A quasi French bakery that sells various types of pastries, sandwiches and drinks.
Having worked in a coffee shop for many years, I am always in search of a good cup of coffee. I was very disappointed with Vancouver's coffee. When I found this little shop, I continued to walk the extra 5 blocks for a cup. The service is great, and they are always very helpful. I had a few sweet treats over the week and was very satisfied. By far one of my favorite places of my trip. I am surprised by the bad reviews, maybe those people are the type to not be satisfied by anything.
Stopped with my friends the other day for a bite to eat. It reminded us of our summer travels around Southern France. Unique décor, finally something that is not standardized and streamlined. Pastries, cakes, paninis, soup, salads, all sorts of coffee and tea ..made it not only look, but also taste authentic. Apparently all of these yummy creations are freshly baked at their offsite bakery and delivered daily. We tried lunch combo, grilled paninis with tomato soup – it was yummy. And finished our lunch with dessert – we split Josephine, Hazelnut Chocolate Cake and Blueberry Cheesecake. Yummy! We are definitely coming back
While trying to expand my Yaletown horizons, I wandered past Boulangerie La Parisienne, and, hey, I like sandwiches.
The sandwich I had was okay; the combinations were, in some cases, a little strange, but tasty enough. The mocha was bitter and not so tasty. It's kind of a standard bakery shop inside, with counter seating facing out to the street--that was nice, especially at Mainland and Helmcken--but with weird digital advertising flashing at you. The price was a bit steep ($11 for a small sandwich and a mocha). All in all, it's okay--not bad, but certainly nothing special.
Ok, so this is a coffee shop? or bakery?
Either way, three strikes and you're out.
In the past, we've had lattes - decent, but far from great, grilled panini - decent but far from great also
Last time: bought a cake for an office celebration. BIG BIG mistake.
Really! A french bakery wanna be should at least have good desserts.
Anything with butter should just melt in your mouth - same with anything with cream should be fresh cream and not old stale whip cream. ICK!
Over 1/2 the cake wasn't eaten - yes, it WAS that bad.
Save your money, or better yet, don't deprive yourself - just walk the extra several blocks and go to Urban Fare (Davie Street) or to Ganache (Homer Street)
TOTAL waste of money food wise! On the flip side, GREAT service. Girls helped us pick out the perfect cake. Talk about above and beyond expectations! :)
Went to this place in the early evening during the summer for a coffee, and the person working wouldn't make a cappuccino as she deemed it too late in the evening to justify cleaning the machine afterward (it was perhaps 7:30 or 8).
I thought I'd give it a second chance tonight, and ordered a raspberry tart to go. When I got home, I discovered at least 1/3 of the raspberries were moldy.
I come to this bakery often to fulfill the "bakery void" created when I came back to Canada from 2 wonderful vacations in France. The review below is true, things are pricey and not made on site, but I don't mind paying a little extra for my french bakery fix. There is only one other good french bakery in Vancouver that I know of (on Granville Island). Anyways, I love the Boulangerie's panini sandwiches, fruit mousse cups, cookies, and ALL of the croissants. Very delicious and VERY French tasting :)
If you're looking to experience a taste of French decadence in Vancouver, this place is hard on the wallet, but otherwise not a bad start.
Although the pastries aren't cooked in-house, you'll definitely notice a difference between theirs from your regular coffee shop. Their sandwiches are quite tasty, but I'm sure they're not worth $8+ ... is any?
Pretty yummy and sweet, but be ready to splurge.