Paris Baguette has traveled far, from nope, not Paris, but South Korea! It is a popular bakery with numerous outlets dotting all over Seoul. Ever since news about its arrival to Singapore spread, many people had gone ga-ga. One by one, they flocked to this cafe, reason being it is “Korean”. The hallyu wave is sure powerful. Being a hallyu fan myself, I finally got to check this place out and I was pleasantly surprised by its comfortable interior and amazing spread of breads and cakes!
LOOK & FEEL
It occupies quite a big area of Level 2 in Wisma Atria, with a huge food display and kitchen in the center of the cafe.
There are at least 60 seats I think, but it is almost fully packed all day on Sunday! You don’t have to wait long though, as people come and go pretty quickly.
I like how they tried to play up the interior with expensive looking armchairs and granite (seemingly) table tops, so as to fit with the high end image of Orchard.
Even though the furniture used are nice, the messy arrangement of it all has marginalized the elegance of it. I guess they can’t do much about it since they seem to even have a problem handling the crowd at the counter.
So what is attracting the crowd to Paris Baguette, I wonder!
Is it the variety of cakes?
Or Sweet Potato/”Goguma” Cake (made famous by Goguma couple in We Got Married)?
Or the really funny looking cake named after Haha from Running Man?
Or the REALLY FAMOUS ROYAL PUDDING?
FOOD & DRINKS
So after browsing through the display, my friend and I decided to try a Royal Pudding.
The white part is some what like a semi-solid milk. Texture is smooth like beancurd or pudding, but really liquidy as you poke through with a spoon. You have to dig all the way to the bottom to get to the caramel syrup (it could be maple syrup… or just other sweet syrup. I have no idea. haha). As I slurped it together with the milk layer, I was overcomed by a happy sensation and the whole dessert just melted on my tongue. It was so good! It was really sweet and one is really not enough!
I’m coming back for you again!!
It is made up of sweet and slightly crispy corners, really nice. The dome in the center is filled with custard, but it isn’t that sweet. Somehow, a light scent of yeast is also released when the soft custard is being chewed.
IN A NUTSHELL
Whether Paris Baguette has lived up to the ravings, I am not sure. However, I really liked the two items I tried and I would definitely revisit to have the amazing Royal Pudding again! The interior of the cafe is definitely above average, and it is suitable for families and big groups to visit! However, if you prefer a quiet ambience, be there just when it opens to avoid the breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner and supper crowd!
P.S.: Just an extra point, there isn’t an official website or facebook page set up for this cafe, so that means no advertising or marketing! It is popular purely through word of mouth and probably through its strategic location as well!
Paris Baguette CAFE
435 Orchard Road
#02-48/53 Wisma Atria
T: 6836 2010
Daily 10:00 am - 10:00 pm