Contributed by @kirsten_al
For as long as I can remember I’ve been a complete Francophile. On a recent trip to Charlotte, North Carolina I discovered that not only is there a technical term for people like me, there is also a Francophile mecca that’s opened 24 hours a day.
Amelie’s Bakery & Café is located in NoDa, an art district with a plethora of good food and unique art. Amelie’s is a French pastry shop and café with free internet, an amazing selection of sugary sweets, an eclectic clientele and gorgeous décor featuring many Robert Doisneau photographs. Designed by Brenda Ische of Ische Interiors, Amelia’s has a truly fabulous atmosphere.
During my visit I witnessed people ranging from ages five to 75. The common denominator was that every person there seemed to have a distinct personal style. Most were typing away on Apple laptops, reading a book or engaging in friendly debate with a friend. I didn’t want to just stay and eat. I wanted to move in! I walked out with two boxes of sweet French pastries that rocked my world and made my week. In between picking my jaw up off the floor, I also took a few photographs! The salted caramel brownie was my favorite sweet; though the traditional Palmiers were quite thrilling as were the Eclairs.
I’d venture to say that anyone could find something to love at Amelie’s. Even if you don’t feel you fit into any of the above categories – give it a try the next time you are in Charlotte. A trip to Amelie’s is cheaper than a trip to Paris. No matter how many boxes of pastries you walk out with, your stomach will thank you!
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Kirsten Alana is a photographer and travel writer currently in the Midwest who is planning a late 2010 move to the East or West coast. She always has a quote ready and waiting to share. She’s an avid Jane Austen fan, adventure & experience junkie, Francophile, passionate fan of Mexico, Apple and Canon geek, New Englander by birth and the daughter of an artist. Kirsten also loves to support charities and her current favorite is “Charity:Water”.