It is hard not to fall in love with the City of Lights. With a sparkling Eiffel Tower and charming cafes selling pastries, it's enough to make us buy a one-way plane ticket. But even if you can't fly to Europe right now, there's a charming French bakery in Edmonton that's almost as good as taking a trip to Paris.
The La Boule Patisserie and Bakery is in Old Strathcona and you need to see this hidden gem if you haven't discovered it yet. The bakery is owned and operated by mother and daughter team who specialize in French pastries and breads.
From the exterior, you can feel like you are dining on the Champs-Elysées. They have charming bistro tables just like you would find in Paris, where you can enjoy a tasty buttery croissant.
The interior is also lovely, with chandeliers, cozy plush chairs, but the main attraction is the display filled with tasty baked goods. There are no wrong choices from the massive selection of breads, cookies, tarts, cakes, cruffins, danishes and more.
But if you want to really feel like you are vacationing in France, then you'll need to pick up a classic baguette to bring home. For just $5, it is a steal, and nothing like those poor imitations you get at your local grocery store.
The bakery also makes a relaxing spot to enjoy a cup of coffee and sweets with friends.
Plus, there are more croissants and eclairs than you can shake a baguette at.
Whether you're looking for something sweet or savoury, you can't go wrong with whatever you order here.
We recommend the pain au chocolat: the perfect blend of light and flaky pastry with dark chocolate hidden in the middle.
For a super eye-catching dessert, you have to try the eclairs.
They are from $4.00 to $4.50 and are just as stunning as the highly Instagrammed treats sold by Fauchon Paris.
La Boule Patisserie and Bakery
Address: 8020 101 St. NW., Edmonton, AB
Why You Need To Go: This cafe is perfect for you if you dream of Paris.