Palo Alto’s La Baguette serves up rich, decadent chocolate mousse and great presentation

18 Dec
The Ham& Swiss Cheese Parisian sandwich at La Baguette in Palo Alto.

The Ham & Swiss Cheese Parisian sandwich at La Baguette in Palo Alto.

I had a frustrating afternoon, so I decided to eat my feelings (I do not recommend this as a regular stress-relief method). What better way to do this than with rich, decadent French food?

My mission led me to La Baguette, a French bakery in Palo Alto that has an extensive list of intriguing desserts, pastries and artisan sandwiches.

Dish of Choice

I ordered the Ham & Swiss Cheese Parisian sandwich, which came on a lightly toasted, buttered baguette. I also ordered a mocha and chocolate mousse for dessert. My meal cost about $18.

The Taste

The bread was toasted just right, like it came right out of the oven, and the sliced ham and cheese tasted fresh.

The chocolate mousse was as decadent as I expected it to be, without being overly rich or sweet. The fresh raspberry and candy leaf on top were also a nice touch. Great presentation.

The Chocolate Mousse at La Baguette in Palo Alto.

The Chocolate Mousse at La Baguette in Palo Alto.

The Ambiance

La Baguette has a small but quaint storefront. It is what I imagined a bakery in Paris would feel like, filled with delicious and visually pleasing treats.

The bakery is located in Stanford Shopping Center, and there is probably enough seating for 25-30 people in the pavilion. The area is partially enclosed, and it feels like a nice place to relax with a cup of coffee and pastry on a sunny day.

Other Details

La Baguette is located inside Stanford Shopping Center, near the corner of El Camino Real and Quarry Road, in the pavilion next to Macy’s. It also has a location at the Stonestown Galleria, 3521 20th Ave., Suite 172, in San Francisco.

Hours at the Palo Alto location are 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (650) 321-0535 or visit

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Posted by on December 18, 2014 in bakery, French


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