Only in Paris: The Baguette Vending Machine

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17th Jan, 2013

Look how happy he is with his baguette.

You might have heard of the cupcake vending machine in Los Angeles, but did you know Paris has it’s very own baguette ATM? The future has finally arrived in France. On the Place Colonial in the 17th arrondissement, you can get your baguette round the clock from the Boulangerie D’Antan. The vending machine has its own computer screen, letting customers know the temperature of their baguette as it’s heated up, the remaining time until the baguette is ready and how many baguettes are left in stock, all for one euro per baguette.

Okay, so it’s not exactly in keeping with the French culinary traditions of fresh produce, and it won’t be the best baguette you’ll ever have tried, but locals say it’s “pas mal!” (not bad). The point is, boulangeries are never open when you need them to be open in France– especially when you’re about to throw a dinner party and you forgot to buy the most important thing to serve with all that expensive cheese and to dip in the velouté sauce at the end of the meal. See how this wonderful, and very necessary little invention works…

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