Washington DC: PAUL Patisserie in Penn Quarter

How lucky are we…

…that our last morning in Washington DC coincided with the grand opening of the Parisian patisserie, PAUL in the Penn Quarter. We stayed at Hotel Monaco and the patisserie was literally around the corner…surely that must be a sign.

PAUL has been around since 1889 and even with 453 shops in 24 countries, it is still a family-owned business. How impressive is that? The majority of their locations are in France (326 locations), and the rest are spread across the world. They have 4 locations in Florida now. This is their first DC location (with plans to open a second in Georgetown soon). But I’m mainly concerned with when they’ll come to NYC…

And how lucky were we to get the very first palmier out of the oven…

…and the very last slice of this killer tart slice filled with vanilla bean pastry cream, sweet apples slices and a crunchy, golden top of toasted almonds.

Heaven? Oh yes. Look at that tart shell! Even Pierre was drooling. I think he was a little homesick for Paris, heheh. And that doesn’t happen often.

PAUL

801 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington D.C., DC 20004

8 Comments
  • anonymous
    May 3, 2011

    Theres a couple of PAUL in London too! I had their salami and Gherkin sandwich and I had a jaw ache from chewing the hard bread too much! And their macaroons looks really sweet! I rather go Laduree for them but only on special occasions of course! Or when I go Paris in June and go bakery crazy there! XD

  • K
    May 3, 2011

    That's great that the grand opening was when you were still in DC! Can't wait to hear all about the other places you tried here!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    May 3, 2011

    Hi Kar-Yan! Ahh, so lucky! Seems like PAUL has locations everywhere EXCEPT for NYC! Hmph, how can that be?? ;) Fingers crossed that Pierre Herme or Laduree opens in NYC soon…Hi K! So exciting, we really just got lucky. Beat the lunch rush crowd too..the lines were out the door and they sold out of everything around 4pm. Wish I had brought some goodies back to NYC! :)

  • FrenchTwistDC
    May 3, 2011

    Kar-Yan… a couple of Paul in London? There are 40 ;-) or approximately one per 10,000 French people who lives there… very excited that Paul has opened here.

  • anonymous
    May 4, 2011

    WOW!Very interesting!!!merci for the tasting

  • Marie
    May 4, 2011

    Beautiful! I was into pastries and the like when I was in Paris. Then I got back to the U.S. and a few months later, the interest has waned. Aaaand, you drew me back in just like that with these photos!

  • K and S
    May 5, 2011

    we have several in Osaka, I love their lunch!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    May 5, 2011

    Hi FrenchTwistDC! Wow, had no idea there were that many in London. Still doesn't explain why there is not one in NYC, hahaha :)Hi Carol! de rien! Thanks for your comment :) Have been loving your recent posts, especially the traditional Persian wedding table arrangement!Hi Marie! Thanks! Ahhaaa, am glad those photos did what they were supposed to do ;)Hi Kat! Oh man, I wish we had more time to try their savory dishes. We had a few sandwiches, but the menu had so many other items that were not yet available on the first day!

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