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Top 8 French Food Destinations in Los Angeles

October 6, 2017

Check out our curated list of eight French owned or French inspired restaurants in LA. Lots of them are very close to Coucou LA’s headquarters and have been tested and approved by Margaux, Coucou LA’s Operations Manager! Great spots to gather for a drink or a bite after class.

Garçons de Cafe

This trendy wine bar founded by three French friends travelling in California doesn’t just sell drinks, they proudly offer an array of men’s and women’s clothing and accessories all made in France. According to Coucou LA’s lead teacher Margaux, the wine list is great and the decor is beautiful and authentic!

Wine Bar, Restaurant and Shopping – Downtown

Pitchoun Bakery

“Pitchoun” is a French term of affection which translates to “kiddo” in english. French couple Frederic and Fabienne share their favorite family recipes, using only non-GMO, organic, seasonal ingredients in all of their dishes. Margaux vows this is the best place in town to get real French bread and delicious pastries and viennoiseries. Pitchoun is also going to cater Coucou LA’s launch party on October 21st! 

French Bakery and Cafe – Downtown


Petit Trois

Check out this small yet stylish spot for innovative takes on French classics and some cool cocktails. The chef, Ludovic Lefebvre is from Normandy and makes the best escargots in town. It’s the second collaboration of owners of the famous restaurant Trois Mec, next door. Unlike Trois Mec that has a tight reservation policy, Petit Trois is very accessible

Bistro, Cocktails – Hollywood


Housed in an historic Los Angeles building, designed in part by Charlie Chaplin, République is known for its pastries and breads but that’s not all… Their extensive menu includes oysters, cheese boards, charcuterie, as well as french inspired entrees. They also recently opened a crémerie for cool treats!

Cafe, Bakery, Bar Bistro – La Brea


The Little Door & Little Next Door

Owned by two French men, this restaurant brings to mind the south of France with its mediterranean inspired dishes. Little Next Door is an accompanying brasserie, wine bar, and patisserie literally next door! Come for happy hour from 5-7 for 50% off beer and wine.

Restaurant – Beverly Grove

Palikao Couscous

Say Coucou to Couscous! Palikao, named after a small village near Oran, is a restaurant devoted to the grain often found in North African dishes. The restaurant is dedicated to the owners’ grandmas and carries their family recipe. They will be opening soon just minutes away from Coucou LA!

Restaurant – Downtown


Monsieur Marcel

Photo: Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market (c) Beth Graham. FWT Magazine.

Stop by this gourmet market inside LA’s farmer’s market for an authentic French meal or to pick up some of your favorite French products. Worth checking out in person even though products are also available online!

Restaurant & Epicerie – Central L.A.


This French-inspired rooftop bistro features antique style furniture and woodwork to transport patrons to France of another time. Come for the cocktails, live jazz music, French cuisine, or all of of the above!

Rooftop Bar, Restaurant – Downtown