Best Bay Area French Finds

April 27, 2011 12:15 PM

Diptyque San Francisco

Whether it’s French food or French fragrance you crave, here are few bay area Gallic treasures guaranteed to feed the Francophile in you.

The French Cellar

32 East Main Street
Los Gatos
(408) 354-0993

In historic downtown Los Gatos, this French wine shop sells wines from Burgundy to Champagne, globets and decanters, wine accessories, art, antiques, and more. Sign up for a wine appreciation class or relax and read about French wine at your leisure. Tuesday – Saturday 11 – 6; Sunday 11 - 4; Closed Mondays; Wine tastings on weekends

Café Claude

7 Claude Lane
San Francisco

A San Francisco favorite, Café Claude feels like Paris but is just a five minute stroll from Union Square, tucked away on Claude Lane. At lunchtime try the onion soupe gratinée, a croque monsieur, or Salad Niçoise. For dinner enjoy a classic coq au vin paired with a Cote du Rhone. Lunch Monday -- Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m Dinner Monday – Sunday 5:30 p.m. -- 10:30 p.m. Live Music Thursday – Saturday nights and Happy Hour from 4 p.m. -- 6 p.m. daily

Valley of the Moon Petanque Club

Sonoma, CA

Try your hand at France’s favorite pastime, a game of petanque. This French version of bocce, originated southern France and is played worldwide by millions. Valley of the Moon Petanque Club in Sonoma has courts in Depot Park, near the town’s Historic Plaza. In good weather you’ll find players everyday from late afternoon until dark. Weekends, Wednesdays and Thursdays are especially popular.

Alliance Française of San Francisco

1345 Bush Street
San Francisco
415 775.7755

At the Alliance Française you'll find French art exhibits, culture, and classes where you can learn to speak French like a native. Located in Paris and major cities around the world and across America, the mission of Alliance Francaise is to promote and enhance the knowledge and appreciation of French and Francophone culture, language through programs in education and the arts.

Diptyque San Francisco

171 Maiden Lane
San Francisco
(415) 402-0600

Founded in 1961 by 3 French friends, Diptyque originally produced printed fabrics but soon introduced a line of scented candles and fragrances that would become the mainstay of their product line. Fifty years later, there are six stores -- Paris, London, New York, Doha, Dubai and San Francisco.

Ellington & French

2942 Domingo Avenue
(510) 548-8188

Located across from the Claremont Resort and Spa, Ellington & French is a home furnishing store featuring 19th and 20th century one of a kind pieces mixed with an eclectic blend of modern French finds.

Belden Place

Between Pine and Bush Streets, on a one-way, one lane block bordered by Kearny and Montgomery Streets
San Francisco

Between Pine and Bush Streets, on a one-way, one lane block bordered by Kearny and Montgomery Streets. The French Quarter of San Francisco, Beldon Place is a narrow alley in SF’s Financial District, one lane, one block long. Café Bastille opened in 1990 and set the tone for the area. Now there are several other restaurants and cafes that have a distinct joie de vivre -- and it’s all within walking district of the Alliance Francaise, the French Consulate and the Notre-dame-des Victoires Church where mass is still celebrated in French.

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