Comfortably tucked right opposite the International French School in a small street in Cipete, Levant Boulangerie and Patisserie fits right in the neighbourhood, not to mention its French expat community, like a pair of snug gloves.
The establishment, which is roomier than its first branch in Benda street, is a prime spot for those who prefer to start their day early in the morning, especially on the weekend. It’s not hard to find families sinking their teeth to French morning staples, like croissants and baguettes and washing them down with bright coloured juice. During the weekdays, Levant is regularly occupied with cheery housewives as well as good-looking students from the international school, looking to find a secluded refuge within the neighbourhood.
The spacious area is also corresponded by equally large wide tables, which at first glance may look clumsy. But it all points to the fact that a visit to Levant is best enjoyed with the presence of family and close friends. Furthermore, it is also oddly gratifying to see the big table slowly filled with assortments of Levant’s utterly delish fruit tarts, quiches and éclairs.
The presence of the open kitchen provides another touch of comfort. Observing trays of kneaded dough entering and leaving the oven all transformed almost felt like a leisurely activity, especially on a slow morning. Combine all of those above and it’s easy to understand why the French community continues to frequent Levant for a taste of home – and for the rest, as cliché as it may sound, a modest glimpse of France.