Just a few days ago, the Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie opened at Epcot, expanding the size of France's popular bakery. The old location will soon be an ice cream shop.
We planned to have lunch after photographing the new Disney "Limited Time Magic" offering in Canada.
Check out our video of Le Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie!
Epcot's France Pavilion
The new bakery has a very different look, and indoor seating. The curved ceiling reminds me of train stations in France, and especially of the Musee D'Orsay (which itself was once a railway station). Even the single unisex bathrooms inside remind me of France. The ordering area itself is much larger, and it branched out to the left or right – but the ordering process seemed very slow, I am guessing that the Cast Members were still getting used to the new location.
Decorative Menu Sign
Boulangerie-Patisserie Ordering Location Entrance
Quick Look at Seating Area
Duo Au Chocolat
Framboise Mousse Cake
For the article, we wanted to try a number of food options. There are more choices than before – and some of the prices seemed a little higher, though I ordered a baguette to go for $2.95, which I thought was reasonable.
Jeff started with the Bisque de Homard, which is a lobster bisque for $4.90. I don't eat lobster, and have never had lobster bisque – but he said it was lukewarm and had no lobster pieces in it (maybe they were pureed fully in).
Bisque du Homard
Sandwich and Desserts
Choosing our entree was a little harder, but we decided to split the Dinde B.L.T. for $8.50. This is a turkey sandwich with bacon, lettuce, tomato and garlic aioli. One amusing moment was looking at our receipt, and seeing all the items listed with their french names until we saw "turkey sandwich". As far as the sandwich – the bread was soft, it wasn't a croissant or baguette. While the bread was delicious, there wasn't enough meat inside to justify the $8.50 price. This is a problem I found at the Be Our Guest lunch we had a couple of months back – a lot of bread, but not much meat.
For dessert, we split two – the Duo Au Chocolat for $5.75, and the Frambois Mousse Cake for $5.50. The latter isn't presented in traditional cake form, but in a plastic serving cup. The Duo Au Chocolat was rich and creamy and had an elegant look. We mostly tasted the dark chocolate mousse as opposed to the white that is also inside. The Framboise has several different layers, and we enjoyed that as well. The prices on both are higher than I'd normally pay for any dessert. Most desserts are now in the $3.00 – $6.00 range, though a plain croissant can be purchased for $1.95. Looking over the desserts reminded me of the bakery scene in Impressions de France, with the children peering in the window!
We took home a Pain Au Chocolat (chocolate croissant) for $2.85 along with the baguette. The baguette was crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, and bringing it out of the bakery made me feel like I was really in France!
Baguette (Next to a Baked Potato at Home)
Pain Au Chocolat
There are a few more things I'd like to try at Les Halles, but I expect it will end up being more of a quick stop-in for dessert or a take-home baguette. The Napoleans have always been my favorite, it's what I order in Paris most often too (though there it is called a mille-feuille).
My favorite part of the visit to Les Halles was probably the design of the location itself. I really felt like it was somewhere I could find in the country of France.
Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie is connected to what used to be called Souvenirs de France, though now it says it's Les Halles Cafe-Boutique. The souvenir area is smaller than it once was, and the seating area larger. I'd still recommend visiting during off-peak hours, since the dining area was pretty full even on a slow day.
Here are more photos around Les Halles, including a counter where guests can order drinks to go.
I definitely recommend a visit to Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie, even if just for one of the desserts!