Are you looking for tea time in Paris but just can’t get there? Sure Paris is wonderful: the sights, the sounds, the food, but not everyone can hop on the next plane to enjoy the city and all its wonder. If you live in or near Charlotte, NC you are in luck! You can be Paris-bound without the trans-Atlantic flight and jet-lag in minutes. Amelie’s, a sweet bakery café located in Charlotte City Center is a Parisian treat!
Located in a corner shop along Tryon Street in Uptown, Amelie’s is not your typical bakery café. The first thing that greets you is the unique décor: a bust of a chic woman wearing a black beret atop a circular table lit by a kitchen tool chandelier sits inside the entrance. Off to the right is the bakery, where artisans are creating breads and desserts. Straight ahead are the pastry cases and the overhead menus on chalkboards set in gilded frames. To the left, under the watchful eyes of Napoleon and Marie Antoinette, baristas whip up tasty coffees, teas and other beverages. Seating is abundant and the eclectic and fun décor offers much to delight in during your tête-à-tête.
The ordering set-up and flow is a bit odd. There are two ordering lines: pastry and food or no pastry and only food. I’m the kind of person that has to look at everything before making a decision. At Amelie’s the glorious menu is on gilded framed chalkboards lined up over the food and drink prep area from the far left to the right. It’s kind of difficult to see everything from the line and, of course, I had to look at the pastries! But what was odd about the flow of the line they clearly make up for with exceptional food.
Let’s talk about the pastry case. Amelie’s has an enormous selection of breads, pastries and desserts. There is something for every taste bud (yours and others) and then some. There are cakes, mini cakes, tarts, mini tarts, pies, chocolate mousse cups, Napoleons, eclairs, cream puffs, brownies, petit fours, croissants, macarons, breads, and the list continues. It’s overwhelming but in a good way. A very good way. I chose a couple macarons in different flavors (orange and raspberry) to see what they were like (baking enquiry) in preparation for making my own.
Breakfast and lunch sandwiches, salads, and drink choices are plentiful and listed overhead. My choices? I opted for the make-your-own breakfast sandwich and a pot of English Breakfast tea with cream and sugar. Yes, you heard that right – a pot of tea. Go big or go home I always say, or in this case go to the restroom for the remainder of the day. The make-your-own breakfast sandwich was an egg with bacon, Gruyère cheese, and tomato served on a hearty French baguette. It was the perfect breakfast sandwich and needed nothing extra – no salt, no pepper, no condiments of any kind. The warm bread was crusty on the outside and dense on the inside. The bacon, egg, Gruyère and tomato complimented each other to perfection. Of course this was enthusiastically inhaled while sipping a spot (or pot) of tea.
Amelie’s is a great place to visit anytime for beverages, food or sweets and it’s all wrapped up in a très chic Southern take on a Parisian bakery café. If you’re in Uptown Charlotte you should swing by and grab a bite, or two, or three. And you can always get baked goods and food to go! You will find Amelie’s Uptown location at 301 S. College Street on the corner of S. College Street and MLK Jr Boulevard. Check out their website and other locations here. Eat up!