There is a parve (non dairy) Kosher bakery about a 7 minute walk away from my apartment that I have passed several times and never realized was Kosher. When my family came to visit, my brother happened upon the bakery and stopped in to buy himself a croissant. Earlier in the week, I had walked a half an hour to a different part of the 17th arrondissement to pick up parve desserts for Shabbat at the only parve bakery that I knew about. What a great find Benjy!
Contini is mainly boulengerie, selling croissants, pan chocolate, French breads, quiches, and an array of cakes and tarts. The pastries are beautifully laid out in a glass display case. The French (Kosher and not Kosher) take great pride in their restaurant presentation-especially bakeries and chocolate shops. Contini also sells coffee/tea and sandwiches and has a seperate menu for prepared foods, which I didn’t try.
On days that my family spent at museums, we picked up sandwhiches, quiches, and pastries from Contini to eat “on the road.” The mushroom and egg quiche (without cheese of course) was very salty as well as tasty! My favorite of the pastries was the pain au chocolate (chocolate croissant). It was more moist than the viennois au chocolat, which is like a longer, flatter, and less flaky croissant. It is definitely not as enjoyable to eat a parve croissant however, since the butter- the essential ingredient in French patisserie- is missing.