After the first Eclair au Café in Altona (check the Eclair au Café article), I spotted their second coming out, which is larger (60 seats + outdoor tables) and just around the corner of my residential street. Previously this was an antique business, now the corner shop with its glass facade shines as a Boulangerie-Pátisserie-Salon de Thé – very true to style. From day one well frequented, also by Hamburg’s prominence – congratulations!
Even without French knowledge you can imagine yourself in France through the delicacies. The Eclair au Cafè brings back the traditional craft. The ingredients come from France. The boulanger literally bakes in a glass house, with show effects for you to watch. As I learned from one of the owners, the boulanger starts his craft at 02:00 in the morning to have the fresh merchandise ready at opening.
I like the predominantly male service with their accented German, authentic with an apron. You have to order at the main counter and pay, you’ll receive a number and your drinks will be delivered to the table. The jams served for breakfast can also be bought to go (€ 4.30 per glass). Recently Eclair au Café extended their product range, but it’s still simple and just French. The coffee variations are pure poetry with a perfect milk foam. Old and young make themselves comfortable on the antique furniture. Please make sure you ask to share tables.
In no European country there are more centenarians than in France, now you know why!