Could not be more pleases with this cute little cafe off of Clapham common. Great baked goods, lovely loose tea and a whole window of jewel tone macaroons. When I asked about the flavours they gave me on for free!
As soon as you walk through the door you're greeted by a counter of luridly coloured ice creams and sorbets. I'm yet to try these myself but have been told they're fantastic.
The cafe is bright and airy, with pitchers of water left close at hand on the tables. The croissants and a few other pastries are self serve while the fancier cakes and sandwiches are presented by charmingly sedate waitstaff. From the outdoor seating you can look out onto the common or grab your treats to go and lounge on the grass yourself!
They carry a selection of loose teas and a beautifully presented tea service was just £2.50. One tiny drawback is that they don't have any toilets at the cafe. There is a Starbucks right around the corner that is part of the community toilets scheme though, so you're never more than a quick walk away!
Look, there are two important things when it comes to icecream.
1) Make it taste nice.
2) Don't skimp on the serving.
Macaron gets the first bit right fo shiz. From memory, I had creme brulee (or something along those lines) and it was blooming lovely. Cold and delicious and sweet and creamy. All the nice bits. They took the cone . . . they scooped some icecream . . . they squashed it in, scraped the edges, pressed it on top, pushed it down . . . ready for another little scoop on top. Which never came. Talk about leading a girl on! They handed it over, and I took it with a no doubt rather bemused expression on my face. Because it looked as if it had been half-eaten.
Macaron, you taunt me so. If you will insist on only giving a teensy little scoop for £2 then would you mind balancing it on top of the cone so it at least looks like a stereotypical icecream, not squashing it down so that I have to eat half the cone before I can get to the good stuff? Don't tease me, Macaron. It's not your style.
As a French person I like to go there because it is like home + with a better service. Food is good and authentic. I can chat with the staff in French that has quickly identified me as a regular and treats me like this, so walking there is a real pleasure. They also sell products from France like carambar and this I cannot resist. Having a coffee with a pastry at this place is a small pleasure that makes life better.
So if you are in Clapham you have to go!!
Ah Macaron. What you do, you do well. Coffees, teas and damn delicious pastries in a big open space, opposite an even bigger open space, Clapham Common.
Always busy on the weekends, this is the go-to spot for Clapham-ites needing a decent coffee and a cheeky morning pastry. Their ice cream is popular in the summer months too.
If you're sitting in here with a paper with good company, very good coffee and with fresh pastry crumbs round your mouth, it's hard not to be enjoying life.
If I lived in France I would weigh 3,000 pounds. Minimum. Whatever these people do with food is just absolutely amazing. The éclairs, the steaks, the fruit tarts, hell, even the frog legs taste so good! I'm thinking about creating a new identity, total C.I.A. status, undercover, getting a new passport under a fake name and spying on French culinary masters, like hiding on top of a hanging rack of pots and pans in their kitchen getting a total birds' eye view of the whole cooking action.
That would be a really big project though, so I'd rather just go to Macaron Patisserie Boulangerie instead. It is a really cute French place that serves sandwiches, coffee and breakfasts. They also sell freshly baked croissants, baguettes and pastries. I had a coffee flavoured éclair with a café mocha and that was the best taste combination decision I have ever made in my life. It was divine. I could have eaten their entire stock of pastries in one sitting, I know it.
They serve your food on really beautiful china. The whole atmosphere is French country style. It is quite cozy and welcoming. I will definitely come here again. At least I don't have to immigrate and go on a major covert culinary mission; I'll just come here when I have the hankering for some French food.
A really nice spot on the Common, you will be greeted by a chorus of 'bonjours' upon entry. This is one of two authentic French operations in the area run by the owners, the other being the . As the name would suggest, the speciality here is macaroons, those tiny, coloured balls of light coconutty sweetness. I'm not a massive fan, but can appreciate the artistry that goes into their creation.
What interests me more about the place are the other ingredients on the menu: crispy baguettes with a variety of French cheeses, puffy pain au chocolat, a whole host of tempting mini-cakes and tarts, and a reliably gooey croque monsieur.
There is also delicious coffee - and the perfect place to drink it too, gazing out across the Common or in through the back windows to the kitchen where chefs make the next batch of fresh baked delights.
Very pricey and pretentious pattisserie, but nevertheless ocassionally has ice cream in stock and some of the flavours are non-standard.
The chocolate banana ice cream is exceptional, it seems to be made with real chunks of banana and chocolate and is really delicious.
Also notable is the dark chocolate and coconut combinations.
This pattisserie specialises in macaroons.
Delicious but not for anyone on a budget!
Decided to try out my top recommendation within 20m of where I'm sitting. Lovely sandwiches, good tea in
fine bone china, and delightful staff. I will be back!
I really love this place and have to recommend their croissants, although I tried almost everything from their menu. The decor reminds me of some of the cafes which I visited last summer in France and it's so cool. The staff is polite and well organised.
This is a must if you are into organic bread and freshly baked pastries. I also like their takeaway sandwiches they are always made from quality products.
This beautiful establishment on the corner of the Pavement has won various awards for its food and its clear why. I once had a friend who worked there and we used to wait eagerly each day to see what left-overs she'd bring home - the pastries are wonderful and the more elaborate cakes exquisite. Everything looks like a work of art. On summer days the ice-cream stall is the best in Clapham, and you'll be charmed by the waitresses' traditional dress. In fact, it's altogether a charming place - an authentic taste of France on Clapham Common. You can take-away or sit-in on sturdy wooden tables inside, or outside when its warm. Hot food is also available and whatever you choose is a treat.
This is a really authentic French boulangerie and patisserie. The exterior is really nice, all rich brown paint, great detailing and those swinging signs that creek in cowboy films. They do a very good croque monsieur and a croissant and an orange juice at any time of the day is great. The atmosphere is cosy and during the day, full mostly with Clapham yummy mummies but if you want to grab a smoke and an espresso outside the whole thing feels really quite French.
Wonderful, wonderful ambiance and selection. Really a great location and friendly feeling. Fun place to go with the buggy and children. Coffee drinks are the stand out as are the tartlets with fruit. Their selection of macaroons may be the greatest I've ever seen (three shades of blue) but they seem to be nicer to look at than eat as all macaroons are (too sweet for me). Ice cream and cake is top knotch.
Wonderful place! It really reminds me of my holiday in France few years ago. Its so well decorated that someone might even think that he/she is in France. The atmosphere is lovely and on top of that I love how some of the staff members talk French, altho I don't really know what they are saying. The food is fantastic! I recommend the sandwiches and pastries. Also I love the fact that the waitresses are cute French girls serving you with an accent.
Popped in here based on previous reviews. Enjoyed a roll, coffee and a cake here. All served on fancy french china and all tasted yummy. Nicely located with views over the common. Will definitely be coming back and will maybe try the ice cream. Not the cheapest but if you want a treat and a bit of french sophistication then don't hesitate.
I'm a total sucker for anything French and flour-related, so I popped in here for a quick lunch yesterday. Twas windy and autumnal on the green and this was a perfect spot to observe it all. It's very cute inside, and if I was a child, I'd be in heaven with all the colours of candy available.
They do takeaway sandwiches, bread (organic) and pastries. Quite a few people popped in to pick up a sandwich and continue on with their day. It's about 3 quid for a takeaway demi-baguette sandwich, 4.5 quid eat-in. I really enjoy simple french sandwiches, so thoroughly enjoyed mine. Most people eating in chose to have tea and a croissant. They do a wide array of fancy teas, giving you a pot and a lovely china cup and saucer. It's just like visiting my gran.
The owner and her assistant spoke French to each other, so they're the real deal. They've created a lovely atmosphere to while away an afternoon or morning, but if you're just in need of a good loaf of bread it's also worth stopping in.
I absolutely love this place, but somehow I usually just do takeaway- its worth a visit for the pastries and the bread! Most of the time it just happens to be slightly too busy for my liking and has quite few prams... Just not a big fan of screaming babies in the morning! Other than that- really worth a visit, great atmosphere- small, cute and cosy!
Loved the double espresso. And the service was impressive. Will definitely visit again.
I really like this little French cafe. You see there is a certain atmosphere inside that reminds me of Paris. I have tried almost everything they have to offer and all of them was of a great quality and taste. The croissant is the best I have ever tried in London and I enjoy the seasonal things they have some times throughout the year. For example I enjoyed the "galette de roi" last January, which is a traditional kind pie in France.
There are two downturns and these are the reason why I rate it as 4/5. First, there is no toilet inside, which is always useful when you have your coffee! Second, is really cold inside in the winter!
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