Isabelle Brien’s French Pastry Cafe Serves Delicious Pastries, Breakfast, and Lunch

“I will let you go, Ricky. But first, I want you to say…”I… love… crepes.” -Jean Girard in the movie Talladega Nights

Isabelle Briens French Pastry Cafe

One of my favorite cafes in Encinitas, California is Isabelle Brien’s French Pastry Cafe. After first moving to San Diego, I was walking around the plaza of shops that includes Ralphs, Trader Joes and Gamestop, when I found this small cafe. It looked colorful and bright, and when I went inside I immediately smelled the aroma of freshly baked goods, pastries and coffee. The front case was filled with cakes, crème brûlée, cookies and bread. The menu had sandwiches and fruit, along with other smaller bites to eat for breakfast or lunch (read Yelp reviews here). The lady behind the counter spoke to me in a thick French accent, and when she asked what I would like, I ordered a Nutella crêpe with whipped cream. As I waited for my crêpe, I looked around at the art on the wall. There were paintings of the French countryside and photos of smiling people and beautiful homes. The lady behind the counter, who I later got to know as Susan, delivered my crêpe, and I tasted it right away. It was a delectable dessert-breakfast!! I kept eating it bite by bite and thinking about how wonderful life is here in California, with the sun shining on my face and this crêpe on my plate.


My sister came to visit a few months later and she wanted to go out to eat for breakfast. I didn’t have to think twice before we jumped in the car and headed to Isabelle Brien’s French Pastry Cafe. She ordered two crêpes, I ordered two crêpes, and we sat on the patio eating, smiling and laughing. Some of my best family moments have been made at this cafe. I have also taken my son there a few times before grocery shopping. He loves crêpes and gets so excited to go to Isabelle’s Cafe!
When it came time for my first open house sundown party as a realtor, I had to decide who I wanted to invite to cater the party. I wanted something light and yummy, so I called Isabelle and sat down with her to talk about my party. Isabelle came here from France years ago, and although she loves going back to visit, she loves having her cafe here in San Diego! She could see the happiness in my eyes when I talked about moving to San Diego almost a year ago; life is wonderful, and I love when others believe it also! She explained to me that for my party she could make sweet and savory crêpes right on her crêpe machine at my listed home! I was so excited and figured it would be the perfect catering solution for my event! I was worry-free and confident that it would go over very well with everyone! The day of the party Susan came with a helper who also spoke with a French accent. We had some delicious French wine and decorations around the home as well. Isabelle Brien’s French Pastry Cafe created a splendid atmosphere for my sundown celebration and made it a huge overall success. I still go back to Isabelle’s Cafe once or twice a month to eat crêpes, have a warm, steamy mocha, and catch up with Susan or Isabelle if I can catch either of them. The desserts that are in the front case are great to take home for after dinner, and the bread and cookies can last a few days! (Well, they don’t last too long in my family!)
Let me know if you have tried Isabelle Brien’s French Pastry Cafe already, and if you haven’t, I highly suggest heading there for your next early morning out!