How To Be A Francophile In New York City

Though Sophie Theallet started her career in Paris, she now calls New York City home. She loves New York, but can you blame her for missing the French capital every once in a while?

We happen to be Francophiles here at New York-based Styleite, so we have a few tips about how to experience a little bit of the City of Light in the Big Apple.

Check out our list below, and add your favorite French New York spots in the comments!


SHOP!

Comptoir des Cotonniers: You too can look tragically chic and Parisian by grabbing some goods at the French brand’s Soho boutique, its first in the States. 155 Spring St.

Cire Trudon: The world’s oldest candle maker was founded in Paris in 1643. The fancy wax goods come in a plethora of scents, including one made to smell like the wooden floors of Versailles. 54 Bond St.

Pull-In: French underwear is a thing that is no doubt missing in your life. Get the flashiest, cheekiest (pun intended!) pair you can find at the Nolita concept store. 252 Elizabeth St.

EAT!

Balthazar Bakery: Eating in the dining room is nice, but real Francophiles know the bakery is where it’s at. Pick up a pain au chocolat and a baguette (or three), and don’t miss out on the lemonade (not quite Parisian, but delicious nonetheless). 80 Spring St.

The Creperie: Sweet or savory, crepes hit the spot, and both of the Creperie’s outposts are renowned for their authenticity. But be warned: neither locations have seating. 135 Ludlow St. & 112 Macdougal St.

Tartinery: Tartines (otherwise known as French open-faced sandwiches) are always delicious, but when they’re made with bread from Paris’s famed Poilane bakery, they become totally irresistible. 209 Mulberry St.

DO!

French Institute Alliance Française: Consider FIAF your cultural hub. You can brush up on your French in their language courses, check out their amazing library, or attend all sorts of performances, screenings, and talks. 22 E. 60th St.

La Cave des Fondus: You can go for the fondue at the subterranean New York offshoot of Paris’s Le Refuge des Fondus, but we recommend going here for a drink. Prepare to gulp your wine out of a baby bottle. 20 Prince St.

French Tuesdays: Okay, so this is actually marketed as “the Francophile rendez-vous to party” and is basically one big, boozy, exclusive networking event. But if you happen to snag an invite to this biweekly shindig, don’t say no. Locations vary.


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