There’s a little European-style bakery in the quaint Manoa community called Fendu Boulangerie. A boulangerie is a place that sells bread; fresh-baked bread made of all sorts of ingredients. Fendu, however, breaks that mold by also selling brick-oven pizzas, gourmet sandwiches and petite pastries.

But it’s still the delicious aroma of baking bread that usually attracts customers to the small shop. The scent hitches a ride from the gentle trade-wind breezes that sweep through the marketplace and help broadcast the savoriness of Fendu Boulangerie.

Each day of the week, there’s a different bread special. My absolute favorite would have to be the raisin and walnut bread. It’s moist on the inside, crunchy on the outside and just the perfect amount of sweetness.

Like most European-style bakeries, the walls of Fendu boast baskets of fresh-baked bread and pastries. Bakers work busily in the back kitchen, rolling pizza dough and delicately decorating a dessert item. A display case of danishes, croissants, cakes and pies also entice customers deciding on their meal of choice.

While the food is always great, be prepared to wait for your order. It seems I wait at least 10 minutes for a sandwich to be made; pizzas take even longer. So if you’re looking for a quick to-go item, I’d stick with the pastries.

FENDU BOULANGERIE• Manoa Marketplace 2752 Woodlawn Dr., Ste 5-119, Honolulu, HI 96822 • Opens Mon-Sat 730am-7pm, Sun 730am-3pm • 808-988-4310

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