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La Boulangerie’s First East Bay Outpost Has Opened

The Rockridge location is now serving all Pascal Rigo’s beloved pastries

La Boulangerie at 5500 College Ave., Oakland
La Boulangerie

It’s here: the first La Boulangerie de San Francisco outside San Francisco city limits has opened in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood, occupying the former location of Pasta Pomodoro. Today marked its first day in business, serving founder Pascal Rigo’s trademark pastries and a menu of breakfast and lunch fare.

Inside Rockridge’s La Boulangerie de San Francisco
La Boulangerie de San Francisco

This is the eighth location of the small chain, which was founded by Rigo after Starbucks purchased and subsequently killed off his original bakery brand, La Boulange. It’s not far off from the original, thankfully, with Rigo’s flaky croissants and bowls of coffee on the menu. It has had a bit of an upgrade, too, with bottled beverages like coconut cold brew coffee and ginger thyme lemonade.

Though equally excellent High Wire Coffee and Market Hall Bakery is just across the street, it’s a welcome addition to the neighborhood, taking over Pasta Pomodoro’s large, sunny patio for lounging with coffee, dogs, and strollers. And, there’s now wifi at this and all locations, thanks to customer demand.

La Boulangerie will be open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m.- 7 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m.- 7 p.m., and Sunday from 7 a.m.- 6 p.m. at 5500 College Ave., Oakland