Ooh La La: Find Fine French Fare in Orlando

True proponents of French dining know that just because it’s ooh-la-la doesn’t mean it has to be cha-ching. Sure, the most upscale venues are expensive, but for every $60 chateaubriand you might enjoy during a given special occasion, there are a hundred reasons to enjoy an exceptionally good cup of coffee alongside superior pastry – two things the French do very, very well. Submitted here for your perusal, a sampling of what Orlando has to offer by way of Paris, Lyon and other beautiful, well-known places in the land of luscious wine and superior cheese. From casual eateries such as Le Café de Paris in Dr. Phillips to quaint bistros where a lovely lunch or delicious dinner might be enjoyed before or after an easy stroll on the avenue (Paris Bistro or Café de France) to brasseries and fine-dining venues in what might be the most unlikely place in the world: an Orlando, Florida, theme park, this city does French quite nicely. In fact, some of its best venues have been around for decades. Whether you’re in the mood for traditional coq au vin or the rich, gooey goodness of a lunchtime croque madame, Orlando can more than adequately help you make your French connection.

Enjoy the oasis of Lake Baldwin from the Cafe 906 Patio or the one you'll find inside: a small, family-run cafe featuring French sweets and savories and baked goodies, including many you may not have had the pleasure of trying up until now....  Read More

From its dark red velvet banquettes inside to its twinkly lights outside, Paris Bistro serves up a bit of the famed city's flavor upon sitting down. Just wait until you try what's on your plate. Wonderful preparations of classics like lapin aux...  Read More

Brothers Francois and Phillipe Cahagne opened Croissant Gourmet in 2008 and in the time since it has become a local favorite in the walkable window shopper's paradise of Winter Park. While lunch time brings in all manner of diners clamoring for...  Read More

You are in a beautifully appointed French brasserie. The coq au vin is delicious, the wine with which it has been paired – sublime. You're in "Paris!" Romantic is the order of the day, and even better by night with a glass of bubbly and the...  Read More

On a diet? Maybe you shouldn't come. The fluffy, flaky croissants beg for consumption. Sure, you may go the French route – perhaps a bit of jam alongside your coffee – but beware the American upsell, wherein an entire three- egg omelet (with...  Read More


Duck into this charming Windermere café for a quick petit déjeuner and you may well walk out with a box of colorful, creamy, flaky pastries and a belly full of croque-monsieur. Yes, yes, My French Café does offer salads as part of its...  Read More

South Orange Ave

Refreshingly unpretentious, this well-received restaurant is run by a husband-and-wife team. Concerned more with food than reputation, they've nonetheless managed to succeed at both, allowing their menu to evolve and adapt to new ideas in...  Read More

Doctor Phillips

Residents of the Dr. Phillips neighborhood love their little slice of France, where married proprietors and French natives Claude and Chantal have been cultivating a following since 2007. Visit for an excellent morning coffee and perhaps pair it...  Read More

Winter Park residents have adored this cozy bistro and its lovely, park side location since 1982. Owned and operated by French natives from the get-go, its cuisine is top-notch, serving the freshest ingredients available with daily specials...  Read More


As apropos for business lunch and post-work drinks as it is for a special occasion or date night, the names behind DoveCote are among the best-known in Orlando for fine dining and superb craft cocktails. Artisanal coffees greet morning visitors,...  Read More


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