- Duchess Bake Shop
If you haven’t tried Duchess’ macarons, are you even from Edmonton? Duchess is known for lining its glass cases with incredible French pastries and cakes, and its popularity in Edmonton has finally spurred a second location. The owners have acquired a new space in Holland Plaza on 109th Ave and 120th Street – little more than a stone’s throw from it’s current location on 124th. The new location will include their “Provisions” space, as well as a breakfast restaurant and a teaching kitchen, so you can learn to make all the Duchess goodies at home to satisfy your sweet tooth.
LOCATION: 10718 124 St NW, (780) 488-4999
- The Marc
French dining in downtown looks lovely at The Marc. You’ll want to take advantage of their gorgeous patio for your next date night before the summer is over. The service is friendly and prompt, without all the fuss you might expect from an upscale dining environment. Some of their menu items are more popular than others, so go armed with a few recommendations to be sure you get exactly the French experience you’re looking for. Be sure to try the steak tartare or escargot before diving into the dinner menu, and order a light beignet or crème caramel for a delectable finish.
LOCATION: 9940 106 St NW, (780) 429-2828
- Café Linnea
If you’re looking for an incredible new location for your Sunday brunch, you’ve found it. Café Linnea’s streamlined menu and elegant atmosphere have won over the hearts (and stomachs) of many Edmontonians. Located in Holland Plaza, the interior is less French than Scandinavian in ambiance, but made all the more comfortable and inviting by great lighting, open space, and some bright greenery. If you’re looking for a wide selection or have dietary restrictions though, you might have a little trouble with their simple menu.
LOCATION: Holland Plaza, 10932 119 St, (780) 758-1160
- Under the High Wheel
What’s better than Sunday brunch? Brunch every day of the week, of course! Under the High Wheel serves up delicious mid-morning and early afternoon meals all week, so you can get your brunch on anytime. If you’re going to head to this French eatery, you’re going to want to take a chance on the buckwheat crepes. Filled with savory and delicious vegetables, it’s a definite crowd-pleaser. As an added bonus, gluten free and vegan options abound on the menu, so you won’t need to pre-scan the menu if you have some restrictions. This place is buzzing on a Sunday morning, so make sure to come early and order a cappuccino to sip on while you wait for your food to arrive. If you’re looking for evening eats, you can also check them out for dinner Wednesday to Saturday.
LOCATION: 8135 102 St NW, (780) 439-4442
- Gini’s Restaurant
If you’re looking for a more traditional take on French dining, Gini’s restaurant on 142nd street is the place to be. You definitely won’t be wowed by the décor or the location, but this place is one of those hidden gems that survives on top-notch food and loyal diners. Tender filet mignon and lamb dishes are what will bring you in for dinner, but their smaller sized lunch portions are great for a quick stop in during the afternoon. The menu can get a little pricey though, so consider saving it for a special occasion night out.
LOCATION: 10706 142 St NW, (780) 451-1169