Savor a slice of Paris in Palm Springs

Meet the Owners of L’Atelier

Posted By: Lydia Kremer Thursday, April 17, 2014

Charlotte and Raphael Farsy, owners of L’Atelier in Palm Springs, have brought a delightful Parisian bistro experience to downtown Palm Springs not to be missed!

The young couple came to Palm Springs on what was supposed to be a 3-week sojourn through the southwest for their honeymoon. They had planned to stay only 2 nights in Palm Springs but fell in love with the charm and beauty of the town and ended up staying here for the entire 3 weeks – they were smitten!

They returned to Paris and decided to make Palm Springs their home; within a few months they were back having purchased the existing deli business in the same location.  In a short time, they transformed the former deli into their vision of a Parisian-style bistro.

Open just a year, L’Atelier has found a loyal audience of Francophiles and those who long for authentic French croissants, baquettes, and pastries -- all freshly made on the premises. It’s the perfect spot to grab a coffee and a delectable pastry or a made-to-order European-style sandwich.

Located in the historic La Plaza, the intimate café/bistro has a decidedly Parisian ambiance with French music and authentic Parisian signage  on the walls. You will thoroughly enjoy your little taste of Paris at L’Atelier!

We sat down with Charlotte and Raphael to find out why they think Palm Springs is truly like no place else.

Tell our Palm Springs visitors and residents what they can expect at L’Atelier.

At L'Atelier Cafe everyone can expect to find the taste and the ambiance of a French Parisian cafe/bistro. French specialties are homemade, like the butter croissant, chocolate bread, Quiche Lorraine, and chocolate crepe, plus baguettes all freshly-baked. Also, they'll find a French eclectic decor among French tunes playing throughout the day. Our guests are greeted warmly with a French accent because the whole team is French! Also we feature specials everyday like our ''plat du jour.”

What is it about the town that inspired you to leave Paris and settle in Palm Springs?

We have a real passion for Southern California. We just loved Palm Springs on our first visit because of its ambience and location in the middle of the desert. It has great weather and overall great people are living here. We noticed that locals and tourists want to enjoy this town in a relaxing and peaceful way and we loved that very much. Of course, we miss Paris sometimes, but we wanted to live in a more relaxing and natural environment and Palm Springs was perfect for us.

Why would you encourage visitors to come to Palm Springs?

Palm Springs is certainly one the best places to live and visit in America. Besides the great weather, we have incredible mountains surrounding the downtown! We even have Joshua Tree National Park close by. Also, Palm Springs, has an amazing history as a movie star hideaway including great mid century architecture.

What is one thing you think people might want to know about Palm Springs or be surprised to discover about the destination?

Visitors will probably be amazed by the climate. It’s nearly 100% sunny with warm temperatures almost all year long. They'll will discover how chic and open minded our gay friendly town is too. Palm Springs has a wide range of gastronomic choices, from Indian food to classic American, there is a restaurant for every taste here.

What is your vision for the future of Palm Springs as a tourist destination?

We really both of us think that Palm Springs is going to explode and become one the busiest destinations in America. Why? Because of all the new hotels coming, like the recently-opened Hard Rock Hotel, and our domestic airport has more and more flights to and from many cities, even Canadian cities. Also we noticed in the two years we have lived here that the traffic has increased even during the summer.

L’Atelier in Palm Springs

129 La Plaza, Palm Springs

(760) 778-7895


  • Cheryl Friday, April 18, 2014 17:07 PM

    Looks fantastic...can't wait to try next time I am in town!

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