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Best of French in the City in December

Food and drinks

Start the month by learning about cheese and wine. On Dec 3rd, discover the Cheese of Normandy at French Cheese board, then learn about the difference between the wine regions of France at Astor Center.

If baking sweets with your sweetheart seems more appealing, join the couple date class at Atelier Sucré and learrn to make brioche and pain perdu. Every Mondays you can join French Mondays for a French happy hour Apéro at the Bar Flûte in Midtown. On Dec 6th, experience an Alsacian Christmas Market, complete with a tree lightning ceremony, at 6:00PM Bowling Green Park. Later meet for an African-French happy hour at Ponty Bistro, a hip French-African restaurant and bar in Harlem. Happy hour specials include $5 beers, $6 wines, $8 house cocktails, and $8 bar bites.

Movies and Theater

On Dec 4th, at 6:30 pm, Le Lycée français will show " Le retour de Martin Guerre" Inspired by the true story of Martin Guerre, this period piece recounts the story of a man accused of identity theft. The movie won three Césars awards following its release in 1983. On Dec 6th, Cinema Village will play "Les Misérables" , a social drama taking place in modern-day Montfermeil, the setting of Victor Hugo’s novel, where the filmmaker Ladj Ly stages his own impassioned cry against oppression.

Art/ fashion

On exhibit until January 5th French "Fashion, Women and the First World War” at the Bard Gallery. Garments by Coco Chanel and Jeanne Lanvin, two of many French women leading fashion houses during World War I, will be displayed in the United States for the first time

Also, still On view at the Brooklyn Museum, until May 3rd 2020, JR: Chronicles is the first major exhibition in North America of works by the French-born artist. Working at the intersections of photography, social engagement, and street art, JR collaborates with communities by taking individual portraits, reproducing them at a monumental scale, and wheat pasting them—sometimes illegally—in nearby public spaces.


On Dec 7th, the Bal Français is hosting a soirée, with the best of the 80s, 90s, 2000s, and today’s hits. It’s going to be a blowout holiday party à la française!

Angèle the pop phenomenon is on tour and she will be in NYC on Dec 10th! Grab a ticket while they last!

On Dec 13th, Zimmer will play live at the Bowery Ballroom. The French DJ will present his debut album surrounded by his machines and a new light installation. On Dec 14th, at the Church of the Good Shepard, the Ensemble Musica Humana presents its holiday concert: Holiday Music from the French Baroque in New York, featuring works by Campra, Couperin, and Corelli.

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