The sweet things in the window will draw you in but don't forget to look further and check out the delicious pies, sausage rolls and quiches at the back, they are so yum too (and good for the non sweet tooth in the group who can now be happy in a patisserie catchup too!)
Have lived in Paris for two years (Rue du Temple, Le Marais) and can assure everyone this is the real deal. The pastries in particular are better than 90% of bakeries in the French Capital, yep I've even tried the French favourites, top 10 eclair lists according to the French newspapers, anyone who thinks La Banette is not as good is just trying to be cool. Beanboy sounds like a local who is sick of the crowds and increasing prices, he is certainly the minority with 96% loving it at Urbanspoon. Staunch La Banette supporter!
This could be a little hidden gem, and it does look like on but looks can be deceiving! The smell of old pastry was strong as we sat towards the rear, close to the pies/sausage rolls, meaning they have probably been sitting there for some time. The cakes look nice, but they aren't made real ingredients and taste like they use packet mixes. Which is a shame as it could be a real winner. Its definitely no Bourke Street Baker! The coffee was powdery, and bitter and we didnt even finish ours off. I liked the look and feel (not the smell) of the place, and the decor is great, but I wouldn't be visiting here again.