Ireland. The land St. Patrick’s Day, Guinness, green grass and….French pastries? Yes, French pastries. Le Petit Parisien is a quaint coffee shop/bakery/cafe located in the heart of Dublin. My aunt, uncle and cousin stumbled upon it the day before I arrived and, not knowing we were in the same place the next day, we stumbled upon it again. With the rain starting to come down harder, and a very enticing window display, it was the perfect excuse to take cover for some breakfast.
But not just any breakfast. Sitting in a cozy window seat surrounded by Christmas music and holiday spirit, we started out with one of the best cappuccinos I’ve had. Now, I spent 6 months in Italy back in 2010, so I’ve had my fair share of cappuccinos, and this one is hard to beat!
My cousin, who is not a fan of coffees or cappuccinos, opted for a hot chocolate instead. They served it to him in a glass where the first 3/4 was milk and the bottom was filled with chocolate, allowing him to mix it himself.
With hot drinks in our hands, we were served pastry after pastry after pastry. While my uncle ordered porridge, my cousin and I ordered fruit scones with homemade strawberry jam.
My aunt, having had a scone the day before, went big and ordered the vanilla cream pastry that caught her eye from the window.
Seeing as it’s the holiday season, and I’ve seen mince pies everywhere for weeks, we decided to try one. A mince pie is a fruit-based mincemeat sweet pie served during the Christmas season. Having no idea what it was going to taste like, I was pleasantly surprised with its sweet, spiced flavour and flaky crust.
If you’re in Dublin, and looking for an amazing breakfast with a cozy atmosphere, I highly recommend you check out Le Petit Parisien. For more information, check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LPPCafe.