French And American Pastries At Floriole Cafe And Bakery In Lincoln Park

Floriole bakery gets permanent digs and even more flavor

For four years, Floriole Bakery has been supplying the Green City Market with beautiful, French-inspired sweets.

And now–finally–you don't have to go without your dried-fruit-oatmeal cookies and burnished, rum-spiked canelés from Saturday through Wednesday.

After an 18-month-long renovation, Sandra Holl opened her lofty bakeshop and café in Lincoln Park last week. Expect to find a glass case packed with pastries, cookies, cakes and galettes that rotate daily–some of which are new to the Floriole repertoire, now that it's free of the farmers' market's requirement to use only local ingredients.

You'll still find Floriole at the market come May, but in the meantime, here are three new bakery-only additions you can't miss. Try each with Rare Tea Cellar's tea, which just made a debut at the café.

Tarte au citron Lemons aren't local, so Holl stayed away from this French bistro classic–until now. Her rendition, with creamy, tart-sweet filling on a buttery, crumbly crust ($5), is superb.

Croissants Marketgoers know of Floriole's twice-baked croissants, baked the night before, then filled and baked again that morning. At the café, fresh croissants (plain, chocolate, almond, and ham and cheese; $3) are made throughout the day.

Cakes The inaugural Floriole cake was served last week, and what a kickoff it was: two layers of airy génoise soaked with Meyer lemon syrup, topped with house-made raspberry jam (jarred last summer) and lemon Bavarian cream ($4.50 per slice).

Floriole Café & Bakery, 1220 W. Webster Ave.; 773-883-1313 or