Cafe Besalu

★★★★★

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Taste of the coffee is too good. my two year lod son is great fan of your blend coffee.

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Taste of the coffee is too good. my two year lod son is great fan of your blend coffee.

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they have THE BEST croissants EVER. the outside i think they glaze it a little so its really crisp, and once you bite in its moist and chewy on the inside with the classic croissant flavor... but theres something else there... have to try it to know. also bought a bunch of other stuff from here. we're from out of town so we just blindly picked anythign that looked good... and we were not disappointed. one of our other favorites was this sweet onion pastry... sorry dont know the name... but it was to die for. if i was a millionaire... i would come to seattle often JUST FOR THE CROISSANTS!!

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★★★★★

they have THE BEST croissants EVER. the outside i think they glaze it a little so its really crisp, and once you bite in its moist and chewy on the inside with the classic croissant flavor... but theres something else there... have to try it to know. also bought a bunch of other stuff from here. we're from out of town so we just blindly picked anythign that looked good... and we were not disappointed. one of our other favorites was this sweet onion pastry... sorry dont know the name... but it was to die for. if i was a millionaire... i would come to seattle often JUST FOR THE CROISSANTS!!

Pros: croissants

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I have no idea what kind of magic they put into the food here but EVRYTHING is amazing, including the coffee. You will wait in line (that is the only draw back) but there is a reason 20 people wait in line for pastries.

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★★★★★

I have no idea what kind of magic they put into the food here but EVRYTHING is amazing, including the coffee. You will wait in line (that is the only draw back) but there is a reason 20 people wait in line for pastries.

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I love this place for their ginger pastry, their pear tart and their delicious, dark espresso drinks. The staff is very friendly and welcoming, including the baker of these fine pastries. A treat in Seattle.

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★★★★☆

I love this place for their ginger pastry, their pear tart and their delicious, dark espresso drinks. The staff is very friendly and welcoming, including the baker of these fine pastries. A treat in Seattle.

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Look no more if you dig french pastries! I feel like I've died and gone to Heaven after having breakfast here! The pastries are so light and minimally sweet I feel like I'm floating on air. The coffee's ok, but definately check this place out for the best french treats I've EVER tried this side of the world!!! Great job, Cafe Besalu! I"m forever yours!!!

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★★★★★

Look no more if you dig french pastries! I feel like I've died and gone to Heaven after having breakfast here! The pastries are so light and minimally sweet I feel like I'm floating on air. The coffee's ok, but definately check this place out for the best french treats I've EVER tried this side of the world!!! Great job, Cafe Besalu! I"m forever yours!!!

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Every reviewer but a few grudge-bearers have given this five stars; believe the hype! This is the Emerald City's best place for a breakfast sweet with coffee, bar none. The first thing you'll notice on a morning visit is the constant bustle behind the cheery counter help. The display case is constantly being replenished with small, fresh-from-the-oven batches. As for their pastries, their puffed pastries (croissants, etc) have the best flaky consistency in town and the Pain au Chocolat has just the right amount of chocolate. As others have mentioned, the Danishes and Ginger Biscuit are wonderful; we'd mention more but we just haven't tried everything yet (it's a one-piece, once a week treat for us, keeps it special!) Finally, the ambiance is unassuming and cheery, and our usual Sunday barista is surreally friendly; it really is the ideal neighborhood bakery.

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★★★★★

Every reviewer but a few grudge-bearers have given this five stars; believe the hype! This is the Emerald City's best place for a breakfast sweet with coffee, bar none. The first thing you'll notice on a morning visit is the constant bustle behind the cheery counter help. The display case is constantly being replenished with small, fresh-from-the-oven batches. As for their pastries, their puffed pastries (croissants, etc) have the best flaky consistency in town and the Pain au Chocolat has just the right amount of chocolate. As others have mentioned, the Danishes and Ginger Biscuit are wonderful; we'd mention more but we just haven't tried everything yet (it's a one-piece, once a week treat for us, keeps it special!) Finally, the ambiance is unassuming and cheery, and our usual Sunday barista is surreally friendly; it really is the ideal neighborhood bakery.

Pros: Freshest In Town, Good Coffee, Friendly Service

Cons: Small Seating Area, Parking may be a block or more (walk it off, fatty!)

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The food is fantastic.
My personal favorites are almond schneckens, strawberry crossaints and ham/cheese crossaints. Also noteworthy are the checkered shortbread cookies.
I also found their coffee beverages to be very good. Their standard coffee is above average and their espresso drinks are fantastic - I recommend the capuccino.
Parking can be a challenge at certain times but there is enough residential parking in Ballard that you can get within 200 yards at any time.

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★★★★★

The food is fantastic.
My personal favorites are almond schneckens, strawberry crossaints and ham/cheese crossaints. Also noteworthy are the checkered shortbread cookies.
I also found their coffee beverages to be very good. Their standard coffee is above average and their espresso drinks are fantastic - I recommend the capuccino.
Parking can be a challenge at certain times but there is enough residential parking in Ballard that you can get within 200 yards at any time.

Pros: Superb quality pastries for $2-$4 each

Cons: Small indoor seating area

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Cafe Besalu offers the freshest and most tastiest breakfast treats. My family and I enjoy the plain croissants with their homemade jam. Sometimes they run out of them later in the morning because of their popularity. The croissants are very flakey and delicious. I can't have croissants anywhere else because I've been spoiled by these.

The baristas are very nice and friendly. If you go on a weekend--expect to a long line. They are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and during some long weekends.

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★★★★★

Cafe Besalu offers the freshest and most tastiest breakfast treats. My family and I enjoy the plain croissants with their homemade jam. Sometimes they run out of them later in the morning because of their popularity. The croissants are very flakey and delicious. I can't have croissants anywhere else because I've been spoiled by these.

The baristas are very nice and friendly. If you go on a weekend--expect to a long line. They are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and during some long weekends.

Pros: Croissants, pain au chocolat, chai

Cons: Open every day! Need another bakery!

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I live right around the corner from Besalu (which, I think, increases the value of my apartment immensely!) It is my favorite place, both for pastries and for coffee. Delicious espresso and the most amazing pastries (danishes to die for, brilliant ginger biscuits, crumbly and buttery croissants.) And, the staff are some of the nicest people; they are incredibly patient with EVERYONE who comes in the door (and loyal to loyal customers too.) Though Besalu has been "discovered" and is difficult on weekends, think of how much patience and skill it takes to deal with groggy patrons and turn out delicious, home made pastries fast enough for the hungry kids who flock to this place! The Besalu staff (and the husband and wife team who make the pastries) are amazing!!!

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★★★★★

I live right around the corner from Besalu (which, I think, increases the value of my apartment immensely!) It is my favorite place, both for pastries and for coffee. Delicious espresso and the most amazing pastries (danishes to die for, brilliant ginger biscuits, crumbly and buttery croissants.) And, the staff are some of the nicest people; they are incredibly patient with EVERYONE who comes in the door (and loyal to loyal customers too.) Though Besalu has been "discovered" and is difficult on weekends, think of how much patience and skill it takes to deal with groggy patrons and turn out delicious, home made pastries fast enough for the hungry kids who flock to this place! The Besalu staff (and the husband and wife team who make the pastries) are amazing!!!

Pros: Best pastries this side of the Seine; patient, kind service

Cons: None (except for people who reserve seats before they've ordered on the weekends!)

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What delightful food!! When I arrived at the place, there already was a 5-person-line at the counter. So I got to have enough time to difficult decision, i.e. what to order. Given the place was fully seated (It is a small place), I ordered to go Strawberry Danish, which was just brought out to the case and my favorite, and Quiche Lorraine, which many of the other patrons seemed had been enjoying). I brought them home and had them with my home brewed mediocre cup of coffee. What delight, the food was!! The Danish was warm, the sweetness of strawberry was just right, and crust crispy & flaky. As I sink my teeth into it, I hear the light crumpling sound of the crust and felt the perfect resistance on my teeth. 4 minutes of bliss. Then, I moved onto Quiche. Another delight!! The flavor of the bacon perfectly matched scallion. I only regretted getting just one of each.

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★★★★★

What delightful food!! When I arrived at the place, there already was a 5-person-line at the counter. So I got to have enough time to difficult decision, i.e. what to order. Given the place was fully seated (It is a small place), I ordered to go Strawberry Danish, which was just brought out to the case and my favorite, and Quiche Lorraine, which many of the other patrons seemed had been enjoying). I brought them home and had them with my home brewed mediocre cup of coffee. What delight, the food was!! The Danish was warm, the sweetness of strawberry was just right, and crust crispy & flaky. As I sink my teeth into it, I hear the light crumpling sound of the crust and felt the perfect resistance on my teeth. 4 minutes of bliss. Then, I moved onto Quiche. Another delight!! The flavor of the bacon perfectly matched scallion. I only regretted getting just one of each.

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Went to Cafe Besalu to pick up coffee and pastries to go. The line was out the door on a Saturday morning at 9AM. Took about 10 minutes to make it to the front, which was a bit annoying because it seemed like no one knew what they wanted when they were up to order.

The pain au chocolat was the best I've had outside of Paris. Warm, buttery, flakey with slightly melted cholocate and a melt in your mouth consistancy with every bite. A bit on the smaller side for the slightly inflated price. I also tried a ham and swiss pastry which had a great texture with just the right amount of topping. The price was reasonable. The drip coffee was standard and nothing special.

The store front was very loud and had a cramped feeling with all the people standing in the center erratically waiting in line. Trying to find a place to sit here on a crowded weekend morning seems like a heroic task. The staff was appropriate and courteous.

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★★★★★

Went to Cafe Besalu to pick up coffee and pastries to go. The line was out the door on a Saturday morning at 9AM. Took about 10 minutes to make it to the front, which was a bit annoying because it seemed like no one knew what they wanted when they were up to order.

The pain au chocolat was the best I've had outside of Paris. Warm, buttery, flakey with slightly melted cholocate and a melt in your mouth consistancy with every bite. A bit on the smaller side for the slightly inflated price. I also tried a ham and swiss pastry which had a great texture with just the right amount of topping. The price was reasonable. The drip coffee was standard and nothing special.

The store front was very loud and had a cramped feeling with all the people standing in the center erratically waiting in line. Trying to find a place to sit here on a crowded weekend morning seems like a heroic task. The staff was appropriate and courteous.

Pros: Delicious sweet and savory pastries rival even those in France; courteous service

Cons: A bit over-priced for some items; relatively long wait and very cramped when busy; street parking only

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i have read the reviews of Cafe Besalu and was sort of weary to go ..... WHY did i wait so long?!? this is one of the best bakeries i have ever been to! if you are looking for a PERFECT CROISSANT, or a delicious ginger biscuit... GO TO BESALU! the ginger biscuits make me want to have a child so i can pack a lunch and include one. ..
the mochas are fabulous, but the HAM and swiss pastries are my favorite savory item.! i cant wait to make the trip from renton to ballard again!!!!!!!
this is one talented baker.

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★★★★★

i have read the reviews of Cafe Besalu and was sort of weary to go ..... WHY did i wait so long?!? this is one of the best bakeries i have ever been to! if you are looking for a PERFECT CROISSANT, or a delicious ginger biscuit... GO TO BESALU! the ginger biscuits make me want to have a child so i can pack a lunch and include one. ..
the mochas are fabulous, but the HAM and swiss pastries are my favorite savory item.! i cant wait to make the trip from renton to ballard again!!!!!!!
this is one talented baker.

Pros: food, atmosphere, reasonably priced.

Cons: parking

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I agree about the laptops. There are plenty of bigger coffee shops around who want laptop users: Java Bean, Caffe Fiore, Herkimer's. Besalu is not big enough for every customer to hang out for an hour hogging the table. The only problem with Besalu is everyone knows about it now and the lines are incredible. I've never seen children and babies anything but fully welcomed. Sometimes if babies are crying the parents, who are doing their best to survive, don't realize how it's affecting others. Usually Besalu is a nice lively mix of younger and older people from all neighborhoods. That one dude who got stared at probably didn't realize he had a large marmot on his head.

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★★★★★

I agree about the laptops. There are plenty of bigger coffee shops around who want laptop users: Java Bean, Caffe Fiore, Herkimer's. Besalu is not big enough for every customer to hang out for an hour hogging the table. The only problem with Besalu is everyone knows about it now and the lines are incredible. I've never seen children and babies anything but fully welcomed. Sometimes if babies are crying the parents, who are doing their best to survive, don't realize how it's affecting others. Usually Besalu is a nice lively mix of younger and older people from all neighborhoods. That one dude who got stared at probably didn't realize he had a large marmot on his head.

Pros: All puff pastry made from scratch.

Cons: Long lines unless you go before 8 or after noon (or on a week day).

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I have been going to Besalu for the past six years. I have never once felt like the staff were inconsiderate or rude. The person who thinks that the food is QFC quality obviously has no taste whatsoever. Seriously - you're a moron. Do you know how long it takes to make an authentic croissant? DAYS! And you can't part with 2 bucks? I'm pleased that you're no longer coming because that will make the line that much shorter.

Also, Besalu is not a laptop cafe. In such a tiny place, clear out after 1/2 hour. Be sensible. Go to the library.

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★★★★★

I have been going to Besalu for the past six years. I have never once felt like the staff were inconsiderate or rude. The person who thinks that the food is QFC quality obviously has no taste whatsoever. Seriously - you're a moron. Do you know how long it takes to make an authentic croissant? DAYS! And you can't part with 2 bucks? I'm pleased that you're no longer coming because that will make the line that much shorter.

Also, Besalu is not a laptop cafe. In such a tiny place, clear out after 1/2 hour. Be sensible. Go to the library.

Pros: Delectible pastries and strong coffee

Cons: becoming so popular that the line can be out the door

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Ever since I found the place I can't stay away. My favorites are Quiche Lorraine, Gruyere and onion torte, ginger bisquit... I also agree that the place is very welcoming to kids and the staff is friendly, always! My Saturday mornings ritual is a walk to Cafe Besalu, don't know what I would do without it!

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★★★★★

Ever since I found the place I can't stay away. My favorites are Quiche Lorraine, Gruyere and onion torte, ginger bisquit... I also agree that the place is very welcoming to kids and the staff is friendly, always! My Saturday mornings ritual is a walk to Cafe Besalu, don't know what I would do without it!

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Cafe Besalu is an absolute gem. The pain au chocolat make life worth living. In fact, everything I have had from their bakery is delicious. I have never been disappointed. I go whenever I get the chance!

My only complaint is that no business downtown sells such quality pastries! I'll pay any price for baked goods that taste high quality and homemade. But I can't find any downtown without going to a restaurant. Open a shop downtown, Please! :)

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★★★★★

Cafe Besalu is an absolute gem. The pain au chocolat make life worth living. In fact, everything I have had from their bakery is delicious. I have never been disappointed. I go whenever I get the chance!

My only complaint is that no business downtown sells such quality pastries! I'll pay any price for baked goods that taste high quality and homemade. But I can't find any downtown without going to a restaurant. Open a shop downtown, Please! :)

Pros: GREAT pastries!, Not a long wait, Family owned feeling

Cons: Close at 3pm, In Ballard :), Closed Mondays

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Cafe' Besalu is a wonderful cafe and bakery I wish were more common in Seattle. And if the staff do in fact make the very difficult decision to ask rude customers with screaming children to have some manners, be neighborly, and stop selfishly tyrannizing other patrons with their kids' bad behaviour, then I like the place even more. Hooray for a place that respects quiet conversation!

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★★★★★

Cafe' Besalu is a wonderful cafe and bakery I wish were more common in Seattle. And if the staff do in fact make the very difficult decision to ask rude customers with screaming children to have some manners, be neighborly, and stop selfishly tyrannizing other patrons with their kids' bad behaviour, then I like the place even more. Hooray for a place that respects quiet conversation!

Pros: pastries, ambience

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The croissants and pastries are simply superlative, and I'd compare them favorably with any that I've had in Paris. The quiches are also good (although not always ready when we visit, which is usually early), and Lighthouse coffee is there to round-out a great coffee-and-pastry experience.

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★★★★★

The croissants and pastries are simply superlative, and I'd compare them favorably with any that I've had in Paris. The quiches are also good (although not always ready when we visit, which is usually early), and Lighthouse coffee is there to round-out a great coffee-and-pastry experience.

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This place is Mecca for pastry lovers. I especially love the danishes. I've always found the service to be fantastic. I live nearby and have been there many, many of times, with my squirmy toddler (and earlier, when she was a SCREAMING BABY) -- nothing but smiles and helpfulness from the staff. The only downside is it's become so popular that the line sometimes goes out the door. I strongly disagree with the reviews that claim it's not a kid-friendly place.

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★★★★★

This place is Mecca for pastry lovers. I especially love the danishes. I've always found the service to be fantastic. I live nearby and have been there many, many of times, with my squirmy toddler (and earlier, when she was a SCREAMING BABY) -- nothing but smiles and helpfulness from the staff. The only downside is it's become so popular that the line sometimes goes out the door. I strongly disagree with the reviews that claim it's not a kid-friendly place.

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We were so impressed when we went there with our adult children and 2 grandchildren, one of whom has peanut and dairy allergies. They actually made hot chocolate for him with rice milk! What a treat for him to be able to order like anyone else! The owner and staff were all considerate and tried to make him feel included.

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★★★★★

We were so impressed when we went there with our adult children and 2 grandchildren, one of whom has peanut and dairy allergies. They actually made hot chocolate for him with rice milk! What a treat for him to be able to order like anyone else! The owner and staff were all considerate and tried to make him feel included.

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The pastries at Besalu are the best in Seattle and the chocolate croissant is the best I've ever had (incl. Paris, London, NY, SF). Given the craftmanship the food is a great value! There is no attitude. The staff are great. I'm shocked by the accusation that Besalu isn't kid-friendly. To the contrary it's full of kids and I often see the staff interact warmly with children and their parents. Once they made a special drink for my visiting nephew who has many allergies and can't eat much of what others enjoy. I have never seen anyone asked to leave (although sometimes I wish they would clear out those who camp out for long periods as seats are at a premium). I suspect the negative posts are from those who know that they were in the wrong and are mad that their lack of consideration was highlighted.

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★★★★★

The pastries at Besalu are the best in Seattle and the chocolate croissant is the best I've ever had (incl. Paris, London, NY, SF). Given the craftmanship the food is a great value! There is no attitude. The staff are great. I'm shocked by the accusation that Besalu isn't kid-friendly. To the contrary it's full of kids and I often see the staff interact warmly with children and their parents. Once they made a special drink for my visiting nephew who has many allergies and can't eat much of what others enjoy. I have never seen anyone asked to leave (although sometimes I wish they would clear out those who camp out for long periods as seats are at a premium). I suspect the negative posts are from those who know that they were in the wrong and are mad that their lack of consideration was highlighted.

Pros: Best pastries, Great espresso, Vibrant

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I was shocked to find snarky comments about my favorite coffee/pastry spot in Seattle. I have *never* seen the staff be rude to anyone. I have seen parents with young children spend a good long time enjoying themselves there. It is not an ideal place to settle with one's laptop because yes, it is small and it is a popular place to visit with friends. I have always felt welcome there, but then I also try to be aware of whether other people might want my table. I suggest that those who have felt unwelcome reconsider whether their own behaviors are to blame.

The pastry at Besalu is always excellent and made fresh on the premises throughout the day. If you get there at the right time, your ham and swiss pastry or pain au chocolat will still be warm and melty.

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★★★★★

I was shocked to find snarky comments about my favorite coffee/pastry spot in Seattle. I have *never* seen the staff be rude to anyone. I have seen parents with young children spend a good long time enjoying themselves there. It is not an ideal place to settle with one's laptop because yes, it is small and it is a popular place to visit with friends. I have always felt welcome there, but then I also try to be aware of whether other people might want my table. I suggest that those who have felt unwelcome reconsider whether their own behaviors are to blame.

The pastry at Besalu is always excellent and made fresh on the premises throughout the day. If you get there at the right time, your ham and swiss pastry or pain au chocolat will still be warm and melty.

Pros: excellent baked goods, good coffee, nice people!

Cons: short hours

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What a high class establishment. Everything about this place is top-notch!

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★★★★★

What a high class establishment. Everything about this place is top-notch!

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This morning I went and ordered an americano and a pastry ($6). Normally this buys you the food and drink AND a place to relax or read or work or whatever. I brought my laptop.

It wasnt crowded. After an hour, the owner came around cleaning tables. He cleaned my table and took the opportunity to mention (rather than saying hello, or thanks-for-coming-in) that there were a lot of people coming through and that some of them were leaving because of a lack of tables. He asked that I be more conscious of that issue and make my table available for sharing.

I really wouldn't have had any problem sharing my table. No one ever asked. A sign might help. But his personal message to me made me feel unwelcome.

Good pastries, but I think I'll take my coffee/pastry money elsewhere.

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★☆☆☆☆

This morning I went and ordered an americano and a pastry ($6). Normally this buys you the food and drink AND a place to relax or read or work or whatever. I brought my laptop.

It wasnt crowded. After an hour, the owner came around cleaning tables. He cleaned my table and took the opportunity to mention (rather than saying hello, or thanks-for-coming-in) that there were a lot of people coming through and that some of them were leaving because of a lack of tables. He asked that I be more conscious of that issue and make my table available for sharing.

I really wouldn't have had any problem sharing my table. No one ever asked. A sign might help. But his personal message to me made me feel unwelcome.

Good pastries, but I think I'll take my coffee/pastry money elsewhere.

Pros: good pastries

Cons: wrong attitude

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To correct a few things about newmomabc's review. I arrived at the cafe to the sounds of her baby. I do not know how long she had been there, but their plates were empty. Well, for the next 2 hours, she and her friends sat chatting with the baby continuously crying. I must say, a few of us customers were exchaning glances of annoyance.

Correction 1: you were NOT on your way out the door, nor were you putting on her poncho. You were in no way showing any sign of leaving.

Correction 2: The employee was not going on about you leaving. You could tell this person did not wish to hurt your feelings, but had to take into consideration the other customers.

Correction 3: Incredible insensitivy? I could say the same thing about you. You think just because you have a baby you are immune to common courtesy?

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★★★★★

To correct a few things about newmomabc's review. I arrived at the cafe to the sounds of her baby. I do not know how long she had been there, but their plates were empty. Well, for the next 2 hours, she and her friends sat chatting with the baby continuously crying. I must say, a few of us customers were exchaning glances of annoyance.

Correction 1: you were NOT on your way out the door, nor were you putting on her poncho. You were in no way showing any sign of leaving.

Correction 2: The employee was not going on about you leaving. You could tell this person did not wish to hurt your feelings, but had to take into consideration the other customers.

Correction 3: Incredible insensitivy? I could say the same thing about you. You think just because you have a baby you are immune to common courtesy?

Pros: Great Patstries, Great Coffee

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Cafe Besalu is a gem. The best pain au chocolat outside of Paris. Wonderful pastries, quiches, coffee, and more.

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★★★★★

Cafe Besalu is a gem. The best pain au chocolat outside of Paris. Wonderful pastries, quiches, coffee, and more.

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Featuring: French pastries with a side of French attitude.

On the Friday that we visited Cafe Besalu, parents with babies were coming and going. Our babies were chatting and enjoying each other's company while we moms caught up. My friend's daughter started crying, and they decided to leave. As she was putting on her baby's jacket, a staff person came up and told her she had to leave!! We were shocked. With the open door and loud music, this is NOT a quiet cafe.

She was embarrassed and said she WAS leaving, as apparently he had no observation skills. He kept at her! Hello? Customer service? He made his point, but he kept badgering!

At this point, we left and won't be returning. I told a mom who was out front what had happened. She won't be going back. Parents, avoid! Why patronize your local cafes when you're treated poorly?

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★☆☆☆☆

Featuring: French pastries with a side of French attitude.

On the Friday that we visited Cafe Besalu, parents with babies were coming and going. Our babies were chatting and enjoying each other's company while we moms caught up. My friend's daughter started crying, and they decided to leave. As she was putting on her baby's jacket, a staff person came up and told her she had to leave!! We were shocked. With the open door and loud music, this is NOT a quiet cafe.

She was embarrassed and said she WAS leaving, as apparently he had no observation skills. He kept at her! Hello? Customer service? He made his point, but he kept badgering!

At this point, we left and won't be returning. I told a mom who was out front what had happened. She won't be going back. Parents, avoid! Why patronize your local cafes when you're treated poorly?

Pros: Rich pastries

Cons: Kid-hostile, Hard chairs, Snooty service

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Wow - don't go here if you have a baby!!! My seven month old and I were there to enjoy a cup of coffee with friends and after a while, she became fussy. I was on my way out of the door - just putting on her poncho and gathering up our bag when one of the employees came over and asked us to leave. I have never been asked to leave an establishment prior to this experience. When I told him I was leaving already he kept going on about it. I was humiliated and hurt by their treatment. I refuse to apologize for my daughter - she is a baby and she cries. The incredible insensitivity of this place is beyond appalling. I will never return and if you have a baby, I'd recommend trying someplace else. Cafe Besalu is most definitely NOT kid friendly.

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★☆☆☆☆

Wow - don't go here if you have a baby!!! My seven month old and I were there to enjoy a cup of coffee with friends and after a while, she became fussy. I was on my way out of the door - just putting on her poncho and gathering up our bag when one of the employees came over and asked us to leave. I have never been asked to leave an establishment prior to this experience. When I told him I was leaving already he kept going on about it. I was humiliated and hurt by their treatment. I refuse to apologize for my daughter - she is a baby and she cries. The incredible insensitivity of this place is beyond appalling. I will never return and if you have a baby, I'd recommend trying someplace else. Cafe Besalu is most definitely NOT kid friendly.

Cons: Expensive, Crowded, Not Kid Friendly

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Stopped by for a pastry at about 7:15 am. Everything was just coming out of the oven. I had the blueberry danish- it was amazing! Buttery, flaky crust, ripe blueberries. Croissants were not ready yet or I would have gotten one of them as well. Worth the trek up from Market Street. Service was friendly.

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★★★★★

Stopped by for a pastry at about 7:15 am. Everything was just coming out of the oven. I had the blueberry danish- it was amazing! Buttery, flaky crust, ripe blueberries. Croissants were not ready yet or I would have gotten one of them as well. Worth the trek up from Market Street. Service was friendly.

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I was greeted with instant smirks by the 3 middle aged yuppie couples in attendance (who never stopped staring the entire time I was there, I guess young people aren't welcome), and greeted with total silence and frowns from the staff, who in fact never once bothered to say hello. I have no clue why people like this place. They have one microscopic pastry case with tiny, laughably expensive fare. The only thing that didn't look like they got it from a box or bag at QFC down the street was the strawberry danishes, which were barely bite sized and $3 each. The largest espresso drink they sell is a double grande, which goes for just as much as a triple vente from anywhere else. If you like this place please leave Seattle and make room for people with taste.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was greeted with instant smirks by the 3 middle aged yuppie couples in attendance (who never stopped staring the entire time I was there, I guess young people aren't welcome), and greeted with total silence and frowns from the staff, who in fact never once bothered to say hello. I have no clue why people like this place. They have one microscopic pastry case with tiny, laughably expensive fare. The only thing that didn't look like they got it from a box or bag at QFC down the street was the strawberry danishes, which were barely bite sized and $3 each. The largest espresso drink they sell is a double grande, which goes for just as much as a triple vente from anywhere else. If you like this place please leave Seattle and make room for people with taste.

Cons: Expensive, Snobby, Laughable

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My biggest fear of going to new places to eat is that the staff and the clientele there will not be nice, and I will leave disappointed and feeling kind of uncomfortable, like I had walked into their house and orderd some food.

This is exactly the opposite of what happens at Cafe Besalu. My fiance and I stopped in last Sunday to try these famed ginger biscuits (which, by the way, are to die for...we are now considering having a morning wedding and serving them to our guests!)...it was fabulous! The food was delicious (we had a ginger biscuit each, a piece of the spinach quiche and a piece of the quiche lorraine ), the coffee was VERY good (I am not a fan of Starbucks coffee, so this was so nice to find), and the staff was VERY kind!

We will be going back every chance we get.

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★★★★★

My biggest fear of going to new places to eat is that the staff and the clientele there will not be nice, and I will leave disappointed and feeling kind of uncomfortable, like I had walked into their house and orderd some food.

This is exactly the opposite of what happens at Cafe Besalu. My fiance and I stopped in last Sunday to try these famed ginger biscuits (which, by the way, are to die for...we are now considering having a morning wedding and serving them to our guests!)...it was fabulous! The food was delicious (we had a ginger biscuit each, a piece of the spinach quiche and a piece of the quiche lorraine ), the coffee was VERY good (I am not a fan of Starbucks coffee, so this was so nice to find), and the staff was VERY kind!

We will be going back every chance we get.

Pros: Coffee/Food, Staff, Prices

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...in Seattle, hands down. flakey, buttery, a combo of crispy and soft they are OUTSTANDING. Every bite brings ecstasy. Experience the bliss! And don't forget to try the ginger biscuit. Fabulous.

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★★★★★

...in Seattle, hands down. flakey, buttery, a combo of crispy and soft they are OUTSTANDING. Every bite brings ecstasy. Experience the bliss! And don't forget to try the ginger biscuit. Fabulous.

Pros: coffee is great, friendly, YUM

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Cafe Besalu is fantastic! The pastries are the best you'll get anywhere in the city and the Mochas are made with real melted Belgian chocolate. After a couple of visits, the staff knows you and remembers your "regular" order. It's a great place to meet friends, grab a quick lunch, or take your family. Go to Cafe Besalu. You'll never go anyplace else for coffee or pastries again.

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★★★★★

Cafe Besalu is fantastic! The pastries are the best you'll get anywhere in the city and the Mochas are made with real melted Belgian chocolate. After a couple of visits, the staff knows you and remembers your "regular" order. It's a great place to meet friends, grab a quick lunch, or take your family. Go to Cafe Besalu. You'll never go anyplace else for coffee or pastries again.

Pros: Great Food, Great Coffee, Great Service

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My ham and cheese pastry was pure and utter ambrosia!! Wanted to sample each and every quiche, pastry, biscuit and cookie. Will make it my quest to do just that.

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★★★★★

My ham and cheese pastry was pure and utter ambrosia!! Wanted to sample each and every quiche, pastry, biscuit and cookie. Will make it my quest to do just that.

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Your search ends here! Cafe Besalu is worth the trip no matter where you are coming from.

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★★★★★

Your search ends here! Cafe Besalu is worth the trip no matter where you are coming from.

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A perfect neighborhood coffee shop that should make the rents go up for all Ballard residents within walking distance. You feel good giving this place your money.... and if they ever start giving Nobel Prizes in Pastry....

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★★★★★

A perfect neighborhood coffee shop that should make the rents go up for all Ballard residents within walking distance. You feel good giving this place your money.... and if they ever start giving Nobel Prizes in Pastry....

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What an amazing bakery. You just can't go wrong here...whether it's something sweet or a snack on the savory side, you've got to give this place a go.

Even though I live in a different part of the city, it's worth going the extra mile for this gem.

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★★★★★

What an amazing bakery. You just can't go wrong here...whether it's something sweet or a snack on the savory side, you've got to give this place a go.

Even though I live in a different part of the city, it's worth going the extra mile for this gem.

Pros: authentically French

Cons: limited seating

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I love this place, and I don't know if it's the warm greeting that I get from the person at the counter or the warm buttery croissants....I love the families with dogs that stop in, and I love watching the chef forming croissants while I wait for my coffee.

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★★★★★

I love this place, and I don't know if it's the warm greeting that I get from the person at the counter or the warm buttery croissants....I love the families with dogs that stop in, and I love watching the chef forming croissants while I wait for my coffee.

Editorial from

Arrive early on Saturday morning or you may find a line at this charming neighborhood bakery and cafe. Its baked goods---an array of rich, flaky croissants, brioche, tarts, cookies, quiche, bread and more---could easily be found in Paris.…

 

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