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FanFan Patisserie: New bakery opens in Old Strathcona

FanFan Patisserie: New bakery opens in Old Strathcona

Posted on: 15 Jul, 2017 | 08:15PM
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A pastry and a lovely coffee is the best possible way to begin the day, just as a perfect cake or mousse is a great way to end it. Tarts at noon are also good.

Now, Edmontonians have another source for delicious French sweets, with the launch of yet another pastry shop in our city.

FanFan Patisserie threw open its doors this week. Its owner, pastry chef Franck Bouilhol is from France, and trained at the pastry school owned by French celebrity chefs Yves Thuriès and Alain Ducasse. He moved to Edmonton for love, having met his Canadian wife when the two of them were in Belgium.

There are several different products in FanFan, which is only 250 square feet. Laminated breads such as croissants and pain au chocolate are made fresh daily, as are the scones and danishes.


French cakes such as raspberry chocolate are prepared in individual serving sizes, and there are also lemon and chocolate caramel tarts. Bouilhol also sells house-made gelato and sorbetto. The ice cream is only for take-away, served in individual cups to eat on the spot, or larger containers to take home. 


“I’m going to try and make the ice cream a little bit different,” said Bouilhol. “I don’t just put ice cream into the (container). It’s like a cake, with Italian meringue and chocolate brownie inside, too.”

There is no seating inside FanFan but, outside, three little tables for two soak up the sun, and the shop offers a range of specialty coffee products to enjoy as well. There is free parking right across the street.

Since he arrived in Edmonton three years ago, Bouilhol has been working toward this dream. For a while, he wasn’t allowed to work because his immigration paperwork had not been completed. He took evening classes in sweets at NAIT while he waited, honing his skills for the effort to come. Eventually, he opened a small catering company called FanFan Pastry and sold to cafes and restaurants. But he wanted his own digs so he could create exactly the kind of product he wanted to sell.

Bouilhol’s appearance adds to the stable of patisseries in Edmonton. Of course, there is Duchess Bake Shop, for the last five years shaping the Edmonton palate for pastry. But La Boule opened a few months back in Ritchie, and 124 Street also recently welcomed ChocorrantArnaud’s Fine French Pastry in Oliver is another new player. Chef Bouilhol says Edmonton is making good progress.

“It’s getting there. There is getting more and more choice, so that is good for everybody,” he said.

FanFan Pâtisserie is open Tuesday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 10330 80 Ave., phone 780-803-3655.


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