It’s roots are in Brussels, but this bakery has cafes dotted around the world. In Belgium, Le Pain Quotidien has experimented quite a bit with vegan options, including seasonal vegan croissants, pain au chocolat, and plant-based lunches. The U.K. also has vegan lunches and breakfasts right on the menu. The U.S. locations haven’t made as much headway for dairy-free diners, but they do have a good handful of vegan options.
Dairy-Free Menu Guide for Le Pain Quotidien
Due to economic issues in 2020, Le Pain Quotidien suffered insolvency in Belgium and bankruptcy in the U.S. As a result, Aurify Brands, the company behind Five Guys, is acquiring the U.S. locations. This will sever ties between U.S. operations and all other global locations of Le Pain Quotidien.
But for now, we’ve gathered what information we have into this dairy-free guide. It’s based on vegan information in the U.S. and allergen information from Le Pain Quotidien in the U.K. (which in the past, was similar for the U.S.). We’ve had difficulty getting U.S. specific information during the transition, but will update when we have more details.
- Baguette (vegan)
- Five Grain & Raisins (vegan)
- Flute (vegan)
- Gluten-Free Super Seed (vegan)
- Raisin (vegan)
- Rye Sourdough (vegan)
- Spelt (vegan)
- Swedish Rye (vegan)
- Walnut (vegan)
- Whole Wheat Sourdough Loaf (vegan)
Heads Up! Their brioche does contain dairy, and we assume their challah contains eggs. But they have reported that all of their other organic breads are vegan-friendly. There might be more or other options available at your location than the ones listed above. If ordering by the slice, make sure to order no butter.
- Apple Cinnamon Muffins
- Blueberry Muffins (vegan)
Heads Up! The above are available in the U.S. and U.K., and are listed as dairy-free via the U.K. information. We have read that the blueberry muffins are vegan in the U.S., but confirm on each before ordering.
- Fresh Fruit Salad (vegan)
More Options: Baked eggs might be available without dairy, but they do use milk in their scrambled eggs.
- Super Grains Bowl (this might be the Warm Grain Bowl; vegan)
More Options: They do offer dairy-free vinaigrette, and most of their salads are either dairy-free or can be made dairy-free without cheese. Ask in store.
Tartines (open-faced sandwiches)
- Avocado Toast (vegan)
More Options: It looks like a few other Tartines are dairy-free or can easily be made dairy-free, but inquire in store.
Milk Alternatives: The offer dairy-free Almond Milk and Oat Milk as options for making lattes.
This Post is for Informational Purposes Only
Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, and restaurants are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure that they can accommodate your situation. This post is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as advice.
There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.
Where to Find Le Pain Quotidien
Le Pain Quotidien operates more than 260 locations in 20 countries. They are company owned and operated in the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Paris, but franchised in other European, Asian, Middle Eastern, and South American countries. And as mentioned above, they are selling the corporate-owned U.S. division to Aurify Brands. See the websites below for locations, hours, and online ordering for their core operations.