The premises are smaller than your house, but the reputation is as big as the planet: and there’s a reason for this. The Levain Bakery bakes bread, pastries and cakes, but it’s most famous for its cookies – and rightly so.
Despite how small it is – there’s no seating, full stop – the address is easy to find, but if you’re struggling with that, just look for the door outside which there is a lengthy queue of excitable people, awaiting their fix. Don’t be discouraged – the queue moves quickly, and waiting in line only heightens the anticipation, as the smell of the goodies wafts through the air.
Regardless of whether you are one of the indecisive people, or whether you know exactly what you want, it won’t matter because the good people at the Levain Bakery only offer about 4 types from which to pick: Chocolate Chip Walnut, Oatmeal Raisin, Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip. Even if that decision is too much responsibility, you can solve the problem by buying one of each, two of each, or just tip your wallet upside down and say: “give me as many cookies as I can afford”. I bought 6 (coincidentally because that’s all I had cash for), and immediately ran outside, sat down on the kerb, and proceeded to bury my face in cookie goodness.
Well, I’ve had a lot of cookies in my time – everything from those you can get in the supermarket, through to those that have been made from scratch by some very talented bakers – but I can assure you that none of them have come close to the Levain Bakery’s endeavours. I got mine almost straight from the oven – the right balance of crunch and gooeyness, perfectly baked, generous in size and so perfect in taste that you might even consider travelling (as I did) 3,000 miles just to get your hands on some. They were incredible, they were stunning, and they were the best cookies I’ve ever had in my 32 years.
Oh, and they’re lovely people too!
If you’re in town, you simply can’t miss out on this place.
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