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.

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Find the best French desserts

For crepes on the go, head to La Petite Crêperie. Your French-speaking crepe-maker at this takeaway Swanston Street kiosk will flambée your beurre Suzette with Grand Marnier and add a grand finale of cream. Or stop in for a buckwheat treat from Roule Galette. These savoury crepes from Brittany are filled with ham and cheese, or decadent truffle salmon. For a sweet crepe, order banana and strawberry 'la gourmande'.

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A small cafe serving authentic French crepes, wine and cider.

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A modern French bakery with a Japanese influence.

Le Petit Gateau

An indulgent French patisserie serving sweet and savoury treats.

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Cute patisserie at the top end of Collins Street, with delicious macarons and sweet treats.

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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.

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RIPE Cheese

Offering over 50 varieties of Australian cheese, from the Dairy Hall at the Queen Vic Market.

Blackhearts and Sparrows

Independent wine store with carefully selected range of wine, beer and cider.

The Melbourne Wine Store

Specialist in boutique wine and spirits, craft beer, classic beer, cider and mixers.

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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.

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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.

Croque Monsieur

French toasties and a Parisian brasserie vibe.

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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.

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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

Supplying fresh crusty baguettes and sourdough for the 'going home' crowd

First Love Coffee

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

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Visit an entire café dedicated to Croque Monsieur

Tucked away in one of Melbourne's tiniest hidden laneways is where you'll find Croque Melbourne, a French toastie wonderland from the team behind Roule Galette. The classic croque is a cheesy, melty masterpiece cooked to perfection on artisan bread. Savour the house made béchamel sauce and pretend you're in France. Visit again for the salmon and avo grilled cheese, then grab flaky croissants and Danishes to go.

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