Paris Baguette is a popular Korean bakery chain that offers both French and Korean baked goods. The first San Diego location recently opened up inside the new H Mart which I visited during the grand opening.
I’ve previously only been to the Paris Baguette in Santa Clara, which is a stand-alone store. This one seemed quite a bit smaller by comparison and didn’t offer as many goods. The majority of the bakery is the kitchen, which you can peer into through the clear glass. The actual baked goods display is quite small.
Upon entering the bakery section, you pick up a tray and some tongs and make your selection. They had donuts, croissants with various fillings, Koren breads, cakes and macarons.
I always see the donut varieties but feel strange spending so much on donuts at Paris Baguette. But I see a lot of people buying them so one of these days I need to try one. I bought a few slices of castella cake, sweet potato cake, chocolate croissant, mochi and a box of French macarons.
In the past I’ve tried the corn bread, green pea filled bread, and a few others. I like them, but I prefer the Taiwanese variations a little better.
I really enjoyed the Castella cake, which had hints of honey and just the right bouncy texture.
The chocolate croissant was also pretty good. It had a very flaky crust and was one of the better croissants we’ve had outside of France.
The mochi I didn’t particularly enjoy. There is a slight saltiness to the mochi dough that I’ve noticed with Korean-style mochi that I don’t really care for.
I was excited to try the French Macarons. I was a little disappointed. The shells crumbled easily and in fact, a few inside the sealed box were already broken. They were just average and with so many places selling macarons now, I’d rather get my French macarons elsewhere.
Overall, I’m happy to see Paris Baguette open a location in San Diego. I’ll definitely be back next time I’m shopping at H Mart again.
Paris Baguette (inside H Mart)
9440 Mira Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92126