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Aux Pains de Papy

Restaurants, French Gray’s Inn Road
5 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
Aux Pains de Papy (© Sylvain Landat)
© Sylvain Landat
Aux Pains de Papy (© Rob Greig)
© Rob Greig
Aux Pains de Papy (© Rob Greig)
© Rob Greig
Aux Pains de Papy (© Rob Greig)
© Rob Greig
Aux Pains de Papy (© Rob Greig)
© Rob Greig

Time Out says

A trip to Paris on the Eurostar might be the best way to indulge yourself in a French café experience, but what’s the next best thing? A trip to King’s Cross  for this endearing little café, a mere boule’s-throw from the Eurostar terminal. Aux Pains de Papy already has a loyal following of office workers seeking their daily bread and satisfying lunchtime sandwiches, but it’s also worth seeking out patisserie and boulangerie. There’s a small display of classics – éclairs, quiches, crusty baguettes and croissants greet you. Time it right and you could bag a croissant as it emerges from the oven, split and slathered with saucy béchamel and filled with ham and melted emmenthal. We liked our rustic, saucer-sized pan-bagnat: a lightly crusted roll filled with chunky tuna flakes, crisp lettuce and hard-boiled egg all dressed with lashings of olive oil. Paris-Brest, crisp, golden-hued choux pastry rings filled with a ruff of nutty praline cream, was another favourite. If you can’t get across the channel to visit Parisian bakeries, try this family-run French bakery and café instead.




Address: 279 Gray’s Inn Rd
King's Cross
Transport: Kings Cross tube/rail
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5 out of 5 stars

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My colleague told me about this place and that it was a true gem. There's nothing better than some fresh pastry and they've sure got that covered! Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area. 

I found this gem by accident. I was walking by and the window display looked delicious. So glad that I went inside.

Great French food. Croissants are wonderful.

Would recommend a visit if you were in the area.

It's a shame Aux Pains de Papy is not on a high street! The French artisans founded this boulangerie a few years ago, bringing their "savoir faire" to us Londoners. The bread is good, croissants are even better. If you are a Frenchie missing home, then this is the place to go. Again, a shame it is a bit out of the way from Kings Cross, but it is worth the detour. They are lovely, hard-working people. It is obviously more expensive than a regular supermarket pastry, but oh-so much better and worth it. They also offer savoury options for a quick lunch. 


Can't get away to Paris? Try Aux Pains de Papy. Walking from Kings Cross to the Dental hospital one morning and needed some breakfast. What luck that I wandered in here! The smells were so delightful! I struggled to choose! I went for a favourite... Chocolate twist. One of the best I have ever had! The pastry melted in my mouth! I only wish I was in the area more often so I could go back!

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