The French are invading our food scene, and to that we say bienvenue à Los Angeles. Hailing from Saint-Tropez is legendary bakery La Tropézienne, which quietly opened its first stateside boulangerie and pâtisserie on La Brea earlier this month.
They’re known for their cream-filled Tropézienne tarts ($4.95 and up or $2.50 for a mini), which were invented in 1955 and named by none other than French bombshell Brigitte Bardot. Famed Saint-Tropez chef Laurent Cavazza’s own spin on the sweet treat uses an exclusive brioche flour that he developed himself, and French Riviera locals and visitors are known to line up for blocks in order to get the pastries fresh out of the oven.
The counter also serves viennoiseries (think croissants for $3.85, pain au chocolat for $3.95, chouquettes for $4.75 per 5, and more), sandwiches (like the bakery’s signature tuna and Salmon Lemon Butter) for $5.80 to $8.90, mini pizzas and quiches for $4.70 to $4.80, and baguettes for $2.95. Sweet-toothed guests can also pick up eclairs, cream puffs, cakes, and tarts ($2.50 to $5), and there are also organic juices by Juicero and coffee by Nespresso.
While the original bakery in Saint-Tropez boasts a rustic vibe, its LA outpost features luxe modern touches like marble and gold accents. (The marble-printed take-home boxes and coffee cups are equally photo-ready.)
La Tropézienne tells us they’ll be opening a second location at Fig & Olive on Melrose Place later this year; stay tuned for more.
In the meantime, scroll through the gallery above to take a peek inside the bakery’s first LA location and see below for hours.
La Tropézienne Bakery
211 S La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Hours: Daily from 7am to 8pm
2/28: This story has been updated with the bakery’s revised hours.