La Petite France Cafe Review

Just around the corner from our place is the home of a little French bakery & cafe appropriated called “La Petite France”. This authentic “Mini France” shop is located on Arbutus & 10th Avenue in Kitsilano.

With calming light peach colored walls, French music softly playing in the background, and lovely artwork on the walls, all make you feel like you have stepped into Europe. Both the owner/baker and cashier speak French and will greet you with a welcoming “bonjour!”.

This little piece of France offers homemade flaky croissants, hearty baguettes, rich chocolate pastries, fruit mousses, sponge cakes, and madeleines. The cafes also offers a small selection of savory deli items such as sandwiches, pasta, and quiches. We had omelets & salad for brunch here one day, and they were delicious.

We ordered two illy cafe lattes and two homemade brioches. The lattes were a perfect temperature and the illy espresso was creamy, rich, and full-bodied. The brioches had a dense, moist texture, and tasted like they were fresh baked that morning. They were “magnifique!”. We enjoyed practicing our French with both the owner and server 😉

The cafe is similar to its French bakery competition across the street: Plaisir Sucre –  in that both owners are French and bake everything in-house. (You can read of review of Fabrice’s cafe here).

La Petite France is open six days a week, but is closed on Mondays. Metered parking is provided directly in the front of the cafe, and side street parking is occasionally available on West 10th as well. On a sunny day, the cafe is a great place to grab a coffee and a pastry, and take a stroll around the pleasant Arbutus Walk area of Kitsilano. C’est si belle!

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  • Sounds tres bon! I’ll have to check this place out. Since being in Montreal and France last year, my husband and I are always looking, tasting and comparing! We had a very bad almond croissant downtown Vancouver last week…but I won’t mention the place!

  • Hi Carly! It was lovely to meet you and your husband at the Foodie Feast, and sample your exquisite macarons! I think the caramel was my favorite…no the lavender…actually all three of them were divine!

    Definitely try La Petite France and Plaisir Sucre, and see which you enjoy more – they’re both a little different.

    I remember you mentioned that you lived in Singapore? Have you found any good Singaporean restaurants here in Vancouver?

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  • Perrax

    Hello Taya,
    the owner from “Plaisir Sucre” is from France, oui! Despite the name “la Petite France”, the owner is from Quebec… As French from France, it’s a big difference for me regarding bread and pastries.

    Cheers,
    Nicolas

  • Hi Nicolas, Agreed, pastries from France and Quebec are different. The last time we were at “La Petite France”, the lady we talked to was actually from France. Perhaps she was not the real owner, or they could be under new management since we were last there (it has been a while).