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.