My name is Darlene and I’m a coffee addict.

My daily routine includes at least one visit to Starbucks. If I could, I would have my payroll deposited directly into my Rewards Card that I’ve had since 2008. That’s where the funds go anyway! More than the caffeine, they’ve got me hooked on their consistency: delicious coffee and hand-crafted beverages, friendly baristas, and cozy atmosphere.

spotted one in Montmartre
Votre Carte Starbucks
Force of habit: I checked the app

That said, you’d think I’d be hitting up every Starbs while on my trip, right? While there was no shortage of Starbucks in Paris, I resisted the temptation to go because I promised myself that I’d get out of my comfort zone. I did good on that promise until my last day in Paris, when I went to one at Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport.

At Charles de Gaulle airport

They had the usual menu items and pastries (like marble or lemon loaves), which made me feel right at home. But I was also surprised to see other offerings that I hadn’t seen at Starbucks in the U.S. I heard that large global food corporations (for example, McDonald’s) often tailor their menus to match the cuisine of the location they’re in. That could explain why this Starbucks at CDG had croissant sandwiches, French toast (pain perdu), ganache-dipped donuts, and pancakes, which I’m guessing is their nod to the French crêpes.

Croissant sandwiches
Hot boxes and Caesar salads
French toast, pancakes, ganache-dipped donuts
Can’t really tell from my picture, but the napkin is square and white (not rectangle and unbleached beige, like in the U.S.)

In the end, I’m glad I went to Starbucks. If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have seen the different food offerings. Imagine, for a mere 4,20 €, I got a double espresso and an important lesson: not to take things for granted, at Starbucks, and in life, in general. Just when I thought I knew what to expect, there was still something new to learn. I’ll drink to that!

*I was not financially compensated for this post. The opinions are 100% my own based on my experience.*