By Ryan LaRosa
With so many coffee shops and cafés around the Boston University campus, it can be hard to choose where to get your next caffeine fix. The area is full of great spots to sit down and study for a few hours or to pick up some delicious baked goods.
Tous Les Jours is a South Korean-French bakery franchise located on Allston’s Harvard Avenue, just a few T stops away from BU’s campus. While the Allston location opened in 2017, Tous Les Jours has been in the United States since 2004 with its first bakery in South Korea since 1997. They’ve been serving up tasty Korean and French-inspired pastries around the world for over 20 years.
With a recent closing of a location in Downtown Boston, three locations of Tous Les Jours remain in the greater Boston area — the Allston location, one in Burlington and a newly-opened location in Natick.
Tous Les Jours has one of the most extensive selections of food and drink items in any Boston café. It seems as though every time I go, there is something new to try. It would be impossible to cover the entirety of the wide selection, so I’ll just note a few of my favorites.
It would be hard for me to say exactly what it is about Tous Les Jours’ iced coffee that makes it so distinctly good. It might be that it’s strong and full-flavored without the bitter taste. Or maybe it’s because it’s relatively affordable and always quick to order.
This drink is easily one of Tous Les Jours’ most unique items on their menu, although I’m not entirely sure what it is. After taking a sip, I believe it is a combination of one or two shots of espresso with milk and matcha tea, available hot or iced. Either way, it’s delicious and a must-try. The three components work surprisingly well together.
The bread selection at Tous Les Jours is extensive and well-done. Whether you want an Asian-inspired bread — like their well-known milk bread or red bean bread — or a French baguette, they have you covered at this bake shop. Across the board, any option is fresh and delicious and you can rest assured that at the end of a busy day, not much will be left on their shelves.
Similar to the bread options, the pastry selection at Tous Les Jours is hard to describe. They offer traditional French pastries — like butter croissants, pain au chocolat or eclairs — as well as delicious coffee kaya and custard buns. Don’t forget about savory pastry options, including the seemingly popular sausage onion pastry, which is not much more than a hot dog, caramelized onions and melted cheese all on top of a pastry crust.
No matter what you’re in the mood for, Tous Les Jours almost certainly has something for you.