A Taste of French Authenticity at Café Vendôme in Buckhead

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.

Exterior view of Café Vendôme. The building entrance is located at the back side of the Belle Isle Square on Roswell Road.

Front entrance to Café Vendôme. The building entrance is located at the back side of the Belle Isle Square on Roswell Road.

Interior of Café Vendôme. Hamid, the owner, is seen in the background.

Interior of Café Vendôme. The macarons decorate a miniature Eiffel Tower near the entrance.

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!

Interior of Café Vendôme. The painting in the background is incredible.

Hand-written notes seen inside the café.

Croissants and other freshly-baked pastries on display at Café Vendôme.

Fresh baguettes!

An assortment of desserts.

Tartelettes—a chef’s assortment of delicious tartes.

Various eclairs on display.

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:

An area at the back of Café Vendôme where visitors can observe the baking process in action. Culinary art live!

Plenty of seating at Café Vendôme including high chairs and comfortable couches.

Fresh baguette ready for consumption!

Yum!

And in case you were wondering about the coffee: the beans are sourced from Counter Culture Coffee and all of the baristas at Café Vendôme have been personally trained by their team.

A mocha that I ordered at Café Vendôme.

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.

I’m really looking forward to checking out the new Café Vendôme opening up in Sandy Springs City Walk soon!


Café Vendôme
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Address:
4969 Roswell Rd, Suite #155
Atlanta, GA 30342
Google Maps link
ph: 404-551-5163

Hours of operation:
Monday-Saturday: 8AM to 6PM
Sunday: 8AM to 4PM

Dancing Goats Is Now Open in its Fourth Atlanta Location in Buckhead

Washington State’s Batdorf & Bronson coffee roasters has its East Coast operations located in Atlanta’s Westside district, and the fourth branch of its Dancing Goats brand of cafes (named after its signature coffee blend) has recently opened in Buckhead, joining the Midtown, Decatur, and Old Fourth Ward locations. (The Old Fourth Ward location near the Ponce City Market is perhaps the most well-known Dancing Goats coffee shop in the metro Atlanta area).

The Buckhead location, which opened in late spring of 2018, is located in the Buckhead Exchange shopping center at 3167 Peachtree Road (at the Grandview Avenue intersection with Peachtree Road). There is free parking in the lot here, but it gets busy in peak times, as the parking is shared with next-door establishments such as Cherry Blow Dry Bar Buckhead, Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante, and Kale Me Krazy.

The Buckhead location offers a modern design and spacious seating, both indoors and outdoors. The outdoor seating area is shaded which is an added bonus.

Photos from the Buckhead location of Dancing Goats (from a visit earlier this summer) follow.

Outside view of the new Dancing Goats coffee shop in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, GA.

The menu offers traditional coffee options as well as teas.

The interior of Dancing Goats in Buckhead. There are high/bar chairs in one section indoors and traditional-style chairs at another section inside.

Indoor decor at Dancing Goats in Buckhead.

There is plenty of seating inside Dancing Goats.

An iced Batdorf & Bronson coffee.

T-shirts for sale at Dancing Goats in Buckhead.

The Dancing Goats logo (this logo rotates).

The “Now Open” signs were evident in front and behind the store for a couple of months after the grand opening.

An outdoor patio at Dancing Goats in Buckhead. The outdoor seating is covered and is well-shaded.

Another view of the front of the Dancing Goats in Buckhead.

The new Dancing Goats location in Buckhead offers an excellent alternative for a coffee destination compared to the nearby Caribou Coffee and Starbucks located a couple of blocks away (on Peachtree Road and Piedmont Road, respectively). The aesthetic of this new Dancing Goats shop fits well with what one might expect in a Buckhead-area development.


Dancing Goats Coffee Bar (Buckhead location)
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Address:
3167 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30305
Google Maps link
ph: 404-343-2064

Hours of operation:
Monday-Friday: 6:30AM to 7PM
Saturday-Sunday: 7AM to 7PM