very reasonable prices. Their Eclair Praline, Apple Crumble patisserie and Lemon Drizzle Cake were executed very well, in taste and creative design, the patisseries were so pretty that I felt so guilty eating them. They are not just pretty to look at they are so tasty too. It is not a surprise that Patisserie chefs are so highly regarded for their amazing Patisserie skill and creative flare. I am so honoured to have had the chance to try these amazing little gems! I will no doubt make a trip to Tours once again in my lifetime just to try these Patisseries again.
Finally, I would like to add that, Hardouin is right in front of a great Charcuterie in Tours. You can spend a morning walking around this little indoor market and sample all the amazing cheese, bread, Charcuteries, chocolates on sale at reasonable value and of excellent quality!