27 Amazing Photos of French People Posing in Front of Their Boulangeries During the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

France is world famous for its delicious baking. If you love bread, you can find a bakery or, as the French call it, a boulangerie, on almost every street corner. The smell of fresh-baked bread alone can tempt you into the boulangerie and when you’re inside, you are met with the sight of many doughy treats.

A boulangerie is a French bakery, as opposed to a pastry shop. Bakeries must bake their bread on-premises to hold the title of ‘boulangerie’ in France. While a boulangerie may also sell pâtisseries and viennoiseries, their main trade will be in traditional French breads, such as:
Baguettes: The most well-known French bread, there are many styles of baguette however all are long and thin.
Pain de campagne: A thick-crusted loaf baked with a combination of flours – perfect for eating with soups and stews.
One key difference to note between a French baker and a pastry chef is that while pâtissiers work with mostly cold ingredients, a boulanger (or baker) will master the techniques and processes of warm rising dough.

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