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Find the perfect place for a tête-à-tête over petit dej, petit gateaux and the best steak frites this side of the Seine. On the rise like a superb soufflé, authentic French fare is adding a little ooh-la-la to stalwarts and newcomers from north to south. Wake up to baguettes and brioche in the city, lunch à la Rive Gauche at Southbank, and settle in for a southside soirée. Bon ap'!

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City

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Ôter

Take what you think you know about French food and flip it on its tête at Ôter, worthy sibling to the beloved Melbourne institutions Coda and Tonka.

Cafes

Hardware Societe

Go Euro with traditional pastries, petit tapas and tantalizing sweet treats at this compact French–Spanish city eatery at the end of Hardware Street.

Cafes

La Belle Miette

Pick up a box of dainty French treats from La Belle Miette, purveyor of specialty macarons presented in boxes as tempting as the delicacies inside.

Restaurants

Philippe

Become a regular at Philippe Mouchel's French bistro, which brings a touch of je ne sais quoi and rotisserie chook to the Paris End of Collins Street.

Cafes

Le Petit Gateau

Find perfectly executed favourites and modern multi-layered delicacies from award-winning French pastry chef Pierrick Boyer at this CBD niche.

Cafes

La Petite Creperie

Ease into a day of shopping with a long breakfast or pop in for a decadent lunchtime treat of salted caramel crepes with Five Senses Coffee.

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Southside

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Cafes

Bibelot

With a decadent collection of desserts, Bibelot brings you a slice of the famous French patisserie right in Melbourne.

Restaurants

Bistro Gitan

Experience a warm Gallic welcome and a menu of old favourites with a modern, Basque twist at this charming French bistro from the Reymond family.

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Bistro Guillaume

Southbank becomes Rive Gauche as you prop up Guillaume's bar with a glass of Champagne or peruse a tight menu of French classics and wine.

Cafes

Chez Dré

You're spoilt for choice at this South Melbourne patisserie-bakery-café. Grab a table and order up brunch, but save room for dessert.

Restaurants

Jardin Tan

Stop by on your next lap of the Tan, during a botanical ramble with friends, or for a long, lazy lunch of dynamic French-Vietnamese fare.

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L'Hotel Gitan

Stop your caravan for classic French fare from the Reymond family – this elegant art deco hotel on Commercial Road has serious culinary pedigree.

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Northside

Cafes

Gontran Cherrier

Who are we to argue with uber-boulanger Gontran Cherrier, who's brought his perfect pastries to Smith Street and declared, "Let them eat croissants"?

Restaurants

Bon Ap'

Take a walk down Brunswick Street and pop into breezy Bon Ap' to get your fix of traditional French favourites without the white tablecloths.

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