In the forest of vintage Scandinavian wood furniture that makes up Amherst street, a bright new addition has come by way of orange blossom + butter puff pastries. That addition is the bakery and café "de Farine et d’Eau Fraiche" (dF+EF), an exquisite little place that is, in my opinion, one of the most charming patisseries in the city. With its soft white moldings and antique flatware, this place has a sense of feminine whimsy, while the dark woods and tufted banquettes make it comfy and inviting for you and your morning book. And the pastries? Ahhh those pastries. Just as inspiring as the décor.
The earl grey tea rosettes, biscuit feuille de matcha, and boules au chocolat & crème are just an example of some of the fresh, delicate mix of flavors one finds in the pastries at dF+EF. Not surprising, since the owner, Marilu Gunji, is an enchanting mix of Japanese and Guatemalan descent herself. Often you’ll see her just in the back, through the spacious, glassed in kitchen, which allows one to visualize the entire pastry making process in real time. And then there are their wall of miniature, three tiered cakes, beautifully decorated and so utterly perfect for any wedding or little girls birthday party.
If you go there for brunch, do try their sandwich a dejeuner or pain jambon fromage, with one of their organic lattes or teas, and finish with a pastry. I love relaxing there before taking a tea or café to go (note their compostable coffee cups!), and visiting a few vintage stores (sputnik, cite deco, etc.) on the street before stopping into St. Jacques market for fresh pasta and bread to stay in with that night. I mean, really, what could be better on a beautiful Spring Saturday?
de Farine et d'Eau Fraiche | 1701 rue Amherst | Montreal, QC H2L 3L4 |
Note: de Farine et d'Eau Fraiche is closed Sundays.