I had a bad feeling when I approached this one. Except for the two registers, the shop was empty. Everyone knows that where there is good food, there are people. Maybe because Belle Pastry is a bit hidden: not really on the waterfront, but not really in the center of downtown. I entered the place and was immediately charmed by the presence of palmiers
I ordered a croissant and a baguette and noticed on my receipt that the address mentioned was not Seattle but Bellevue. The register explained me that there are two shops, one in Bellevue and this one, on Spring Street, which opened in July. The baguettes are all prepared in the Bellevue shop, and then delivered here. En revanche, the croissants are baked here.
And it was good. Absolutely good and delicious. A true croissant, with the same taste as those I’m used to eating in Paris. If Le Fournil is too far for you, go straight ahead to Belle Pastry because you will enjoy it. And the same goes for the baguette. So far, it is the best baguette I’ve ever tasted in an American bakery. At lunch, I made myself a sandwich jambon-beurre and it was so good.
This place rocks. It earns a A-.
• The taste
• The kindness of the owner. It’s so rare in France!
• The fresh water with menthol leaves
• The fact that I was the only one inside. I don’t like when it’s overcrowded like in Le Panier, but I need other people because I love laughing at them.
• The croissants were very good but not as big as Le Fournil’s ones.