This West Palm Beach bakery and café, which first opened in West Palm Beach in 2014 followed by a second location in Delray Beach in 2016, is inspired by owner Thierry Beaud's memories of the idyllic neighborhood patisseries of Europe. Like the original West Palm Beach location, Paneterie's menu features a rotating variety of seasonal and standard fresh-baked breads, pastries, and artisanal sandwiches made on-premise by pastry chef Patrick Leze. Léze was a pastry chef in France for close to 40 years before he and his wife discovered Palm Beach while touring the Florida coast on a motorcycle in the late 1980s. Originally from a small village near Marseilles, France, a 14-year-old Léze went to apprentice at a local bakery near his hometown. He later become a member of the Tour de France baking team, and for the next two years did two-month studies at pastry shops around France. Leze settled in Paris and worked at Laduree and Gaston Lenotre, two famous bakeries, then returned to the south of France to open his own bakery. Today, people flock to the store for a taste of oven-fresh croissants, artisanal breads, and Danish pastries baked fresh throughout the day. Specialty items such as macarons, chocolates, and finer pastries are made daily in Paneterie’s commissary kitchen. All you need is a hot cup of coffee and a few spare moments to sit back, relax, and pretend you're in Paris.
Read our full review.