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Experience French life at “Vie de France”, Ichigaya Station

French music, croissants, and cafe au lait… No, you are not in Paris, this is still Tokyo. But if you close you eyes, listen to the theme song from classic French movie “A man and a woman” (“Une homme and une femme”), and use a little imagination, everything is possible this cold February night at bakery cafe “Vie de France”. You can even fantasize about young Jean-Louis Trintignant…  Moreover, St. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and what country is more romantic than France?Vie de FranceI started getting warmer in my temporary refugee, a bakery cafe “Vie de France” in Ichigaya Station, and its nice atmosphere with instrumental music also seemed very hospitable. Although many people were still wearing coats as I did, some women felt warm and cosy, and chatted their time away.Vie de FranceI was slowly sipping my piping hot crab tomato cream soup (a seasonal offer for 311 yen), and eating my salty croissant. If fact, it was a salty crescent bun (108 yen). It was good anyway. Not even remotely sweet, it made a perfect combo with the creamy soup. I was just craving a snack before the dinner, but little by little my hunger was sated at “Vie de France”. The troubles also seem to go away, and a strange feeling of lightness came instead.Vie de FranceDid I mention that I started learning French? My very modest vocabulary told me that Vie de France is translated as “Life of France”, but I prefer a more free translation like “French life”. By the way, the Japanese adore such a refined, sugary image of France created in Japan purely for commercial purposes.Vie de FranceVie de France

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Vie de France

Address: 4-8-22 Kudan-Minami, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 7:30 am – 9 pm (Monday – Friday), 8 am – 8 pm (weekends and holidays)
Regular Holidays: None
Telephone: 03-5212-5039
Access: inside Ichigaya Station, outside the subway gate
Distance to airport: 24 km from Haneda Airport
Official website (only in Japanese): http://www.viedefrance.co.jp/profile/profile.html

Article by Olga Kaneda

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