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The Best Of French Culture In Toronto

Douce France, Toronto
Douce France, Toronto | Courtesy of Douce France
While many Canadians might have forgotten the country’s second official language, Toronto still has a very active Francophone community. French culture is an integral part of Canadian identity, and there is no lack of it in Toronto. Here’s our guide to the best of French culture that Toronto has to offer.

Speak & Read Like the French

Alliance Française

L’Alliance Française is the central hub for all French culture in Toronto. Present in five different locations of the GTA (Toronto, Mississauga, North York, Markham, Oakville), it holds film screenings, expositions, French classes, shows, conferences, and much more. L’Alliance Française organizes French immersion camps for children, with over fifty different kinds, including music, sculpture, theater, board games and robotic camps.

Alliance Francaise Toronto – Downtown Campus, 24 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 922 2014

Courtesy of Alliance Française

Courtesy of Alliance Française

Librairie Mosaïque

Situated at the Alliance Française, Librairie Mosaïque is currently the only Francophone bookstore. The Alliance Française started up this bookstore in partnership with Rainbow Caterpillar Bookshop, which specializes in international children’s books. French bookshops in Toronto have all closed down through the years, so now is the time to go shopping and support this local bookstore.

Librairie Mosaïque, 24 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 922 2014

Eat & Drink Like the French

Douce France

Cafe, Dessert, French, $$$
Douce France, Toronto
Douce France, Toronto | Courtesy of Douce France
Exclusively serving products imported from France, Douce France is located near Yonge and Eglinton. This Parisian cafe has a variety of French goods, ranging from jams to pastries and chocolates. Everything is baked on the day, so everything is sure to be fresh. Try Angelina’s hot chocolate and have a chat with the bilingual staff.
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Chabichou started off as a cheese shop, after its owner noticed the lack of diversity in the market. Through the years, the store has started selling more and more products, including sausages, spices, cookbooks, and desserts. However, Chabichou’s costumers still come back for one reason above all: the store holds more than 61 types of cheese. Perfect for a baguette and cheese craving, Chabichou is known for its friendly atmosphere. The shop, situated at Harbord and Bathurst, serves meals and drinks as well in its cozy bistro.
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Le Sélect Bistro

Restaurant, French, $$$
With both a back garden and a terrace, organic ingredients and an incredible wine cellar, Le Sélect Bistro has a good reputation for a reason. While French cuisine can sometimes be a bit pricey, Le Sélect Bistro is very reasonable. The Steak Frite dinner especially, available late night, is a full menu for around 20 dollars. This restaurant offers brunch, lunch, and dinner, all at very affordable prices, in a great setting.
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Restaurant, French, $$$
Batifole, Toronto
Batifole, Toronto | Courtesy of Batifole
Chinatown is not necessarily where you would expect to find a French restaurant, but it is where Batifole is located. While it is named after the French word meaning “to lounge about”, Batifole is nowhere near lazy with its food. Intimate and cozy, its size acerbates its charm. The restaurant serves traditional French food, escargots and cassoulet, as well as duck two ways, pork chops, and many other well-loved dishes.
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Take in French Culture

Théâtre français de Toronto

The Théâtre Français de Toronto is the only French speaking theater company in Toronto. Aware that many people might want to see a show but fail to grasp the language entirely, this company offers English subtitles on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays so there are no more excuses to miss out on French comedies.

Le Théâtre français de Toronto, 21 College St, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 534 6604

Francophone International Film Festival

The Francophone International Film Festival, or Cinéfranco, also holds a Youth Festival, showing films for a younger audience, such as Les Héritiers (Once In a Lifetime), and Les Profs (Serial Teachers). While those are Cinéfranco’s main events, they also show Francophone movies throughout the whole year.

Cinéfranco, 1027 Yonge St, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 928 9794


Franco-Fête is a celebration of Francophone culture over a fortnight. Entirely free and open to all ages, this festival is composed of activities and concerts, most of which take place at Yonge-Dundas Square. With additional concerts and after-parties at diverse venues in the city, Franco-Fête aims to provide Toronto with a dose of French culture both on the stage, and off. Usually taking place during the summer, this festival is a must-see.

La Semaine de la Francophonie

La Semaine de la Francophonie, has been going strong in Toronto since 2001. It is organized around the International Francophonie Day, which is celebrated worldwide on the 20th March. With a variety of events, there should be something for everyone. The program includes concerts, comedy open-mic nights, business meetings, wine and cheese tastings, and theater activities for children.