Trust the French to bring us Warsaw’s best croissant…
Growing up together in Brittany – and even attending the same kindergarten – L’emotion was created by childhood friends Benoit and Thibaut. Joining forces with Dorota, the trio launched a stand in Hala Gwardii whilst simultaneously carving a reputation through a series of pop-up appearances around town. Supplying numerous Warsaw cafes with their croissants, it wasn’t long till their success demanded a proper bricks-and-mortar venue: cue the opening of L’emotion at the end of last September.
Set in the same block of buildings as Tuna and CoffeeDesk, L’emotion announces itself via a nifty neon depicting two clinking glasses. Giving off the aura of high street Paris, the interior is a tasteful display of rattan furniture and gilt framed mirrors that gleam from the walls. Drenched in light from the floor-to-ceiling windows, it’s a space that feels tasteful, casual and a little feminine in its look.
Croissants are the mainstay here, but don’t think of these as being anything like you’re accustomed to. Bursting with cream fillings, these are exploding love bombs that include the best-selling pistachio. But if that’s the best-seller, you ignore the raspberry croissant at your peril – it’s a work of brilliance, and evidence of Benoit’s past at France’s top pastry college (Les Compagnons du Devoir, should you ask).
And then, who can resist the macaroons. Offered in varying flavours, for us both the mango and the lemon are the stars of the show. France reigns supreme here (the crepes are another forte), but L’emotion also angles off in other directions to present vibrant poke bowls that warrant equal praise.
Forget me not: although Powiśle is the flagship, don’t overlook their continued presence in Hala Gwardii. Taking up residency just before the lockdown, the L’emotion brand is one to keep close to your heart.
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