Aux Pains de Papy

Restaurants, French St Pancras
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Aux Pains de Papy (© Sylvain Landat)
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Aux Pains de Papy (© Rob Greig)
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Aux Pains de Papy (© Rob Greig)
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Aux Pains de Papy (© Rob Greig)
© Rob Greig
Aux Pains de Papy (© Rob Greig)
© Rob Greig

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.


By: Roopa Gulati


Venue name: Aux Pains de Papy
Address: 279 Gray’s Inn Rd
King's Cross
Opening hours: Open 7-6pm Mon-Fri; 8-3pm Sat
Transport: Kings Cross tube/rail
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Pauline F

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. 

Jane G.

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!