Floriole Cafe & Bakery

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Floriole Bakery
Lincoln Park

With an assortment of breads, tasty sandwiches and a popular weekly pizza night in its repertoire, this airy Lincoln Park bakery-cafe certainly has range. But Floriole’s soul is its French pastry, skillfully executed by owner Sandra Holl. Among our favorite offerings are the canelés, petite, fluted cakes with caramelized exteriors and custardy cores flavored with vanilla and rum. Another showstopper is the lovely gateau basque, a sweet, almond meal-rich cake filled with pastry cream and tart berries and baked till it's golden.

Venue name: Floriole Cafe & Bakery
Address: 1220 W Webster Ave

Cross street: between Racine and Magnolia Aves
Opening hours: Sun, Mon 8am–4pm; Tue–Fri 7am–5:30pm; Sat 8am–5:30pm
Transport: El stop:Brown,Purple (rush hrs),Red to Fullerton;Brown,Purple (rush hrs) to Armitage. Bus:73,74.
Price: Average baked good: $4
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