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Le Pain Quotidien

9630 S. Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210


  • Daily 7:30am-7pm
  • $$
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Catering, Order Online, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Wifi Access
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Not Accepted
This chain bakery and cafe, which originated in Belgium, has since spread to France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, New York and, most recently, Beverly Hills. Owner-creator Alain Coumont's rigorous, winning aesthetic consists of a refined, even streamlined rusticity; he seems intent on promulgating precisely the small, daily pleasures that make Continental life so beguiling. Coffee is served in cunning footed bowls. Each establishment has a bakery, featuring huge disks of artisanal breads, crusty baguettes and straightforward pastries. Antique pine shelving holds Le Pain Quotidien products - olive oil, olive paste, sun-dried tomatoes, sea salt, capers and so on, an almost complete Mediterranean palette. (Michelle Huneven)

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