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 😉
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!