A Taste of France in 5 SF Spots

Posted by Kelsey Abkin

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With Bastille Day on July 14th,  we’d like to take a moment to appreciate France for its nonchalant style, suave phrases like “C’est la Vie”, and most importantly, its drool-worthy pastries. In commemoration of the French Revolution, here are 5 places that will surely put you in touch with your inner Francophile.

1. Tartine

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Yes, you can expect an hour long line at Tartine, but you can also expect it will be worth the wait. Though not being able to pinpoint what makes this breakfast pastry so good, any San Franciscan will tell you not to miss Tartine’s morning bun. Take one bite and you’ll forget about that trip to France. Gawk at their bread here.

2. B. Patisserie

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I feel the essence of France can’t be captured with just one bakery. Fairly new, B. Patisserie has been welcomed with open arms. Walk into the Parisian bakery to be greeted by macaroons, cheesecakes, mousses, and elegant cakes that taunt you from the pastry case. For guilt-free foodporn, click here.

3. Legion of Honor, San Francisco

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After your morning pastry, capture the essence of France at the Legion of Honor’s Costume Collection. Featuring remarkable styles from French couture houses, you’ll see designs by Jeanne Lanvin, Madeleine Vionnet, and Elsa Schiaparelli. Don’t worry if you don’t know who these people are, you can still ooh and aah at the sparkly gowns. Exhibit ends July 19th, so grab your tickets now.

4. First Class Cooking

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Invite your friends over for a dinner party and surprise them with a spinach and gruyere soufflé. Emily at First Class Cooking teaches you to make great meals and pair them with the right wine. Classes go for $100 and are run out of Emily’s fully equipped loft. Sign up here.

5. The Butler and the Chef

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Last but not least comes SOMA’s very own sandwich spot: The Butler and the Chef. One bite into their Parisian baguette and you’ll swear you’ve been transported to a charming cafe deep in a Paris alleyway. Can we say salted butter? Drool over their menu here.

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