Every time I walk into this French bakery, its glass case of pastries nearly breaks my spirit with desire—I want one of everything. But here’s the secret of Le Fournil: You can buy luscious things at very reasonable prices, treating yourself regularly to a kind of cheap luxury that feels like cheating. Croissants are light, flaky, and balanced; glistening fruit tarts and chocolate éclairs make every day feel like your birthday. Their specials are particularly thrifty and decadent, and the whole place is run by lifelong French baker Nicolas Paré, who still makes each baguette himself. (Le Fournil, 3230 Eastlake Ave E, le-fournil.com, 7 am–6 pm)

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