I LOVE PAUL! I love their ham and cheese baguette sandwich. So frickin good!
I wish there were a Paul in the US. We don't have anything like this.
I probably could have given this place 5 stars for their pecan pie and lattes alone. My friends and I were having a touristy day in London and we had just come out of Harrod's and were hungry for lunch. I did absolutely no research on places to eat in London, primarily because I was on vacation and not connected to wifi access 24/7. So we decided to just find random places throughout our day. I was happy with our experience at Paul, and had no idea it was a chain until I noticed another later on in the day. Supposedly they also have locations in the US, but not in my area.
This is your classic French patisserie. The ambiance is very cute inside and just the way I like it. We ordered based on what we thought looked good inside the display case, which consisted of a chicken sandwich and a pecan pie that my friend and I shared. We each also ordered lattes. The sandwich was just alright, but the pie and the latte were delicious!
I also enjoyed that there was wifi here, which I learned is not a common occurrence throughout London. This allowed me to check in on Yelp and continue to be an avid Yelper despite my little Eurofabulous vacay!
I had no idea that this was a huge international chain when I stopped in for a quick coffee and snack this morning. Honestly, you would never know it by the quality of the food and the ambiance - both were top notch for me.
Now my request: Dear Paul, since you've started opening in the US, please move your way north to NYC. Florida cannot appreciate your loveliness nearly as much as NY.
I always thought Paul's to be a little too posh and fancy for me. Regardless, what is undeniable is that they are an excellent bakery and patisserie.
Their large selection of breads, flans and cakes never waiver from the high standard they set.
I have a big penchant for their coconut flan and French crusty rolls.
If you eat in, the café sections are generally comfy and warm and the menu is quite a treat. They have a selection of hot pastries, pizzas, quiches, salads and sandwiches which all come with the distinct French flavour you come to expect from Pauls.
Fantastic tarts and pastries, good coffee, and above average service. I left my wallet on the counter while paying and it was put in safekeeping and returned to me when I realized it before leaving. Very gracious staff!
Super delicious, quick even when busy, extremely helpful and friendly employees. Wish we had them in the US!
This place has some of the most decadent looking pastries and has very delicious sandwiches and salads. I have tried many of their fantastic sandwiches and salads, but never really any of their pastries. I had the opportunity of drooling over watching many of my friends savour them though!
They also had some very delicious hot chocolate if I recall and this was a great place to stop if you wanted a great breakfast or lunch or a quick snack on the go. You could either eat their outside on their patio out front or take it to go in their little to go boxes.
This is a fantastic little cafe and I recommend it to anyone!
When I first moved to London I fell in love instantly with... Paul. We've had a meaningful relationship for a few years now and I must say I'm still head over heals in love.
I will never forget the first bite, his moist pastry, his juicy, glazed fruit...
Yes I'm talking about Paul's patisserie, the best place to try French tarts this side of the Channel. I've just about passed the stage where I had to by a slice of each because I just couldn't decide as they all looked so amazing, and now I stick to a few favourites. The blueberry tart and the rhubarb one are truly delicious and I still can't get enough of them (hey we don't have things this fancy Up North you know). The sandwiches are really good too, especially the goats cheese and roasted veg one. Lightly toasted, this makes a great first course if you even want one before diving straight for the totally scrumptious patisserie and cakes.
The South Ken branch is lovely to eat in at, either outside on a warm day or upstairs. If you manage to find a table inside, there's a very comfortable (if a little twee) rustic French balcony seating area where you're surrounded by wood panelling, old prints of men with ridiculously curly moustaches, bags of faux wheat and a wheel barrow. I like to come with friends for a catch up, although they're always a bit of a third party to my love affair with Paul. It's kinda like when you invite a friend to a do just because you want to go and see THE guy that one day your going to marry and live happily ever after with, amen.
I don't think they mind though, they know we're good together!
At Paul, you'll find traditional French fare without any fuss. All you have to do is walk in, point to what you'd like and before you know it, you'll be scarfing down some of the tastiest and quickly prepared French food in the central London.
There's an expansive selection of breads, sandwiches and gateaux. I love the chausson aux pommes, they are perfectly flakey, with a delicious apple center! Paul is a mainly a lunch or bunch place, be sure to get there before the afternoon because you may find that the sandwich of your choice is gone.
I like Paul's. Even though they are a chain they have real french attitude towards food. They offer real bread ... not this kind of sloppy soft English bread. If you get a baguette at Paul's it has crunch. Not like a baguette from an English sandwich shop which can be squeezed to be the size of stamp (that's not real bread). Paul also offers nice coffee and really nice chocolate. Chocolate ... again ... with a bit of attitude. You can taste that there is some real sugar rush going on ... same with the desserts like cakes and macaroons and .... now I'm hungry. Off to Paul for some crunch and a proper sugar rush.
Paul was one stop I had to make while traveling Europe. The lovely little chain of patisseries did not dissapoint. Oddly enough, I found the locations I visited in London to be much better than the one I visited in Paris. Anyhow, I sampled a savory leek tart and finished it off with a sweet strawberry one. Both were incredible.
Come to Paul for a lovely lunch or snack to go, that you can eat out of pretty little Paul boxes. It makes for a very chic meal!
Terrible mille feuille! Which is unforgivable since its my favourite!
Mediocre pastries and terrible coffee. Why this place has a line out the door is a mystery to me. Everything I've ever had here has been more or less average or worse. Nice atmosphere though.
I feel like the sandwich selection at Paul is wanting, especially in comparison to Pret and EAT. However, what they lack in bread options they more than offset with their amazing soups and stews. I had a bowl of lentils with fresh pumpkin that blew my socks back to the Mayflower. Yes, a pilgrims reference. The soup was that good.
I spent several mornings at Paul during a prolonged stay in Knightsbridge for work. I thought all their baked items were good -- croissants, quiche, sandwiches, etc. Their coffee and lattes were also excellent. Seating is a bit limited and can be crowded but I usually found a place to sit when I decided to eat in. I'll definitely go back here when I return to the area.
The Pistachio Macaroons (Macarons) are TO DIE FOR!! I was only in London for a month, but these gems leave me salivating every time I think back on them. I had never heard of or tried a French Macaron until I went to London. The only PAUL Bakeries in the U.S. are in Miami, but they are all over London. Yummm!
Chain or no chain, the baking is good here. We had the breakfast portefeuilles and the goat cheese Lunch sandwich. We enjoyed the food and the coffee wasn't bad either. Would definitely stop by when in the neighborhood again.
Excellent pastries, selection, and attentive service. Don't miss the thick, rich hot chocolate.
I also have fallen in love with Paul. I could eat the ham and frommage baguette all day long. I have gotten these in the airports, across from the hotel, at the train station, etc. So glad to see they are in the US now too, however that takes away the uniqueness of them BUT I long for their goods.
So delicious, even more enjoyable while sitting on the Champs Elysses eating one of these with my lovely Mommy....
I love Paul for it's pastries. I first went to Paul's in Paris, but was surprised to find them in London.
I'm sure there are better pastries out there, but as a Starbucks loving girl (I really do think they have better coffee), Paul is perfect for me. My favorite, other than their croissant, is the chouquettes. They are light and airy and just melt in your mouth! I miss it....
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