In case you hadn't already noticed, there is French inspiration all over the Holy City.   The French Huguenots settled here after escaping persecution, and their pink church is one of the prettiest in the city and begins each service with a french reading.  Take a moment to seek out the french inspiration that is all over Charleston & you’ll find it in street names (Beaufain & Huger), cuisine (Gaulart & Maliclet, Fish), and architecture (airy piazzas of the French Quarter).  Jaime of Charleston Blonde and I set out for a french-inspired day around Charleston. We hope you enjoy as much as we enjoyed riding around on our cute little “bicyclettes” with Abby Murphy Photography there to capture our little adventure.  Here's our little guide for the next time you're longing for a Parisian inspired afternoon. 

Tour de South of Broad

Was there ever a more bikable city than Charleston?  You don't have to battle hills and you see so much beauty via bike that you might miss from the car.  We felt like we could have been biking around Paris with our baguette, lavender, and picnic-ready turkish towel in our baskets, but a little tour around Charleston was just as chic.  King Street is a little too crowded for bikes, so we recommend staying west of King or south of Broad for the best ride. 

Macarons? Oui!

If you have never had a macaron made by a real frenchman, you can head to Paris, stop at Laduree the next time you’re in Miami/NYC, or just go downtown to Christophe Artisan Chocolatier on Society Street. They have delightful luxury chocolates, but we went for macarons, and plenty of them!  We also came for their adorable courtyard and it’s wall mural. We had so much fun snapping le pictures and eating these colorful and tasty pastries. If you ask moi, you should get the vanilla one!

Rose, s’il vous plait

Bonjour, rooftop!  The bicycles pictured were the Restoration's white Martone bikes that they graciously let us ride around town on, so we turned them in and then headed to their roof for a view and a beverage.  They have my new favorite rose, My Essential Rose. It’s that perfect light shade of not-quite-pink that isn’t too sweet. This is a great spot to enjoy a beverage and a steeple-speckled skyline. 

P.S. If this post has you fiending for France, you will absolutely adore Candy Shop Vintage's new Cafe Collection she just debuted in #CandyShoponCannon.  They have the cutest little croissant necklaces and earrings, and of course little french poodle & perfume bottle charms. I adore it all and I can't wait to share more from this brunch!  Stay tuned for the online release of this cute collection.