Fontainebleau region guide2022-05-23T12:07:17+02:00

FONTAINEBLEAU REGION'S GUIDE

Our best addresses in the Fontainebleau forest region

This Fontainebleau guide compiles all our favorite addresses in the region, unearthed over the years!

We will be available throughout your stay to respond to your requests and we hope to do our best to translate it into an exceptional experience of this beautiful region that we love so much. Certainly you will also be seduced!

We will enthusiastically share our love of the Gâtinais Regional Park and our knowledge of the forest and its paths, the neighboring villages and castles, as well as good addresses in the region. We hope this guide to Fontainebleau will help you organize your stay.

FONTAINEBLEAU

Website: www.fontainebleau-tourisme.com

Visit of the castle of Fontainebleau :   www.chateaudefontainebleau.fr

In the forest: visit the Denencourt Tower: Denencourt Tower – Access route

Restaurants

  • L’Axel – The gourmet restaurant with one Michelin star. Chef Kunihisa Goto is Japanese but cooks classic French cuisine – 43 rue de France – laxel-restaurant.com/fr
  • *Fuumi – Chef Goto offers very beautiful typical Japanese cuisine. The “teppaniaki” are excellent. Always full, book in advance – 39 rue de France –  http://restaurant-fuumi.com
  • *L’Air du temps – modern brasserie with a terrace. – 32 rue de France Tel. 01 60 74 07 48
  • *Bistrot 9 – Friendly, charming and good food  –  9, rue de Montebello – Tel. : 01 64 22 87 84
  • *Au Bouchon de Bleau – Good bistro 32, Rue de France – Tel. : 01 64 22 30 99
  • The table of the Park – http://www.lademeureduparc.fr/restaurant
  • L’Atelier du Goût – traditional French cuisine – 8, Rue des 3 Maillets – https://latelier-du-gout
  • Le Caveau Restaurant and Piano bar – 24 rue de Ferrare – https://lecaveau-club.fr
  • La petite Ardoise – 16 Rue Montebello – Tel. : 01 64 24 08 66
  • La Storia Pizza – the best pizza, only to take away – 40 rue Aristide Briand – Tel: 01 60 96 57 93

ice cream

  • * Glassico – 9 Rue des 3 Maillets
  •  Gelateria Via Veneto – 15 Rue des 3 Maillet

Bakery

Bakery and pastry Dardonville – 24 rue de Sablons

Market

A market is held in Fontainebleau (also clothing and handmade goods) on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

BOURRON-MARLOTTE

Website: http://bourronmarlotte.fr

This charming village of Bourron-Marlotte was a destination in the early 19th century for artists and intellectuals.

Restaurants

  • *Le Bistrôt du Broc – a perfect traditional and charming “bistro” with traditional French cuisine  lebistrotdubroc.com
  • Le Café de la Paix –  A nice and friendly place, with good cuisine and a terrace – 59 Rue du General de Gaulle –  restaurant-cafedelapaix.fr

 

MILLY-LA-FORET

Website: www.milly-la-foret.fr

A very beautiful medieval village with an old “food hall” where a food market takes place every Thursday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Visit the 17th century house of the artist and poet Jean Cocteau  , with very beautiful gardens, and the Sainte-Blaise-des-Simples chapel, entirely painted by the artist. –   www.jeancocteau.net

Another attraction is the Cyclops by Jean Tanguely and Nikki de Saint-Phalle. While walking in the forest near Milly, you can see a very particular rock, called “Roche de L’Élephant”.

BARBIZON

The village of the impressionist painter at the end of the 19th century: Corot, Millet and Rousseau, but also the young impressionist generation like Monet, Bazille and Renoir. Visit the Barbizon painter’s museum. Later in the village was also a place for writers like Georges Sand, Apollinaire, Colette e Zola.

Restaurants

  • *Le Relais – excellent restaurant – 2, avenue Charles de Gaulle, Tel. : 01 60 66 40 28 – lerelaisdebarbizon.fr
  • *L’Angélus – A good place for meat with a nice terrace – 31, Grande Rue – Tel. : 01 60 66 40 30
  • L’Atelier La Pléiade – seafood cuisine – 21, Grande Rue – Tel. : 01 60 66 40 25 – hotel-les-pleiades.com
  • The Ermitage Saint Antoine – 51 rue Grande, 7763O Barbizon –  lermitagesaintantoine.com

MORET-SUR-LOING

Website: www.ville-moret-sur-loing.com

A medieval village on the Loing river. The specialty is sugar candies. Our favorite place is a tea house La Maison des Arts at 15 rue Grande Moret-sur-Loing 77250. But the pancakes at La Poterne are also good (with the Loing view)

TOP LEISURE – Canoeing and mountain biking from Grez-sur-Loing to Moret-sur-Loing
Tel. : 01 60 74 08 50 / Port: 06 14 75 53 69 , email: infos@toploisirs.fr

GREZ-SUR-LOING

A very small and charming village, well known for its artist residence at the beginning of the 20th  century. Note in particular the presence of Swedish impressionists such as Carl Larsson, the American writer Louisa May Alcott and the Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevensson. It also has a small museum created in 1910 by Fernand Sadler.

Very nice place to picnic and swim along the Loing river.

THOMERY

Château Rosa Bonheur 12 rue Rosa Bonheur | Village of Thomery-By, 77810, Fontainebleau, France – www.chateau-rosa-bonheur.fr

ACHÈRES-LA-FORÊT

Coffee beans – 51 Rue du Closeau, 77760 Achères-la-Forêt – Tel. . : 07 78 13 11 86

Nice and cool place, very informal, with games and music some nights.

 

LA CHAPELLE LA REINE

BO Ranch Restaurant (closed on Sundays) – Restaurant located in a ranch where we ride horses in the American style (“Reining”), with competitions and events, very pleasant atmosphere and good food. Perfect with children! – 6 route d’Achères 77760 La Chapelle La Reine – tel. : 07 68 81 73 07 – https://bo-ranch.com/bar-restaurant

SAMOIS-SUR-SEINE

Maison Sumac – Delicatessen and cellar with excellent products and a “living table” area for lunch or dinner in the form of “tapas”. Very nice. (Wednesday & Thursday: 8.30 a.m. – 7.30 p.m. / Friday & Saturday: 8.30 a.m. – 11.30 p.m. / Sunday: 9.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.) – 42, Pl. de la République, 77920 Samois-sur-Seine – tel.: 01 64 31 19 99 –  www. instagram.com/maisonsumac

ARBON THE FOREST

Restaurant Petit Corne Biche – 417, route de la Liberation, 77630 Arbonne-la-Forêt, France
+33 1 60 66 26 34 – http://petit-corne-biche.lafourchette.rest/

NEMOURS

Nemours has a 12th century castle https://www.nemours.fr/chateau-musee/   historique ,

a cycle path along the Loing river, the Malarmé Museum – linked to the poet Stéphane Malarmé – http://www.musee-mallarme.fr/and  and the Prehistoric Museum of Île-de-France –   http ://www.musee-prehistoire-idf.fr/

CASTLE OF COURANCES (23.6 kms)

A private 17th century castle with a magnificent garden. The park and the “La Foulerie tea house” are only open on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from April 4 to November 1 (except July 4 and 5). The castle is open from April 4 to June 28 and from September 5 to November 1. Check on their website:  http://courances.net/en/jours-heures-douvertures/

CASTLE OF VAUX LE VICOMTE (32.5 kms)

An exceptional 17th century private chateau with a strong history that inspired Versailles. It was built by architect Louis Le Vau, painter and interior designer Charles Le Brun and garden designer André Le Nôtre.  https://vaux-le-vicomte.com/

SPORTS

FONTAINEBLEAU AND SURROUNDINGS

Hiking

There are many tracks in the forest of Fontainebleau and the well-known gr (great hiking tracks). You can download the free IGN application:

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps

ITel. : https://apps.apple.com/fr/app

Or, the official IGN forest map – number 2417OT – we can lend you one!
https://ignrando.fr/boutique/foret-de-fontainebleau-gps.html or  a more resistant version:
https://ignrando.fr/boutique/carte-ign-top25-resistante-foret-de-fontainebleau.html

or their hiking guide: https://ignrando.fr/boutique/guides

Please check this site too to see some information and guides: https://www.visorando.com/randonnee-fontainebleau.html

Premises

  • Gorges de Franchard – Gorges de Franchard is the place for rock climbers. For hiking, you can choose different trails depending on your level (GR-Grande Randonnée)
  • Larchant – This village was stopped in the pilgrimage to Compostela in the past for the countries of northern Europe. It has a very impressive Gothic basilica, the Saint-Mathurin de Larchant. It is also known for one of the best places for hiking or climbing: the “Rochers de la Dame Jouanne”. For beginners : start on the “Cul du chien” and after “L’Éléphant”
  • Apremont Gorges
  • Forest of 3 Pignons – Cul du Chien
  • Diplodocus
  • * Restaurant – Le Chalet Jobert – La dame Jouanne – Set inside the forest, this rustic restaurant is charming with good food and, in the summer, a delicious terrace as well. – www.ladamejouanne.fr

Bike

  • Fontainebleau Bike rental: delivered to Recloses – +33 (0)6 22 24 43 53 – fontainebleaubikerental.com
  • At the Petite Reine Fontainebleau – only trekking bikes – 14 rue de la Paroisse -+33 (0)1 60 74 57 57 alapetitereine.com
  • Les Cyclos du Loing – Moret-sur-loing – lescyclosduloing.fr
  • All in Trott – only electric trekking bikes – Mobile: +33 (0)6 56 84 34 08
  • Barbizon Cycles Lekeuss. – Such. : +33 (0)160 68 12 57
  • Top Loisirs – Tel. : +33 (0)1 60 74 08 50 / mobile +33 (0)6 14 75 53 69

Useful site with all the bike paths in the forest:  http://www.utagawavtt.com/randonnee-vtt-gps

Horseback riding

Acheres-la-Forêt:

Bouldering and climbing

Note: we have the map for the forest tracks and the specific book for the places & rocks

The GR 11 (Grand Tour de Paris), is a national trail in Île-de-France, which crosses the village of Recloses.

Interesting spots:

  • Just on the other side of the village we have a very interesting range called Recloses – Chemin des Crêtes (see bleau.info for Fontainebleau Sud “sector”), difficulty starts at 3;
  • Very close we have the Dame Jouanne spot, arguably the most famous with a range for everything from level 1 up to 8. Nearby you also have the equally versatile Éléphant spot (starts at 2 -), both belong to the Larchant “sector” @ bleau.info.
  • Also close to the West you have the famous Trois Pignons (West) ‘sector’, and the versatile Roche aux Sabots spot ranging from 1 to 8 also with plenty of choice.

Watch this interactive map here: https://climbingaway.fr/fr/voyager/topos-guides-escalade/escalade-a-fontainebleau-les-plus-beaux-sites

Stores

Block Sessions

Info on climbing spots – See:   https://bleau.info/a.propos

Books on bouldering : Fun Bloc: Fontainebleau Bloc-Bouldering, by David Atchinson Jones

www.amazon.fr/Bloc-Fontainebleau-Bloc-Bouldering

Baloon flights – Hot air balloons

– France Montgolfières www.franceballons.com Tel. 03 80 97 38 61

Golf

Fontainebleau Tourism Golf Pass – www.fontainebleau-tourisme.com  – +33 (0)1 60 74 99 95

Motocross & Paintball

Adventure Park “Larchant Moto” – https://www.larchantmotos77.net/

Children’s parks

Swimming pools

Sled Dogs – Sled Dogs

Évasion Canine – Specialists in outdoor activities with sled dogs – www.evasion-canine.fr – Tel. 06 32 68 82 26 

If you have any recommendations for addresses to add to our Fontainebleau guide, don’t hesitate to let us know!

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