Expat Entrepreneurs in Paris: Boneshaker Doughnuts
On any given Saturday, strolling through Paris’ 2ème arrondissement, you’ll notice a long line outside a hole-in-the-wall shop on Rue d’Aboukir. Passersby might take a photo or ask patrons what they’re waiting in line for, and their answer would be Boneshaker Doughnuts!
An American-art-history-buff-turned-French-pastry-chef alumna bridges cultures with deep-fried deliciousness.
The couple had a lightbulb moment on a trip home to the States in 2013. “We were eating donuts and we were like, ‘Oh, I wish we could get these back in Paris. Why don’t we open a donut shop?'”
The Baked Episode: CBD & Donuts
Amanda Bankert is the force behind Boneshaker Doughnuts in Paris. Yes, they have donuts in Paris, and Amanda is here to tell us how she wound up there and just what Parisians think about this very American treat.
The American Donut Shop that Proved a Hit in Paris
It’s another Earful Tower podcast episode, this time with Amanda Bankert from the popular Boneshaker Doughnuts. We recorded this chat in her charming little shop in the very centre of Paris and discussed how Amanda studied pastry and ended up making donuts, how she had to convince Parisians that donuts and pastry aren’t so different after all, and how a lot of expats in Paris have unusual backstories.
Alumna Amanda Bankert: Paris’s Doughnut Queen
Boneshaker Doughnuts began supplying local coffee shops in 2015, and in July 2016 they opened their first establishment in Paris’s second arrondissement. Amanda’s commitment to excellence and passion for pâtisserie is the hallmark of a proud Le Cordon Bleu alumna.
Où manger des donuts, la nouvelle pâtisserie en vogue ?
Des donuts 100% faits maison avec des produits frais et si possibles de saison, c'est la promesse des Petits Donuts nichés dans le quartier du Marais. Une alliance parfaite entre un beignet brioché et une crème pâtissière aux saveurs inédites. Que demander de plus ?
Paris: Boneshaker (Where to Eat + Drink Right Now)
I’ve had literal rock stars that fly in on private jets to restaurateurs with 10+ restaurants on holiday with their families looking for something special ask me if, “they are worth the hype.” I say, “yes.” Next thing, I have are texts saying, “Better, WAY, better than I could imagine” and “Wowzer.”
Yes, it is setting the bar high, but that’s why they are the one and only doughnut shop on my site. They are made, with, love.
10BEST Recommends Boneshaker Doughnuts
Paris has its first real doughnut shop. And if you're wondering whether they're any good, judge by the line trailing out the door every afternoon! Oh and her densely chocolate-y brownies just won Best of Paris recently, too. So be sure to get one of those for your bedtime snack. Wink, wink.
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Finding Success in the Land of Pastries
Archimedes had his Eureka moment while taking a bath. For Amanda Bankert of Boneshaker Doughnuts, Paris’ first real doughnut shop, it happened while eating just that — a doughnut.
“It went something like ‘Oh, I wish we could get these at home’…and then, all of a sudden, ‘Wait! We could open a doughnut shop!’”
An American Pastry In Paris At Boneshaker Doughnuts
The couple had a lightbulb moment on a trip home to the States in 2013. “We were eating doughnuts and we were like, ‘Oh, I wish we could get these back in Paris. Why don’t we open a donut shop?'”