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'surprise' Loaf
a sourdough bread loaf transform into a sandwich box! it's bread-tastic! pick one of our 3 versions:- charcuterie: ham, prosciutto & turkey; fromage: swiss cheese, camembert & cheddar; saumon: fresh smocked salmon & lemon spread.
Quiche Lorraine
bacon, eggs, ham and emmental cheese in a savory custard and surrounded by a flaky puff pastry shell.
24 mini brioche sandwiches. our selection is made of ham, swiss cheese, tuna, smoked salmon, camembert and chicken.
Mini Cheese Gougères
our savory version of the "chouquettes," a puff pastry choux mixed with cheese. crusty outside and moist inside, perfect to impress your guests during the cocktail.
Mariage De Saveurs
eggplant, parmesan cheese, green pesto and fresh tomatoes in a savory custard and surrounded by flaky puff pastry.
Saumon Epinard
roasted salmon and fresh spinach in a savory custard and flaky puff pastry shell.
Sandwich Chaud Poulet
hot grilled chicken breast, béchamel sauce, emmental cheese, mustard on paul traditional baguette.
Sandwich Chaud Saucisse
sausage, béchamel sauce, emmental cheese, mustard on paul traditional baguette.
Croque-monsieur Mixte
ham, béchamel sauce, emmental cheese mixed with heavy cream on paul country bread.
Croque Madame
base of a croque-monsieur topped with a fried egg.
Baguette Charlemagne
paul celebrates 120 years of tradition and excellence in the art of baking bread with the creation of the charlemagne baguette. this baguette is made with durum wheat giving it a distinctive taste and appearance. the thin crust and dense center make it perfect for those looking for quality and flavor.
Pain Céréales & Figues
perfect balance between the taste of the figs and crusty grains, this bread will wake up everyone's taste-buds!
Les Flutes
our traditional flute will be in perfect harmony with the spirit of the season.
the fougasse is a traditional, olive oil-based bread from the south of france. at paul, we make it with flour, the best extra virgin olive oil and sea salt. the soft, delicately flavored, highly decorative loaf comes in a variety of flavors including natural, olive or bacon.
Pain Paul Traditionnel
our signature bread loaf has a golden crust and an airy crumb thanks to a long & natural fermentation process. breads are available in roll size, 14 oz. or 2.2 lbs. loaf
Pain De Campagne
paul version of sourdough bread; this rich, slightly tangy loaf is made from a soft blend of natural leavening, sourdough, milled flour and sea salt. breads are available in roll size, 14 oz. or 2.2 lbs. loaf.
Pain Complet
this versatile whole wheat bread is meant to be savored, using only stone-ground, whole wheat flour, water, sea salt and natural yeast. rich in fiber and wheat flavor, this loaf is delicious and perfect for any occasion. breads are available in roll size, 14 oz. or 2.2 lbs. loaf.
Pain Aux Six Céréales
our popular multigrain bread is made with natural flour and a blend of different grains: course ground wheat, brown rice, corn, rye, oats, barley and millet. the subtle flavor of each grain blends well in this dense loaf with great texture and flavor. breads are available in roll size, 14 oz. or 2.2 lbs. loaf.
Les Pains De Mie
enjoy our new soft bread collection, additive free and available in: plain, whole wheat or multigrain.
Flamand Two Olive Bread
dotted with tasty pieces of black and green olives, this bread is delicious served as a canapé. breads are available in roll, twist, 14 oz. or 2.2 lbs. loaf.
paul's signature croissants have a mouthwatering crisp crust and are deliciously soft inside. we use butter, lightly rolled and layered puff pastry, salt and sugar to create an incomparably rich and tasty croissant.
Les Amandes
our authentic croissant or chocolate croissant dipped in syrup to moisture it, enriched with almond cream & topped with almonds.
Pain Au Chocolat
this rich, croissant-style pastry is made with two bars of dark chocolate in the center and is best served warm for a deliciously decadent experience.
Mini Viennoiseries
the best way to sample our viennoiseries. 5 miniature versions of our delicious croissants, chocolate croissants, raisin danish, and/or gourmandises.
10 baby choux pastries coated with crunchy pearl sugar pieces – just right for a snack or to share over a coffee or tea.
a traditional raisin danish – light pastry, plump raisins – lovely with a hot chocolate.
La Gourmandise
a sweet treat of flaky croissant dough with chocolate chips and fresh pastry cream.
just as light, soft and jam-filled as the usual doughnut variety, but ours are baked rather than fried.
Chausson Pommes
we fill our light, flaky and crisp browned puff pastry crust with sweet apple filling and fresh pieces of apple.
a light, crisp sugared puff pastry biscuit.
Fraisier (strawberry Cake)
a simple yet delicious dessert made of sponge cake topped with airy mousseline cream, fresh strawberries, and a thin layer of marzipan. other flavors available: raspberry, chocolate & pear. this cake is served by the slice or in larger cake portions (6, 8, 12, 18, 24 persons). a 48 hour advance notice is required for the large cake sizes.
Choco-coco Macarons
coconut butter cream filling enhanced by dark chocolate shavings.
Entremet Forêt Noire
chocolate and chantilly cream encased in delicate layers of chocolate sponge cake enhanced with morello cherries, and topped with dark chocolate shavings. cake available in 6, 8, 12, 18 or 24 serving sizes or in indivdual slices.
refreshing fruit dessert made from blackcurrant mousse and caramelized apples on an almond biscuit base. simply irresistible! this cake is available in individual slices or in larger cake sizes (for 6, 8, 12, 18, 24 & 30 people).
Entremet Craquant
silky chocolate mousse cake with praline & chocolate genoise. cake available in 6, 8, 12, 18 or 24 serving sizes or in individual slices.
the traditional crispy choux pastry filled with pastry cream. flavors available: coffee or chocolate.
Tartelette Fruits Frais
fresh, individual fruit tarts, made in our very own pastry shells, with a light pastry cream and seasonal fruit. available in strawberry, raspberry, or mixed fruit. these tarts are also available as large tarts, by special order, for 8 to 12 people.
Millefeuille Nature
our crispy, crème-filled napoleon is a traditional french favorite and a paul classic. our crispy golden puff pastry is filled with vanilla-flavored pastry cream and topped with a light apricot glaze. other flavors offered are chocolate, strawberry or raspberry. this cake is available by the slice or in larger cake sizes (for 6, 8, 12, 18, and 24 people).
Mousse Au Chocolat
titillate your senses with our version of the traditional chocolate mousse. for chocolate lovers only !!!! gluten free
Tarte Crême Brûlée
sweet pastry shell filled with vanilla accented custard and topped with caramelized sugar. also available in chocolate.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
French, Cafe, European
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been there for thr first time sith my mom for breakfast. It was a nice choice! All items seemed fresh :) it was a bit on the pricey side but it was worth it. We had capuccinos, sausage egg chese croissant, croque monsieur, hazelnut beignets....More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank nacpb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Don't miss this French bakery chain in DC. Excellent croissants, pastries, quiche, soups, and sandwiches. Good for eating in, or take out. Three locations make it easy to get to. I don't usually dine at chain restaurants but Paul is a worthy exceptional.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank kjtripper
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The sandwiches are so rich and tasty. The desserts are mouthwatering.. I haven’t found anything that isn’t the best quality. The service is good and the restaurant is clean. It’s a DC must do!!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank FloridaLife87
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful and cozy space for a winter rainy day. Tried the pain au Chocolat and a mocha latte and it exceded my foodie expectations. Must visit!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank mariana227705
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

OMG loved their Macaroons my son recomended I try them and absolutly loved them so good I brought some for my family back home didn't mind carring them along. Also staff are really nice.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank abcln
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were leaving the museums, headed to the metrorail and saw this spot. It was cold and drizzly and we popped in for a bit of lunch. The boulanger dates back to 1889! Very nice smoked salmon sandwich on a fresh baked baquette. They have...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 760cherylo
Reviewed 14 December 2018 via mobile

Extremely nice little place in downtown DC were you can have really good coffee and sophisticated little pastries. Very nice European feel

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank claudiast
Reviewed 7 December 2018 via mobile

Great little bakery hidden away in the busy Washington DC. Paul’s offers a great variety of rustic fresh sandwiches as well as some nice cookies and pastries.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank DutchTraveller94
Reviewed 6 December 2018

A very nice place to enjoy real good food and coffee. Staff is very friendly and helpful. The bread and pastries absolute very fresh. If you want eggs etc. they prepare is in a very good way. Prices are ok.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Matthijs K
Reviewed 16 November 2018

We stopped here on a cold windy day after a long morning of walking around the mall area. Good black coffee which is saying something since I'm pretty picky. We got a croissant and a few of the small pastries which were all heavenly. Comfortable...More

Date of visit: November 2018
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The phone number posted here is incorrect. It should read 202-524-4655. The Sunday hours are 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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