Last week a major transition began to take shape in World Showcase’s France pavilion. The long time pit stop known as Boulangerie Patisserie closed its doors for good on Wednesday night. On Thursday, Boulangerie Patisserie les Halles opened its doors for the first time. The new eatery is more than just a name change, it is down La Petite Rue in the onetime little shop and seating area guests make their way through after a viewing of Impressions de France with expanded seating, restrooms, and menu.
Let’s start with the seating area before we get to the good stuff. Les Halles stays true to the train station theme that existed before, It feels as if you are darting in and out of a bustling café during rush hour. The walls have directions and advertisements painted on them, and the seating includes the addition of tables and a long bar-like slab that are perfect for standing at. The contrast between the cream and royal blue of the surroundings and the slate and wine red of the table and chairs makes for a gorgeous backdrop. Also the inclusion of two restrooms, each a one-stall unisex type with a locking door, will keep guests hanging around rather than bolting to the nearest restroom equipped pavilion.
While the menu for Boulangerie Patisserie has expanded, it is an extension of previous offerings for the most part. I suspect that what was unveiled last week was only the beginning of what the les Halles location will eventually offer. On a sad note, it appears (and again, remember the display boards are digital, so things could change) that my beloved Raspberry Schuss has been exiled to the Elba of menu items where it will join the Handwich and Figaro Fries. The Citrus Swirl escaped from its exile last year.
It was so good that my wife and I were sad we had not each ordered our own bowl.
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