Today the wind is blustery, yet the sun keeps peaking through the clouds. On Sundays, especially a pleasant Sunday in early Springtime like this one, I like to take a walk to my favourite bakery Franchise: Paris Baguette. Undoubtably the mentioning of this Boulangerie isn’t something new to my blog; I’ve certaining scattered my appreciation for it in diary entries.
So what’s appealing about Paris Baguette? – Well, when I moved to Korea, I started to live without the dishes I habitually ate and are common in England. Fortunately I have a soft spot for Korean food and Asian cuisines in general; however upon my first encounter of Paris Baguette (PB) I was over the moon with the choices of bread. They had cream cheese filled bagels, brioche loaves, castella cake, garlic bread, cheese batons/twists, freshly prepared sandwiches and as simple as it is, jelly with fruit pieces inside! – All reminded me of back home. I couldn’t help but think maybe, just possibly, I could handle my urge for diving into a plate of mashed potatoes with Irish Sausages and thick gravy as long as I had weekly access to a PB.
PB has locations in LA, New York and New Jersey in the USA (57 branches in total) with a select few stores in China and Vietnam. If you do come to Korea, you may not even have to use a search engine/map to hunt down the nearest branch; they’re so common that you will come across one within a 10-15 minute radius, as long as you are in a well built-up city or urban area. The company owning PB, once named Paris Crossiant, also have a thriving Italian themed cafe franchise named ‘Café Pascucci’: specialising in gelato topped beverages and authentic Italian espressos.
Aside from the types of bread people tend to eat on a daily or weekly basis, PB have an array of snack breads, pastries and other sweet treats that usually get snatched up during lunch hours through until 4pm. New additions and discontinued items change by season or popularity per individual store: it can be disappointing when limited and special editions are no longer available, but they are usually replaced by something as equally tasteful or unique. As PB are inspired by West Europe, foods are labelled both in Korean and English. If you require further information on an item, whether to identify it’s ingredients or nutritional information, their website provides extensive detail and can usually be set to English translation via Google browser.
Prices range from 1,200₩ (£0.80p/$1.06) to usually no more than 6,800₩ (£4.53/$5.98); this includes types pizza and hotdog bread, macarons, cream puff pastries and ice-creams. Some branches are cafés, meaning you can order simple coffees to enjoy with bread and cake within their seating area. You can buy premade birthday/occasion cakes which can cost anywhere between 18,000₩+ (£12.00/$15.85); the most expensive one I have seen was 32,000₩ (£21.33/$28.18). Their salads look so flavoursome, but they are overpriced in my opinion; they cost around the same price you would pay for a salad box at Prêt a Manger in Central London.
Now, this wouldn’t be a useful PB review if I didn’t end it with walk-through of my regular selection ⬇️
💬 What’s you favourite bread/cake?
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