In a city full of hyped bakeries, La Bicyclette is the perfect amount of hype. As in, hyped enough that all the locals know that this is the go-to bakery in the neighborhood and enough for people who care all too much about the perfect French bread to come out to Williamsburg, but not so hyped to be Tiktok viral and attract an internet crazed crowd (looking at you L’Appartement 4f and Lafayette).
La Bicyclette is a little French bakery on an unassuming corner of Williamsburg that has some of the best French breads and viennoisseries in the city. It feels low key but you can tell as soon as you step in that this is a fine tuned establishment. Shelves of bread line the wall, with fresh loaves coming out of the kitchen to restock, barely keeping up with demand. Pastries are neatly arranged in the display case like a visual cue to the time (you can tell it’s past 11am if the spread looking sparse). On any weekend morning you’ll find a line out the door, but service is efficient so the line moves quickly. Most of the customers know exactly what they want (and have back ups in mind if their first choice pastries sell out – but truly you can’t go wrong with anything they have).
In a neighborhood that is starting to feel like Soho with all the trendy retail brands opening up shop, La Bicyclette feels extra special, like an instant classic neighborhood mainstay even though they opened in October 2019 (and just opened a second location in Fort Greene this year!). Thankfully for all of us, they survived (some may even say thrived) during the pandemic and continue to churn out amazing breads and pastries 6 days a week.
Go here for: your regular bread run, a laminated pastry treat you absolutely deserve
Order this: the 96-hour ferment pavé loaf, baguette, apple chausson, truly any of their viennoiseries
Amount of time to spend: about 10-15 minutes, the line moves fast
When to come: earlier the better, especially on weekends they sell out of a lot of popular things by mid morning
Other things to note: They also serve coffee and some French pantry staples like jam, fleur de sel, cornichons to round out your spread.
Last visited: October 2022
Last updated: November 2022