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La Maison du Pain's "Aux champs" breakfast consists of a bread basket with fresh butter, jams, and various cheeses and cold meats.  A frothy cappuccino accompanied our basket during our meal in Wiesbaden, Germany.

La Maison du Pain's "Aux champs" breakfast consists of a bread basket with fresh butter, jams, and various cheeses and cold meats. A frothy cappuccino accompanied our basket during our meal in Wiesbaden, Germany. (Eric A. Brown/Stars and Stripes)

La Maison du Pain's "Aux champs" breakfast consists of a bread basket with fresh butter, jams, and various cheeses and cold meats.  A frothy cappuccino accompanied our basket during our meal in Wiesbaden, Germany.

La Maison du Pain's "Aux champs" breakfast consists of a bread basket with fresh butter, jams, and various cheeses and cold meats. A frothy cappuccino accompanied our basket during our meal in Wiesbaden, Germany. (Eric A. Brown/Stars and Stripes)

At La Maison du Pain in Wiesbaden, Germany, the quiche Lorraine is served warm with a zesty ham-and-onion filling and comes with a light salad topped with a creamy vinaigrette dressing.

At La Maison du Pain in Wiesbaden, Germany, the quiche Lorraine is served warm with a zesty ham-and-onion filling and comes with a light salad topped with a creamy vinaigrette dressing. (Eric A. Brown/Stars and Stripes)

Pastries, breads and more line the shelves and fill the counters of La Maison du Pain, or "house of bread," in downtown Wiesbaden, Germany.

Pastries, breads and more line the shelves and fill the counters of La Maison du Pain, or "house of bread," in downtown Wiesbaden, Germany. (Eric A. Brown/Stars and Stripes)

La Maison du Pain's inviting patio is perfect for breakfast or simply for a quick cup of delicious coffee before hitting Wiesbaden's outdoor market, which is no more than 50 feet away.

La Maison du Pain's inviting patio is perfect for breakfast or simply for a quick cup of delicious coffee before hitting Wiesbaden's outdoor market, which is no more than 50 feet away. (Eric A. Brown/Stars and Stripes)

The chocolate croissant was buttery, flaky and had three row of delicious piped chocolate filling inside.

The chocolate croissant was buttery, flaky and had three row of delicious piped chocolate filling inside. (Eric A. Brown/Stars and Stripes)

In a quest to re-create a tasty Parisian breakfast my wife and I shared in Paris earlier in the year, I was excited to learn about a bakery on the edge of Wiesbaden, Germany’s pedestrian shopping district. Even though La Maison du Pain is a chain bakery, based out of Frankfurt, I was hoping it would come close to our Parisian experience.

La Maison du Pain, which means “the house of bread,” is obviously a popular place in Wiesbaden, and a new branch is opening in Mainz this month.

The smell of the bakery pulls you in and you’re greeted with eye-catching pastries and fresh breads galore. Even at 9 a.m., it was crowded, and seats on the patio were quickly being filled. We sat on the patio, which overlooks the Marktplatz, and soon our waitress, Zarioh, appeared and placed two English menus on the table.

Although disappointed that the salmon-and-onion quiche wasn’t available — especially since La Maison Du Pain’s menu boasts that breakfast is served all day — I settled for the quiche Lorraine, which is a ham-and-onion variety. The quiche turned out to be delicious and was served warm with a zesty filling. It came with a light side salad topped with a creamy vinaigrette dressing.

My quiche was as good as quiche can be, but smaller than I had hoped. Averaging about the size of a fruit tart, I couldn’t help but be a little disappointed. Coming in at 6.50 euros, I didn’t feel this was much of a bargain. But of course, we are in downtown Wiesbaden and a good portion of the bill goes to ambiance.

My wife was glad to see a plate offering cheese, meat and bread as an option, since she’s not a big fan of eggs. Yogurt with muesli, and common French breakfast breads, are also offered.

I give props to the bakers, who prepare all the baked goods fresh each day. The bread basket that accompanied my wife’s meal was outstanding: four types of bread served with French butter and strawberry jam. The raisin bread was particularly tasty with a crunchy crust and a moist, flavorful interior that certainly rivaled similar varieties we found in Paris. Unfortunately, I had to tangle with my wife over the one piece found in the basket. I wish there had been more.

The meat-and-cheese plate was somewhat lackluster, and we felt the Parisian version was much better; however, it does provide a hearty breakfast. At slightly more than 13 euros, the plate is a little pricey, but you walk away full and have some to share, and your hot beverage of choice is included.

As far as the coffee goes, La Maison du Pain serves one of the better cappuccinos I’ve tasted in Germany. I could have enjoyed another, but at 3.40 euros, the price was a little steep. I also grabbed a chocolate croissant to go. For 2 euros each, the croissant was perfection and well worth the coin.

Although I did see one family with a stroller there, the bakery prices were a bit high, so be aware before bringing all of the kids along for a meal. La Maison du Pain isn’t a place I’d frequent each morning, but it makes for a quick pit stop for coffee and raisin bread.

To be fair, we went in with high expectations of our Parisian experience, and maybe you just can’t compare apples to apples here. If you’re in Germany, and want a Parisian-style breakfast, maybe La Maison du Pain is it for you. Give it a try.

brown.eric@stripes.com

Address: Marktstrasse 2-6, Wiesbaden

Times: 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

Prices: Moderate, but on the high end for most bakeries.

Clientele: Mostly business people and shoppers.

Dress: Casual.

Menu: English menus available.

Information: Telephone: (+49) (0)611-16661310; website: lamaisondupain.de/home; facebook.com/ lamaisondupain.de. Reservations are not required. Credit and bank cards are accepted.

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