It’s true Manila is not short of options when a pastry craving strikes – a mere look at the many options, including Shine Bakery & Café, Park Avenue Desserts and Wildflour, feels calorie-laden – but how many of the sweet collection can boast a history spanning 125 years? The answer is one, and more specifically, the latest kid on the Bonifacio block, a.k.a Paul boulangerie and patisserie, the French export that’s gone on to take Europe, the US, the Middle East and finally Asia by way of its hand-crafted breads, delectable pastries, sinful cakes, deli sandwiches and brasserie-style plates.
Situated in the buzzy SM Aura Premier mall, Paul brings to town the full range of signature products made famous for their traditional recipes and high-quality ingredients. There are breads like Le Pain de Cereales (7-grain bread) and Le Pain de Campagne (sourdough), buttery viennoiseries spanning croissants to raisin brioche, apple and blueberry tarts and Napoleon millefeuilles, plus macarons and éclairs of all flavours. Come early to taste your pick fresh from the oven, or else prepare to battle the lunch crowd for a coveted table, when salads, baguettes, croques and steak are the order of the day.
SM Aura Premier / McKinley Parkway (cnr 26th) / Bonifacio Global City / Taguig / +63 2 808 5324 / paul-international.com