Yeojin Bae's New Collection – J'aime: You don't need to head to Paris to get that effortlessly chic French look, nonchalant yet sophisticated. The YB J'aime Collection in luscious summer colours such as peach, yellow and blush was inspired by all things French. You can shop her beautiful collection for a limited time in her pop-up shop at 234 Collins Street, Melbourne.
[ADVERT]La Belle Miette, Hardware Lane, Melbourne CBD: This amazing and oh-so pretty hidden pleasure of a macaron shop has to be one of Australia's finest (move over Zumbo!). Having spent a lot of time in France, I find that Australian-made macarons often substitute finesse with sugar and overpowering flavours. This place nails it. The perfect macaron should be delicate, have a thinner than wafers crispy outer shell with a light and fluffy interior. A good macaron is also defined as much by its 'foot' (the base of the biscuit) as by its crème. Head over to La Belle Miette to discover some of the most delectable and typically French flavours like pistachio and caramel a la fleur de sel (salted caramel).
Le Petit Français, 307 Toorak Road, South Yarra: If you love French crêpes but don't love the price of French food in Melbourne, then Le Petit Français is the place to head for you. Everything is authentic, from the 'bonjour' as soon as you walk in the door to the velvety French crêpes that you can eat the traditional way – with a glass of cider.
La Parisienne, 290 Lygon Street Carlton : If you have a craving for anything French, it's likely that you'll find it here. You'll be hooked before you can say charcuterie! There is also a cute café with alfresco seating, where you can indulge in a pain au chocolat and a café crème while watching the world go by – a la française.
Alliance Française, 51 Grey Street, Street Kilda: Want to take your French obsession to another level? Learn the language. For anyone that has ever wanted to learn French, this is the place to start. The Alliance Française has courses for all levels, from children to adults, from express business classes to intensive conversation groups and diplomas. No need to worry about who you will practice with - they have a library, exhibitions, special events and performing arts.
Hi! You can also have a look at lepetitjpournal.com/melbourne, the only daily French newspaper on line in Victoria. It has all the news from around Melbourne and Victoria, in French! See you there. Edith
If you are in the city there is a great little French Crepe place right on the Yarra next to the Melbourne Aquarium - Roule Galette with really delicious gourmet sweet and savoury crepes. I take the kids there every time we are in the city.