Hungry in Paris at 2am – Try the 24 Hour Baguette Dispenser


If you are lucky enough to visit Paris in August you may notice that many of the 33,000+ bakeries are closed and that there are no 24 hour convenience stores.  Why you ask?  The answer is simple, August is the month that many Parisians take off for vacation and the country does not have the staple “7 Eleven” that we Americans know well.  All of these challenges make it hard to get your fresh baguette, a staple of French gastronomic culture, after they close in the early afternoon.  After my many trips to Paris, the image of a workman coming home with a baguette tucked tightly under his arm is burned in my mind.

Jean-Louis Hecht, a baker from the north of France, created a solution, by leveraging technology he created a 24-hour hot baguette vending machine. The machine looks like a large ATM, and takes partially baked baguettes and delivers in piping hot five seconds after ordered.

At a cost of 1.42 Euros, or a bit over $2.00 US, the machine has already served up 1,600 baguettes in the past month and is on target to pay for itself within a year.

If you get to Paris and try the machine please let me know and if I get there first I will let the readers know what I think.  You can find more information about the Baguette Dispenser. Enjoy!

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  • Jackie Cheng August 16, 2011, 3:06 pm

    Wow…that’s pretty awesome. They should market those here in the states! Too bad we only have boring soda machines.

  • Shakti B. August 16, 2011, 3:49 pm

    l love that. If someone did that in my city, they could probably make some money. The price would be more like $4 a loaf though.

  • Ken Schoenberg August 16, 2011, 7:35 pm

    Better than this machine are the “Pommes frites” machines I’ve seen in France and Brussels. Pop a few coins in the slot and you get hot fresh frites!

  • tony_bostony August 19, 2011, 12:53 pm

    That’s crazy! How about a cream cheese dispenser next to it?

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