Midnight in Paris Camilla Romper; Map from AntiquePrints.com
Bonjour, divas! Our new Midnight in Paris collection has put us in the mood for all things French: berets, outdoor cafes, and of course, fresh, buttery pastries. And though there’s nothing better than a real getaway, sometimes we all just need a moment of *feeling* like we’ve traveled thousands of miles, even if we can’t stray far from home. If only we could be tourists without the cost and time of travel! Well, we can pretend. Just for you lovely divas, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite European-inspired spots around New Orleans and Atlanta for when the craving hits!
Le Croissant d’Or
617 Ursulines Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70116
Let’s start with petit-dejeuner–breakfast! My favorite meal of any day. When I have the rare and beautiful morning off, I ride my bike into the French Quarter to visit Le Croissant d’Or. So good! This adorable cafe is a true breakfast stop: it closes at 3 and the line can be pretty long–so get there early! Croissant d’Or bakes everything from scratch daily, using high quality fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients. Grab a coffee (free refill!) and choose from the beautiful pastry counter: I 100% recommend the almond croissant. And the apple croissant. And the blueberry croissant…if you can, bring a friend (or several) and order at least three things, savory and sweet. Sit on the back patio beside the stone fountain, listening to the little birds, and imagine you’re on a sidewalk in Paris…if you’re lucky, you’ll hear a bit of accordion music wafting in on the breeze!
3127 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
Located on beautiful Esplanade Avenue, Café Degas takes its name from the 19th century French Impressionist who, for a short time, stayed just down the street. This gorgeous cafe has an indoor/outdoor French bistro atmosphere, complete with a tree smack in the middle of the dining floor. The food is delicious! All produce is brought in fresh every morning, and often, if you walk down the street early in the day, you can smell the onion soup cooking. So good! I visit Cafe Degas every time I have something to celebrate, sometimes just to share an appetizer and sip a good glass of wine. Can’t stay for dinner? Slip into your new Midnight in Paris piece and stop in for happy hour, every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon.
4600 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
For a taste of French flair further uptown, La Boulangerie is a neighborhood bakery known for handcrafted pastries and breads. Serving both breakfast and lunch, this café offers weekly specials and sells bread to go! There’s nothing better than a fresh loaf of bread. Pick out a baguette to take home for dinner, preferably letting it stick out of your basket or backpack as you pedal off on your bicycle.
1410 Robert Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
Mes amis, we could never forget about crêpes! For a delicate dessert, visit La Crêpe Nanou! Offering way more than just crepes, this romantic neighborhood French bistro and crêperie was established in 1983 and voted best French Bistro by New Orleans Magazine. They even offer vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free options, for divas with dietary restrictions who still want some sweets. Gather up your girlfriends and stop in for some relaxing, quality time together.
Bread and Butterfly
290 Elizabeth St NE F
Atlanta, GA 30307
Bread and Butterfly is a European-inspired café and bistro located in the heart of Inman Park, open from early morning to late night. You may remember it from our pretty Wildflowers photographs! Offering both a bright patio and an intimate dining room, we love the flexibility of this cafe. Stop in for a coffee and croissant, or stay for a whole meal–the choice is yours. I personally would tie on my new Helena Short Dress and swing by on a nice night for a cocktail and dessert on the patio–I can almost hear the sounds of Paris when I close my eyes!
Cafe Alsace images from Cafe Alsace
121 East Ponce De Leon Ave
Decatur, Georgia 30030
Opened twenty years ago by two chefs from Alsace, France, Cafe Alsace is a small restaurant focused on traditional French recipes. A truly relaxed French atmosphere, stop in for a fantastic meal, and check out their boutique which sells everything from aprons to fig jam. Or, treat your divas to a French countryside house party: Cafe Alsace even offers comfort food to go! Think whole quiches, and even pate by the pound! Quelle délicieuse!
Mes divas magnifiques, I hope you dress up in your favorite Trashy Diva, check out one of these spots, and dream yourself a European tourist, if only for an hour or two…