Dardonville (France): Bakery Attracting Constant Queues in Fontainebleau

In our diverse MBA class of 500 students at INSEAD, there is rarely a lack of disagreement. The one exception: French pastry will gift you a couple extra pounds on the waist.

Having recently moved from Asia (Singapore and Hong Kong) to France, it definitely is a luxury to have access to delicious bread anywhere I go. I love how understated the best bakeries are and Dardonville is the exact exemplification of this.

Effortlessly Simple Buttery Croissants

The croissants and pain au chocolats look so effortless and basic. They were simple, flakey and airy. The croissants smells and tastes extremely buttery, yet it’s not even because of an overdose of butter in the recipe, as you don’t get that greasy feeling on your fingers afterwards.

Best Canelés I’ve Tasted

I loved the croissants’ simplicity, but what I loved even more at Dardonville was their canelés – they’re definitely the best ones I’ve tasted to date! The exterior was perfectly firm and crisp, while the interior was extremely moist and soft. Moreover, I loved the strong, perfectly calibrated rum and vanilla flavours.

Cakes, Macarons and more…

Their quaint shop hosts the most mouthwatering display of cakes, macarons and chocolates too. I also tasted one of their cakes before, and can pretty confidently vouch for their desserts! It’s definitely taking a lot of willpower out of me to resist trying more…

24 Rue des Sablons
77300 Fontainebleau

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