Over the past few years downtown Los Altos, California has won a number of promising new inhabitants including the resident happy hour hero over on 1st Street, Honcho. One of our other go to favorite spots to pass an afternoon is Voyageur du Temps.
Voyageur du Temps is the perfect combination of historic downtown Los Altos nostalgia (we adore the retired train car they’ve kept in the front parking lot as do most kids under the age of 10) and delectable French pâtisserie style bites.
Long before there were self driving cars and Teslas whirring down Foothill Expressway, this same Silicon Valley thoroughfare was home to train tracks.
Today it’s Voyageur du Temps that calls the old train depot (which was built back in 1913) home.
Voyageur du Temps is owned by a Japanese transplant named Rie Rubin, who seems to be on a mission along with her talented team of bakers, to constantly reinvent the French croissant. In fact, you’ll find all sorts of delicious reincarnations of the most quintessential of all French pastries.
In addition to Voyageur du Temps, here’s a list of other neat little local spots we love across the Bay Area and Silicon Valley.
Over the years we’ve spied pain au chocolate, an almond version, one made with matcha and even a lovely rose flavored take on the airy delight. One of the uniquest versions we bumped into is a seasonal maple croissant.
In addition to croissants, another favorite grab and go goodie are the little bags of freshly made petite madeleines at the counter near the register.
When we have the time, the breakfast and lunch items on the menu are tough to beat. You can nosh on crepes that are topped with a homemade berry sauce and fresh fruit or even eat divine offerings like a chausson aux pommes served with vanilla ice cream.
Sandwiches, like the croque madame, are an obvious choice, but the traditional American breakfast dishes are also standouts.
We also adore that this little bakery/restaurant has fun with its drinks. We’ve tried everything from the golden latte (which involves coffee, whipped cream and orange peel)…
…to an undertow (an espresso poured on top of cold milk) and have been pleasantly surprised with how tasty each of these unique coffee concoctions are.
At the very least, snagging some macarons is always a good idea at Voyageur du Temps.
At the very least, snacking on a fresh macaron will give you an excuse to keep an eye on the bakers as they prepare bread and other tasty goodies at the window in the main dining area.
If you’ve been slacking on your Thanksgiving prep, it’s still possible to place orders for Voyageur du Temps’ pumpkin pies, dinner rolls and baguettes. We can’t wait to pick up our pie in a few days, but there’s a solid chance we might be back to visit Voyageur du Temps again before Turkey Day.
Voyageur du Temps
Address: 288 1st Street
Los Altos, California 94022
Hours: Winter Hours – Monday Through Sunday 7:00am to 6:00pm
Phone: (650) 383-5800
Pricing (All in USD): Baked Goods and Pastries $2.75 to $12.00, Hot Breakfast Items $9.00 to $14.00, Bread $2.00 to $10.00, Quiche $9.00, Sides $4.00 to $6.00, Beverages $2.00 to $11.00