Mary Poppins is in my opinion, one of Walt Disney’s greatest masterpieces. Therefore, when Disneyland decided to add the Jolly Holiday Bakery Café, I was ecstatic. It is truly a delight and practically perfect in every way.
This is my favorite stop for lunch in Disneyland for both the atmosphere and cuisine. Though it is not large in size and there are no options for indoor seating, the theming and Victorian décor is exquisite. From stained glass penguin waiter windows, to Mary Poppin’s weather vane, and various decorations of the Banks children, the tribute to film is a joyous ensemble. As far as seating goes, there are plenty of places to sit outside in the shade and you have wonderful views of the castle as well as many opportunities to people watch the passer by’s on Main Street (floating chairs and tables from excess laughter not included).
This restaurant is a counter service café as well as a bakery (hence it’s name, I guess I felt the need to point out the obvious). The last time I visited, I had the Chicken Waldorf on Brioche (chicken salad sandwich) which is made with apples, walnuts, celery, mango chutney, and dried craisins. I can honestly say it’s the best chicken salad sandwich I have ever had, and that is saying a lot because it is one of my favorite sandwiches.
Of course, since there is a wondrous assortment of baked goods at this café, I could not pass up the opportunity. All of their sweets are simply delectable, but the one I chose to consume was the Matterhorn Macaroon. Again, I must add, the best and most unique macaroon I have ever had ( I guess I hit the jackpot for my taste buds here). This particular macaroon is a coconut flavored treat topped with white chocolate and has a very light and airy texture that most other sweets do not. Also, this treat is of course named after the iconic Matterhorn mountain which you can see while you are devouring your delicious pastry , quite a unique experience in the foodie world.
A bonus to this café that many other restaurants do not have, is that they sell specialty coffees such as mochas, lattes, macchiatos, and many other options. I personally did not have one of their coffees since it was lunch time, but I was glad to know I had the option for a pick me up.
If you are as big as a Mary Poppins fan as I am, you definitely need to stop in at this quaint little café at the end of Main Street, and even if you are not the experience is just as wonderful. I cannot promise that you will be popping in and out of chalk paintings or be able to go fly a kite, but I do promise you will have a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious time.
As far as a rating, for being a counter service restaurant I give it a 10/10. For a restaurant in general, I would give it a 7/10 due to the lack of indoor seating.
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