Does jetting off to Paris seem a distant dream? Pas de problème (that’s French for no worries). From croissants to crepes, Camembert to Chanel, there are plenty of ways to get your French fix in Melbourne.
Shop French wine and cheese
Can’t resist a scoop of triple-cream Délice de Bourgogne? A slice of buttery, hazelnutty Comté? The French Shop at Queen Victoria Market can advise on the best cheese selection. To pair with vintages from Bordeaux, Burgundy or Champagne, make your next stop the City Wine Shop. If you’d rather shop for fromage and vin under one roof, Spring Street Grocer and their basement cheese cellar has you covered. Try traditional brie from Brittany with a rosy Côtes de Provence.
Dine at French restaurants
Make a date at Bistrot d’Orsay for intimate lamp-lit dining beneath a striking ceiling mural. Or try a très chic experience with a modern twist at French Brasserie. For the last word in traditional fine French cuisine, complete with white linen and silver service, dine at Philippe. Start with oysters or steak tartare, followed by confit duck. And of course, dessert has to be a traditional crème brûlée.
More French dining
Hemingway's Wine Room
Brasserie and Wine Bar that is inspired by seasonality, with dishes based on European fundamentals
Paris Go Bistro
Classic French fare, including fish of the day, steak tartare and beef Bourguignon.
Indulge in the city's best croissants
Looking for Melbourne’s most celebrated croissants? The New York Times reckons Lune’s are the best in the world. As in Paris, they’re baked on-site throughout the day. Order a twice-baked almond croissant to enjoy with a coffee. Or savour Rustica’s tasty take on that croissant-doughnut lovechild, the cronut. For croissants with an Australasian twist, there’s Agathé Pâtisserie hidden under a staircase in Royal Arcade. Unexpected flavours include matcha and pandan, peach crumble and raspberry.
More pastry spots
Exquisite cakes and other sweet treats to enjoy at home or for your next event.
Baker D Chirico
Artisan bread and sweet and savoury pastries including Italian bomboloni.
Street kiosk offering freshly baked breads and pastries, Monday to Friday
Find the best French desserts
Brittany’s crepes have taken over the world, and Roule Galette has more than a dozen on the menu. Time spent in this atmospheric cafe will woo you to France, but for crepes on the go head to La Petite Crêperie. Your French-speaking crepe-maker at this takeaway kiosk will flambée your beurre Suzette with Grand Marnier and add a grand finale of cream. Have you tried a bronut? You’ll find these brioche-inspired donuts at Brioche by Philip. To nurture French–Australian relations, order a lamington bronut. It’s filled with raspberry jam, dipped in chocolate and covered with coconut.
More French dessert spots
Le Petit Gateau
An indulgent French patisserie serving sweet and savoury treats.
La Belle Miette
Cute patisserie at the top end of Collins Street, with delicious macarons and sweet treats.
A Treat of France
Southbank bakery cafe serving delicious French pastries and filled baguettes.
Shop French brands in Melbourne's little Paris
Where would one go shopping but the Paris end of Collins Street? Start your French shopping spree at L’Occitane’s flagship boutique in the Block Arcade. Almond oil shower shake and zesty verbena bath gel will fill your home with the aromas of Provence. Due for a peruse at Christine on Collins? Her edited collections are sourced from the world’s top designers. Drool over cabochon jewellery from Goossens Paris and scented beeswax candles from Cire Trudon.
More French shopping spots
French ready-to-wear fashion label, offering elegant and sophisticated clothing for women and men.
Australian flagship store for the French fashion label featuring the full international collection.
French fashion label offering elegant, on-trend women's clothing, footwear and accessories.
Marvel at exquisite French art
Standing in front of Monet’s Water Lilies series at Paris’ Musée de l’Orangerie may be only a memory. But help is at hand. From June to October, the NGV is presenting more than 100 masterworks of French Impressionism from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Expect to be bowled over by works by Renoir, Degas, Pissarro and Cassatt. And by the exhibition’s highlight, a breathtaking display of 16 Monet canvases. Their presentation will remind you of the Orangerie’s distinctive oval gallery. Be prepared to swoon.
More French experiences
Immerse yourself in French culture, improve your French Language skills and make new friends.
Edith Piaf – Love, Life and No Regrets
French cabaret star Jem 'Appelle brings Piaf's legacy to life.
Jewels of The Louvre with Sylvia Sagona
A lecture exploring highlights of the Louvre's collection.
Varietease - Smouldering Cabaret, Circus & Burlesque
A French-style cabaret show packed with circus, comedy, burlesque and jazz.
Last updated on Tue 27 Apr 2021
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East Melbourne General Store
A licensed grocer selling a full range of groceries, fresh produce and liquor.
King & Godfree
Catch up for coffee or a meal, or shop for delicious deli items and wine.
Finer Fruit South Yarra
A boutique grocer offering fresh produce and gourmet grocery items.