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PAUL Maison de Qualité

Bakery and Café$$$$
Penn Quarter, Washington
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  • Mark S.
    "Kind of a strange, pokey space, but the macaroons are fantastic."(5 Tips)
    Alicia C.
    "Get the ham & cheese sandwich and ask for it to be heated."(2 Tips)
    Cheryl P.
    "The coffee here is amazingly good."(10 Tips)
    Saralyn C.
    "The baked goods are light, airy, authentic and tasty."(2 Tips)
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  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SmithMay 13, 2015
    Great spot! You MUST have a macaroon! They are HUGE! The ham and cheese cross isn't was delicious. Get coffee there and ask for a to go cup. You get more coffee! Some for now and some for later.
  • Cheryl P.
    Cheryl PalarcaOctober 25, 2011
    The coffee here is amazingly good. If you order "for here" they give you an entire pot of coffee per person, about 12-16oz each, costing you about $2. Not bad for this coffee snob. Haha. Enjoy!
  • Martha S.
    Martha SandvenJune 15, 2014
    If you like eggs Benedict, order the eggs Benedict with salmon. Enough for 2 people. I like the eggs scrambled. The BEST ever!!!
  • Makiley B.
    Makiley BarbieriApril 27, 2014
    French boulangerie atmosphere. All breads are delicious ! Natural orange juice are excessed filled with sugar. Always order with no sugar.
  • Paul W.
    Paul WogatzkeNovember 8, 2011
    A hip place to have lunch. French inspired food. The baguettes look scrumptious, the apricot desert I ate was so-so. Tea was VERY good.
  • Raul R.
    Raul ReyesJanuary 29, 2012
    The quiche Lorraine is the closest thing to perfection that you will find in a quiche ... No doubt!
  • Stephanie R.
    Stephanie RichterSeptember 21, 2015
    Really cute cafe. Really busy in the morning, so you'd better know what you want!
  • ⚡Stormy📷Skys⚡
    Food is great, desert even better. Don't let the insane crowd put you off, its worth it.
  • JP F.
    JP FloresFebruary 18, 2012
    Get the Napolean (millefeuille). Decadent and delicious. I'd post a photo, but already ate it.
  • Katherine W.
    Katherine WootenSeptember 16, 2014
    The sandwiches are delicious and you can't go wrong with a macaron for dessert.
  • Jaya P.
    Jaya PunethaSeptember 16, 2013
    Try the fresh fruit pastries with custard - yum! Service is so-so.
  • Erika T.
    Erika TorresDecember 2, 2012
    I was surprised that you could not get the small macarons. The big ones are okay. Not as soft and airy as other macarons I have had before. Paul's is an okay place.
  • May L.
    May LiuSeptember 5, 2013
    they have massive macaroons, but delicious! try the pistachio!
  • Bruno Z.
    Bruno ZalumMarch 29, 2013
    Close your eyes and order the Roast Beef Faluche. It is the Bentley of Sandwiches!
  • Saralyn C.
    Saralyn CohenAugust 19, 2014
    The baked goods are light, airy, authentic and tasty.
  • Katherine K.
    Katherine Kennedy AllenAugust 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Fantastic customer service! Love the ham and cheese croissant for breakfast or lunch!
  • Alicia C.
    Alicia CannonJune 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the ham & cheese sandwich and ask for it to be heated. Yum!
  • Denise L.
    Denise Lemos ViolaJuly 30, 2013
    I liked bred with swiss cheese and truffles
  • Sarah J.
    Sarah JorgensenJune 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The croissants are delicious. Get one and thank me with a 'merci' later!
  • Katie H.
    Katie H.January 29, 2013
    The hot chocolate maybe be expensive at $5.50, but damn is it delicious.
  • Maria Helena C.
    Maria Helena CJuly 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The lemon tart tastes like real, delicious, ACTUAL lemons-- with lots of zest!
  • Mark S.
    Mark SmithJanuary 27, 2015
    Kind of a strange, pokey space, but the macaroons are fantastic.
  • Ivan Z.
    Ivan ZabaloieffAugust 28, 2011
    Great apricot tart. Jan on beure Ok. Foam on cappuccino does not come close to Patisserie Poupon.
  • Shana B.
    Shana BartlettMay 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The chocolate beignet is out of this world!
  • Chelsea S.
    Chelsea StephensJanuary 7, 2014
    the macarons are out of this world. so good.
  • Bianca N.
    Bianca Navarro BowmanOctober 14, 2015
    Croque monseuir with salmon and leeks was very good
  • Eric O.
    Eric OlssonApril 24, 2012
    Try the Croissant - Finally a decent croissant in DC!
  • Helene N.
    Helene NguyenSeptember 26, 2011
    Decent croissants and horrid coffee... So an authentic taste of Paris indeed!
  • Katarina K.
    Katarina KatsmaJune 28, 2015
    This place is super cute, I love reading here on my breaks. Where else are you going to get a giant macaroon?
  • Ashley
    AshleyJanuary 13, 2013
    Get a giant macaron! You won't be sorry.
  • Shirin J.
    Best eclairs ever!!!
  • Kendra S.
    Kendra StephensAugust 17, 2014
    Iced Latte & Sandwiches
  • Isabella R.
    Isabella RiojasMay 20, 2013
    Delicious Macaroons. You've got to try them.
  • Lisa A.
    Lisa AmoreApril 19, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    PAUL will open the week of May 2, 2011. The bread is To.Die.For, but make sure to try the Macarons as well!
  • Jane B.
    Jane BrowneDecember 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try there seasonal Yule logs - omg the framboise is to die for
  • Shan H.
    Shan HuangfuMay 22, 2014
    Complete Breakfast is a great deal
  • Joe C.
    Joe CruzJuly 23, 2014
    The coconut flan is nice - light and subtly sweet.
  • Katie B.
    Katie BAugust 12, 2011
    The quiche Lorraine is heavenly, if inconsistently reheated.
  • Metin
    MetinJune 22, 2016
    They serve one of the best salads in DC!
  • Adilson A.
    Adilson AlexandreMay 19, 2012
    The Strawberry Cake is amazing!
  • Damali R.
    Damali RhettAugust 7, 2011
    Get an almond croissant. Better yet get an AND pain au chocolat
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HigginsAugust 13, 2014
    Their coffee was fantastic.
  • Tom V.
    Tom V.November 19, 2011
    Their quiche lorraine is transcendent.
  • Marcia C.
    Marcia ChatelainMarch 31, 2014
    Chocolate donut is a Nutella filled dream.
  • Bob S.
    Bob SomervilleMarch 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Tomato mozzarella not on menu board but deelish
  • Cristina C.
    Cristina CordovaSeptember 29, 2012
    Delicious chocolate beignets!
  • Oscar T.
    Oscar TejadaApril 17, 2014
    Prices are slightly above average. Choose wisely what to eat.
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CullerJanuary 10, 2016
    Great place but no Wi-Fi
  • Rosie H.
    Rosie HuthMay 18, 2014
    The food is amazing here.
  • sara k.
    sara kApril 12, 2015
    french atmosphere
  • Lamar M.
    Best ever Madelines
  • Robert B.
    Robert BlackNovember 5, 2013
    Delicious pastries.
  • Holly W.
    Holly WoodApril 20, 2014
    Great food but very disorganized.
  • Mohith P.
    Mohith P NarayanOctober 3, 2013
    Great pastries!
  • WRD C.
    WRD CartyNovember 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    GOURMANDISE. You're welcome.
  • Ash B.
    Ash B.November 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    FYI, there's no wifi.
  • Margie N.
    Margie NewmanMay 27, 2011
    Whatever you do, don't order a cappuccino. Ick.
  • Aubrey
    AubreyOctober 28, 2014
    Don't expect fast service.
  • Missy F.
    Missy FrederickApril 14, 2011
    Opening in early May
  • Amy C.
    Amy CheongMay 25, 2015
    Macarons here were too sweet and expensive. Wouldn't recommend.
  • Kelly G.
    Kelly GDecember 3, 2012
    No wifi. Not free. Not with a purchase. None.
  • Henrique B.
    Too many seeds in the pie.
  • suicide_blond
    suicide_blondJune 15, 2013
    ugh ... don't bother called in an order on Monday for party on Sat -- when I showed up Sat they told me "sorry we can't help you with that." WTF?
  • Pablito H.
    Pablito HdezJanuary 16, 2012
    Cashier very rude I will not come back
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