How to Pretend You’re French for a Day in Miami
We’ll admit it: There’s a little part of us that wishes we were French. (The beauty. The sophistication. The cheese.) So for those random Sundays when you want to put on your stripes and carry a baguette around, here’s where to pretend you’re French in Miami.
Shop For Some Stripes at Si Belle
Straw bags, à la Jane Birkin? Check. Striped shirts, à la Brigitte Bardot? Check. These, plus super-soigné bits such as bandannas, cat-eye sunglasses and clutch purses, make this your one-stop shop for Riviera-ready style.
5780 Sunset Dr.; 305-669-6144
Get the Natural French Glow at L’OCCITANE
Less is more when it comes to French beauty regimens, and good looks begin with healthy skin. The facials and products at L’Occitane help make your skin firm, moisturized and radiant—how much more French can you get?
Locations in Aventura, Coral Gables, Lincoln Road and Sawgrass Mills; usa.loccitane.com
Dine at Le Zoo
Want to eat super-authentic French fare (croque monsieur, mussels, steak frites, etc.) in a bustling little brasserie, just like in Paris? Head to Stephen Starr’s Le Zoo nestled in Bal Harbour. A pamplemousse presse (grapefruit liqueur, orange bitters and sparkling wine) and suddenly we’re as jazzed as Zelda Fitzgerald circa 1924.
9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour; 305-602-9663 or lezoo.com
ENJOY CHAMPAGNE AND CRÈME BRÛLÉE A LA VANILLE AT LA PETITE MAISON
Want to skip dinner and head straight for dessert? Don’t worry—sometimes we do, too. A little champers and a warm plate of crème brûlée will go a long way at Brickell’s newly opened La Petite Maison.
1300 Brickell Bay Dr.; 305-403-9133 or lpmlondon.co
Decorate with Finds from Country French
Parisians pioneered the current home-decorating vogue of mixed materials and periods. Get quality French-inspired furniture and knickknacks that will transport you to that French villa you will someday actually visit.
7259 Red Rd.; 305-661-0159 or countryfrenchinc.com
Embrace Café Culture
Bread, pastries and café sitting: Not only is it French, but it’s just so easy and enjoyable an activity. La Provence has six locations across Miami where you can nurse your café au lait with an Hermès-orange macaron all afternoon.
Locations in Brickell, Coral Gables, South Beach and downtown; laprovencemiami.com