La Boulangerie by Stef – French patisserie, Lisbon, Portugal
Rua da Madalena, 57
Everything about La Boulangerie by Stef is extremely pleasing. From the quality of the baked goods to the smile on the chef’s face as she watches customers enjoying the delightful comestibles she has created.
My humble (read as useless) photos really did not do La Boulangerie by Stef justice. The floors look like they were laid several centuries ago, it occupies a beautiful corner location in one of the most atmospheric areas of Lisbon, and the smell of bread being beautifully cooked will inveigle you in, whether you wish it to or not.
La Boulangerie sell fresh from the oven home-made breads; moist and crumbly croissants; French pastries and the like. To rinse that down they serve rich coffees, smooth and perfumed teas either hot or iced.
A blackboard as you enter details available meals.
At one end of Stefs a huge glass window looks onto Stef as she (I assume she is Stef) conjures up delightfulness from water and yeast. Her methods are traditional and it is enchanting to watch her skilfully handling the dough for the next batch of delicious tasting things.
Classical music par excellence plays as you scoff your fine fodder, recreating an era sadly long gone in most places. You might be in Paris a century ago. As a self-confessed anachronism, I’m a fan of this.
Breads start at €1.85 with varieties such as cereal, wholegrain and nut. Croissants melt in the mouth and start from €1 with pain au chocolates costing €1.45.
Stef’s serves large and lovely stylish breakfasts for €10 which contains eggs, bread, compote, cheese, a croissant, plus coffee or tea. All delivered with suitable aplomb.
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