“Antiques And Bread” (Paul Restaurant)

Paul Bakery & Restaurant has been flaunting in the major cities of Saudi Arabia but it was only last November of the current year (2015) that I learned about it.

Paul Bakery & Restaurant was established in France in 1889. It offers an extensive selection of refined French inspired recipes with an unrivaled excellence in French baking and patisserie. It opens daily from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

It was a random rainy day when my colleagues/friends and I were about to do a break when the resident connoisseur, Randy, suggested buying a decent accompaniment to our coffee. He suggested checking out Paul’s newly opened branch in Exit 7 (Uthman Ibn Affan Rd, Al Mughrizat, Riyadh 12483) which is quite near the workplace.

We rapidly left the office and it just  took us approximately five minutes to get there. We immediately placed our orders and went inside to do some sort of visual digging.


The place looked like an ordinary coffeehouse on the outside but once I got to its dining area, in spite of the fact that it is not that big,  I was transported into a different world.


The house displays selected objects and furniture.


Upon learning that the pieces of furniture are all antiques, the more I appreciated them.


There is something attractive about these old collectible items especially when I think about their age, rarity,  condition, and history behind. Knowing that they represent a previous era in French society could not be more enchanting.


They are the reasons behind the cozy, luxurious ambiance Paul is known for. The country style décor is relatively noticeable.


What makes the place truly exquisite are the carefully selected displayed items or objects. Like they did not put one item or object there without serving a purpose.


The furniture flows in perfect harmony within the age-old traditions of the business. Burgundy stone, wood, and brick combine to give shop a genuine old-fashioned look and feel.


The patina of old kitchen utensil and carved woodwork blend combine to create a lovely old-fashioned ambiance. And when the salivating smell of the newly baked bread straight from the oven made the entire place, beyond question, a decent place. This is what makes Paul Patisserie’s unique appeal as a social venue.


I was thankful there were just us during that time. I had all the liberty to photograph tirelessly and without hesitation.

I did leaf through the pages of the menu after getting enough of the shop’s interior. I could say they serve more desserts and late morning meals and not so much on heavy meals. They fit more as a breakfast, brunch, and dessert place anyway.

A few minutes later, I got my Cherry Cheesecake and so friends’. But before we finally kicked the exit door, I hurried to the bakery corner.


The different types of bread particularly the  authentic French bread, baguette, were totally a handsome sight.


They, in my book, primarily lend credibility to the concept’s positioning that is artisan bakery (an original French Bakery).


Their website shows far-reaching roots in France—its origins trace back to a single family-owned restaurant in the late 1800—further bolster that reputation. All of this combines to offer customers what is perceived to be an authentic French bakery experience, something that is highly appealing to Arabian as well as expat consumers who are seeing their disposable incomes rise and looking to splurge on premium foodservice purchases.


At the office, the weather blues heralding the start of the winter season somehow faded when I was mincing my cherry cheesecake. It combines the sweet and sour tastes of blueberries with really rich cheesecake. It has a light and fluffy texture, making every bit melts like heaven in thy mouth.


I will sure come back for more. Plus, any of the tumblers would look sexy on my table.


Please visit  paul-bakeries.com for their detailed menu listing.

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Mabel Kwong says:

    It sounds like an authentic French pattiserie place, and it looked very cozy with all the earthly furniture. Love your descriptions, especially when you said the bread rolls were handsome. They sure look that way, and am guessing they are soft on the inside 🍞😊

    Cheesecake is a kind of cake I like. Strawberry cheesecake to be exact. Love them fluffy on the inside. Just yesterday, I bought a slice of Japanese cheesecake from the bakery near where I live. To my surprise, it tasted quite good 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Another thing that we have in common…Happy to know.

      About the bread rolls, my colleague said what he bought during that time isn’t as soft as he thought it would be.

      It’s all about the extraordinary ambiance when it comes to PAUL. I mean, that would always be my primary reason for every visit. And the cheesecake! 😉

      Liked by 1 person

  2. jakesprinter says:

    Great post to start a year bro Happy New Year

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Happy, happy new year again, Bro. Thanks a lot!


  3. Kristy Rhine says:

    Great post and I look forward to reading more of your blog. Your pics are wonderful!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      That is very humbling to hear (in this case read), Kristy. Thank you and I look forward to reading your posts too.


  4. vinneve says:

    I heard about Paul first from a Jeddah blogger and then I realized they have it here as well in Abu Dhabi in Al Whada mall. I haven’t tried it yet but I am curious as lots of people are inside so it must be good. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      I believe it is, Vinneve. Don’t forget to try their baguettes and buy a tumbler. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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