My family has spent the past two summers in France and despite it’s sometimes stuffy flaws, I long to be back there every year. The summer fetes (celebrations), nightly games of Boule (french game), local food, and general smell of the air can make anyone fall in love. Why suffer without a piece of France throughout the year? I thought… so I set out to find a little bit of French in Brooklyn…
If you are looking to get away from New York and into the French spirit then Carroll Gardens is the neighborhood to visit. Not only is there the highest French population in the city but there are French businesses, shops, patisseries, and more.
Forget the French restaurants and pastry shops, lets talk about pates, duck confit in a can, and fresh baguette. These morsels are hard to find and we are still on the hunt for a good Brooklyn source for authentic French groceries.
The French NEVER have coffee on the go so if you are feeling like a Parisian then have a seat at one of Le Gamin’s Brooklyn Cafes and sip a hot drink and read a book.
Petanque is a classic French pastime that involves hurling heavy metal balls at one another typically while drinking. Also called Boule, you will find courts in parks all over France. The New York Petanque Club has its own court in Brooklyn that hold Summer tournaments in Prospect Park.
Brooklyn Boule also organizes games in Mcarren Park two times per week. Check their facebook page for info
This post is dedicated to Mei Lai who left Brooklyn for France last year.