Thursday, December 09, 2010

'Little Paris' in London

Piles of Frenchie croissants right in S. Ken SW3
'Little Paris' in London. Bute Street off the Brompton road. Full of cafes, charcuteries, boucheries, papeteries, French book stores. You'll hear lots of French spoken and see French kiddies with their au pairs, mainly because the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle is nearby... You think you're in London. You took the Eurostar from Paris.
But in fact you're in 'Little Paris' - well that's what I call it...
Clafoutis at PAUL, contact, 9" x 11"
There's a PAUL cafe just outside South Ken' Station where Frenchies and wannabe Frenchies grab a croissant and a demi...
Bute Street on Saturdays becomes a weekly marche loaded with French goodies..
Coq au vin...boef with vin rouge...you name it
True, the Frenchies will break down and don their English wellies if it's raining...
On the week-end they head to cafe Aubaine further down at 260 -262 Brompton Road for 'le brunch' If you are not dressed appropriately "Frenchie' forget about going...
Bien sur there are menu ardoise/blackboards with stacks of baguettes...
And bien sur there are MACARONS!! After all...
I had chocolat chaud, a croissant and multi-pots of very British jam. Was there a choice?
BONJOUR LITTLE PARIS!

23 comments:

Chas B. of TX said...

Would it be possible for you to drop “frenchie”? It is hideously offensive to every French man and woman I know and it besmirches the brightness of an otherwise fine electronic newsletter.

Cassandra said...

Frenchie: A Terrific Modern Bistro
Parisiens don't seem to mind lining up at said 'Frenchie' resto...hmmmm

Nicole Jeannette said...

Yum that food looks so good! I'm hungry and that did not help!

A Brush with Color said...

Mmmmm...it all looks delicious to me.

Nikon said...

Who knew :)
The food pics - especially the pastries - look great and your painting is excellent. ( I like the one on the sidebar, too.)

chateaudelille said...

I would love to visit there next time. You are so lucky you can go there.Fiona

Datamaya Consulting said...

Yummy!!

Those foods look great. I love the place as well. It looks so peaceful and comfy. I might spend hours if I visit it! Should put it on my list to be visited next year. :D

Frances said...

Oooh, la and la. I do know that area, and agree that is very full of temptations.

Truly, your posts are convincing me that I must travel somewhere across that Pond next year.

xo

sillygirl said...

Your blog is always the bright spot in my day - have to make it on my own through the weekend but I look forward to each Monday!

jeanette, mistress of longears said...

Your always find your own little bit of France wherever you go!

LadyMacaron20ten said...

Very inspiring blog - great read and gorgeous water colours:)

vicki archer said...

So true Carol.....South Ken is such a French enclave....great snaps, xv.

Sweet Freak said...

Oh my - where did those amazing-looking fruit tarts descend from??

Parisbreakfasts said...

Those amazing fruit tarts SWEET FREAK ascended from Mme. Gautiers of Bute Street (only on Saturdays I'm afraid..)
Tisk tisk

Annie said...

Love your blog. It's my daily dose of virtual Paris even if it's 'Little Paris' in London... Makes me more intent and excited about fulfilling my life-dream of traipsing across Paris for days on end ...

Amy said...

Oh chocolat chaud, my love, my dream! (Swiss Miss powdered mix in a cup of decaff coffee just isn't cutting it right now.......)

Anonymous said...

I have lived in town for such a long time and yet didn't know about this little Parisien oasis. Thanks for helping me rediscover London though your inspiring eyes. Will be there asap to check it all out ;)

Parisbreakfasts said...

OH NO!
Swiss Miss! Quelle disastre
have you tried French Hot Chocolate - L'Ancienne
by Les Confitures a l'Ancienne Then cut it with a TB of Valrhona plain cocoa + a few chunks of dark chocolate
miam-miam!!!

zapatitos rojos said...

Congratulations!!! Tu blog es una joya.
Saludos

Clare said...

Ah - I remember it well! Bute Street has grown from an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan. Wonderful post.

PS Wellies like that are now available in deepest Dordogne!

alexandra s.m. said...

Oh you don't know how much I have enjoyed this post of yours! I feel quite moved as I used to live right there and my two children were going to Charles De Gaulle :-) => the best cantine of all French schools abroad by the way!

Your report is smack on and I just wanted to thank you for taking me.

Chocolate Cookies & Candies said...

you featured some of my favorite hangouts in London. Aubaine makes the most divine breakfasts in the area!

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