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JUSTINE* RECOMMENDS FRENCH (FOOD) PLACES IN LONDON *She knows her food, trust her on this

A couple of weeks ago I did my ‘French places in London’ week’ and finally I got around finishing this blogpost ( I’ll update it as I go along when I come across more amazing French spots in London).

Turns out it’s mostly a list of food places (typical Justine style…ou peux manger?), but I also managed to find the French Institute with its cinema and fabulous cultural centre. After so many years living in London, I actually didn't know that South Kensington, Kentish Town and Camden are the most French in the capital. Camden also has a great French school should you want to bring up your kids a la francaise. It was quite surreal walking along the backstreets of these popular London areas and hearing people only speak French around me!

Quick info for anyone who likes vintage fashion: there are some great little charity shops with Chanel style jackets and beautifully tailored dresses in Bute Street, a couple of minutes form South Kensington Station. Apart from these vintage shops, pretty much all the popular French clothing brands have their stores in South Kensington, including my fave Chanel (of course!), Sandro, Made, Zadig & Voltarie and many more

And now back to eating and here’s my list of cafes, restaurants, fromageries, boulangeries, patisseries which I visited during my French London (food) week.

South Kensington, boy there's a choice there. It's like a mini Parisian arrondissement. You step out off the tube station and right in front there's PAUL. Yes, it's a chain of boulangeries/ patisseries, but decent coffee and viennoiserie (pastry) nonetheless.

Just around the corner you have La Cave du Fromage. A fabulous fromagerie with all the cheeses you could possibly want, mostly French , but other parts of the world. They also do great tasting cheese boards with wine!

And the French Institute is bang opposite. Recommend the cinema there, good choice of French films every day and all kinds of cultural events taking place throughout the year.

Maitre Choux for a melt in the mouth eclair and coffee... mmmmm dreamy. Look at these tasty beauties!

There's also Aubaine which people recommend for it's pain aux pistaches. I'll go there next time, I couldn't fit more sweet stuff in one day... They also have a lunch and dinner menu.

To finish off, I ended up having a crepe at Kensington Creperie. It was good (mind you it wasn't a buckwheat flour galette, but your usual pancake), though there's another creperie between Kentish Town and Camden which I prefer much, much better... Crepes a la Carte! I love this place. It's got a nice, laid back atmosphere and I think I've tried the whole menu by this stage. Lovely French staff and equally fantastic crepes.

Again in Kentish Town, my favourite little place for weekend brunches. They also do amazing salads or a hearty boeuf bourguignon : Renoir in Kentish Town High Street.

I sometimes also do a croissant and coffee at Saint Espresso near Kentish Town station. Plus they do a wide variety of (non-French) breakfasts and lunches. The place is always full, no wonder.

My favourite onion soup (very cheesy version) is served at L'Absinthe near Primrose Hill. It was full to the brim last Saturday when I went there, must be the food and..the charming owner.

I did another 'French walk' around Angel last weekend and I sat down at this unassuming cafe Le Peche Mignon. They have proper buttery croissants, but I had the heavenly sweet BROWNIE :)

And also this bistro Le Sacre Coeur is perfect for a Sunday lunch, after that brownie...

Last but not least, if you don't care about the calories, head to the American style bistro Christopher's for this baby:

French toast served with vanilla ice-cream and warm milk chocolate. I mean.. the photo speaks for itself. 'Christopher's' is a really lovely place to spend a Sunday morning, right in the heart of Covent Garden.

I wrote it in one of my Instagram posts that French toast isn't really a breakfast thing in France (or a French thing at all...sometimes maybe a dessert or snack), but either way I'd travel any distance for a good French toast. And this one is probably the best I've ever had. Hands down.

For dessert and coffee afterwards (yes, I'd manage ) go to Laduree, the famous Parisian spot for macaroons. They now have cafes everywhere around the world (thanks God!) and I sometimes do a little takeaway and gorge on these beauties while writing blogposts ;) It's like a 3 or 4min walk from Christopher's so just GO! You've already had a whole French toast, you might as well have a macaroon to finish off.

Victoria's Secret challenge, anyone...?


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