The store that houses a true Bordeaux classic “the canelé” can be found in several locations in the south-west (and one in Paris)! You can’t come to Bordeaux and NOT try this local specialty and where better than from the shop that prides itself on making the canelé the heart of their business?
The canelé is quite a humble cake, which you can tell is the right kind when it has a dark, caramelised exterior and a soft, chewy interior. They have long been associated with nuns at a religious convent dating back to the 18th century, where egg yolks were given to them to make cakes with, as the whites were used for a wine-making process. Since then, the canelé has become an integral part of this region’s local specialties.
The canelés come in different sizes depending on appetite and you can choose between “pur vanille”, which has a high vanilla concentration and 0% alcohol (hello my pretty little specks of vanilla bean) or the classic rum canelé (for those who like a little bit more of a rummy kick).
You’ll be able to spot one of the Baillardran houses thanks to its noticeable deep red colour. Perhaps this unique colour was chosen to represent the abundance of red wine found in the city, at least we like to think, but what we know for sure is that you should go inside, take a peek and sample a couple of these beauties!
Bordeaux - various locations
Opening hours: various