First U.S. Baguette Vending Machine in San Francisco

Le Bread Xpress beach-head in the Castro.

LeBreadXpress-logoParis reportedly boasts 100 baguette vending machines to compete with or to complement the boulangeries that  grace the City of Light. Colorado does not yet have a vending machine that has been called “a baguette ATM” and an “on-demand bread bakery, ” with San Francisco not surprisingly getting the country’s first.

Le Bread Xpress in San Francisco's food court-plus called The Myriad. Photo: SFGate.com
Le Bread Xpress in San Francisco’s food court-plus called The Myriad. Photo: SFGate.com

Le Bread  Xpress brought its first machine to our shores and installed it at The Myriad, a food court and food-biz incubator where the first machine is located. Fresh-baked loaves are $4.25 each. According to SFGate.com, which sent a reporter to investigate, it works like this:

  • A bakery in Burlingame preps and partially bakes the dough (much like those finish-in-the-oven loaves at grocery stores).
  • The dough is then loaded into the machine, which has a built-in fridge and oven.
  • Baguettes are baked regularly throughout the day; worst case scenario, your baguette is a mere two hours old.
  • When you order, the baguette is then ready in about 20 seconds.
  • Tear into it with your bare hands (or take it home to consume with cheese).

I don’t know about you, but I’d be happy to find one around here, even though Breadworks is nearby and several French bakeries dot the greater metro area. Shall we start a write-in campaign? Contact info@lebreadxpress.com and get something started.

2 thoughts on “First U.S. Baguette Vending Machine in San Francisco”

  1. Whu-hut?!? Amazing.. the innovations we are getting to enjoy in this day and age! Heck.. my bride is looking forward to trying out a cupcake vending machine next month when we visit Florida. Heh Heh.

  2. A Boulder friend sent me this message:
    “I was just in SF and we could not find the vending machines that you wrote about. My daughter-in-law is an artisan cake baker (jasmineraebakery.com) and she had not yet heard of it. Wish we had the new experience.”

    In case someone else has the same problem, this was my reply:
    “I don’t know what to tell you. The website (http://www.lebreadxpress.com/) says it is in The Myriad on Market Street in the Castro. (2175 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94114). SFGate, the Chronicle’s website, says it is in the Forest City Building at 14th and Market (http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/2016/03/02/the-myriad-the-castros-new-market-hall-is-now-open/). Did you find The Myriad? Did you ask anyone where Le BreadXpress was – if it wasn’t obvious? One of the YELP reviewers wrote that it is “in a back corner.” (https://www.yelp.com/biz/le-bread-xpress-san-francisco). “

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