There's a lot of retail therapy ground to cover at Fred Segal (about 13,000 square feet, to be exact), so it's understandable if a little hanger rears its grumbling head. Those in need of some pre- or mid-spree fuel can now sit down for a daytime bite at Tesse's new bakery and café, which opened at the iconic LA retailer last week.
Tesse team Raphael Francois and Sally Camacho Mueller took over the previous Tartine-run Fred Segal Café for their indoor/outdoor brunch spot, which is an expansion of the duo's full-service restaurant that opened across from luxe department boutique last year. Pricing at the fast-casual Parisian spot ranges from $10 to $23 and offerings include a range of light and hearty fare, from classic French-inspired breakfast classics like avocado toast, croque monsieur, limoncello pancakes, and sunny-side up eggs with prosciutto, hollandaise, and "home fries" (Tesse's take on eggs benedict) to lunch options like hot sandwiches, shaved fennel salad, and land and sea dishes (including local seabass ceviche and steak frites with duck fat fries).
There are also plated desserts like chocolate hazelnut profiteroles and a range of grab-and-go items (including chia seed pudding, fruit tarts, yogurt parfaits, and beignets); for vino lovers, there's a selection of wines by the glass or bottle from Tesse's wine store, Bouteiller.
The casual eatery also serves pastries, coffee, and tea all day; see below for lunch hours.
Tesse Bakery & Café at Fred Segal, 8500 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 90069; open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, lunch serviced Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.