There’s a great little French bakery that I love tucked away in the Pac Mutual Building on Olive Street (right across the street from Pershing Square). This area brings back fond memories for me because of an internship I had in the same building. Underground parking is available with validation for 2 hours, but the spots are tight and due to how old the building is,there aren’t a ton of spaces available. Parking large cars could be a little challenging. There are additional structures in that area that will set you back about $10, so I recommend street parking if it’s available. The building will lock their doors after hours, so your option is to enter the parking structure on Grand Street OR you can walk through the Famima on 6th to get back into the building (which will then lead you back into the underground parking to reunite you with your car.) If you can get past all of this DTLA crazy… It’s totally worth stopping by Pitchoun and finding your sense of calm with a nice hot latte and a pastry.
I’ve visited on several occasions, each time trying something new. Indoor and outdoor seating are available. They have a beautiful living wall that brings a little bit of green to the street and you can spot them walking down the street with their fun orange chairs. Once you enter through their front doors, you are greeted with their pastry counter and beverage fridge. Pitchoun makes their own fresh yogurt that can be purchased in small glass bottles. They sell out quickly and are not always available, so I stock up when I can. It’s very hard to go back to processed/store bought yogurt once you’ve had Pitchoun’s yogurt. What’s nice about Pitchoun is a combination of the environment and the food. It’s a great place to get together with friends and there’s a nice ebb and flow of people coming in and out. You place your order at the counter, grab your number and seat yourself. The service is always great and if you need a refill on anything, just go back to the counter and ask. The latte mugs are as big as your face, so it makes it easy for you to settle in to your seat and have a nice long conversation or to sit and read a good book.
The food is pretty amazing. The menu is abundant, but the items are simple. It’s very difficult to pick just one pastry, so I recommend going with a group of friends so you can try everything. They can even make custom cakes for special occasions. Pictured below are some of the things I’ve had on one of my trips.
Their Napoleon is one of my favorites.
I highly recommend dropping by if you’re in the neighborhood. Grab a coffee and a baguette. It will make your day that much better.