Choukette ivufuc

Almost too beautiful to eat... Almost. Photo via Choukette's Facebook

Just beneath the Pike Place Market skybridge lies Ludovic Guillaume and Elizabeth Bastoni’s Choukette at 1500 Western Ave. The husband-and-wife duo and co-owners, who recently returned stateside after living in France for 18 years, have brought a bit of Paris back with them.

Upon returning to Seattle, Guillaume told Bastoni, “Okay, I have our next project!” And lucky for us, that project is a French paradise of pastries.

The humble 400 square-foot bakery just opened up Friday, June 10 and focuses on the pâte à choux dough-based eclair. Inside a glossy pastry case, you’ll find 10 different flavors such as hazelnut praline, classic chocolate, huckleberry marscarpone, and one with lychee, raspberry, and rose water. And to wash it all down: Espresso Vivace.

Some of the Northwest-meets-French combinations will come and go with the seasons, as Bastoni says they source local ingredients from family-owned businesses as often as possible. This roughly translates to: Please see yourself to that huckleberry eclair, people. Eventually Choukette will also add a savory line of eclairs too.

While there’s no place to sit inside the shop, there’s a sidewalk begging for a little patio beneath the Choukette awning. They hope to have such a spot soon. Meanwhile, there’s plenty of Pike Place Market common seating just around the corner.

Hours are currently Tuesday through Sunday, from 11 to 6. A website is underway, but for now see Choukette’s Facebook for more information.


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