Best French Pastries in Orange County: We Say Oui!

Our top pastry picks shine a light on O.C.’s growing flock of French Bakers

IMG_3419PANDOR
1126 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach, 949-209-5099
440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714-533‑7225
pandorbakery.com

Provenance By hiring only French bakers, Tiffany and Raffi Sepetjian ensure that what you taste at their bakery is authentic. The couple, frequent visitors to France where they have family, opened at the Anaheim Packing House in May.
Our Favorite Treat Raspberry sablet. Perfectly sweetened raspberry jam sandwiched between two thin, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth cookies, dusted with powdered sugar.


RENDEZ- VOUS Almond Croissant
3330 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, 949-791-8730
rendezvouscdm.com

Provenance Hailing from Toulon, the husband-and-wife duo Olivier and Nathalie Bocchino opened Rendez-Vous more than two years ago after previously owning a French cafe in Colorado. They bake their pastries from scratch daily.
Our Favorite Treat Almond croissant. Almond cream brushed inside a fresh and perfectly baked croissant. It’s no wonder the pastry sells out most mornings.


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MOULIN

1000 Bristol St. N., Newport Beach, 844-376-6243
moulinbistro.com
Provenance Baker-pastry chef Patrick Sigaud of Marseille came out of retirement to help Moulin Bistro achieve its goal of offering a complete Parisian experience. His authentic French pastries tell us it was worth it.
Our Favorite Treat Napoleon. A tower of subtle vanilla custard and layers of puff pastry, topped with a thin vanilla icing.


ST PATISSERIE CHOCOLATIMG_2058
3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 714-825-0180
stephanetreand.com
Provenance In November, the acclaimed Parisian pastry chef Stéphane Tréand, winner of his country’s prestigious Meilleur Ouvrier de France pastry title, opened
a patisserie, where each one of his decadent creations is a work of art.
Our Favorite Treat Duo feuilletine. The rectangular pastry has an almond biscuit base, milk- and dark-chocolate ganaches, and a layer of thin, crunchy praline. It’s the ultimate indulgence.

Apricot Tart


C’EST SI BON
149 Riverside Ave., Newport Beach, 949‑645-0447
Provenance Owned by Paul Kohne and Bruno Campos, the bakery opened in 1979 and has been a community staple ever since. Kohne and Campos were trained
by French bakers and have passed the craft down to their team.
Our Favorite Treat Apricot tart. Sweet, tender apricots and their fruity syrup are nestled in a light pastry crust. The bakery’s best-seller, it’s made fresh daily.

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