Provence may be our home, but New York will always be our home away from home.
Frédéric and I have both spent so much of our lives in Manhattan, and we've come to favor certain cafés and shops to visit on weekends and visit with the kids. We wanted to share some of our favorite destinations for those of you coming for the very first time or those looking for a new spot to try.
Maman - 239 Centre Street
Enjoy a pastry or a light bite at Maman, an all-day café and bakery inspired by recipes from the south of France. The rustic decor is definitely worthy of an Instagram. Don't pass on their walnut chocolate chip cookie - after one bite, you'll want to take home a box for everyone you know.
Sézane - 254 Elizabeth Street
We launched our beloved Figue Amour Eau de Toilette at this chic French brand's New York outpost. Offering effortless dresses and chic blouses, Sézane is a must-visit for the best of French fashion in Soho. Tip: On weekends, there's often a line to get in, so arrive early for a relaxed shopping experience.
Ground Support - 399 West Broadway
This unassuming coffee shop is the maker of Frédéric's all-time favorite beverage: oat milk hot chocolate. It's not uncommon to see Frédéric or another member of the Bastide team ordering a few, especially on cold days. It's also just around the corner from our new showroom space!
La Mercerie - 53 Howard Street
Located inside the Roman and Williams Guild store, this adorable restaurant serves contemporary French food alongside gorgeous furniture. We love this concept restaurant - everything you see, from the chairs to the plates can be purchased! The soft-lighting and warm wood make it the perfect place for lunch.
The Webster - 29 Greene Street
Designed to feel like you're shopping in a friend's cozy-chic home, this multi-floor luxury store is full of one-of-a-kind items. The owner is from Miami, and you can see an art deco influence on the art-meets-fashion pieces she has carefully curated. They've got adorable items for kids, too!
Sant Ambroeus - 265 Lafayette Street
This Italian restaurant is our go-to when we're out with the kids. Serving modern Milanese fare, it's "grown up" enough for adults but has all the children's favorites. We often stop by for a scoop of gelato or a crispy Italian croissant known as a cornetti.