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A Banh Mi and Dessert in Old Town

One of the best things about December — other than the holidays — were the extra vacation days I’d saved up; savings that allowed me to take several Mondays and Fridays off.  It’s amazing what that extra day of weekend does for the spirits.

On one unseasonably warm December Monday (or seasonably warm depending on how bad global warming is getting), I decided to spend the day wandering around Old Town, Alexandria. It was a great opportunity to stroll, and the hours flew by as I window shopped along King St., admired art in the Torpedo Center, Christmas shopped at the Christmas Attic (which I believe sells Christmas items year-round), and lingered along the water and lighthouse at the rebuilt Jones Point Park (which offers plenty to read about its interesting history as a shipyard during World War I.)

Naturally, there were also stops for food. For lunch, Caphe Banh Mi, located away from the busy drag of King St. on Cameron St.


The imperial rolls filled with crabmeat and other goodies were piping hot, straight out of the fryer.


I was here for one thing though, the banh mi. This was a grilled pork banh mi, my favorite.



Flawless. The bread and crunchy fillings of jalapeno, cucumber, pickled radish, pickled carrots and cilantro were spot on. Only $5, too. Not too many places where you can get a $5 sandwich.

Later on in the day I wanted a sweet treat, so I popped into the bakery and cafe, La Madeleine.

Mini cafe au lait creme brulee? Um, yes please.


Isn’t that a great looking hot chocolate?


It’s so darn cozy in La Madeleine. It was hard to get moving again and leave.

I did leave — eventually — with a big smile on my face. A leisurely Monday spent in Old Town. That’s the way to ease into the work week.

Caphe Banh Mi
407 Cameron St.
Alexandria, VA

La Madeleine
500 King St.
Alexandria, VA