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One can’t discuss French cuisine in Philadelphia without talking about Georges Perrier. In 1970, Perrier opened Le Bec-Fin and, with it, ushered in the city’s first new wave of fine dining. Le Bec-Fin today remains one of the city’s finest dining destinations.

Since then, French cuisine and French fusion have thrived in Philadelphia, where award-winning restaurants like Lacroix, Chez Colette and Bistrot La Minette continue to wow diners year after year.

Bon appétit.

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  • Bibou

    A casual South Philly BYOB serving lovingly prepared, rustic French food

    Bibou

    The labor of love of husband-and-wife team Charlotte and Pierre Calmels (former executive chef at Le Bec-Fin), Bibou serves delicately prepared, rustic French bistro fare in a casual space in South Philadelphia.

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  • Rouge

    Rittenhouse Square’s original bistro-cafe

    Rouge

    The Rouge Burger alone will make you an instant devotee.

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  • Parc

    Stephen Starr’s popular Rittenhouse Square bistro pays homage to Paris

    Parc on Rittenhouse Square

    With Parc, famed restaurateur Stephen Starr brings a certain je ne sais quoi to Rittenhouse Square. Parc offers an authentic French bistro experience, fully equipped with a chic Parisian ambiance and gorgeous sidewalk seating overlooking the Square.

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  • FringeArts

    Permanent home for progressive performing arts on the Delaware River Waterfront

    The permanent home of FringeArts on the Delaware River Waterfront.

    FringeArts, formerly known as the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe, now has a permanent home for the arts on the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • A la Maison Bistro

    A French bistro BYOB right on the Main Line

    A la Maison Bistro is the place to go for French comfort food.

    Francophiles, take note: Ardmore’s A la Maison Bistro is offering up some tasty French dishes on the Main Line.

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  • Cafe L’Aube

    Crepe escape

    Whether you like your crepes sweet or savory, L’Aube (“the dawn”) will griddle their way into your Gallic heart. The coffee, which they roast themselves, doesn’t hurt either.

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  • L’Etage

    Dance (or laugh) the night away tucked inside this hidden-in-plain-sight cabaret

    This elegant second-floor lounge (upstairs from Creperie Beau Monde, see above) has a u-shaped bar, curtained booths and a petite dance floor that hosts both dancers and cabaret artists. DJs, improv companies, comedians and cross-dressing lounge acts are among the talents here.

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  • Creperie Beau Monde

    Sweet and savory Breton-style crepes

    Chic yet cozy, this corner bistro serves up crepes in endless savory or sweet combinations. Goat cheese salads, French onion soup and traditional ciders round out the menu.

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  • Café Lutecia

    A charming neighborhood cafe a block off Fitler Square

    Cafe-goers choose this quaint, French-inspired nook for its substantial soup-and-sandwich combo, pleasant staff and sizable cups of coffee.

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  • Meritage

    Fusion fare complemented by a spectacular wine list

    Meritage features a fusion menu dotted with signature dishes, such as the local favorite Korean fried chicken. Two seating areas, a bar and a wine list praised by both Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast round out the dining experience.

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  • The Pickled Heron

    A teeny BYOB fit for Francophiles

    This 50-seat bistro serves French-inspired dishes with local and seasonal products, and it’s BYOB to boot.

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  • Noir

    South Philly meets French-Canada

    The chef at Noir is a Montreal native, which means he cranks out native specialties like poutine and smoked brisket in addition to upscale bar food.

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  • Cochon

    Perfect for pork lovers

    French for “pig,” this one-room, open-kitchen BYOB is justly known for its hearty offerings, with an emphasis on the pork. Must-tries include bacon mashed potatoes, grilled spare ribs and, from the Sunday brunch menu, deep-fried oysters with bacon mayo.

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