2248 30th St. (at Juniper)
San Diego, CA 92104
Please place Café Madeleine, an adorable Parisian-style coffee shop, at the top of your “must visit” coffee spot list. I loved it! I felt transported, just a tad, to the streets of Paris, with the cafe’s Parisian music, decor, and pastries including croissants, pain au chocolat, madeleines, macarons, and crepes (sweet and savory). I can’t vouch for the entire menu, but I’d embrace the idea of working my way one-by-one through the delightful offerings.
I had a latte served in an Illy cup while Patty enjoyed a Mexican Mocha. The Illy family has been “perfecting espresso coffee in Trieste, Italy since 1933.” Two complimentary, mini-madeleines were served on a separate plate adding a delightful touch to our outing. This got us thinking, “What’s the story behind a madeleine?”
A quick investigation on the Internet explains that there are various stories behind the origin of madeleines. Since Patty has been on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, I liked the story that a pilgrim named Madeleine brought back the recipe from her journey. I particularly liked this option because madeleines are small sponge cakes with a distinctive shell-like shape and the shell is the most iconic symbol of this pilgrimage (known as the Camino). Whatever their origin, the madeleine is one of France’s most popular desserts.
Back to the Café Madeleine experience! Fresh flowers in a vintage teapot welcomed us at the table we enjoyed by the front window. It seemed to us to be the perfect location for enjoying both the indoor and outdoor ambience. Outside the cafe are red umbrellas, fresh flowers on tables, and Parisian bistro chairs. Dogs seem to be welcomed.
There was plenty of nearby parking including 30-minute parking in front of the cafe. Hours are 7:00am-6:00pm Mon.-Fri. and Sat./Sun. 7:00am-7:00pm.
Café Madeleine opened on May 31, 2010 and my only question is . . . what took us so long to visit?