10 French cafes and restaurants that make you forget you’re in Singapore

Been reminiscing about your trips to the City of Love? Or perhaps, you never got the chance to visit Paris before the global lockdown?

Or maybe you enjoyed Netflix’s most-watched comedy of 2020, Emily in Paris, so much (and are anticipating the second season) that makes you want to hop on the plane right now to see the French city for yourself?

While the last option is, of course, impossible at the moment, AVENUE ONE has found a way to potentially take care of the travel bug that bit you. Ahead, we’ve compiled 10 French cafes in Singapore you can visit to have a slice of the Parisian life without stepping out of the country.

1. So France

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A modern take on French dining, So France is decorated with simple and sleek furnishings with lots of open spaces. Whether you want a bistro experience, an Instagram-worthy spot, or an alfresco dining area, So France has you covered with its Parisian ambience.

One of So France’s signatures includes the So France Beef Burger that is made of sourdough bread topped with onions confit and raclette cheese.

 

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To top it all off, their weekend brunch menu includes a crepe station that you’ll definitely keep going back to for seconds.

So France is located at 7 Fraser Street, Duo Galleria, #01-51/56, Singapore 189356. Check out more here.

2. Café & Bar Gavroche

The moment you step into this French cafe, it is nothing but #Instagramworthy. From the ’80s-style Parisian furnishings to a collage of retro posters, this place is so well-decorated that you won’t stop snapping pictures of every corner you come across.

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You might be able to even fool your friends into thinking you’re in the City of Love when you’re really only at Café & Bar Gavroche!

 

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Some crowd-favourites from the menu include the Croque-Madame, which is essentially a Croque-Monsieur crowned with a sunny-side-up.

 

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Outdoor seats are also available for an alfresco dining experience where you can truly get a feel of Paris.

 

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The interior here is just so on point, you will literally forget that you are in Singapore. Our advice: set aside your entire afternoon digging into good food and sipping great coffee while enjoying the Parisian vibes here.

Café & Bar Gavroche is located at 69 Tras Street, Singapore 079008. Check out more here.

3. PAUL

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Founded in 1889, PAUL is a French bakery with rich family history. Fast forward more than a century later, PAUL is now available in several countries serving quality pastries and bakes that range from sweet to savoury.

 

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Freshly baked bread stacked in baskets, macarons lined up in glass displays, and decorated with provincial French furniture, you’d definitely be hard-pressed to not notice this bakery.

To complete your Parisian experience here, all you need is to dress up in your best French-inspired outfit.

What’s a French patisserie without macarons, right? Macarons from PAUL are made and flown in directly from France, so you know you’re only getting the good stuff right here at the bakery.

PAUL is located at 391 Orchard Road, Ngee Ann City, #03-16/17, Singapore 238872. Check out more here.

4. Angelina

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Angelina is arguably one of the world’s most famous patisseries (it used to be frequented by Coco Chanel). Designed with a French interior in mind, each location is filled with touches of white, gold, and brown, and boasts a classy ambience. It is quite simply the perfect place for a long chit-chat with your best friend over tea and pastries.

One of Angelina’s specialities includes the Old-Fashioned Hot Chocolate. Made with three different types of chocolates, this rich creation will definitely satisfy any chocolate craving that you’ve been having.

Even though Angelina is known for its sweet treats, the patisserie does its savoury menu equally well too. A signature you can try is the Melting Croque-Monsier and the Angelina croissant where you have a choice of having it filled with either chicken ham or smoked salmon.

Pastries here run out pretty quickly, so pop by early if you want to get your hands on as many flavours as possible.

Angelina is located at 2 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands, Canal Level, #B2-89/89A, Singapore 018972. Check out more here.

5. L’ Entrecôte

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Decked with a red exterior and alfresco seats at its entrance, this French bistro will remind you of Gabriel’s restaurant in Emily in Paris.

 

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As for must-tries at L’ Entrecôte, you must order the hearty Trimmed Entrecôte Steak, which is topped with the restaurant’s legendary secret sauce and paired with golden french fries.

L’ Entrecôte is located at 36 Duxton Hill,Singapore 089614. Check out more here.

6. Choupinette

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Filled with vintage-looking furniture and decorations, Choupinette calls to mind those homely cafes along the streets of France that are often filled with warmth and cosiness.

 

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On the main menu are items such as the escargots to kickstart your meal with, before moving on to a plate of steak and fries for your main!

 

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To complete your meal, consider the apple tart that’s served with a scoop of ice cream, or the signature Crème brûlée.

Choupinette is located at 607 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269708. Check out more here.

7. French Fold

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You’ve probably heard of Merci Marcel before, but have anyone told you about French Fold? Managed by Merci Marcel, French Fold is an all-day drink and dining space that serves fresh French crepes, along with morning coffee and evening cocktails.

 

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The menu is bursting with both sweet and savoury flavours, so you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice here. Can’t decide? Opt for the No.13 Crepe, which is a perfect balance of both sweet and savoury thanks to brown sugar and butter from Maison Beillevaire (which you can choose between the classic and salted variant).

Another creation that caught our eyes is No.21 Crepe, which consists of orange confit, white chocolate chips, and black sesame, topped with dark chocolate sorbet.

 

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If fresh crepes do not tickle your fancy, French Fold also offers many other options such as salads, cheese plates, and other artisan desserts.

French Fold is located at 204 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068640. Check out more here

8. Patisserie G

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Known for their unique cakes that come in a glossy finish, Patisserie G is the place to go if you’re looking for a cake that stands out from the crowd. Some signatures include the Poison Apple, Peachy Earl, and The G Spot.

 

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Don’t have a sweet tooth? Then, check out Patisserie G’s Bistro G where a selection of delectable mains is served. One of the signature mains includes the Beef Wellington which is beef tenderloin wrapped in pastry skin and cooked to perfection. A variety of starters and sharing plates are available too.

 

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Check out Patisserie G’s full list of outlets. Check out more here

9. L’eclair Patisserie

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Over at L’Eclair Patisserie, there is so much more to eclairs than just cream and chocolate fillings.

Here, L’Eclair Patisserie dishes out authentic French eclair with a modern twist, as the pastry is paired with a number of unique flavours that you might have a tough time picking!

Gift boxes are also available, so you can certainly consider dropping by if you need a beautiful edible gift for any occasion.

L’Eclair Patisserie is located at 190 Clemenceau Avenue, Singapore Shopping Centre, #01-28, Singapore 239924. Check out more here

10. The French Ladle

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Want to travel back in time? Swing by The French Ladle, a restaurant filled with bits and pieces of vintage furnishing that’s located in the quaint Pandan Valley Condominium.

 

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A signature must-try here is the 40 Garlic Roast Chicken that’s roasted to perfection with a mix of spices. Some other signature mains to try are the French Duck Leg Confit with Thyme Jus as well as the 200-Day Aged Grain Fed Black Angus Beef.

 

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To end off your meal on a sweet note, order the best-selling Valrhona Dark Chocolate Tart that features rich chocolate filling atop a cookie crumble base, finished off with fresh berries and powdered sugar.

The French Ladle is located at Block 2, Pandan Valley Condominium, #01-206, Singapore 597626. Check out more here.

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