A Taste of Paris – Visiting EPCOT’s France Pavilion

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Green Loop. Today we are reviewing the quick service restaurants in Epcot’s World Showcase.
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The France Pavilion at EPCOT is one of my favorite World Showcase pavilions.  There is so much to see and do and EAT!

There are so many little nooks and crannies to this pavilion each filled with some new to explore.  Guests have to resist the temptations crepes, slushes, and ice creams at the front of the pavilion in order to find the pavilion’s quick service location, Boulangerie Patisserie.

Once you reach this destination, you are transported back to authentic French bakery filled with everything your French heart desires.  This location has one of the most expansive quick service menus at the World Showcase maybe in all of Walt Disney World.  Guests have a variety of stations to get through.  Each station has a variety of choices.

Guests can stop at the sandwich station where a guest can get an authentic Jambon Beurre (ham and cheese with dijon mustard butter on a French roll) to a Tartine aux Fromages (a large piece of French bread served with a variety of cheeses).

There is also the Chef’s Specials station.  More traditional French menu items dot the menu.  The must-get items, in my opinion, are either a Croque Monsieur (grilled ham and cheese) or one of the Quiche Lorrianes.  There are also half and full loaves of bread available here as well.

Christmas in France #1

For dessert lovers, there are two dessert locations.  One location handles non-pastry items and the second location handles all your pastry needs.  A guest can make multiple trips to these stations and get something different that they enjoy every time.  The dessert station is filled with chocolate items (mousse and tarts) along with fruit tarts, macarons, and parfaits.

The dessert pastry station is a great place to grab a croissant, beignet, or biscuit.  Of course, most of these are filled with chocolate as well.

Seating inside is very limited and almost always crowded.  Another tactic is to head outside like you are eating a cafe along streets in Paris.

I'll let Anthony Bourdain take the reins for this one.... (visualize soft French music) ********************************************************************* Why the French don't suck! Sure, the French are renowned for their culinary technique and invention. But even more crucial, more precious, is the sensual point of view behind it. That drives not only their cuisine, but their entire existence. It may just save the world. The most important thing to do the instant you arrive in Paris, is stop. Find someplace inviting, and slip comfortably into the Parisian pace of life. ... This gets right to the kernel of what distinguishes the French. What are the French famous for? Perfume that smells good. Sense of smell. Food that tastes good. Sense of taste. Art, architecture. Visual sense. Ok, there's really no explanation for their crap pop music. But, you know, 3 out of 4 is not bad. These are all matters of the senses. It's their attitude towards pleasure, and sensuality. And food, in general, being the best example. ... Eating is, and should be, a joyous occasion. As should the use of all your senses. So America, perhaps you should try it. Maybe duck out of the office when the boss isn't looking. Or call in sick for that boring meeting. Pull up a chair in a local joint. Grab a tasty beverage, and eat a ham sandwich. REALLY eat a ham sandwich. You just may find you not only love the French again; but you may also love life.... and ultimately... the world. - No Reservations - Season 1, Episode 1 ..... Netflix ROCKS btw. ;) ***************************************************************************** Not a shot that I had intentionally planned on doing; but I couldn't pass up the opportunity for this. I was standing in line for my first visit to the pastry shop in the France pavlion..... a 20 min wait.... but oh so worth it!!! :) Although I knew the shot I wanted, I didn't want to look like I was blatantly taking pictures of strangers

After dining at Boulangerie Patisserie, then you can head out and enjoy the rest of the pavilion.  Personally, I can not pass up a croque glace from Artisan des Glaces.  Maybe ice cream isn’t your thing, you can choose from having a crepe, glass of wine or slush.

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For more World Showcase quick service reviews,
check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!


Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Green | World Showcase Quick Service Reviews Loop:

  • 1st Stop – The Disney Chef | Japan
  • 2nd Stop – Dad for Disney | France
  • 3rd Stop – Superheroes and Teacups | American Adventure
  • 4th Stop – Home is Where the Mouse Is | Mexico
  • 5th Stop – Running on Disney | United Kingdom
  • 6th Stop – Capturing Magical Memories | Canada
  • 7th Stop – What’s the Point? | Germany
  • 8th Stop – Magical Mickey Tips | Morocco
  • 9th Stop – Rolling with the Magic | Norway

 
photo credit: Epcot – Boutique de Cadeaux via photopin (license)

photo credit: Daily Disney – Free Friday – A Beautiful Morning In Paris via photopin (license)

photo credit: Disney’s Human Element – Bon Appetit!!! via photopin (license)

15 thoughts on “A Taste of Paris – Visiting EPCOT’s France Pavilion”

  1. One of my favorite things to do is to grab a pastry and eat by the fountain in France! I cannot wait to see the new ice cream shop next visit!

  2. I love that I can grab a ham & cheese sandwich here and it’s a SNACK credit. Makes for a nice filling meal and you don’t have to use a Quick Service credit. I am waiting to try one of the brioche ice cream sandwiches in a few weeks. I’m on a mission to try more ice cream at Disney!

  3. This has become our new breakfast spot on Epcot days! Even from the main entrance, it’s worth the walk! I don’t think many people realize it’s open for breakfast, so getting a seat is a little easier!

  4. The Boulangerie Patisserie gets VERY crowded during lunch and dinner hours. More than once we have turned away because of crowds. This is definitely an off time spot now. Which is sad because we would go there for the ham and cheese baguette – it was perfect for the boys.

    If you do stop there I want to recommend the pumkin soup. Delicious!

  5. We usually visit Boulangerie Patisserie in the mornings for breakfast to avoid the crowds. You are so right about it getting crowded! But everything is so good you can’t really blame people for heading there. 🙂

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