The opening comes two years after the international bakery chain took over the former longtime home of used bookstore BookBuyers. It's a large space, with ample seating and a long glass case of pastries and baked goods— croissants, danishes, tarts, bread and more — lining the left wall as you enter the bakery. Paris Baguette also serves sandwiches, salads, soups and breakfast dishes.
The newly opened Mountain View Paris Baguette. Photo by Elena Kadvany.==
Paris Baguette, which was started in the late 1980s by a Korean pastry chef trained in France, has thousands of locations and franchises worldwide. There are local outposts nearby, including in Palo Alto and Santa Clara.
In 2017, Paris Baguette Chief Development Officer Larry Sidoti described the Mountain View location as a "showstopper" that would anchor further expansion in the South Bay.
While the Mountain View location is in a soft-opening phase, the bakery will open at 9 a.m. daily. These hours will last until Thursday, Oct. 18.
There will be a grand opening event on Oct. 19-21, with free gifts with specific purchases.
Paris Baguette joins a crowded bakery in downtown Mountain View, including the new Maison Alyzee, Treats on Castro and Alexander’s Patisserie. Another bakery, La Panotiq, closed in November.