Frequently Asked Questions

What does “Le Pain Quotidien” mean?

Le Pain Quotidien is French for “the daily bread.”

What type of food does LPQ serve?

At Le Pain Quotidien, we believe that food should be simple, nourishing and delicious. Our breakfast menu includes a range of organic breads, pastries, eggs, yogurt, organic coffee and teas. For lunch, our handmade organic wheat bread serves as the base for our signature tartines, and the perfect accompaniment to our soups, salads and quiches. Many of our menu items are vegetarian and vegan. Takeaway and catering menus offer fresh Le Pain Quotidien products to enjoy at home, offices or at events.

What is a tartine?

A tartine is an open-faced sandwich. The name comes from the French verb tartiner, which means “to spread.”

Do you have vegan and vegetarian dishes?

These days, we are all aware of the benefits of a plant-based diet. Not only is eating less meat better for us, it’s good for the planet. Le Pain Quotidien offers many vegan items that are labeled 100% botanical on our menus. All of our organic breads are vegan, except for Challah. Some of our most popular vegan dishes are the Omega-3 Tartine, Quinoa Taboulé Salad, Six-Vegetable Quiche and Chia Seed Pudding.

Why is organic important?

Eating organic is part of a healthy lifestyle, and LPQ is committed to offering as many organic products as possible. This begins with the organic flour we use to make the bread. Choosing organic ingredients is not only good for the body, it’s also good for the future of the world. The more the market for organic products grows, the fewer harmful pesticides will be dumped into the environment.

Which of your products are organic?

We use organic ingredients whenever possible. This includes all of our breads, most of the products in the retail pantry, our beverages and homemade granola. Organic items and ingredients vary seasonally and globally.

How often does your menu change?

We change our menu with the seasons to reflect seasonal ingredients and new recipes.

What retail products does LPQ offer?

Our retail shelves are filled with our favorite pantry items which are also featured in many of our recipes. The organic jams and chocolate spreads (blondie, brunette, noir, noisella and speculoos) as well as our organic cold pressed olive oil, balsamic, grey sea salt and black Malabar pepper mills are all shared on the communal tables in every restaurant.

We also offer our organic, 100% Arabica coffee for you to enjoy at home as well as a range of organic teas, including black, green and herbal teas. The signature crockery including tartine boards, teapots, cups and bowls are available for sale. All of our retail items are also available in our Online Pantry.

Does LPQ offer gluten-free options?

We strive to provide as many gluten-free options as possible and offers all tartines on gluten-free crackers. We also have other gluten-free menu options from salads to desserts. However, we do advise that your meal may contain traces of flour as we are not a gluten-free facility.

Are all your restaurants franchises?

All of our US, UK and Paris restaurants are company-owned and make up half of our approximately 200 locations. The remaining restaurants are franchised. For more information about international franchise opportunities, click here.

What are your plans for expansion?

We are always looking for the right opportunities to expand in communities where people appreciate simple, wholesome and delicious food, but we're not in any rush.

Can I make any of the LPQ recipes at home?

There are currently three Le Pain Quotidien cookbooks for sale, with the most recent launched in June 2013. This cookbook features over 100 recipes from LPQ founder and chef Alain Coumont, including breads, breakfast, soups, tartines, salads and desserts. Cookbooks can be purchased at Le Pain Quotidien, through our Online Pantry , as well as from select bookstores and websites.