Winter has arrived on the Gold Coast and it’s about this time that we would be skipping overseas to a Eurpoean summer.
Soaking up the sun along the Italian coast, drinking sangria in Barcelona or eating all of the delicate pastries and fresh baguettes in France (in amongst copious amounts of French wine).
But alas, this year it’s just not meant to be. Instead, we are rediscovering the gems that exist right here on the Gold Coast, yay support local.
While people watching and walking down the Champs-Élysées window shopping in Paris is sorely missed, we have a little indoor shopping haven of our very own with many of the beautiful French fashion houses in Broadbeach instead. And now with the cute addition of a brand new French boulangerie and patisserie, you can have a complete French immersion with all the fun minus the long-haul flight (not missing the plane food either).
Le Bon Choix recently opened at Pacific Fair and is the first store on the Gold Coast!
The popular cafe with seven locations already in Brisbane decided to make the move to our shopping mecca and provide their delectable creations much to the delight of hungry shoppers.
The imposing sleek black and gold exterior is a corner stand out providing comfortable red velvet chairs and cushioned bench seating for an intimate coffee and cake catch-up or mid shopping break.
While the fitout invokes all the feels you’d expect of a French art deco cafe, the real showstopper here is the glass cabinet full of perfectly arranged colourful French-renaissance-style sweets and savouries (I believe the glass is there just to control your hands from grabbing one of everything).
Your initial thought will be that all of the mouth-watering, hand-crafted masterpieces are simply to beautiful to eat, but scrap that, these little beauties are as tasty as they are pretty.
Le Bon Choix translates to ‘The Good Choice’, and there really isn’t a bad one you can make here…
From the savoury items (you know, just to start with) we recommend you reward your tastebuds with one of the delightfully fresh baguettes. The ham & salad baguette will pleasantly remind you of what a baguette should actually taste like!
If you want something a little cheekier and warming for the soul, make sure you grab the Croque Monsieur, because cheeeeessssse!
But if you are more of a sweet tooth, welcome to heaven.
You’ll be easily tempted by the array of little colourful pastries awaiting you to devour, obviously the toughest part is deciding where to start. Whether you choose an eclair, chocolate tart, lemon meringue, danish, pain au choclat or one of the other delightful delicacies, it’s not just all about looks, because the real joy is in the right amount of sweet, creamy goodness in every bite.
We highly recommend not going while on a diet.
Of course, everyones favourite colourful side coffee dish, the macron is readily available in Lemon Meringue Pie, Pistaschio, Cookies & Cream, Chocolate and more. There’s always space for a pillowy macron right? And if there isn’t, great news, you can get takeaway!
Their breads, think baguettes, cob loaves and sourdough are also available to take home, which is fantastic, because despite my iso-efforts, I am yet to master the bread making, leave it to the professionals.
So add a dash of Parisian flair and charm on your next shopping stroll. Bon appétit!
LOCATION: Level 1 next to David Jones, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Broadbeach
HOURS: Daily 8am to 5pm, Thursdays 8am to 8pm
Words by Carly Snodgrass