Mar 9th, 2016, 05:50 PM

LeGay Choc: A Naughty Boulangerie in Le Marais

By Nutsa Melitauri
Image Credit: LeGay Choc
LeGay Choc boulangerie is famous for its phallic-shaped "baguette magique"

LeGay Choc is without a doubt the most extraordinary boulangerie in the Marais district of Paris. Yes, you can find a wide range of bakery products in this tiny place, including smooth, light and creamy macarons. But LeGay Choc is famous for its penis-shaped breads, tarts, and chocolates — including the phallic "Baguette Magique".

Owned by two brothers (one gay, one straight) whose surname actually is LeGay, the bakery opened in 2001 and has been a local Marais sucess story ever since. When strolling down the narrow rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, you will almost certainly notice a long queue outside LeGay Choc. Surprisingly, while the bakery is popular with the local Marais gay community, the boulangerie attracts a diverse clientele lining up to buy a “Baguette Magique”.

The atmosphere inside the boulangerie is cosy and welcoming. The staff are friendly and, most importantly, they speak English. The service is also very efficient. The bakery open from 7:30 am until 8:00 pm. One major inconvenience, however, is the absence of a sitting area. LeGay Choc does not have any sitting space, either inside or outside. Tourists buying launch at LeGay Choc usually walk around the Marais searching for somewhere to sit and usually end up on a bench in a nearby park.

LeGay Choc offers a variety of bread types such as “Chez Legay Choc”, “la baguette ABSOLUE”, “céréales completes”, “le pain au maïs”, and a lot more. The bakery also offers a range of sweets such as croissants with chocolate, chouquettes, cheese cakes, flan, raspberry tarts with pistachio crust, lemon tarts, and more. LeGay Choc is less known for sandwiches and salads. However, they do offer some ham, chicken, salmon, and veggie sandwiches as well as fresh salads. One can also buy pizza slices, Croque Monsieur and quiche.

Everything at LeGay Choc tastes amazing. On my first visit I ordered their specialty phallic-shaped baguette and chocolate bread. They were soft and tender inside with a crispy crust and a grain flavor. When I returned for a second visit, I tried their soft and airy croissant with butter, their specialty raspberry tart with pistachio crust, their chicken Croque Monsieur and quiche.

The prices are reasonable, but size does matter. The "Baguette Magique” costs from 2.20 to 4.50 euros (depending on how big it is). On special occasions LeGay Choc offers huge phallic-shaped gallets and tartes for a much higher price of 25 euros. Sweets such as Kouign Aman, viennoiserie, péche pistache,  poire chocolat, cheese cake, citron meringuée, lemon and raspberry tartes, and others are cheaper at 4 euros. The prices of the Croque Monsieur and sandwiches and pizza slices range from 4 to 6 euros. The prices might seem little bit higher than in other boulangeries in the Marais, but they are absolutely worth it.

One should keep LeGay Choc in mind when looking for a simple and fun lunch option. With its delicious and weird food assortment, LeGay Choc is definitely an unusual Parisian bakery — and worth a visit. 

Only In Paris - Legay Choc

 LeGay Choc
45 rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004
Open Monday to Sunday 7:30 am to 8 pm 
Tel: 01 48 87 56 88