It’s official: March 21 is National French Bread Day, a perfect excuse for us to head to Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie at the France Pavilion at Epcot.

We’ll start with the iconic baguette, baked fresh daily – it’s fun to watch bakers at work in the onstage kitchen. The long, thin loaves have that perfect, golden crust that cracks when you tear off a bite, with a soft, chewy inside. Because baguettes are just wheat flour, water, yeast and salt and take more than 48 hours to make from start to finish, they’re baked fresh every single day, all day long. You can also find that fresh baked bread at the adjacent Chefs de France and Monsieur Paul.

Of course, the French are famous for their sweets too, so after a baguette you might want to sip an espresso or a glass of bubbly and enjoy a divine éclair, tarte or Duo au chocolat. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, check out these delicious photos by Disney photographer Matt Stroshane.

If you’re an early riser, the bakery opens at 9 a.m., ahead of the regular World Showcase opening, and it’s delightful to head there and sit in relative quietness to savor a continental start to the day.

Everything on the menu under $5 counts as a snack on the Disney Dining Plan , and you also can create a quick-service lunch on the Disney Dining Plan with one savory item, one sweet and a soft drink.

Bon appetit!

It’s National French Bread Day! Grab a Baguette at the France Pavilion at Epcot by Pam Brandon: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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