Last week I put an unnecessary amount of pressure on myself to find somewhere that I thought was worth writing about, a few views and a couple of nice comments had got me thinking that I didn’t want to let anyone down. I had a think about that and realized that I was being a crazy person and so this weeks visit was a lot more spontaneous.
I met a friend at Victoria train station and she suggested that we go to Le Pain Quotidien, I have been before to one in central London which was lovely so I agreed.
I already knew that I wanted to share this place with you, partly because the atmosphere is super classy but mostly because the first time I went to one I was completely amazed with the DIY nature of the hot chocolate (Yes I am easily impressed).
You get a large cup (with no handle because fancy!) full of warm steamed milk and a little jug of liquid chocolate which you then pour into the milk.
There is something very satisfying about being able to create the perfect hot chocolate.
So this time when my friend suggested it, I was happy to go.
We walk around the corner from the station and pop in, the paying works like a restaurant where you pay after the meal, that makes me a little nervous that i’ll forget i’m not in a Starbucks and walk out without paying.
We sit down and look over the menus, there is a wide variety of food to order although it’s not cheap it does look delicious.
There are also cakes, pastries, and yummy hot drinks.
My vegan friends would be happy to know that you also have the choice of soya or almond milk in your drink for no extra cost.
This place has a calm atmosphere, the wooden tables and chairs have a farm house kitchen feel, after it gets dark outside they put candles on the tables, a wonderful place to take someone on a date.
I decided not to stretch my money to a main meal, although not ridiculous prices around £7 – £10 pounds it was more than I can afford right now, and I wasn’t very hungry just peckish.
We read over everything on the menu, they do a wonderful egg breakfast. How wonderful it would be to take someone here for breakfast, people don’t go out for breakfast enough.
I decide on a mocha and a pan au chocolat, it’s raining outside and I need a chocolate-caffeine fix.
While I look at the cutlery they have put next to me and fret over whether I should use a knife and fork to eat this pastry which Iv’e eaten many times before perfectly well with my hands, I’m suddenly filled with food envy. Roxanne has ordered a side of roasted vegetables. I had considered this side also as I do love roasted artichoke (Who doesn’t) but an image of Phoebe from friends comes to mind where she orders a side salad and the the horrid waiter quips “And what will that be on the side of?” but there was none of that, the staff are lovely and the side would make a lovely light lunch to pick at. I enjoy my Mocha, we stay for a while after we’ve finished, we don’t feel rushed to leave. It’s a nice place to be and definitely beats Victoria which is currently full of damp commuters and suitcase wielding tourists.
We go up to the front of the shop to pay and to look at all the sweet treats and freshly baked bread (Find out more about how they make their bread here).
A lovely place, maybe a little out of my price range but if you took someone out and brought yourself and them a little pot of breakfast tea you would be down less than £6 so not so bad for a little hot drink.
If you do take a date here be sure to tell them “Le Pain Quotidien” in English means “The daily bread” that’ll definitely impress.*
*If your date is French they may not be impressed.