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Top Choice Palace in Fontainebleau

Château de Fontainebleau

The resplendent, 1900-room Château de Fontainebleau’s list of former tenants and guests reads like a who’s who of French royalty and aristocracy. Every square centimetre of wall and ceiling space is richly adorned w…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Fontainebleau

L'Axel

Chef Kunihisa Goto has gained a Michelin star for his inspired flavour combinations: turbot with candied artichoke and yuzu-butter sauce, veal sweetbreads with cinnamon-roasted carrot purée and mango mousse in a whi…
Gardens in Fontainebleau

Château de Fontainebleau Gardens & Park

On the northern side of the Château de Fontainebleau is the formal Jardin de Diane, created by Catherine de Médicis. Le Nôtre’s formal, 17th-century Jardin Français (French Garden), also known as the Grand Parterre,…
French in Fontainebleau

La Table du Parc

Right by the château gardens entrance at the chic La Demeure du Parc hotel, this contemporary restaurant has 50 seats in its dining room (illuminated by a deer-antler chandelier) and another 40 on the umbrella-shade…
Italian in Fontainebleau

Antica Trattoria

Fontainebleau has a raft of Italian restaurants but this one is hands down the best. Steaming crispy-crust pizzas include La Melanzana (topped with grilled aubergine, pecorino and fresh basil and mint) and La Sorris…
Forest in Fontainebleau

Forêt de Fontainebleau

Beginning just 500m south of the Château de Fontainebleau and surrounding the town, the 280 sq km Forêt de Fontainebleau is one of the prettiest woods in the region. Its network of trails – including parts of the GR…
Bistro in Fontainebleau

Le Bistrot 9

With a timber-decked, canopied terrace that's heated in winter, this locals’ favourite has a cheerful red- and yellow-painted, bare-boards interior and delicious specialities including beef tartare, poached salmon i…
Bistro in Fontainebleau

La Petite Ardoise

Framed by an awning-shaded terrace, the 'little blackboard' has a beamed-ceilinged interior, stone walls and a scrumptious array of daily changing dishes (snail cassolette, duck with apricots, honey-roasted pear wit…
Pastries in Fontainebleau

Dardonville

Melt-in-your-mouth macarons, in flavours including poppy seed and gingerbread, are refreshingly inexpensive at this beloved patisserie-boulangerie (bakery). Queues also form out the door for its amazing breads and g…
Crêpes in Fontainebleau

Crêperie Ty Koz

Tucked away in a cobbled courtyard, this Breton hidey-hole cooks up authentic sweet crêpes and simple (single thickness) and pourleth (double thickness) galettes (savoury buckwheat crêpes). Wash them down with tradi…