The Weekender: Cafe Madeleine in Boston’s South End.

Saturday mornings are piano lessons for me and my children (yes, we all go together–so much fun). We take lessons at Musician’s Playground with the awesome Alyssa in the former Piano Factory on Tremont Street, which is now a mixed-use building (studios and residential apartments).

My friend D. also happens to live in the building and again this week, they begged to pop upstairs and say hell0. According to my daughter, D. has “the best apartment ever” and my son agrees. Last week they were inquiring about open units in the building–ha!

Of course, they were angling to get a snack–specifically some hot chocolate to counteract the damp, chilly weather–and D. suggested a place to try. When the kids heard “French” and “pastry” and “Belgian hot chocolate,” they were sold and off we went.

Cafe Madeleine is located at 517 Columbus Ave., in the former Amsterdam Cafe space and is owned by two experts in the art of French goûter–Pastry Chef Hana Quon and James Beard award winner, Frederic Robert.

I had a ham and cheese croissant (with delicious Gruyere cheese) and the kids selected a raspberry danish (which will make you turn up your nose at a store bought one) and three of the classic madeleines. I even brought home a baguette for dinner. The hot chocolate was decadent (my little friends couldn’t even finish it!) and my latte was the perfect strength.

There is seriously something for everyone here–and we had such a difficult time choosing, as everything looked so appealing. There is not much in the way of indoor seating–just a handful of window facing stools–but I imagine that the warmer weather will bring outdoor cafe tables for lingering.

Cafe Madeleine
517 Columbus Avenue, Boston.

Open 7 days a week, 6:30am-7pm



Mmm--this hot chocolate is delicious!

Mmm–this hot chocolate is delicious!

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