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Paul Bakery, Charles De Gaulle Airport

September 6th, 2007 · 3 Comments

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Do yourself a favor and avoid all of the ‘Paul’ bakeries while you’re in France. If you’re French, you wouldn’t eat there anyway; if you’re not French and want to eat at a real French bakery, don’t eat there; if you like food, don’t eat there; if you don’t like food, don’t eat there. Just don’t eat there.

It’s a chain of bakeries – nice to look at from the outside – the food leaves something to be desired – very average. Dismal pain au chocolat. Lousy poppyseed baguette (again underwhelming for a place that is supposed to be a bakery) with cured ham, tomato, cheese and one piece of lettuce – average. Total cost approximately 6 Euros (better spent elsewhere).

Maybe there are some of these bakeries that are good, but in the two that we tried, both belonged not in France but rather in strip mall…in Cleveland. There are just too many amazing bakeries – on almost any corner in France – to eat at a chain place like this.

Paul Bakery

(we’re not giving you a map. Just avoid the place altogether. Be suspicious of anyone who suggests that you don’t).

Tags: Baked Goods · France · Paris

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Glenna // Jun 22, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Paul isn’t that great for a French bakery… I’ll give you that. However, it tends to be on par with Starbucks in the US- it’s not that great, but when your in an airport or train station it is the best of the terrible options available to you, but you shouldn’t go there if you’re in Paris, just like you shouldn’t go to Starbucks if you’re in Seattle (because there are a thousand places that are better and usually cheaper!). But if you are say… in Charles De Gaulle Airport and see a PAUL- go for it! I recommend the Macaroons.

  • 2 Bob Pond // Nov 7, 2009 at 10:34 am

    We lived in Europe for several years and always enjoyed our visits to a Paul bakery whether in Paris, Lyon or London. Fine croissants and delicious pain au chocolat. Yes, it is a franchise, but a pretty good one.

  • 3 Mike // Jan 4, 2012 at 5:09 am

    I couldn’t disagree more when you compare what you can get at alternative airport food outlets or what you get onboard an airplane. Paul’s is far superior. I lived in Paris for 6 months and yes there are certainly better independent patisseries……but Paul’s does a good job of providing a consistent product. It is the Starbucks of patisseries. So what if it is a franchise….it beats AutoGrill any day

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