Le Pain Quotidien: Glendale’s hidden jewel


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The interior of Le Pain Quotidien, a cafe which serves traditional Belgian and French cuisine. Translated directly from French, the name of the cafe means “The Daily Bread.”

Lilit Krkasharian, Yearbook Section Editor

Although there are many restaurants and cafes in the Americana such as the Cheesecake Factory and Katsuya, there is one that many people have never been to before. Le Pain Quotidien is a European style cafe found in the Americana that is Glendale’s very own “hidden jewel.” It is a small, cozy cafe with indoor and outdoor seating and great service.

The cafe chain started when Alain Coumont, a chef in Brussels, could not find bread he liked to serve in his restaurant. As a result, he opened a bakery and started making his own bread. Le Pain Quotidien now has over 200 locations spanning five continents.

Le Pain Quotidien is known for its unique drinks which taste delicious. They serve a variety of lemonades, such as raspberry lemonade and organic mint lemonade. The lemonades are all the perfect combination of sweet and sour, and are very refreshing on hot days.

The cafe also serves hot beverages. Among these, the Belgian hot chocolate is a favorite among the cafe’s customers. Going along with their European theme, they serve a variety of foods you would find in Europe, such as the toasted Paris ham and Gruyère croissant.

The only negative about this cafe is that they take too long with your order. When I arrived at the cafe, I was immediately seated and asked what I would like. However, I had to wait a while before they brought me my order. The wait was worth it, though, for the drinks were amazing.

Most of the food and drinks at Le Pain Quotidien are organic. The cafe is a healthy alternative to the many fast food restaurants in and near the Americana. It is the perfect place to go for an English style breakfast. It also gives a sense of home with its wooden tables and chairs and odd stylings. The walls are decorated in a foreign manner, and the tables have peculiar centerpieces that spark people’s curiosity.

Le Pain Quotidien offers baking classes for those who want to learn the art of baking in a friendly environment and for those who want to uncover the secrets to “the perfect crusty baguette, flaky pie dough or beautifully braided loaf of challah.” Le Pain Quotidien is a family friendly cafe with a menu suitable for all ages and entire families.

Le Pain Quotidien

730 Americana Way

(818) 839-5230

Monday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Tuesday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Wednesday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Thursday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.