4 places to get a taste of Paris without leaving Charlotte

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Rotisserie chicken at La Belle Helene
Photo courtesy of La Belle Helene.

Over the summer, Carolina Bride, now powered by CharlotteFive, traveled to Paris to shoot the cover of the fall destination issue. The sights, sounds, and especially the food were incredible. Coming back to the States, the taste of fresh baked bread and buttery rich meals were on our minds.

Lucky for us Charlotte is home to some delicious French-focused restaurants. Do you have an anniversary coming up? Or do you want to impress someone with a delicious French-inspired lunch or dinner? If so, you’re in luck! No passport required for these four Charlotte restaurants.

Aix en Provence 

Aix en Provence Charlotte
The croque madame from Aix en Provence. Photo courtesy of Aix en Provence.

Located in the heart of Myers Park, Aix en Provence features traditional Southern French cuisine. Aix en Provence is perfect for a special occasion or a dinner meant to impress. Order the cassoulet campagnard (duck confit) for a taste of France, and don’t forget to order the seasonal vegetables. 

Amélie’s French Bakery & Café

Macarons from Amélie’s French Bakery & Café.
Photo courtesy of Amélie’s French Bakery & Café.

With multiple locations, you can get your macaron fix anytime you want at Amélie’s French Bakery & Café. In addition to authentic French desserts, you can also get sandwiches and salads for the perfect lunch option. We love the spinach and asiago cheese tartine for lunch, which is an open faced sandwich, and, if in season, we love the s’mores-flavored macaron. The only thing missing is a view of the Eiffel Tower.

Café Monte

Cafe Monte French Bistro Charlotte
Authentic French cuisine featured at Cafe Monte. Photo courtesy of Cafe Monte from @always.dania.

Café Monte is a French bistro and bakery in SouthPark that specializes in salads, crepes and French classics such as the delectable trout amandine. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Café Monte is great for a meal, a treat or an afternoon snack. Sit outside and order the trout amandine for dinner, or the croque madame for lunch. Don’t forget to bring your book to feel extra Parisian. 

La Belle Helene

French escargot from La Belle Helene in Charlotte.
Escargot from La Belle Helene. Photo courtesy of La Belle Helene and taken by Remy Thurston.

One of the most recent additions to the Charlotte culinary scene, La Belle Helene is so committed to cooking French cuisine that they even feature a Paris-made rotisserie to properly cook chicken. Take advantage of the rotisserie and order the poulet rôti, roasted chicken, which is served with Yukon gold potatoes seasoned with rosemary and garlic.

More Paris

Want more of the real thing? Here are some photos from Carolina Bride’s fall destination issue.

All Paris photos courtesy of Carolina Bride. Photos from Critsey Rowe Photography
All Paris photos courtesy of Carolina Bride. Photos from Critsey Rowe Photography
All Paris photos courtesy of Carolina Bride. Photos from Critsey Rowe Photography
All Paris photos courtesy of Carolina Bride. Photos from Critsey Rowe Photography
All Paris photos courtesy of Carolina Bride. Photos from Critsey Rowe Photography

 

 

 

4 COMMENTS

  1. Rennaissance Pattisserie in SouthPark has excellent French salads, sandwiches and pastries and a lovely outdoor patio with a clean, casual setting. This ‘Parisian’ spot should have made your list.

  2. I have dined at Cafe Monte and it is very casual and french inspired. Great spot for a casual lunch or very casual dinner. La Belle Helene for me is more than just a hot spot, it is truly French inspired dining and cuisine at it’s apex. The cuisine is spot on and the cocktails were a lot of fun.

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