Le Clementine Bakeshop’s high-end pastries have found refuge near the halls of a St. Pete museum, and the gorgeous pastries will leave customers wondering if the food is also part of the exhibit.
What began as a hopeful dream in the mind of owner Paulina Gervasi, the boutique will open Café Clementine on April 30 at the Museum of Fine Arts at 255 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg. Upon opening, hours will be Thursday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
An Instagram post indicates that the counter is located in the MFA Conservatory, so admission to the museum is not required to enjoy the cafe’s products. This means you can soak up the sun with your Parisian pastries on the terrace’s outdoor seating area, which overlooks the North Yacht Basin and Tampa Bay.
The Clementine Bakeshop is known for serving fresh viennoiserie, a category of dessert that combines the sweetness of pastry and the structure of French bread. Menu items you can expect include croissants, choux, tea cakes and more in a variety of decadent flavors. Those in need of a savory side can order a bite from its rotating all-day brunch menu and plenty of drink choices to wash it all down.
Gervasi made her name known to St. Pete residents on the streets of the Saturday morning market, where she quickly became a crowd favorite. In July 2021, she and husband Vince Gervasi moved to Pete’s Bagels in St. Pete’s Grand Central District before finding permanent residence at the MFA.
It’s unclear if the Gervasi will continue to sell Pete, but we’ll update this post when we know.