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1902 Pike Place, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810147.609845 -122.342249
Monday-Saturday 7a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Neighborhoods: Pike Place Market, Downtown
Ooooh, la-la! The baguettes, croissants and -- oui, oui -- those macarons adds up to one of the most popular venues in the Pike Place Market. Stand in line and you'll be rewarded with lovely pastries and bread and dynamite coffee drinks. Grab a seat by the front and watch the hordes of tourists walk by in the summer.
Amazing, decadent, perfect – It really doesn't matter how bad your day has been. If somone hands you a freshly baked pain au chocolat, everything is right with the world. Beautiful, buttery, crisp croissant is stuffed with dark, rich morsels of the best French chocolate imaginable! Seriously, why they haven't used these to solve international conflicts I will never understand. A pain au chocolat and a steaming cup of fresh coffee is all you need for 20 minutes of complete bliss.
The cafe is lovely too so if you can find a spot, stay and savor and enjoy!
Yummy! – The quiches, croissants and cookies were so perfectly flaky and buttery! Very decadent.
I felt very rushed and was intimidated to even ask questions there! Kinda like the "soup nazi"! But it was so good I would go back every morning if I lived in Seattle.
Mmmmm Pain Au Raisin.... – I have lived in France and nothing comes close to French patisseries but, if you have to live in seattle you have to have Le Panier pain aur raisin....it's pretty good i tell you!
I am there once a week for my fix....lol and a cup a cafe to reallly settle in for the day!!
Unsanitary – I used to visit this bakery about once every week or so. I would buy a loaf of bread and indulge in an almond croissant. However, recently when I went in, I saw one of the employees drop a loaf of bread on the floor, and then put it back on the shelf! I could not believe my eyes, but I figured this an isolated incident. However, when I told the employee ringing me up (this time I only bought a latte...you can't drop that on the floor!), the employee said that he couldn't say anything to the woman who dropped the bread, saying that she was a manager, and that putting the bread back was a policy. This is ridiculous! I expect my food to be clean before I buy it. I will no longer be a patron of Le Panier bakery.
Amazing bread – I just tucked into a bit of the campagne loaf and have to say it's one of the best loaves of bread I've ever had. It's moist, and chewy and the crust it perfectly browned and crunchy. Absolutely worth every penny!
awesome – i went in a couple months ago just to see what they offer.... OH MY GOODNESS!!! i got some assorted petit fours, and they were perfectly exquisite and just delicious!!! their french macaroons are out of this world! i cant wait to make a trip to pike place just for some more petit fours!
Try the mini palmiers – I am seriously addicted to the mini palmiers. They come in a clear cellophane bag tied with a colorful ribbon. Most (mammoth-sized) palmiers at other bakeries lack the crunch that these have ... almost like candy. So basically, it's a buttery and flaky cookie that crunches like candy. You'll just have to try it. I don't even work downtown but I make the trip to buy these. They are to die for.
This bread is the staff of life........ – I know great bread when I taste it and I'll walk several miles to get it. Try one of Le Panier's sandwiches for lunch - I recommend the Roast Beef or Turkey...to die for and a great bargain at apprx $5.00. I'm here every weekend.
Best French bakery I've found! – Le Panier reminds me of the French bakeries in Old Town Geneva. The croissants are etherially light, buttery, and flaky. The palmiers are buttery and slightly soft on the inside while really crispy on the outside...I'd love to know how get a cookie to do that!
Try the napoleon with luscious French pastry creme between the layers of pastry.
A breakfast fave was the croissant filled with ham and gruyere...delish!!!
As a previous reviewer mentioned, the lattes are smooth and luscious.
Also, try the hazelnut and chocolate chip cookies...and the pistachio macaroons!
You won't be able to pass by the buttery and wonderful smell on the corner as you walk by.
A quaint French bakery in the heart of Pike Place Market. – In Short
Diners perch on a handful of counter seats (the best offer a view of the Market's foot traffic), for breakfast or lunch of a Brie-smeared baguette chased with a steaming cup of coffee. Francophiles stand in line at this self-proclaimed "Very French Bakery" for a baguette, a brioche or a chocolate croissant. More than a few leave clutching a meringue or a chocolate eclair.
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