Denoel French Pastry

**Denoel French Pastry has closed. After years of faithfully providing delicious desserts to our community, the couple is retiring and enjoying freedom from the long hours of running a restaurant. I wish them well!**

My hubby and I were enjoying a relaxing weekend in St. Augustine.  We strolled along, hand-in-hand, exploring side streets and shops we’ve walked by countless times before.  I love being a travel blogger in St Augustine!

This sign led us to a fantastic discovery… Denoel French Pastry.

A chalkboard hung outside the door shared some of their specials.  We’d already eaten lunch, so we almost didn’t go in.  We almost missed this St. Augustine gem!!

Denoel French Pastry has been owned and operated by the Guy & Christine Denoel for 45 years!  The Mr. is a master pastry chef (originally from Belgium, he’s half French and half Flemish, she’s Flemish from Belgium) and he makes everything in the shop- from breads to profiteroles to cheesecake- the old-fashioned way.  By hand.  With butter.  And it’s delicious.

I ordered a capucinno to warm up (it was one of our cold days in the fall!).  Check out the cups- my grandparents in Miami had a set of these when I was a kid!  I didn’t mind the old-school dishes, articles on the walls that are decades old, and memorabilia from the Denoels’ homelands.  You see a snapshot of a lifetime of work faithfully poured into a business.

About the food… Chris ordered a cream puff.  I think the French name is profiterole but he grew up eating his grandma’s cream puffs on Long Island, so cream puffs I shall call them.  His Meem’s cream puffs were beyond amazing.  He has *never* in our 14 years of marriage said any cream puff even comes close to Meem’s.  Well guess what… he loved Denoel’s Swan Cream Puff!!

I opted for the French Cheesecake.  It’s much more dense than the cheesecakes I’m used to and it sits on a shortbread-meets-cake base instead of a graham cracker crust.  Mrs. Denoel said she never eats the base, it’s just to hold the cheesecake in place, and I think that’s great advice.  Fill up on the cheesecake instead!  It had a subtle citrus-y zing to it and was delish.

I’m looking forward to return visits.  Denoel’s, like Bistro de Leon, offers delicious, authentic French food without the snotty & particular atmosphere Americans often associate with a French restaurant.  Instead, you enjoy every bite in a comfortable, casual environment that allows you to be as fast- or preferably as slow- as you desire.

Denoel French Pastry
open for lunch & sweets 11 am – 4 pm, closed Mondays & Tuesdays
212 Charlotte Street

**Denoel French Pastry has closed. After years of faithfully providing delicious desserts to our community, the couple is retiring and enjoying freedom from the long hours of running a restaurant. I wish them well!**


  1. Annabelle Denoel Snyder says

    Hello. I’m the Denoel’s daughter and grew up in the business. What a great article but I’d like to make a correction. My mother is not French- she is Flemish from Belgium. My Father is also from Belgium and is half French and half Flemish. Thank you!

    • says

      Oops! That’s what I get for not taking notes!!! Thanks for the note- I’m correcting in the text now. 🙂

  2. Diana Allard says

    I LOVE your lemon cheeesecake, but live in Colorado now( I have been there 5 times). Is there any way i could get the recipe????

    • says

      Diana- I’m a lowly local, no access to this amazing recipe!! DeNoel’s phone # is at the end of my post, give them a call… good luck! 🙂 ~Allie, Simply St.Augustine

  3. says

    My company use to sell Guy and Christine shell eggs for many years. I actually called on them and go their orders and called them into my office. For some odd reason I had a dream about them both last night after 36-years of not seeing them. I’m going for lunch today with my girlfriend….and bringing them some fresh eggs!

  4. Jan galbreath says

    My family and I lived in Gainesville in the 60s we would come often to your little pastry shop. After much time had passed we moved away. So in 2012 I brought my mother back to your city to once again enjoy the wonderful pasties we so remembered! My heart is heavy to know we found our dear friends only to lose you once more. We however understand your wanting to enjoy life. May god bless you on your new journey, and thank you for the wonderful memories we shall hold close. Thank you for your great hospitality and great pastries and coffee!!

    • says

      What sweet memories! When you come again, you’ll have to try Les Petites Pleasures. While it isn’t the same as Denoel, it is full of hand made pastries and may be a substitution that makes you smile. 🙂 ~Allie O

  5. says

    There is something to be said about home cooked food and pastries. I totally believe in this, and the chalk board is the way to go in my opinion, it sends the message of fresh to would be customers. I’m glad you loved it, and the food looks out of this world from the pics.

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