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Review: Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Bakery in Epcot

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Review BreakfastBonjour my fellow food lovers…If you have ever been to France and experienced the bakeries there, then I’m sure my Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie review is going to bring back fond memories.

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…

Atmosphere:

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:

Epcot France Pavilion Fountain Beauty

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!): Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Outside Epcot

Seems like a building you would find in France, complete with apartments upstairs:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie outside wall

Beautiful flower baskets hanging below the windows:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Windows

As you make you way in you will notice the huge arched doorways:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Arches Doorway

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:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Seating

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:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie seating area with tables

Yes I smell those Croissants fresh out of the oven too!!

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Poster

There are always some neat displays set up on your way in, this one of some colorful loaves of bread:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Colored Breads Display

Macaron Towers!

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Macaron Tree Display

A scorpion seems a little bit strange for France, but whatever floats your boat I guess…

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Display Window Scorpion

By this time the smell of all that bread and pastries is going to be killing you so lets just go in already:

Food:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Sign

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:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Review Order Queue

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:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Menu Display

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:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Review Sandwiches and Quiche display

Focaccia style Pizza covered in tomatoes and olives:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Bakery Review Pizza and Quiche

The Croque Monsieur is COVERED in cheese!!

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Review Bakery Croque Monsieur Close

Two of the Sandwiches available are the Ham and Cheese and the BLT, both served on fresh bread:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Bakery Sandwiches Case

Some more sandwiches and the mythical Roule aux Fromages (Cheese and Bacon Roll):

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Display Case Sandwiches

Ham and Cheese Croissant:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Review 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!

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Review Jams, Bread Bowls and Le Creuset Pots

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:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie display case Beignets

All the different Croissants look so good, Plain, Chocolate, Almond, you name it:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Bakery Chocolate Croissants

You can tell that the crust is so moist and flaky:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Review Croque Monsieur Croissants

HUGE Elephant Ears along with Turnovers (Palmier and Frangipane):

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Review Elephant Ears and Frangipane display

Below we have a 2 MoussesChocolate and Coffee or Chocolate and Cream, Lemon Tart and the Raspberry Macarons:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Bakery Display Case Desserts

Closeup of the Raspberry Macarons, just oozing with cream:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Bakery Display Case Raspberry Macarons and Lemon Tart

Here’s a mixture of some more desserts:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Cafe Liegeois display

The Flan Tart with Cherries (Tarte au flan et cerises):

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Review Flan Tart with Cherries in case

The Duo is a chocolate lover’s dream, made from White and Dark Chocolate mousses:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Duo White Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake Display

more sweets:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Bakery Review Display Case Duo Cake and Fruit Parfait

This is a Yogurt Mousse with fresh Berries (Parfait aux Fruits):

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Review Fruit Parfait close

The Creme Brulee looks divine:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Review Creme Brulee in display case

This time there was a special Opera Cake, again for chocolate lovers with a mix of dark, milk and white:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Opera Cake display

This is literally torture, I don’t know how I’m ever going to choose between all this stuff:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Bakery Display Case Raspberry Mousse Cake and Chocolate Tarts

Caramel Cream and Chocolate Mousse:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Review Chocolate Tart

I HAVE to get these babies, Framboise – Raspberry Mousse with Chocolate Cake layered inside and fresh Raspberries on top:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Review Raspberry Mousse Cake Framboise in hand

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:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Bakery Napoleons

Of course White or Chocolate Eclairs:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Bakery Review Eclairs

Fraises – Vanilla Cream topped with Strawberries:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Review Strawberry Tart Fraises Close

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:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Review Macarons Display 2

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:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Review Croque Monsieur close

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.

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Review Croque Monsieur inside 2

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):

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Review Bacon Cheese Roll Roule aux Fromages close

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:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Review Bacon Cheese Roll Roule aux Fromages close up Epcot

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!

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Bacon Cheese Roll Roule aux Fromages inside

I’m always in the mood for a croissant so I tried the Chocolate Almond Croissant:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Review Chocolate Almond Croissant close

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!

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Review Chocolate Almond Croissant inside

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.

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Review Elephant Ears PalmierThe size is huge and can easily be share by 2 people.  I love the cinnamon sugary coating on the pastry and the way it flakes apart.  One of my wife’s favorites and another winner.

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:

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Review Flan Tart with Cherries Epcot

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.

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Review Flan Tart with Cherries insideThere were big cherries in there too which was an incredible pairing with the flan.  Overall a winner and something I’m going to be getting many more times now!

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!

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Review Lemon Tart

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: