- Accepts credit cards
- Child friendly
The latest, which opened in August, is the brainchild of Lila Bultel, who previously ran Lila’s French Cooking School. Thando Ndabezitha pops in for pastries.
Lila’s French Patisserie has hit a sweet note. Situated next door to the corner shop famous throughout Joburg for its slap chips, this pretty little corner bakery draws many with their dessert offering.
If the delicious range of sweet and savoury tarts, biscuits and croissants don’t tempt you, the fresh loaves of bread should – country loaf and French rye are just two options to expect.
As for the desserts, they not only look amazing but also taste so. Their croissants, flan Parisien and the fresh and sweet apricot tart are some of the popular choices.
The macarons – available in coffee or pistachio flavours – and chocolate éclairs also make a lasting impression.
What is dessert without a good cup of coffee? At Lila’s, patrons are spoilt for choice, with the traditional assortment of caffeinated drinks like espressos and cappuccinos, as well as teas that South Africans love, such as Five Roses, rooibos and chai. For an extra special treat, try their hot chocolate.
It is advisable to order and pay at the front of the store before sitting, as this is not the kind of establishment where waitrons float around with menus, constantly checking up on you. The desserts are on display for you to choose what tickles your fancy and the drinks menu is on the wall.
Though it’s a fairly small space, the environment is relaxed, with round tables big enough to encourage customers to socialise with friends or making for a great spot to sit and read. Children also seem quite at home here.
The pink and grey décor makes Lila’s look like an old-school French patisserie. This is helped by the notable efforts to add splashes of green and pink, with pot plants lining the outdoor dining area and baskets of bougainvillea hanging on the walls. The street-side seating is quite pleasant in the hot summer months.
The bakery definitely lends itself as an ideal location for families, friends or colleagues who just want good coffee and a sweet treat – and maybe even some freshly baked bread to take home.
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