SO, you're in Rome because you like all things Italian … BUT just in case you're a Francophile as well and love all of those delicious French things, but won't make it to Paris this time, we have a few places you might like to check out...
Starting with a favourite of ours - French pastries!
(1) Le Carré Français - devine mignon desserts are pure heaven! Sit in, take away or purchase from their speciality shop.
Address: via Vittoria Colonna, 30 close to Piazza Cavour.
(2) Madeleine - love the interior décor and atmos in the style of a Parisienne brasserie. Great choice for vegetarian and gluten free.
Address: via Monte Santo, 64 (closest Metro stop 'Lepanto').
(3) Le Levin Patisserie & Boulangerie - all sorts of tasty wholesome breads and cakes in the heart of Trastevere.
Address. via Luigi Santini, 22 Trastevere.
(4) Quetzalcoatl Chocolatier - a French-Italian luxury boutique chocolate heaven! Try also their eclairs, bigne & macaron.
Address: via delle Carrozze, 26 closest Metri stop is Spagna.
(5) Charly's Saucière - an intimate restaurant not far from the basilica San Giovanni.
Address: via di San Giovanni in Laterano, 270 closest Metro stop is Manzoni.
(6) Comptoir de France - mostly French wines and Champagnes.
Address: via Giovanni Vitelleschi, 20 close to the Vatican.
(7) Va Sano - for French cheeses, wines and croissant. Roughly located between two large city parks - Villa Borghese and Villa Ada
Address: Piazza Buenos Aires, 22 between Villa Ada and Villa Borghese.
(8) L'Eau Vive - if you have a longing for Quiche Lorraine or escargot, this restaurant (run by nuns) is situated inside Palazzo Lante, close to the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.
Address: via Monterone, 85 near Piazza Venezia.
(9) Argot - not French, but the name 'Argot' is from the French (from the mid 19th century), and denoted the jargon or slang of criminals, so the link is there. It is in fact one of Rome's fabulous drinking dens.
Address: via dei Cappellari, 93 near Campo de' Fiori.
Shops & Other Places:
(a) Libreria Stendhal - a French bookshop in the heart of Rome. Not surprisingly the website is only in French.
Address: Piazza di S. Luigi de' Francesi, 23 not far from Piazza Navona.
(b) Ecriteau - gorgeous little notebooks and things and some very stylish furniture.
Address: via Gregoriana 50A - between Trinità dei Monti and Piazza Barberini.
(c) Il Museo del Louvre - not really French other than the name but nevertheless has some intriguing pieces inspired by the 20th century such as photographs, postcards and prints.
Address: via della Reginella, 8A - tucked on back streets behind via Arenula.
(d) La Maison Rive Gauche - interior designers.
Address: via Giorgio Vasari, 10 in the area known as Flaminia and not far from the MAXXI Museum.
* Museo Napoleonico - housed inside Palazzo Primoli the exhibits include pieces from the private collection of Count Giuseppe Primoli - great-grandson of Joseph and of Lucien Bonaparte. Giuseppe Primoli belonged to the Roman branch of the imperial family and although he spent most of his youth in Paris (at Napoleon III's court) he moved to Rome after the fall of the Empire.
Address: Piazza di Ponte Umberto I, 1 close to Piazza Navona.
French architecture on churches and other buildings:
The Saint Louis des Français church situated on Piazza di S. Luigi de Francesi. The church was designed by Giacomo della Porta around 1518 and completed around 1589 through the personal intervention of Catherine de' Medici. Reasons to visits: the Contarelli Chapel contains a cycle of paintings by Caravaggio including three world-renowned canvases of The Calling of St Matthew, The Inspiration of Saint Matthew, and The Martyrdom of Saint Matthew. Also French State property are the Villa Medici and the SS. Trinità dei Monti church at the top of the Spanish Steps. Palazzo Farnese in the square of the same name (behind Campo de' Fiori) - is headquarters of the French Embassy in Rome but is not French owned, only leased. It is possible to visit Palazzo Farnese through Inventer Rome.
Note: some of the food shops do sell the French speciality foie gras, which we don't agree with personally but felt that it wouldn't be fair to exclude any of them.