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The French Corner Bakery


2005 N Pointe Dr
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 698-9836
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Photo of Cheryl Smithem Cheryl Smithem
Jul 2, 2019 5

A marvellous selection of pastries and breads awaits you at this local patisserie. I purchased a nice array of selections including macarons, pain au chocolate, and croissants. If we lived in Durham, I'd be there every week. The atmosphere is set with the French songs playing the background and the selection of French magazines for patrons to enjoy. There are a few tables and chairs and they offer a limited menu of tasty eat in items including sandwiches and quiche.

Photo of Mauricio Villarreal Mauricio Villarreal
Sep 13, 2018 5

Best French Bakery in town, without a doubt! Warm and friendly service, cozy and themed atmosphere and wide + delicious menu options. Every time my family and I come to this bakery, we just want to spread the word. Highly recommended!

Photo of Jordan Lassiter Jordan Lassiter
Mar 7, 2019 5

Warning, You will want to come back! A little piece of France in North Durham. Check out this hidden jem! It is literally hidden as you have to drive around a bit to find it in the shopping center. The food is delicious and authentic.

Photo of Tiffany Bryant Tiffany Bryant
Oct 7, 2018 5

I love this bakery. Cinnamon rolls, pumpernickel bread, lemon bar, danish, chocolate chip cookie are all delicious. Will try more. They also offer cooking classes. Wonderful place. Step out of Durham and step into a lovely french bakery that feels and tastes truly authentic. My kids love it too!

Photo of Natasha DePesa Natasha DePesa
Apr 22, 2019 4

We had an excellent eclair here. Our almond croissant was good, but we think it would have been a lot tastier if we came earlier in the day.

Photo of Sandy Brady Sandy Brady
Apr 22, 2019 5

We took a baking class from chef Benjamin and had a delightful time! Chef has a wonderful sense of humor and made baking seem so easy! We plan on coming back for another class!! Thank you Chef Benjamin!!! Sandy &Bob

Photo of Joseph Garcia-fox Joseph Garcia-fox
Mar 29, 2022 5

Absolutely love this place!! The pumpernickel and coffee cake are amazing! Nice and friendly every time, always willing to share knowledge and talk about the ingredients too.

Photo of Sarah DeCocco Sarah DeCocco
Apr 6, 2022 5

Very cute lil French bakery hidden in an unlikely spot! The eclairs are huge and delicious. Not sure if they have coffee I didn’t see any posted but I’m sure if they do that would be great as well.

Photo of Marissa Peterson Marissa Peterson
Mar 15, 2022 5

I love French bakeries, and have been here three times this month already. The pastries are fresh and delicious. The owner is friendly and always greets me with a genuine “Bonjour” when I walk in. *chefs kiss*

Photo of K Badsha K Badsha
Mar 8, 2022 5

I visited this morning. Got a chocolate and regular croissant, peasant bread and a chocolate chip cookie. It's fun stepping into the bakery and soaking in the decor. I like that you can see the owner baking and preparing pastries. Seemed like a lovely place and I would love to sit there next time. The location is a bit unfortunate. Because it is in a strip mall, you don't expect to see such an artsy bakery, so it's easy to overlook. As for the baked goods: What I have tried has been good and priced alright compared to similar bakeries around. For me, there is a little too much sugar in some of the items but that could just be my personal taste buds. The quality is good -- always fresh. Overall, I think the owner puts in a lot of effort to ensure the baked items taste the best they can and hasn't hiked prices to some ridiculous amount like some artisan bakeries do. For that reason, despite finding some things a little too sweet for me, it deserves a full five stars and I will be supporting this business whenever I can!

Photo of Tonia Richardson Tonia Richardson
Jan 29, 2022 5

I never leaves reviews but WOW - beyond exceeded my expectations. The dark chocolate mousse pie and creme brûlée was delicious and not overly sweet. The baker was so pleasant and the space very quaint. It’s all you need. This will be my new go to for perfectly baked treats. Can’t wait to try the fresh baked breads!

Photo of Liz M Liz M
Jan 15, 2022 5

Always greeted with a smile & welcomed in. Excellent service, yummy cinnamon buns, strawberries & cream pastry puffs, and best crème brûlée I’ve ever had.

Photo of Ryan Scott Ryan Scott
Jan 11, 2022 5

Wow. Wish we had found this sooner. We have kids and they don't open until 9. Or I should say 'he' doesn't open until 9. The baker opened up and served us warm wonderful baked goods. Excellent late breakfast for our family. If only he opened up at 7:30...

Photo of Raymond Vagell Raymond Vagell
Nov 22, 2021 4

I enjoyed their eclair, key lime pie, almond chocolate croissant and the pain au chocolat. I wish there are more chocolate in the pain au chocolat though. Would love to try the quiches, baguette, and focaccia next time.

Photo of Raymond Vagell Raymond Vagell
Nov 9, 2021 4

Great bakery and a hidden gem. When I mean hidden gem, it's literally behind the strip mall so if you're there for the first time, keep going where your GPS tells you to! 😅 I enjoyed their bread, eclair, key lime pie, almond chocolate croissant and the pain au chocolat. I wish there are more chocolate in the pain au chocolat though. Would love to try the quiches, baguette, and focaccia next time.

Photo of Carmen Jones Carmen Jones
Oct 27, 2021 5

This place is amazing! We tried their croissants, eclairs and chocolate mousse and everything was delicious. Sweet but not overly sweet. If you live in the area stop by and enjoy.

Photo of Sab S Sab S
Sep 4, 2021 5

One of the best bakeries in the triangle! Love the chocolate croissant. The chef is awesome and friendly! A bit of a drive for us but we will be back!

Photo of sid wright sid wright
Aug 26, 2021 5

Omg.. im typing this with a full belly of some of the most delicious pastries ever Me and the wife have gotten in arguments over who gets the last Chocolate croissant lately Can't recommend this place enough. And some of the nicest people there

Photo of Carmen Hutchins Carmen Hutchins
Aug 4, 2021 5

Why haven't I heard about this hidden gem! Just go! The atmosphere was great, the pastries were amazing. Win!

Photo of Robert Swiggett Robert Swiggett
Jul 13, 2021 5

When the French chef works so hard he needs a vacation unfortunately it also makes it difficult to get in the door for his excellent food and fantastic personality have to Joy of going to the French corner bakery is the baker of his excellent personality and magnetic explaining what is what and what he's doing you want to go back to find out what he's baking up next and ask him about the week at the White House

Photo of Keith Samuels Keith Samuels
Jul 17, 2021 5

Quaint local baker, French Canadian, speaks English and French. If you buy loaves of bread, they will give instructions on how to warm it at home correctly. They have croissant, quiche, turn overs, macaroons, and lots more sweets. Loaf breads like French bread, pumpernickel, etc...

Photo of Nick Karasek Nick Karasek
Jun 25, 2021 5

Master Chef Benjamin provides a truly authentic snapshot of the French art of delicious pastries - and, bread of course. Mille-Feuille (similar to a Napoleon but with custard between the layers instead of almond paste), an assortment of croissants, tarts, creme brulee, eclairs, and others I know not their names - but all look like something I would like. Pain Parisian, (a white loaf), and baguette are displayed in a second case - all made daily. You are welcomed with a heartfelt 'Bonjour' from either Chef Benjamin or his more than able manager (sometimes both.) Ask for your items in French or English, you will get what you ask for, and be happy indeed with what you get. Order something to munch on inside the shop, or take it outside to a table on the sidewalk. Coffee (strong) regular or decaf (also strong) is available to sip with your pastry. I very strongly recommend this lovely escape from the usual donuts and long johns. Google knows where the shop is and will reliably direct you there from wherever you start. Tell them Nick sent you - you probably won't get a discount but you will surely get a smile. That alone is a good thing - - -

Photo of Lori Hahnel Lori Hahnel
Jun 24, 2021 5

The best we have found yet! Authentic with love baked into every item in the case. If in the area check this place out. If not in the area go out of your way! I can promise you will not be disappointed. The struggle to find a bakery that has real pastries is real! I can not say enough about this place. ♡♡♡♡

Photo of Jason Neil Jason Neil
May 1, 2021 5

Read another review that said, " If I lived closer I'd go broke". I couldn't agree more. Stopped in accidentally 5 minutes before closing and they were very welcoming. Started with ordering only a croissant and an eclair, left $24 later.

Photo of Celeste Liggett Celeste Liggett
Apr 6, 2021 5

If you would like a taste of Paris France without the travel this place is a must. Everything is wonderful but my favorite are chef's eclairs they are better than perfect. We have been to France many times and chef's bake goods are just as good without the traveling. A must whenever you're in Durham.

Photo of Dimira Coston Dimira Coston
Mar 31, 2021 5

First time there today. The smell when you walk in is amazing! Love the atmosphere and the strawberry croissant I got. Looking forward to going back and trying everything.

Photo of Matthew Filter Matthew Filter
Feb 24, 2021 5

A gem of North Durham! The chocolate croissants, cinnamon buns, and cheesecake .....simply amazing. We are lucky to live so close to such a great place.

Photo of Hannah Thompson-Welch Hannah Thompson-Welch
Mar 2, 2021 5

Great conversation and great croissants! The chef is friendly and he turns out an amazing array pastries and bread. Smells are free!

Photo of Chau Nguyen Chau Nguyen
Feb 26, 2021 5

Great customer service and the pastries are very yummy!! I got creme brûlée for my boy friend’s birthday and he really loves it! I also got chocolate croissant & I’d give it a 1000/10 😍 I highly recommend this place!!

Photo of Kelly McLaughlin Kelly McLaughlin
Jan 9, 2021 5

This was my fiancés and I’s first time visiting this bakery and before we even tasted the food we loved it! We were looking for an eclair and the chef was just finishing up making them so we had some time to chat with him! He is hilarious and just has such a positive spirit. You walk in and you just feel like smiling :) let’s just also say the food is amazing! We just finished our chocolate eclairs and they are the best! We will be back.

Photo of Heidi Coleman Heidi Coleman
Dec 17, 2020 5

The owner is a riot! He is a very skilled baker, but also a funny, engaging host. Loved the food and talking with him. Worth the trip!

Photo of William M. Brown William M. Brown
Nov 24, 2020 5

Surprisingly reasonable prices for a superior product! I recommend the creme brûlée, macarons, strawberry shortcake and tiramisu. Really cute shop with a bohemian feel to it. Owner bakes and works the shop and is extremely personable!

Photo of JT Lee JT Lee
Nov 11, 2020 4

Precious little bakery with lots of variety! The almond croissant was superb, lots of almond paste on interior 😋 Chocolate swirl pound cake was delish! Focaccia bread filled my car with authentic homemade vibes- the store gives the feel of stepping into an authentic patisserie the second you walk in the door. You can feed the warm glow of the big ovens and the fresh smell of dough and sugar which deeefffinitely influence you to add yet one more goodie to your order- and it’s worth it! Will definitely return, thanks!

Photo of Aaron Mandel Aaron Mandel
Oct 27, 2020 4

This bakery is a surprising find given it's strip mall location. The baked goods are fairly priced and tasty. The French Corner Bakery has a eclectic furniture and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Have a chat while you order, pay, and nosh. Well-worth a visit.

Photo of Michael Valentini Michael Valentini
Oct 22, 2020 5

The owner is awesome.. I'm from out of town , he is very friendly and talkative.. Went there for a cannoli !! Grab a chocolate chip cookie , coffee cake.. Very very good Love this place !!

Photo of HoYolaAmIsTaD HoYolaAmIsTaD
Oct 23, 2020 5

I find a good bakery hard to find as a durmite (local from durham if you don’t know).But a great bakery..it’s like finding a diamond in the rough.I happen to have found this place as a google search one day whilst passing down the highway and with a family members birthday coming soon,I knew I’d have to check it out. Ladies and gentlemen you should most definitely check this place out.When I called and asked if they made their goods on site..there was a pause.With a loud “ABSOLUTELY” the man said.Everything is made fresh! I promptly asked about a Apple pie and he said if you want one, I make one for you! Sold.Would it be worth the trip or not I don’t know. When a Frenchman has such a enthusiastic response and attitude about it, I’ll bite.Turns out,it was the owner.He told me to call first thing to remind him and let me know when he would have it ready.I called..he already made 2.I bought both and a lemon bar. Folks grab the kids and come in,you won’t be disappointed. Sir I’ll be back and I thank you.

Photo of Stephen Wood Stephen Wood
Oct 13, 2020 5

Outstanding food, owners are the nicest people you will ever meet, I found out if they have time and you have a few minutes and you want something not in their case they will make it for you. Also, I asked them what was good for traveling great suggestions. Have not found anything yet that was not outstanding. Thank you.

Photo of Starr Bright Brogden Starr Bright Brogden
Aug 13, 2020 5

Just shared an almond croissant with my husband. After his first bite he said he was sure I wouldn't like it...yeah, right!!! It was delicious!

Photo of Eddy Ferreira Eddy Ferreira
Aug 7, 2020 5

Authentic pastries, best boulangerie/bakery I have been to in the state! Owner is super friendly and french, and he is lovely to chat too. Store has a very nice Parisian charm. Definitely going back! Très très très bon!

Photo of Cathleen Bury Cathleen Bury
Jul 3, 2020 5

We love The French Corner Bakery! Best croissants in Durham, and the staff are very friendly, always patient with my daughter when she takes her time picking out a treat. We also recently ordered a cake for my sons birthday and it was delicious.

Photo of Lori Durham Lori Durham
Jun 13, 2020 5

Absolutely love everything at The French Corner, chef is from Paris and you can tell by all of his sweet treats, takes me back to Paris....

Photo of Kristine Remlinger Kristine Remlinger
Jun 4, 2020 5

The staff here are always super pleasant and the baked good are out of this world!! Highly recommend the little fudge cakes and cannoli!!

Photo of Sharlene Simon Sharlene Simon
Feb 2, 2020 5

A hidden Durham treasure! Delicious authentic French pastries, croissants and bread. Music on 1st Saturday of the month is lovely and allows conversation to continue.

Photo of Dee Crenshaw LaBaff Dee Crenshaw LaBaff
Jan 24, 2020 5

First time here staff was so helpful, as soon as you open the door you are hit with the fresh aroma of the most amazing pastries. This is the second best place I have ever gone first being in Paris. There isn’t a bakery in town that can come close to what I tasted here. Even their coffee was good. Thank you for great conversation and such wonderful food!!!

Photo of Louise Martin-Carpenter Louise Martin-Carpenter
Dec 30, 2019 5

I love this establishment. The chocolate puffs taste as if they are straight from Paris. The owners are lovely people. I definitely recommend that you stop by and take home several options from their bakery.

Photo of Sonya Martinez Sonya Martinez
Dec 24, 2019 5

During our travels, it's the people we meet that bless our lives. We met Benjamin from France at Luke's church. He owns and operates the French Corner Bakery. He's the first person we have become acquainted with that served in the French Foreign Legion. After being stabbed with a bayonet, his Military career eventually ended. In the bathroom, there's a map with pins of every place he's been. The yellow ones representing where he nearly died. Even with all of his past challenges, he has a great spirit and will tell you a joke or a tale with a sweet smile in his quaint shoppe. A great place to visit for homemade food and fun stories.

Photo of Morgan Hendrix Morgan Hendrix
Nov 16, 2019 5

Always a great visit! Great breads and pastries.

Photo of E McChesney E McChesney
Nov 19, 2019 5

French Corner Bakery is possible one of my favorite ever places in this area. I save it for treats, take out-of-town guests there for an experience in deliciousness, and sometimes find myself craving croissants in the middle of the day. Please go try the pan au chocolate or the croissants! Honestly, anything here will be good!

Photo of Kate Marchetto Kate Marchetto
Oct 30, 2019 5

Picked up some croissants for my husband's birthday, and they were hands down the best croissants I have ever had. The place itself is adorable--I love the eclectic assortment of tables and chairs, and my three-year-old made a beeline for the toy corner (which is SUCH a good idea). Easy to find, parking is easy, selection is great.

Photo of Annii Annii
Aug 29, 2019 5

amazing. best macarons and best baguette ive ever had! ill definitely be returning.

Photo of Herobrine . Herobrine .
Aug 29, 2019 5

Very very good breads and pastries 14/10 would eat here again

Photo of Laura Boatman Laura Boatman
Aug 31, 2019 5

This is my second time here and I brought my fiancee. We ordered 1 of just about every dessert. Was not disappointed. LOVE the chocolate almond croissant and the pain de chocolat. I'd live next to them if I could. The owners are very nice and the chef is phenomenal (and very funny!). They do treat their customers as family. I will definitely come back!

Photo of Grace Lutter Grace Lutter
Jul 17, 2019 5

Tried 2 different desserts, a peanut butter and chocolate mouse and a chocolate molten cake. Both were delicious and I will be going back.

Photo of Caroline Gilmore Caroline Gilmore
Jul 31, 2019 5

Wonderful pastries and bread! I absolutely love his almond croissants. ❤

Photo of Bronz Stars Bronz Stars
May 10, 2022 5

I've been riding around looking for this bakery for a while now. Finally, I found the "French Corner Bakery" and was not disappointed. If anyone has ever lived in Europe, then you understand fresh bread, pastries just all around goodness and fresh sandwiches. I almost lost my mind buying one of almost everything there. The prices are very reasonable for that European taste. Anyway my kids loved everything I brought home 🏘️. I love this place and you can eat inside too!

Photo of Mika D Mika D
Jun 7, 2022 5

My new favorite place for French pastry. Hidden gem, love Chef Benjamin, Bonjour