Ever feel like you want to find Paris in Dallas? It can be hard, but it’s entirely doable! Getting your French fix can be as easy as getting out of your house. I’m convinced that one of the best ways to feel like you’ve been transported to Paris is by finding the right patio–almost all of the places on this list have the chairs, tiles and awning to whisk you straight to France.
I stumbled upon this shrine to joy when I was feeling under the weather. I was craving French onion soup, but it was a beautiful day, so I sat on the patio. The waitress talked me into ordering “Marshmallow Soup,” which turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It’s tomato bisque with three miniature cheese soufflés on top–they’re the “marshmallows.” Being inside Rise nº1 is a sensory experience; their state-of-the-art technology and attention to every last detail makes it really feel as though you’ve found Paris in Dallas.
Village Baking Company
Well, isn’t this a surprise? It isn’t like I’ve already mentioned Village or anything. It isn’t like I love this place passionately or anything… Well, actually, I do. When I walk into Village, it’s as though it’s French sunlight shining through the windows. I feel at home bringing a paper with me, ordering a croissant and taking my time eating at the tables outside. C’est fantastique.
This place is a gem. Nestled right in Harwood, it’s a quick walk from almost every building in the district. The patio and roll-up windows at Mercat Bistro recall leisurely mornings spent at a sidewalk café and three-hour meals taken at long tables. The service is the only thing keeping it from actually being French–Parisian waiters would never be quite so attentive.
Sorry, do you need a reason to come to a place called Joy Macarons? Settled in the Bishop Arts District, this is one of the best places to satisfy your craving for Frenchie fare (not to mention your sweet tooth!) They also serve ice cream, so you should go today. Seriously. Go right now.
This is, without a doubt, the place you want to be if you want French cheese. Or wine. Or treats of any kind. Central Market is where I buy the chocolate, ice cream and produce that I can’t afford. You can buy Roquefort, Brie, Gruyere and Comté. You can buy any number of AOCs… or any of the other 700 cheeses on offer. Grab some wine, cornichons and a baguette, and you’re set.
Toulouse has one of the best patios in town–just like all the other places on this list. The coffee is superb, the food is fantastic, and–most importantly–the bread is delicious. Their brunch is in high-demand, so reserve your table weeks ahead of time if you want to get in. If you go, order pâté, steak frites or any of their salads. Order anything, actually, and you’ll probably be happy.