because we love bread more than we hate fairfax

While we are admittedly less bread-focused than other cities, LA does have a fair selection of bakeries that we exalt despite gluten-free tendencies. Of the essential carb palaces of Los Angeles, Fiona is newer to the altar. Tucked away at the Beverly end of in that strip of Fairfax infested with the toxic combination of Hypebeasts, central LA commuters and never-ending construction is about as close to heaven as you can ask for in this part of town. There’s a pastry case that (almost) rivals that of Republique, without the crowds of Republique. It’s a quiet, peaceful, homey space that serves comfort food with a Vietnamese twist. 
A perfect morning begins with the luxurious duotone sesame toast, a cup of coffee, and a book (there’s something about this place that makes it just feel wrong to be on your phone). Compared to all the glitz and glam of the city, compared to the literally bumping elbows with celebrities because it’s so crowded at Jon & Vinny’s, Fiona is simple, modest. But you know that it’s special. Just don’t tell too many people, ok?

the details

Address 339 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Website http://www.fionabakeryla.com/
Yelp https://www.yelp.com/biz/fiona-los-angeles
Hours daytime tues-sat, 9:30am-4pm, sun-mon, 9:30am-5pm
dinner tues-thu, 5:30pm-9pm, fri-sat, 5:30pm-10pm
Price $$ – pretty much everything is <$20, pastries/cakes are $4-8
Aesthetic sage green, country wood, and bronze accents that are careful not to upstage the food

good to know

Go here for: a “sick day” breakfast, or a weekday lunch. No one will care that you took a long lunch if you come back with a box of pastries. Plus they have some local gifts if you need a last minute birthday present. 

Order this: sesame butter toast ($7), shredded cabbage and chicken salad ($14), sweet potato pancake ($14), Vietnamese beef stew ($16), chocolate chess pie (or really, any of their pies)

Amount of time to spend: Fiona is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace. But if life calls, it is a counter order place, so it’s easy to grab to go as well.

When to come: slow weekday mornings are particularly special because it’s never busy, but they do dinner too

Parking: is a bit of a nightmare. If you come during the day, there’s 2 hour parking in the residential streets (don’t bother coming during street cleaning). Otherwise, leave offerings to the parking gods to find a meter on Fairfax. You might be better off finding something on Beverly and walking over. 

Other things to note: 

  • They do reservations of Resy for dinner. 
  • They don’t do espresso drinks but they have 2 drip coffees (light + dark roast) with free refills for dine-in. They also have a cold brew and decent selection of teas.

Last visited: March 2019

Last updated: June 2019

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