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“Excellent Café au lait” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Paillard

Paillard
1097, rue Saint-Jean, Vieux-Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
418-692-1221
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Ranked #13 of 1,202 Restaurants in Quebec City
Cuisines: Bakery
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Paillard - Le Café-Boulangerie in the heart of old Quebec City. Fresh baked breads, viennoiseries, pastries, special coffees, soups, salads, gourmet sandwiches, gelato in the summer, also known for our macarons.
Huntsville, Alabama
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“Excellent Café au lait”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

A very charming café & boulangerie with a french feel. We came here based on the recommendation of our tour guide who said they had the best croissants. Alas, on the day we visited, the croissants were only average and not nearly as good as those we tasted the day before at a boulangerie on the Île d'Orléans. The macarons were tasty and came in numerous flavors. I preferred the framboise. Everyone enjoy the food they ordered. Prices were very reasonable, especially for being in the old town. I especially loved the Café au lait that had a deep rich roasted flavor with a near perfect foam. The barista even makes a pattern on top mixing the milk foam and coffee.

When we entered, a class of American kids who had obviously studied French was there. Very loud & very messy. They were having fun with the an accordion player singing French folk songs. If you want quiet - maybe not the place for you - can easily get filled with tour groups looking for quick and reasonably priced eats. We enjoyed the commotion and it got quiet and peaceful after the group left.

Service was ok. More assembly line style with young kids taking and preparing your order. They don't care for you to practice your awful French with them either. They speak excellent English and they work efficiently.

All in all a great place for you to stop and refresh yourself with a coffee and a bite to eat during your tour of old town. P.S. They have restrooms - a big selling feature in the old town where often the restrooms are very difficult to find.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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White Plains, New York
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“Gives Paris a run for the money”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Great bakery, lunch spot and gelato. Brought some macarons to the house of a family that invited us to dinner and they all disappeared.

Visited July 2013
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Kansas City, Missouri
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“Excellent croissants and pastries”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Coming from a city where good croissants and pastries are a rarety, Paillard is a heaven for me. I in fact stopped here every morning just for a simple croissant and coffee during my trip in Quebec. Then, in the afternoon, having a delicious pastry with tea is another treat. You can also get lunches here. I also appreciate Paillard's unprententious atmosphere.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Baraboo, Wisconsin
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“Good, Quick Food and Fun Atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

This is a cafeteria style restaurant - you chose your drink from a refrigerated case or the coffee bar, and then place your order. There are a few private tables but most of the tables are very long and meant to be shared. I had experienced this type of seating in France and enjoyed exposing my family to it, since it is quite different than the American tradition of always having a private table on not sitting next to "strangers". The food was good, affordable, and there were lots of healthy options and a few vegetarian options.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Manitou Springs CO
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
“Best croissant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

This bakery has the best croissants I have ever had. The pastry with cream cheese and blueberries was also very good. The bread was great, we had a loaf with lots of seeds on the outside. We had sorbet and gelato which was very good. We bought a loaf of bread to take to the airport. Everything there was great. Wonderful place and great location. They have outdoor seating at night once they close the road down.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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