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.

A range of cheeses on a table

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.

A French restaurant with a painted mural on the ceiling

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

Bistro Guillaume

Classic French food from a renowned chef.

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.


Paris-inspired dining serving classic French fare.

Person holding a takeaway croissant in a bag.

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

French Lettuce

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.

Woodfrog Bakery

Street kiosk offering freshly baked breads and pastries, Monday to Friday

First Love Coffee

Cafe run by the team behind Rustica, devoted to its coffee blend First Love Coffee.

A woman in a food cart holding a crepe

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.

Sweet Canteen

A desserts, pastries, and coffee shop hidden in the colourful Driver Lane.

An old fashioned shopping arcade

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

Sandro Paris

French ready-to-wear fashion label, offering elegant and sophisticated clothing for women and men.

APC Store

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.

The French Jewel Box

Antique jewellery dealers offering repair, restoration and valuation services.

A French Impressionist painting of a woman holding a parasol reclining on grass with a child running away from her in the background.

Marvel at exquisite French art

4 Jun - 3 Oct

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.

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5 Feb - 10 Dec

French Club

Immerse yourself in French culture, improve your French Language skills and make new friends.

23 Jul - 9 Oct

Edith Piaf – Love, Life and No Regrets

French cabaret star Jem 'Appelle brings Piaf's legacy to life.

26 May

Jewels of The Louvre with Sylvia Sagona

A lecture exploring highlights of the Louvre's collection.

7 May - 26 Jun

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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