“BoCoCa” — AKA, the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens — has long attracted a French-speaking and French-loving population, likely influenced by (among other things) the dual language program at area school P.S. 58. In the past year, a host of new French services and businesses have joined the BoCoCa pioneers, making this Brooklyn spot feel like a far-flung arrondissement of Paris. Click through to see how resident and visiting families can sample its joie de vivre!

For Patisserie, un Café et Petit Dèjuner (And Perhaps the Best Baguette in the City): Maison Kayser

Famed Parisian baker Eric Kayser has crossed the river and opened an outpost of his authentic artisanal boulangerie in the heart of downtown Brooklyn on Court Street, mere steps from Borough Hall. (Fun fact: a  boulangerie is an establishment where the bread and other baked goods are mixed and baked on-site all day long, which is, in fact, the case here.) There are lots of ways to enjoy this new addition to the area: sample the French pastries displayed in cases at the front of the restaurant, eat traditional French savory fare while watching bakers do their thing on the other side of a glass wall, or grab a baguette to go. (There's also a barista who can whip up a cafe au lait and more for you and grab and go options, too.)

Maison Kayser
57 Court St.
Downtown Brooklyn
718-254-9600
Online: maison-kayser-usa.com

photo: Maison Kayser/Paul Wagtouicz

Do you have a favorite place to soak up French culture in NYC? Tell us about it in the comments below!

—Mimi O’Connor

cover photo: via Jacadi London Facebook page