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  • Ottawa,
  • Byward Market,
  • Bakery,
  • Bistro,
  • Desserts,
  • Bread,
    • Salads,
    • Breakfast,
    • Coffee,
    • Lunch,
    • Dinner,
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Languages Spoken

  • English,
  • French,
55 By Ward Market Sq, Ottawa, ON K1N 9C3
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Meet the owner

Claude Bonnet, owner of Le Moulin de Provence, answered his calling to become a chef at a tender age. “I grew up in Provence in France,” he says. “I lived close to the coast so I was always in contact with fishermen and farmers. Food was important to home life.”

The young Claude was more interested in cooking than in his studies, so his father told him, “If you don’t go to school, go for a job.” So Claude left home at 13 to begin his apprenticeship, eventually earning the top culinary designation in France.

Claude wanted to experience life outside of France so he worked in Iraq and England before deciding to make Canada his permanent home. “I wanted a destination for life,” he explains. “In Canada, there is a lot of opportunity.”

He cooked at top Montreal restaurants before moving to the Laurentians, eventually opening his own restaurant in 1987. Living in the Laurentians was “the beginning of my ski romance in the north,” he says.

After meeting his wife, who was from Ottawa, Claude decided to leave the peace and quiet of country life behind and settle in the nation’s capital. “Ottawa is a nice town and the life is good,” says Claude. He opened Le Moulin de Provence, a bakery and café bistro, in 1997 in the ByWard Market. His vision was clear: “To create a picture of Provence,” he says. “And the flavours of France.”

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    il est indiqué que le magasin est ouvert alors qu'il est ferme. pas foutu d'avoir un service courtois et en françaia.

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    Pour les biscuits, surtout

    Tout le monde connaît l'endroit à cause des "Obama Cookies" (qui sont d'ailleurs excellents - tout comme le reste de leurs biscuits), mais l'endroit offre aussi un éventail de pains des plus impressionnants. Leurs pizzas sont également très bonnes. Bien situé, dans un quartier vivant. L'arrêt parfait entre deux boutiques!

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    Top spots for a cheap lunch in downtown Ottawa

    Top spots for a cheap lunch in downtown Ottawa

    “If Obama comes, they will come.” True enough! U.S. President Barack Obama came to this Ottawa landmark bakery back in 2009 to try a simple shortbread cookie shaped into a maple leaf, which thereafter became famously named the “Obama Cookie.” The well-publicized exchange sure didn’t hurt the ’afé's business, but locals would have kept coming at lunchtime anyway to enjoy the wonderful salads, quiches and amazing pastry selections. Just remember to grab an Obama cookie on your way out the door!

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    Breakfast in Ottawa’s ByWard Market

    Breakfast in Ottawa’s ByWard Market

    This is the spot that U.S. President Barack Obama visited spontaneously during his first visit to Ottawa, giving it instant and lasting fame. A little piece of France in Ottawa, guests can eat the European-style breakfast, with baguette, café au lait and tout cela. Oh, and don’t forget the Maple Leaf/Obama cookies to take home. If you forget, your kids will never forgive you.

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