The Marais district of Paris is known for its cool and quirky shops, bars and eateries, and Alma the Chimney Cake Factory is a perfect example of the latter.
This cool cafe serves great coffee and sweet and savoury versions of Hungarian treat kurtos kalacs, aka chimney cake.
I had the soup and a mini herb chimney cake (because I’d been to a spinning class and had developed notions of becoming a fitness fanatic and starting a healthy eating regime), and my friend had a tomato, mozzarella and pesto chimney cone. We sat on the table you have to climb a ladder to reach, which is not for the fainthearted but affords a great view of the chimney cakes being prepared and a sense of superiority as you look down on people.
We’ll definitely be back to sample the sweet versions–options include cinnamon, almonds or praline.
And apparently you can make chimney cakes at home, so I might just have to give it a go.
Alma the Chimney Cake Factory
59 boulevard Beaumarchais