Come and enjoy a little taste of France in Mosman, Sydney
Over a decade ago a young Australian girl set off on adventure to live and work in Paris. It was there she met Pierre, a Frenchman from the countryside who shared her passion for food and wine. Together they ran two busy French brasseries in Saint Germain en Laye, a beautiful, quaint town west of Paris. Then in 2012, Alena and Pierre decided to take their love of French food and favourite recipes to Sydney and voila, Frenchys Cafe.
Saint Germain en Laye is home to the Castle where Louis IVX was born and lived until he moved with the royal court to reside at Versailles.
Our first brasserie 'Amnesia cafe’ is situated directly opposite the Castle and next to the Royal theatre. Amnesia Cafe once housed the King’s soldiers, and has a secret underground tunnel that leads directly into the Kings private chambers.
This photo was taken 8 years ago of our snow covered terrace at ‘Le Soubise’, our second brasserie.
Built in the 1600’s, it was originally the stables to the Kings horses. Le Soubise sits opposite the entrance to the castle's beautiful gardens and hunting forest. In the underground cellars (where we stored our food and wine provisions) there are names sketched into the sandstone walls above large iron nails. This is where the Kings men would hang their personal things whilst at work.
Frenchy's Cafe is set up in the soldiers 'All ranks club'. Built a century ago, in 1920, it was once somewhere the soldiers would enjoy a whiskey together. On the entrance wall, there is still an old mural painted by one of the soldiers. This heritage building is the heart of our bustling little French cafe and has a beautiful outdoor setting.