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As I write this blog post, over 450 votes have been cast in the Walt Disney World Bakery Throw Down, and the runaway winner is…

boulangerie

Congratulations to the French Boulangerie Patisserie in Epcot on [Read more…]

Disney World Bakery Throw Down: Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe

Welcome to the final post in our Walt Disney World Bakery Throw Down challenge! We’ve showcased four bakeries since mid-December, and today we proudly present Epcot’s Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe!

Kringla sign

Atmosphere
Kringla Bakeri is located in the Norway pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase. Walk through the door and you’ll find yourself in a quaint, Scandinavian kitchen — well, [Read more…]

Disney World Bakery Throw Down: Starring Rolls Cafe

Truly one of my favorite grab-and-go spots in Disney World, Starring Rolls is tiny, busy, and has some of the most delicious items I’ve ever tried, including the coveted Butterfinger Cupcake! While not technically a bakery, the shop rivals any of the other contestants with its rows of fresh and unique pastries and baked goods.

Starring Rolls Cafe

Atmosphere
Located on the corner of Sunset and Hollywood Boulevards, tucked back from the street, the Starring Rolls Bakery greets you with a bustling outdoor seating area.

Outdoor Seating Area

Outdoor Seating Area

Find your way inside the small bakery and, well, by this time I’m usually already in a queue line! Grab a plate and a tray right inside the door and take your time looking at the baked goods as you make your way to the registers.

Mickey Waits Eagerly For Your Order

Mickey Waits Eagerly For Your Order

The “theme” in the bakery is pretty thin, but the art deco design and flour bags on the baker’s rack would indicate that we’re somewhere in the 20’s, 30’s, and early 40’s — Hollywood’s heyday.

Decor in Starring Rolls

Decor in Starring Rolls

Once you’ve gathered your sweets, you’ll see across from the two main registers a menu with drinks, including coffee drinks and coffee syrups, liqueurs, and wines. Yep — they have some fancy bakeries here in Hollywood!

Starring Rolls Bakery Registers and Check-Out area

Starring Rolls Bakery Registers and Check-Out area

Starring Rolls Drink Menu

Starring Rolls Drink Menu

It’s in this area that you can also order sandwiches, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves…

Eats
You’ll find delectable baked goods, bagels, huge sandwiches, fudge, and more in this unassuming little bakery, and I suggest that you try a little bit of everything! It actually is quite a versatile place to find a quick bite, but if you’re going to sample those massive cupcakes, I recommend bringing a friend! Here are the photos you’ve been waiting for… [Read more…]

Disney World Bakery Throw Down: Boardwalk Bakery

Welcome to the third bakery in our Disney World Bakery Throw Down: The Boardwalk Bakery!

Boardwalk Bakery

Atmosphere
Located on the Disney World Boardwalk, the Boardwalk Bakery is within walking distance of many of Disney World’s hotels and attractions. It’s a great place to take a break from a day in either Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Or just head downstairs from your hotel room at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and Villas!

Boardwalk Bakery Entry

Boardwalk Bakery Entry

As you approach the bakery, the windows will remind you what’s available…

Boardwalk Bakery window

…and who’s responsible!

Boardwalk Bakery proprietor

Along the windows, you’ll see several outdoor tables and chairs. Be sure to snag them quickly; this is the bakery’s only seating! Of course, you could always stroll along the boardwalk with your purchases and find seating along the way.

Boardwalk Bakery Seating

Boardwalk Bakery Seating

Head inside the double doors and you’ll be greeted by a small space bordered by baked goods and condiment counters. Look over the counter to your left, and you might see some Disney bakers making specialty items for one of the resorts, or even a wedding cake!

Boardwalk Bakery condiment counter

Boardwalk Bakery condiment counter

Eats
You’ll find options for any time of day on the Boardwalk Bakery menu, from breakfast baked goods to salads to sandwiches.

Boardwalk Bakery Breakfast Menu

Boardwalk Bakery Breakfast Menu

Boardwalk Bakery Lunch and Dinner Menu

Boardwalk Bakery Lunch and Dinner Menu

Refrigerators to your right will hold drinks, sandwiches, and salads:

Cold Items and Drinks

Cold Items and Drinks

Salads

Salads

Salads and Fruit

Salads and Fruit

The long glass display cases will be chock full of goodies and custom cakes:

Muffins, Danish, and Cupcakes

Muffins, Danish, and Cupcakes

Sweets of all Sorts

Sweets of all Sorts

Boardwalk Bakery Cakes

Boardwalk Bakery Cakes

Mickey Cake

Mickey Cake

And the bakers’ racks will be slowly filling up with freshly baked items:

Muffins cooling on the bakers' racks

Muffins cooling on the bakers' racks

While waiting for your order, take a peek at the wall behind those bakers’ racks to see the detailed images of baked goods painted on the tiles. As usual, Disney spares no expense when it comes to detail!

Also, take a few minutes to look beyond those counters and see some real bakers at work; this is one of the few places to see a real behind-the-scenes look at the type of baking that happens in Disney’s biggest, busiest, and most professional bakeries! I wasn’t kidding about that wedding cake I mentioned earlier — they really do make them here!

Vote For Your Favorite!
Thanks for joining us as we visited the third of the five Walt Disney World Bakeries we’re showcasing on the Throw Down! First was Magic Kingdom’s Main Street Bakery, second was Boulangerie Patisserie, and we’ll be highlighting the other two throughout the month.

You can vote for your favorite right here:

What's Your Favorite Bakery in Walt Disney World?

  • Boulangerie Patisserie (Epcot) (40%)
  • Main Street Bakery (Magic Kingdom) (27%)
  • Kringla Bakeri og Kafe (Epcot) (13%)
  • Boardwalk Bakery (Boardwalk) (11%)
  • Starring Rolls Bakery (Disney's Hollywood Studios) (8%)
  • Other (1%)
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If you have a stand-out favorite bakery, weigh in with your comments via twitter, facebook, or email.

In January, I’ll post the results, along with any reader insights as to what makes those particular bakeries so special. If you have another bakery you like better, vote “other.” (I’d love to hear what the “others” are as well!)

Disney World Bakery Throw Down: Boulangerie Patisserie

Welcome back to the Disney World Bakery Throw Down! Today we’re highlighting the second bakery in the Throw Down: the France pavilion’s Boulangerie Patisserie.

Boulangerie Patisserie Epcot

Atmosphere
The bakery, which specializes in breads and sweet pastries, is located toward the back of the France pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase. (Just follow your nose, and you’ll find it!) As you would expect from a World Showcase shop, it’s themed to look like a bakery native to a small French village. Welcoming window displays draw you inside, and bistro tables line the sidewalk outside.

Seating Outside the Bakery

Seating Outside the Bakery

Inside, you’re greeted by a lovely baker’s rack full of delicious-looking baked goods, baking paraphernalia, and a wide-open French cookbook, giving you the idea that the bakers are hard at work at the ovens.

Baker's Rack at Bakery Entrance

Baker's Rack at Bakery Entrance

Themeing at Boulangerie Patisserie

Themeing at Boulangerie Patisserie

Keep walking to your left, where your eyes are invited to take in rows and rows of sugary, frosted pastries and savory sandwiches and cheese. The bakery is set up with two identical showcases on either side of a long aisle. This lets twice as many people through at once, but you’ll often still encounter lines… this place is popular!

Eats
Before you take a look at any of my bakery eats photos, you must go over to Ryan Wilson’s Main Street Gazette post about the Boulangerie Patisserie. It’s headlined with one of the most tempting photos of the bakery’s goods I’ve ever seen…

Now that you’ve whet your appetite, here we go down the center aisle of the Boulangerie Patisserie! We start with a few savory items, such as those delicious cheese plates, quiche, rustic ham and cheese tartine, baguettes with jambon (ham) and fromage (cheese), and cheese-filled croissants.

Savory Items

Savory Items

Cheese Plate

Cheese Plate

Ham and Cheese Baguette

Ham and Cheese Baguette

From there, you hit the gorgeous pastries — cakes, pies, pain au chocolat, croissants, apple tarts, eclairs, cheesecake, napoleons, creme brulee, and more:

Creme Puffs

Creme Puffs

Nid d'abeille

Nid d'abeille

Raisin Swirl

Raisin Swirl

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee

Raspberry Schuss

Raspberry Schuss

Napoleon and Cheesecake

Napoleon and Cheesecake

Apple and Raspberry Turnovers

Apple and Raspberry Turnovers

Chocolate Eclairs

Chocolate Eclairs

Lemon Tarts and Chocolate Mousse

Lemon Tarts and Chocolate Mousse

Apple Tart

Apple Tart

Chocolate Croissants

Chocolate Croissants

Once you reach the end of the showcases, you’re able to order a drink and pay for your items.

Boulangerie Patisserie Drink Menu

Boulangerie Patisserie Drink Menu

There is seating on the sidewalk outside and inside the marketplace outside of the France film:

Indoor Seating Near the Bakery

Indoor Seating Near the Bakery

If you can still walk with all of those baked goods in your belly, head out to the beautiful perfume shops on the other side of the pavilion, visit Belle and the Beast in Belle’s library, or head over to watch Impressions de France in the theater at back of the pavilion. Have a wonderful day in Epcot!

Vote For Your Favorite!
Thanks for joining us as we visited the second of the five Walt Disney Bakeries we’re showcasing on the Throw Down! The first bakery highlighted was the Magic Kingdom’s Main Street Bakery, and we’ll be highlighting the other three throughout the month.

You can vote for your favorite right here:

What's Your Favorite Bakery in Walt Disney World?

  • Boulangerie Patisserie (Epcot) (40%)
  • Main Street Bakery (Magic Kingdom) (27%)
  • Kringla Bakeri og Kafe (Epcot) (13%)
  • Boardwalk Bakery (Boardwalk) (11%)
  • Starring Rolls Bakery (Disney's Hollywood Studios) (8%)
  • Other (1%)
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If you have a stand-out favorite bakery, weigh in with your comments via twitter, facebook, or email.

In January, I’ll post the results, along with any reader insights as to what makes those particular bakeries so special. If you have another bakery you like better, vote “other.” (I’d love to hear what the “others” are as well!)