Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie is a Bakery in the France Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase and it’s modeled after your typical French Cafe you would find in a place like Paris. It’s a place you can go morning, noon or night and always find something you will absolutely love. They have delicious Soups, Quiches, and Sandwiches made from freshly baked French Breads, not to mention a countless number of Croissants, Pastries, Tarts and other Desserts that will have your mouth watering from the second you step foot in the door.
They do accept the Disney Dining Plan and some items are Snack Credit eligible, while others you can use Quick Service credits on. It’s conveniently located near the International Gateway entrance to Epcot, so if your coming from any of the Boardwalk area resorts it’s a perfect stop on your way into Epcot.
- Tip: Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie is one of the only places in World Showcase that opens at 9am (most open at 11am), so head over in the morning while crowd levels are still low.
It’s one of my absolute favorite places to go in WDW and I always end up eating way more than I should! I couldn’t wait to go in and try as many things as was humanly possible this time for my Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie review (naturally for the readers). Let’s see what mind-blowing things they have this time…
I have to tell you that France is my #1 World Showcase Pavilion of all time! I absolutely LOVE it! The atmosphere is amazing and you really get the sense you are walking around a little Paris. The best way to arrive at Les Halles is to enter Epcot through the International Gateway. From there you head to the right over the bridge and France is your first country.
Immediately you will see the beauty of which I was referring to, such as this fantastic fountain, with blooming flowers all around it:
Once you have wandering around a bit, make your way over to the back left of the pavilion into the little alley way. At the end you will find the entrance to Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie (I got really good at typing this name after doing it about 100 times!):
Seems like a building you would find in France, complete with apartments upstairs:
Beautiful flower baskets hanging below the windows:
As you make you way in you will notice the huge arched doorways:
Les Halles moved locations a few years back when it used to be in the area where L’Artisan des Glaces is currently located. The current Les Halles space is much bigger and accommodates the crowds that come. We went early in the morning so it wasn’t bad yet.
The eating area is modeled after the Train Station in Paris as you see the high arching steel beams across the space:
The space is quite big and has room for a lot of tables. It’s also air conditioned which is great when the sun is beating down on you! If you prefer eating outside we passed a few tables in the alleyway on the way in:
Yes I smell those Croissants fresh out of the oven too!!
There are always some neat displays set up on your way in, this one of some colorful loaves of bread:
A scorpion seems a little bit strange for France, but whatever floats your boat I guess…
By this time the smell of all that bread and pastries is going to be killing you so lets just go in already:
As you walk in you’ll see that there is a big open space where you can look at all the mouth-watering food items lined up waiting for you on the counters. There are two lines, on the Left and on the Right. It doesn’t matter which line you get in, I promise you will find the exact same stuff on both sides:
You will notice there is a quite extensive menu for Drinks. You can get Coffee, Cappuccino, Espresso, Tea, a variety of Soft Drinks like Juices, Soda or Milk. If you want to feel even a little bit better, the right side of the menu shows the alcoholic offerings with a few Wines, Champagne and Beer:
As I approach the counter it becomes clearer and clearer there is no way I’m staying on my diet today..everything looks ridiculous!! Lets start off with the Savory items first. Here we have a mix of Quiches, Pizza and Sandwiches:
Focaccia style Pizza covered in tomatoes and olives:
The Croque Monsieur is COVERED in cheese!!
Two of the Sandwiches available are the Ham and Cheese and the BLT, both served on fresh bread:
Some more sandwiches and the mythical Roule aux Fromages (Cheese and Bacon Roll):
Ham and Cheese Croissant:
You can also enjoy some wonderful Soups while you’re here, this day there was Potato and Leek or Lobster Bisque, both of which you can order in a freshly baked Bread Bowl!
When I turn to see the Sweets I know I really in trouble…Wow! Each counter has an upper and lower level, the upper being more baked goods (Croissants, Beignets, Elephant Ears, etc), while the lower has more Mousses, Tarts and Cakes. Those Beignets are calling my name:
All the different Croissants look so good, Plain, Chocolate, Almond, you name it:
You can tell that the crust is so moist and flaky:
HUGE Elephant Ears along with Turnovers (Palmier and Frangipane):
Below we have a 2 Mousses – Chocolate and Coffee or Chocolate and Cream, Lemon Tart and the Raspberry Macarons:
Closeup of the Raspberry Macarons, just oozing with cream:
Here’s a mixture of some more desserts:
The Flan Tart with Cherries (Tarte au flan et cerises):
The Duo is a chocolate lover’s dream, made from White and Dark Chocolate mousses:
This is a Yogurt Mousse with fresh Berries (Parfait aux Fruits):
The Creme Brulee looks divine:
This time there was a special Opera Cake, again for chocolate lovers with a mix of dark, milk and white:
This is literally torture, I don’t know how I’m ever going to choose between all this stuff:
Caramel Cream and Chocolate Mousse:
I HAVE to get these babies, Framboise – Raspberry Mousse with Chocolate Cake layered inside and fresh Raspberries on top:
Your classic Napoleon. I’m still partial to the ones they had before Les Halles changed locations or the ones at the Trolley Car Cafe in Hollywood Studios, but these are really good too:
Of course White or Chocolate Eclairs:
Fraises – Vanilla Cream topped with Strawberries:
Lastly it wouldn’t be a French Bakery is there wasn’t freshly baked French Macarons. These come in variety packs so you can get a little bit of everything:
After many hours of deliberation, I’ve finally made my choices. I’m starting with savory and working my way to sweet.
First up was the Croque Monsieur – toasted ham and cheese in the middle of two slices of bread with more cheese piled on top:
I have to say I liked it a lot, the bread was toasted perfectly, and the cheese was delicious, definitely a French cheese. I wish there was a bit more ham inside as I found only 2 thin slices, but that’s the European way, they don’t pile their sandwiches up like Americans do.
Everything was good but I was shocked when I saw the price on the receipt: $8.75 is a lot for what you get, I’m confused why this was one of the most expensive things on the menu, more than most of the sandwiches. Tastes great just be aware of the price.
Next is one of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE food items in all of Walt Disney World: the Roule aux Fromages (Bacon and Cheese Roll):
I absolutely LOVE these! I can never make a trip to Epcot without getting one, I need to find a support group or something. the Roule is HUGE and it’s stuffed with cheese and bacon all around it:
As you break it apart you’ll see they spared no expense, putting bacon chunks in between the layers of the bread, and good pieces of bacon too which was nice and tender. The bread itself is soft and chewy. If there’s one thing you need to order at Les Halls it’s this!
I’m always in the mood for a croissant so I tried the Chocolate Almond Croissant:
This was really good. The outside was nice and flaky with some toasted almonds on top. Inside was filled with almond paste and streaks of chocolate. Great option if you like these flavors!
One of the first things that caught my eye when entering into the bakery was the giant Elephant Ears (Palmier) which are covered in cinnamon sugar and dipped in chocolate.
I wasn’t sure about the Flan Tart with Cherries at first. I had seen this one many times but honestly it was my first time trying it. I love cherries, but usually flan isn’t my go to dessert, maybe it’s name or the way it jiggles when you move it freaks me out…idk hahahaha. I gave it a go:
Man could I not have been more wrong about something! It was one of the highlights of the day for me. Loved the texture of the tart itself which was light and not too dense. I found out that I actually like flan too….it’s light and had a custardy texture and flavor.
The Lemon Tart was another one that I had never tried before and another one that I discovered I’d been missing out on for many years. It was sooo yummy!! The meringue topping wasn’t too hard, but soft and a little like a marshmallow consistency. But it was the inside that won me over. The perfect blend of tart and sweet lemon flavors that reminded me of the lemon pies my grandmother used to make me. If you are a lemon fan this won’t let you down!
My sugar levels were nearing critical mass by this point but I powered through for you guys. I wasn’t leaving without my Framboise – Raspberry Mousse, with Chocolate Cake layers and Raspberries on top: