Currently, I’m sitting at a table that could easily pass for something found in my grandmother’s house. There are other such tables scattered about, as well as a few old couches, vintage briefcases, and antique lamps. I’m at Sophie’s, a French-themed bakery in Hyde Park Village.
Having been open since February of this year, Sophie’s strives to provide quality food and service in a relaxing atmosphere. It nailed it on the latter. The place is surprisingly large, but still manages to be cozy. The decor is whimsy and charming, and I imagine it would be similar to something you’d find in a delightfully eccentric French grandmother’s home. There’s plenty of seating, and it has free WiFi for those looking to get a little work done. There’s even a play area for the kids (side note: this place looks like a favorite of families with small children, so it can get loud). In regards to the food and coffee…there’s potential.
I had the chocolate-filled eclair ($4.67) and cappucino ($3.50). The eclair was fantastic: big, and filled to the brim with filling. Having said that, though, I’m not sure it’s quite worth the almost five-dollar price tag. As far as the cappucino goes, I’ve had better. It tasted burnt, even after three Sweet ‘N Lows. Altogether, it’s not a snack worth shelling out eight bucks for.
I’m not sure Sophie’s entirely lives up to its prices, but there is potential. I’d come back again, as it’s worth a second look. And seeing as it’s only been open since February, it’s still probably trying to find its groove.
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