On a rainy Saturday afternoon in Seattle, my friend and I took a quick walk through the famous Pike Place Market. Between the flower vendors and their beautiful bouquets and the crafty local artists and their handmade postcards, we took one whiff of Le Panier’s buttery aroma and headed into the French bakery right-a-way. After two satisfying treats, I came to love this place with its delicious pastries and comfy setting.
Le Panier’s Story
Since 1983, Le Panier Very French Bakery has been serving visitors at Pike Place Market with its French-style baking. It introduced classic boulangerie and patisserie to Seattle, and continues to do so with an unmatched authenticity.
Le Panier’s Pastries
What’s more French than croissants? My friend ordered a plump chocolate croissant both buttery and flaky. Luckily, she was kind enough to share. The combination of butter and chocolate just melted in my mouth.
I had Croissant aux fruits – pastry cream topped with apricots – and it was delicious! The cream and fruit was just the right amount of sweet and rich.
To compliment the deserts, I had a frothy cup of cappuccino – a great way to be uplifting in Seattle’s rainy weather.
Le Panier’s Service
The young ladies behind the counter, uniformly dressed in Le Panier tees, served us with friendly smiles. Way to represent Seattle to all the visitors!
Le Panier’s Ambiance
Clean, cute and with just the right amount of decoration, Le Panier provided a comfortable setting. It’s the type of place where people can grab-and-go or sit and chat for hours.
The only complaint? It gets a little too crowded. After all, Pike Place Market is a significant landmark, and the pastries smell so good!
In the great American Northwest town of Seattle – where coffee and outdoor sports define the city – it’s an absolute pleasure to have a bakery with such authentic treats! Le Panier is like a French retreat. The next time you are in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, I suggest you give Le Panier Very French bakery a try.