Ah, Bouchon Bakery, one of the few places I would drive over an hour to just so I can get their delicious flaky croissants and fluffy macarons. I always make sure to make a pitstop to this bakery whenever I am in Napa for wine tasting. Make sure to add extra time to your itinerary if you want to stop by Bouchon since there is always a long line out the door. With the pandemic, they are limiting even more people in the bakery, and takes about 20 minutes to half an hour for you to order your goods. The wait is worth it for the French pastries' deliciousness though and the line goes rather quickly. If you've been looking for your next bakery for French pastries, Bouchon Bakery is ranked number one on my list and I would recommend it to anyone! Located between Napa and St. Helena in Yountville, stop by the downtown area where it is filled with extravagant and $$$ restaurants. If you're a huge fan of Thomas Keller, this is one of his branches so you know everything is high quality and that you are getting the ultimate food experience when you try his items. While it is more on the pricey side for baked goods, I would consider it reasonable given the high quality of the pastries.
If I can only recommend one item here, it would have to be their signature chocolate bouchons which is their version of a brownie shaped into a cork. Priced at $2 apiece or you can grab a bag of 6 for $10, this is my favorite item here. I usually have to hold back from devouring all of them in one sitting. Wait until you get home and warm them up in the microwave and serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you have the ultimate dessert. Their croissants are also a great choice since they are extremely crispy and flaky on the outside but soft and fluffy on the inside. I've been to Paris and had many croissants my time and this makes me reminisce of my time there. Go for their seasonal flavors if you get the chance to see them! My favorite flavors are the yuzu or berry chocolate croissant which are flavors you don't see often.
Their macarons are one of the main reasons why people adore Bouchon Bakery. While they are priced at $4 apiece, the sizes of these macarons are also larger than the standard size. With classic flavors ranging from pistachio, caramel, passion fruit, raspberry, and more, there are options for everyone. They also have a great assorted box that you can pick up which comes with pistachio, caramel. chocolate. vanilla, raspberry, and gingerbread. There are also other fancy sweets like OhOh which is a chocolate sponge cake rolled with vanilla whipped cream wrapped and dipped in chocolate wrapped in colorful tinfoil. I also tried their Epi Baguette which is a baguette that is shaped like a branch or leaves. Bouchon makes their items fresh so make sure to grab one before they run out. If you're looking for a quick bite, they also have beverages like lattes and ham and cheese sandwiches that you can order in the front.
Have you ever tried Bouchon Bakery and if so, what is your favorite pastry you've gotten from them? Definitely make sure to add this to your itinerary when you are in the area since all the items are so delicious and worth the price. They open at 8:00 am daily and usually close in the early afternoon so schedule time to wait in line and order all your pastries before they are closed. This is one spot you do not want to miss - check it out! Follow me for more food recommendations like this.