Featured in today’s post is Café Vendôme in the Buckhead/Sandy Springs neighborhood of Atlanta. I had the chance to visit this lovely spot last month.
Café Vendôme is more than just a coffee shop, but a full-fledged bakery in which pastries, baguettes, desserts, and other goods are baked in-house on a day-to-day basis.
During my visit, I spent some time talking with Hamid, the owner of Café Vendôme. One of the things Hamid mentioned is that before founding Café Vendôme, Hamid scoured Atlanta and was not able to find truly authentic French bakeries; his vision came to reality a couple of years ago with the founding of Café Vendôme. Hamid actually spent majority of his career in a technical field (telecommunications) but always had an eye (and taste) for quality food. I asked him if his previous experience working in a technical field was a deterrent for opening up a bakery, and he mentioned that, in fact, it was in many ways advantageous because he built up valuable business experience that translated to owning and running a small business like Café Vendôme.
From the fresh food to the interior decor to the ovens (imported from France) to the counters on which desserts are placed—everything is French (or European) inspired. According to Hamid, the crowds have flocked to Café Vendôme since day one. In fact, the café has been such a popular success over the last two years that a new location of Café Vendôme is opening up at the City Walk in Sandy Springs in late December 2018!
Photos from my recent visit are below.
One of my favorite parts about Café Vendôme is the interior decor, but especially the wallpaper adorning the wall below. It is life-size and feels like the room is extending into Rue de Francs Bourgeois at Place de Vosges. That bicycle looks as though it is inside Café Vendôme—alas, it is part of the wallpaper!
Another notable aspect of Café Vendôme is the area where the baking/cooking takes place—open for viewing. This part of the bakery is really popular with kids:
If you’re looking for an authentic French bakery and coffee shop in the Atlanta area, look no further than Café Vendôme. From my conversations with the owner, Hamid, and tasting of the food and coffee here, every effort is made to deliver an amazing experience.