Los Angeles’ culinary tapestry is constantly woven with new threads, and the trendy neighborhood of Highland Park is no exception. A new melody has risen here amid the buzz of independent shops and a thriving art scene—the delicate, enticing aroma of freshly baked croissants. Fondry Bakery, a haven for the humble yet exquisite viennoiserie, has arrived, promising an ode to this timeless pastry under the guidance of two passionate veterans of the coffee industry.

AJ Kim and Scott Sohn, the masterminds behind Fondry, are no strangers to the world of coffee and pastries. Their journey began not with ovens and rolling pins but with the rhythmic hum of espresso machines and the comforting murmur of conversations brewing alongside carefully crafted lattes. Years of operating coffee shops have instilled in them a deep appreciation for creating a welcoming atmosphere and serving high-quality beverages. With Fondry, they embark on a new chapter, one where their expertise is meticulously focused on a single star – the croissant.

But what elevates Fondry’s croissants beyond the ordinary? The answer lies in the meticulous attention to detail, starting with the foundation: the dough. Kim, the architect of Fondry’s unique recipe, has spent countless hours perfecting his technique. The result is a symphony of flour, butter, and expertise, culminating in a masterpiece of texture. Each croissant boasts a shatteringly crisp exterior, a testament to the meticulous layering process. This gives way to an impossibly light, airy interior, achieving the quintessential “cloud-like” texture croissant enthusiasts crave.

Fondry continues beyond the classic butter croissant, however. Recognizing the diverse palates of Los Angeles, they offer a delightful melody of flavors through thirteen different variations. Traditionalists can savor the pure, buttery goodness of the original. At the same time, the adventurous can embark on a delightful exploration with options like chocolate almonds, studded with rich pockets of melted chocolate and crunchy almonds, or the intriguing everything bagel spice. This playful twist incorporates the familiar flavors of sesame, poppy, garlic, and onion.


Kim’s vision extends beyond the current offerings. He envisions a future where Fondry’s menu becomes a living testament to the vibrant communities it serves. Each bakery location, he believes, should be able to tap into the unique flavors of its neighborhood, offering special pastries that reflect the local spirit. Imagine a citrus glaze adorning a croissant in a sun-drenched California beach town or perhaps a hint of maple syrup gracing the pastry in a region known for its maple production. This element of personalization promises to elevate Fondry from a bakery to a culinary canvas, where croissants become a celebration of place and community.

The arrival of Fondry in Highland Park signifies more than just adding another bakery. It underscores the neighborhood’s burgeoning reputation as a culinary destination. Here, coffee shops aren’t just places to grab a quick caffeine fix; they are evolving into hubs where specific pastries are elevated to an art form. Whether you’re a seasoned “croissantoisseur” with a discerning palate or simply someone curious to experience the magic of a well-crafted viennoiserie, Fondry promises to be a delightful addition to your Highland Park experience.

 As you step through the doors, allow yourself to be enveloped by the warm aroma of baking dough, the rhythmic clatter of ingredients being prepped, and the quiet hum of dedication that goes into creating these exquisite culinary works of art. At Fondry, the croissant is no longer just breakfast; it’s an experience waiting to be savored.