After reviewing places in the Charlotte area for coffee and a simple breakfast, we decided on Amelie’s based on the reviews and that it advertised as a French bakery. What a mistake and false advertisement! I am still confused why reviews gives this place such high marks, perhaps people do not know that a French pastry is something with flavor and isn’t a stale croissant that you can get in the day old bin. The place should be titled Amelie’s Bakery because there is nothing French about it and does not serve authentic, gourmet pastries and coffee. I have been to authentic French cafes/bakeries in Chicago, DC, NY, and Charleston and this place is not one. My “strawberry croissant” was nothing more, but a nasty handheld pie that fell off the Harris Teeter truck that morning, which appeared was the case with all the other store bought pastries in the case. The older lady behind the counter was so rude, and did not say one word to us the whole time we placed our order. I ordered a basic coffee and was surprised that they charged for refills. However, after I had the first and only sip of the watered down “coffee” I was not in a need for another cup. The décor was one word: gaudy. I think the owners thought the more generic, typical French décor and Eifel Towers they could shove in the space would fool patrons into thinking the food and drinks were traditional French fare. I would highly recommend to people to go somewhere else, even as a simple bakery this place is horrible!
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