Fontaine Caffe & Crêperie resturant has long been the dream of Kyong Yi (chef/owner). In 2008 she found the perfect location positioned in the heart of the historic district Old Town Alexandria.

Together with her sister, Sunyi, they have transformed a brick row house into a delightful, little café that exudes the atmosphere of a charming French style restaurant. The sister team unveils a distinctive café stemmed from the comforts of good food and European style to the savvy people of Old town.

119 South Royal Street  |  Alexandria, VA 22314  |  703-535-8151  | kyong@fontainecaffe.com

“Simple is better and less is more... My interest in cooking and restaurants stem back to my early childhood: Playing restaurant with make-believe food while my five sisters were playing outside or with friends. By the age of 12, I started to cook daily meals for my family while my parents worked to support our family. My mother was my first teacher. She taught me the two most important things when it came to food and cooking: ‘Always taste what you are serving, and never take food for granted.’

Raising seven children, my mother spent most of her time working, cooking or growing fresh organic vegetables in our backyard. Since we couldn’t afford to dine out and with limited funds for groceries, Mom always made sure we ate freshly prepared home-cooked meals using that home-grown food.  It wasn’t until later that I found out not everyone was as fortunate as we were.

My passion and love for cooking was passed onto me from my mother. She taught me to cook with love and care because “People can taste the effort no matter how simple the meal. Food is meant to be enjoyed.” She always reminded me.

Since graduating from the California Culinary Academy of San Francisco in 1995, I have worked at some of the finest restaurants in Washington, D.C.: Teatro Goldoni, Galileo, Ritz-Carlton, and Sodexho Marriott at National Geographic Society. When visiting Vienna, Austria, one summer, my sister and I were both fascinated by the cozy sidewalk cafes and other small eateries where one could dine at a leisurely pace.

The café culture allowed time between courses for good table conversation as well as time to savor our meal. We reveled in watching the expression on people’s faces and could see that the food was thoroughly enjoyed.

This so began my dream…. ‘Why couldn’t I open up a cafe?” And in February  2008, Fontaine became my reality.

Fontaine’s number one mission is to ensure that each and every customer will return, again and again. To that end, we are committed to providing you, our guest a most enjoyable and friendly dining experience with the best crêpes the Metropolitan area has to offer - in the tradition of France.

Our locally owned restaurant  is lively place with a small staff that tenders a warm and personalized welcome.  We believe Fontaine to be your home away from home. We look forward to your visit. And we are confident that you will be ‘crepe lovers’ and regulars for years to come.

Merci and Bon Appétit!
Kyong & Sunyi