Bouchon Bistro & Bakery

Project Architect(s): BAR Architects

This project involved the renovation of Chef Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery, first opened in 2003. Located in Yountville, California, alongside Keller’s Bouchon Bistro and just down the road from The French Laundry, Bouchon Bakery was first conceived as a way to provide these restaurants with one-of-a-kind breads. Quickly, the bakery blossomed into an important establishment in its own right. In the style of classic French boulangeries, the bakery features a wide selection of artisanal breads and classic desserts inspired by Chef Keller’s memories of life in France, as well as his own childhood in the United States. 

Blending traditional techniques with the science of bread making, the breads of Bouchon Bakery meet Chef Keller’s exacting standards. Pastry chef Nicholas Bonamico makes an array of sweet delights including classic Viennoiserie, such as croissants and pain au chocolat, breakfast items like muffins and coffee cakes as well as an ever-changing selection of tarts, cookies and other treats. The bakery also offers a full range of espresso drinks and coffee, custom-blended by Chef Keller’s longtime partner Equator Coffee Roasters. For guests interested in enjoying a full meal, Bouchon Bakery offers savory items like sandwiches, salads and quiche. 

From its inception, the bakery has served as a gathering place in the heart of the Napa Valley for residents and visitors alike. All of Bouchon Bakery’s offerings are available to be carried out or can be enjoyed in the adjacent, tree-shaded courtyard.