European Croissants and Hot Chocolate/Valley Preferred
We are seeking excellent croissants, breakfast pastries and hot chocolate (the deeply chocolate-y European kind) on Saturday. According to the Website, the Le Pain Quotidien in Studio City is currently closed for reservations. I would be grateful for other recommendations, preferably in the Valley. For full disclosure, my standards are really high, we’re looking for something to compare to the fresh baked, eaten in the morning ones I have in France and Brussels. I am starting a new thread on this to obtain the most current information possible...
Thank you for your help!
In the Valley I cannot help you but to my French self the croissants at La Maison du Pain are the best I've had in LA (I've tried the much touted Amandine and... meh). Disclaimer: I only eat plain croissants as I don't care for pains au chocolat or almond croissants, or even worse, the cheese and ham atrocities.
La Maison du Pain only does hot chocolate on Sunday morning, until the end of the year. It's something else I can't really drink/eat but by the look and smell of it it's the kind made with real melted chocolate and whole milk, not cocoa with hot water.
Anyway, if you find yourself on Sunday morning in Mid-City, you may want to give it a try.
Not far from the Ventura Blvd. Pain Quotidien is Nata's Bakery. Real Portugese Pastries that friends from Antwerp insist on every time they're in town...
I don't know if they can be done in the same place, but Firefly Bistro has *great* European style hot chocolate... and maybe you could jet over to Pasadena for croissants from Europane... or get your croissants from Europane and Hot Chocolate from Leonida's?
Also in Pasadena is Zona Rosa Caffe for hot chocolate.
In case you find yourself in West LA, try Amandine for croissants and hot chocolate.
You might want to try Belwood Bakery in Studio City.
Or Chez Nous in Toluca Lake.
10550 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake, CA 91602
12634 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA