After leaving Ducasse chocolatier (near Bastille) a few hours ago (see separate post), I walked on to Jacques Genin in the rue de Turenne. What a difference.
I chose my two favorite chocolates and one favorite caramel in exactly the quantities I wanted. Not possible at Ducasse.
There were no pastries at all on display. I asked about the pastry. The answer was: Pastries are only available in the cafe, or by advance order in quantities for 2 or 4, depending on the pastry.
In the cafe, the millefeuilles is always available, plus one pastry du jour. Today it was . . . the tarte au citron. Unfortunately, not having had lunch, I did not feel ready to order the tarte. I guess I'll have to call occasionally to see when they have it again. In any case, I will be very happy with the millefeuille at Genin and can always get the tarte au citron at Pain de Sucre.
By the way, at 1 pm the cafe was absolutely empty. I have never seen it that way before. I have to wonder if previous crowds were enticed to enter in part by the former pastry displays.