Hoboken is New Jersey’s best kept gem with a ton of bars, restaurants, and a community that is home to lots of young singles/couples/families.
Situated alongside the Hudson and across from New York City you would think the rental prices in Hoboken would be slightly more reasonable, not quite the case, but your money will definitely take you a bit further in Hoboken in terms of cleanliness and space than it would in NYC.
My heart’s true desire is to move to Manhattan just for a year, but trying to have it ALL in New York City, such as, an elevator, a nice & clean apartment with windows, a dishwasher, a washer & dryer, a gym room, kitchen space, closet space, storage space… all for a bargain price tag of $#### a month is nearly IMPOSSIBLE! Unfortunately in NYC, getting value for your money doesn’t exist because it is all about LOCATION, but I haven’t given up just yet. High hopes, huh?
In the meantime, my husband and I decided to explore Hoboken’s rentals, but to my dismay, nothing here matched my current setup with a somewhat reasonable price tag. It makes me seriously question leaving my adorable 780 square foot apartment in downtown Jersey City despite the recent increase in rental properties, on the contrary, I can just hear my mom questioning our decision on why we’re still renting, and rightfully so she does have a point. The way I see it is I have to live in the moment, else I’m merely existing. Remember, “live today, dream tomorrow,” but always plan for rainy days! 🙂
While I pictured what our life could be like in Manhattan and Hoboken, I stumbled upon this adorable French bakery, Choc O Pain, in Hoboken, and just like that I got completely sidetracked.
157 1st Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030
RECOMMENDED TO: Casual Dining, Couples, Groups, Kid Friendly.
I started with a Cafe au Lait which was disappointing. It was served in a huge mug and I would have much rather preferred a cute little mug with a frothy top. In comparison to the countless cups of Café au Lait I’ve enjoyed in Paris and on the French Riviera, this one highly fails to deliver.
My husband went for a Cappuccino which was pretty good, but quite bitter… I understand this is also quite typical of French coffees. After 4 packets of sugar, he was finally able to drink it. I think next time we’ll stick to regular cups of coffee or tea.
We both shared a Plain Croissant which was warm, savory, buttery, and also one of the most delicious croissants I ever had in the United States.
Next was a French Bread Pizza topped with Cheese and Mushrooms. The bread was slightly hard, but that’s expected at a French bakery. If you’re a mushroom lover, you will love this.
Lastly, we split the Egg & Spinach Sandwich served on Whole Grain bread. This sandwich was pretty good, and I loved the bits of grain from the bread in every bite. I was able to taste a hint of butter in this sandwich, but it could have used a tad bit of salt and a little seasoning.
VERDICT: 3.5 / 5
Choc O Pain is a charming bakery and a wonderful addition to Hoboken’s downtown area. Personally I adore these European style bakeries… everything from the variety of breads to the croissants to the beverages. The window display is so gorgeous it immediately lures you in, and then you just have to order something, at the very least a croissant which was quite fabulous I must say.
Although I was largely disappointed with the beverages at Choc O Pain, I will consider visiting again just for a regular cup of Coffee, an Almond Croissant, and a Macaron. Yes, I miss France, and it’s nice to have access to these Parisian bakeries which had me reminiscing about Paris.
Food: Good (Plain Croissant is amazing!)
Drinks: Below Average
Decor: Good (cute & adorable)
TELL ME: For all you New Yorkers and those across the Hudson, what Manhattan districts get you all the amenities I want at the BEST cost? Can I have it all without an insane price tag? Suggestions PLEASE, time is of the essence!