With the kickoff (pun intended) of the 2019 World Cup in France, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to encourage folks attending U.S. Women’s National Team matches in Paris, Lyon, Reims, and Le Havre to #SpendLikeItMatters. Check out these women-owned businesses, and share any favorites we missed in the comments below.
La Buvette, owned by Camille Fourmont #womanowned
Looking for un petit verre (“a glass of wine”) before heading out to dinner? La Buvette is just the place. At Camille Fourmont’s intimate wine bar, you’ll find affordable glasses (and bottles!) from small producers paired with irresistible small plates.
Etsi, owned by Mikaela Liaroutsos #womanowned
It’s hard to miss Mikaela Liaroutsos’ Greek restaurant on the streets of Paris. The bright blue façade of Etsi signals its link to the Mediterranean, and hints at what customers might find inside. Liaroustsos’ menu highlights both traditional Greek classics as well as many of her own contemporary interpretations.
Hardware Société, owned by Di and Will Keser #familyowned #womanowned
The Paris location of the Australian brunch spot, Hardware Société, debuted in the Montmartre neighborhood in 2016. Owned by Di and Will Keser, the menu includes fried brioche, savory millefeuille, inventive baked egg options, and a lobster benedict that uses “64 degree eggs” – slow cooked for forty-five minutes. A popular destination for locals and tourists alike, and right next to Sacre Coeur, be prepared to wait.
Muscovado, owned by Quina and Francine Lon #asianowned #familyowned #minorityowned #womanowned
At Muscovado, sisters Quina and Francine Lon are bringing you mouthwatering brunch bites all day long. Named after the muscovado sugar from the sisters’ native Philippines, the restaurant also highlights Quina’s pastry training with desserts that are just as beautiful as they are “delicieux”.
Ten Belles Bread, owned by Alice Quillet, Anna Trattles and Anselme Blayney #womanowned
Alice Quillet, Anna Trattles and Anselme Blayney all played key roles in Paris’ coffee revolution, and have now launched themselves into the world of bread, crafting gorgeous sourdough loaves like they’ve been at it forever. No Parisian morning is complete without a coffee and pastry, so make this bakery a stop as you start your day.
Café du Jura, owned by Brigitte Josserand #womanowned
Brigitte Josserand is the mère cuisinère (“woman chef de cuisine”) at this classic bouchon, which has been a beloved Lyon institution since 1867. The small and cozy Café du Jura still has its original nineteenth century charm – the perfect setting to enjoy a range of signature dishes of Lyonnaise cuisine.
Le Bouchon des Filles, owned by Laura Vildi and Isabelle Comerro #womanowned
Keeping up Lyon’s long tradition of women chef de cuisine, Laura Vildi and Isabelle Comerro bring a refreshing contemporary vision to traditional Lyonnais dishes. After training at one of Lyon’s oldest bouchons, the women founded their restaurant with the goal of drawing more women into a traditionally male dominated space.
Trop Chou, owned by Virginie Argoud #womanowned
Trop Chou celebrates choux buns in all of their many delicious forms. Virginie Argoud’s love of choux à la crème stems back to sweet memories of her grandmother’s afternoon snacks. Now, in her own shop, Virginie has perfected the art of the choux bun, in all of its sweet and savory varieties.
L’ Épicerie Au Bon Manger, owned by Aline and Eric Serva #asianowned #familyowned #minorityowned #womanowned
No visit to Reims is complete without a taste (or more!) of the region’s signature champagne, and this inviting épicerie should be at the top of your list. Owners Aline and Eric Serva curate a wonderful selection of grower champagnes that one can enjoy alongside outstanding charcuteries, cheeses, and salads.
Boulangerie Claire et Olivier, owned by Claire and Olivier Dimanche #womanowned #familyowned
The artisan-baking dream team of Claire and Olivier Dimanche have been serving up beautiful French classics like mouth-watering eclairs and religieuses for more than two decades. At their shop, Boulangèrie Dimanche, the Dimanches frequently feature new innovative designs and techniques, once famously stenciling French rock legend Johnny Hallyday’s face onto a galette.
Boulangerie Edith Lor, owned by Edith Lor #womanowned
Boulangerie Edith Lor is just as celebrated for its warm hospitality as it is its scrumptious baked goods. This neighborhood favorite offers its customers a delicious selection of pastries, viennoiseries, breads, cakes, and so much more. Owner Edith Lor has everything you need from a local boulangerie.
Café du Palais, owned by Isabelle and Jean-François Vogt #familyowned #womanowned
One of the oldest cafes in Reims, Café du Palais has been owned and operated by the Vogt family for four generations. Located near the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims, the bistro serves a variety of small plates, regional dishes and desserts. Be sure to check out the art deco stained glass ceiling, created by the glassworker Jacques Simon.
Boulangerie Le Grain d’Blé, owned by Sabine Baron and Hugues Le Guen #womanowned #familyowned
In May of 2012, Hugues Le Guen and Sabine Baron joined forces to establish the Boulangèrie Le Grain d’Blé: home of delicious 100% maison (“homemade”) French treats. Stop by for classic baguettes and petites choupettes (“little chou buns”) enticingly filled with chocolate, pistachio, lemon, or violet.
Au Vin Sur la Planche, owned by Linda et Frederic Haugel #womanowned #familyowned
Situated in the Saint François district right next to Le Havre’s quais (“docks”), Au Vin Sur la Planche offers a unique local dining experience. With generous portions of their hearty fare served on planches (“wooden boards”), Linda and Frederic Haugel make sure their diners always leave feeling satisfied and well taken care of.
Au Petit Breton, owned by Nicole Louvrier #womanowned
The genuine familial atmosphere at Au Petit Breton makes the already wonderful experience of eating a crepe that much better. Nicole Louvrier and her family offer a scrumptious selection of France’s famous pancakes paired with friendly conversation that will make your day.
La Colombe Niemeyer, owned by Penelope Virag #womanowned
Looking for a place to eat near the famous Niemeyer Library? Look no further than the adjacent restaurant La Colombe, owned by Pénélope Virag. With a frequently changing menu, La Colombe offers the freshest local products. Beautiful artwork adorn the walls of this cozy establishment, which welcomes all artists who want to express themselves.
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