La Patisserie

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Souq Waqif must be one of the more fascinating places to explore in Doha. With every turn you can stumble into a nook previously undiscovered, greeted by a new shop, maybe a foreign scent. On this Friday morning, we are strolling through the alleys of the still slumbering bazaar when our noses detect fresh croissants, and we immediately set off on a buttery trail.

It’s not long before we spot ‘La Patisserie’, a quaint shop with white tables and bright pumpkin chairs lining the pathway outside. It’s picture perfect, entirely welcoming and quite unlike the rest of the street. So we step inside to what can be described as an olfactory banquet.

The viennoiseries in the oven have filled this tiny café with the nostalgic warmth of a home kitchen. The combination of baked goods and freshly brewed coffee lifts our appetite. From the entrance, we see the snug dining area of two high tables and a bar running along the length of the window.

Then around the corner is a case full of colourful, beautiful pastries. Parading on high stands are cookies, brownies and truffles covered in clear, glass cloches. Make no mistake: they’re there begging to be inhaled, as are the cakes and tarts inside the refrigerated counter. We decide this is no place for the timid – one needs to embrace the butter and sugar.

For it’s not just the smell nor just the presentation but the flavours are also spot on. The tart of the day – a date and pecan concoction – is rich and fulfilling. The pastry is thin yet sturdy, encasing a naturally sweetened, gooey, nutty filling. We’re halfway through when we ask for the tart to be warmed up, convinced the change in temperature would help the flavours shine even further. Jackpot! We easily polish off the tart in three swift forkfuls.

Then we order tea and juice. To our delight, the servers also bring glasses of water. In a country where dropping QR45 for a bottle of water at restaurants is becoming all too common, receiving a complimentary glass seems almost progressive.

Sitting by the window watching Souq Waqif slowly wake up feels like a treat in itself. The whole experience is topped off to perfection when a server brings over complimentary macarons and meringues. This, after we’ve already indulged in pain au chocolat and a mousse cake.

La Patisserie ticks so many boxes: relaxed indoor-outdoor sitting, simple yet elegant Moroccan interiors, and, above all, devilishly good desserts. By the time we leave, all the tables are occupied with small groups of families and single patrons who’ve settled in with a book or tablet. The word must get out about Doha’s new Parisian-chic café patisserie.

The bill (for two)
2 x drink/pastry combo QR56
2 x mango juice QR44
2 x chocolate croissant QR24
Total QR124

By Time Out Doha staff
Time Out Doha,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.

Details

  • Location: Others, Doha
  • Tel: 4433 6666
  • Travel: Souq Waqif
  • Cuisine: Cafés
  • Times: Open daily 9am-10pm

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