Seattle >Le Panier Very French Bakery
Ooooh, la-la! The baguettes, croissants and -- oui, oui -- those macarons adds up to one of the most popular venues in the Pike Place Market. Stand in line and you'll be rewarded with lovely pastries and bread and dynamite coffee drinks. Grab a seat by the front and watch the hordes of tourists walk by in the summer.
Must try the macarons!. The pistachio macarons here are absolutely wonderful- I have developed a dangerous addiction to them, and costly- as they are a dollar a piece for each small, delightful little cookie. These are hard to find French cookies that I have only had in Paris before I discovered this sweet little bakery tucked in by Pike Market.
Complaint. The highly vaunted chocolate eclairs that I purchased were stale. I would have been better off with what passes for chocolate eclairs at QFC.
Pastry Bread & Coffee.
I am an ex-baker (having gone on to other interests) and I find the breads and pastries to be wonderful at Le Panier.
What I would really like to comment on though is their Lattes and specialty coffee drinks. What a treat! In my opinion, in the top 5 in the city!
Great bread and croissants. Le Panier is the real thing. Their baguettes (French bread) and croissants are the best I have found in Seattle, and I'm a big bread fan. I go there regularly and would advise anyone to do the same. Their "oh so French" atmosphere is cute but a little cloying. The Pike Place Market location is wonderful. The only minus: their pastries are truly disappointing. They look like real French pastries, but can be soggy and lacking in flavor. Get your pastries at Three Girls Bakery, just steps away. Stick to the bread products here and you'll be happy. And the prices are very low too.
The best palmiers around. I love the baguettes and palmiers here. I also love the onion loaf and the black walnut, which makes a meal when served with a nice, ripe blue cheese and wine. There's nothing better than the buttery scent that permeates the corner where this bakery lives.
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