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Paris Baguette on Western Avenue -- a delicious bakery!

  • liu Aug 27, 2006 07:44 PM
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Paris Baguette
125 North Western Avenue
Los Angeles
#323.467-0404

You know you have come to a wonderful bakery when you are greeted by a board at the entryway which lists, hour-by-hour from morning to night, what is due out of the oven!

In the past we have driven on by because we thought it was a Vietnamese banh mi sandwich place; it is not! It is a really good bakery! To date, we can vouch for the chocolate croissants and a rectangular apple pastry...everything very fresh!

It is definitely "on the way" to wherever I might go next, and maybe even on my return path also! Everyone was extremely friendly and it felt like a happy store! There were a lot of carry-out orders and it was quite crowded while we were there.

P.S. I might not be the most discriminating critic of bakeries, because part of the experience for me is visual -- I love to look at the gorgeous creations! As I have posted before, I am often contentedly satiated by just looking and not tasting. So, I am anxious to hear others' opinions on this store.

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  1. Yes, their chocolate croissants are delish! I've never been there but my mother-in-law brings me pastries from there about twice a month!

    1. I've had many things from this bakery, all have been delicious and quite fresh. Definitely make sure you check their board in front of the store, it tells you when each item will be baked (thus, the freshest!). My vote is the curry croquette, though these sell out in minutes! I've also had a lovely strawberry cake. Fresh strawberries, whipped cream, and a light and spongy cake.

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      1. re: kerbear04

        Ooooh -- the strawberry cake sounds good! Will they sell it by the piece...or perhaps it's light enough that the entire cake IS one piece??!!

        I really do plan a return visit soon, and even sooner in light of your vote!

      2. Today we had a flat French twisted pastry (about 8" long) with chocolate pieces in it...WOW!

        This is my favorite bakery now in LA. The fragrance is heavenly, everything is amazingly fresh and pristine, the service is inviting, and the pastry is so fine!

        Paris Baguette
        125 North Western Avenue #101
        Los Angeles
        #323.467-0404

        There is a pretty large parking lot on the side; if it is full, there is street parking available.

        1. A little embarrassed...maybe! I just visited Paris Baguette for my THIRD time -- no, not all in one day! And once again, this is truly a delicious bakery! My very favorite is their flat, rectangular twist that has chocolate pieces throughout. In addition, I tried a red bean pastry that was falling apart and still a little warm. It, too, was beyond my expectations.

          I was glad to see that they were very busy on a Saturday afternoon; many were enjoying their finds there, and others were carrying out large orders. I do so hope they flourish!

          Thank you to Slow Foodie who first posted on this find back in December of last year: "...Paris Baguette...may be my find of the year!" This is a wonderful place for an afternoon refreshment.

          1. Maaaan, I had missed this recommendation last week when I went to K-town to pop my Pinkberry cherry, but I remembered this post after I paid a visit for some Peruvian take out @ Pollo ala Brasa. Their croissants are fabulous----light, quality butter, mmmm, chocolate, oh so good. I like the fact you get to pack your own pastry box with the set of tongs, keeps the lines at the counter moving quickly. Each pastry is in their own case, which is nice to see the actual freshness of each treat. Next time I'm in the area I'm going to try their bread. Mmm carbs and sweets!

            1. Just got there for my first time today due to my good pal, Steen.
              Amazing and economical. A wonderful croquette that was kept warm in it's own special warming oven, a really tasty Provencale (I suppose called that because it has a tomato slice on top) pastry with ham and cheese, and a realy great flaky square filled with banana. Still keeping the sweet potato pastry for breakfast in the AM. I will be back for sure to sample more things.

              1. do they have cakes here, or just smaller-sized pastries? in desperate need of finding a delicious birthday cake in k-town area.

                1. They have the best cakes there! I just bought for my friend's bday a green tea chiffon cake. The most beautifully decorated was the three berry cake but opted for the green tea since I knew that people would find it different. The cakes are a good size and are about $30.

                  http://myculinaryadventures.blogspot.com

                  1. Word.

                    I brought the green tea cake to my family for Chinese New Year's, and they polished off the whole thing in no time!

                    I can't wait to go back and try their blueberry and strawberry cream cake.

                    They make the second-best chocolate croissant I've had in LA. (It's not easy to find a decent chocolate croissant in this town!)

                    Cheers, All.

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                    1. re: Liquid Sky

                      OK I'll bite, and THE BEST chocolate croissant was/is???

                      1. re: sel

                        This upscale deli on Abbott Kinney Blvd in Venice. I don't know the name, but it's on a corner with a couple of outdoor tables. Wonderful!

                    2. I find threads like this so surreal. I'm an ex-pat living in Korea, and many of us consider Paris Baguette one of those strange anomalies where Koreans try to mimic western food but mess it up in the execution. Sweet pastries drizzled in ketchup and mayonnaise. Ham and cheese sandwiches with half inch layers of mayonnaise, sweet pickles and strawberries. Cakes decorated with cherry tomatoes.

                      I guess what annoys and disgusts us here in Korea is considered a novelty back home.

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                      1. re: ZenKimchi

                        I've been to Paris Baguette in Seoul and in Los Angeles. Surprisingly, probably because there are fewer stores here, the quality control is better in Los Angeles. Also, they don't have the faux Westernized pastries like hotdog-mayo-souffles (I made this up, but you get the idea) or whatever.

                        The stores here are, I think, actually all bakeries, whereas aren't some of the ones in Korea are sometimes just storefronts where the goods aren't actually made, just sold?

                        It's kind of like how the McDonald's abroad are often awesome with super-friendly people and fresh food because they're corporate-owned, not franchises.

                        I like the sweet potato twists and the chocolate chip twists at Paris Baguette.

                      2. this sounds deleicious!. i want to bring this for a breakfast treat to a large group. only one or two mentions of the savories...the sausage rolls, ham and cheese things, etc. any comments on the non-sweets here which are the best....or are they best avoided since not many comments on them as their favorites? thanks.

                        1. FYI, they have another outlet, also in Koreatown:

                          3470 W 6th St (west of Kenmore, 1 block n of Wilshire)
                          Los Angeles, CA 90020
                          (213) 384-0404

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                          1. re: maxzook

                            They also have at least one outlet I know of in OC, inside the Zion Market in the back. That said, we in OC also have Cream Pan, a Japanese bakery that pretty much kicks everyone's butt. I think the pastries at the Western Blvd location are better than the OC ones (haven't been to the 6th street location). The bread at Cream Pan tops all, imho. Even though I'm Korean, I gotta admit Cream Pan is really freaking awesome. They even have a vegan bread that is out of this world.

                            1. re: choctastic

                              Having been to Paris Baguette (on Western) and Cream Pan in the same day, I take it back. I like Paris Baguette's various croissant things much better. Cream Pan's croissant is a joke. Also, I had a very greasy, doughy pain au chocolat with crappy chocolate in the middle. I had forgotten about that. However, I still like Cream Pan's bread better; it's extremely fluffy. There is even a bread suitable for vegans (no butter or eggs)

                              1. re: choctastic

                                Oh and btw the boba joint next to the Paris Baguette on WEstern is having $1 boba sale for May. That place was packed with teenagers last night.

                          2. I just went there, based on all the raves from this post. Totally dissapointed. The baguette was limp. Doesn't even compare to one's @ Bread Bar.

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                            1. re: rednax8

                              I was about to say, forget the pastries.
                              True test of a bakery is the (plain) baguette, period.