There’s a map of France on the wall at Choco Cannelle. Owner Jean-François Perron hung it there to point out to customers his hometown of Angers in the Loire Valley. It was here, growing up in a family of artisan bakers, his passion for pastry first developed.
After years of baking for top establishments such as London’s Le Gavroche and Palace George V in Paris, Perron ultimately traded in VIP clienteles and high-pressure kitchens for a more modest set up.
Choco Cannelle (established in 1999) erases any stereotypes you may have about French haughtiness. It’s immediately clear Perron values his tight-knit community, with a chirpy “bonjour!” to welcome each customer through the door.
The tiny patisserie isn’t designed for dining-in, although a cluster of stools out the front serves for when you know your just-purchased treats won’t make it home uneaten.
As you queue for croissants and Toby’s Estate coffee, watch Perron work his magic in his open workspace, handcrafting each pastry with care. Whatever you bring home, be it a pain au chocolat or an elaborate, custom-made croquembouche, a second visit to Choco Cannelle is almost guaranteed.