Buttery Bliss at Bouchon

The bakery selection at Los Angeles's Bouchon is smaller than what you'd find at the Yountville branch in Northern California, but miwine says that despite the limited menu, everything's "very very good," including the brioche.

Order the kouign amann, says A5 KOBE, because the Breton cake is "buttery and sugary and crispy and flaky" and it is "[a]lmost like a croissant/pineapple upside-down cake without the pineapple." TonyC is also a fan: "This is easily one of the best pastries of any kind in LA. No doubt it's a sugar buttery bomb but ... maybe once a quarter?" They can sell out of these baked delights by 10 or 11 a.m., so get there early.

With its generous filling, the chocolate croissant is another tasty pick, says JudiAU.

You really can't seem to go wrong at Bouchon, hounds say. "In my experience it is very rare for [Thomas] Keller's bakeries anywhere in the US to turn out a sub-par version of any classic pastry," says uhockey.

Pro tip: Skip the valet parking. There's free parking next door at the City of Beverly Hills underground parking. Entrances at Canon and Beverly.

Bouchon [Beverly Hills]
235 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills
310-271-9910

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